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The Secret Mysticism of the Talmud Generally, Talmud is the least esoteric sort of Jewish wisdom. The Sages' care mostly about often very mundane law, like property disputes and kashrut. But Talmud also has its own occult lore. This year in Wednesday night Talmud we will study the second chapter of Tractate Hagigah, which you can purchase on-line, or through our dear friends at West Side Judaica. We'll read stories of mystical rabbis, and we will supplement the Talmud's material…Find out more »
Join Rabbi Yael for a deep dive into the ancient ritual of mikvah. We will demystify this mysterious Jewish space by exploring traditional and contemporary, creative uses of mikvah. How can mikvah be used as a ritual for healing, or to mark the passage of time and life transitions? This class may be for you if you are curious about mikvah, or if you want to experience mikvah for the first time with a supportive community. Or, this class may…Find out more »
EARLY MORNING STUDY WITH RABBI KALMANOFSKY The tradition of Jewish wisdom stretches back millennia, to times and places unimaginably different from our own. Sometimes we can apply ancient wisdom to modern problems, and sometimes that's not so easy. Each month we will study modern rabbinic attempts – mostly heterodox, sometimes more traditional – to answer today's questions, in areas like medical, social, economic, and political ethics. Second TUE of the month at 8:15AMFind out more »
Is the Torah Patriarchal? If so, then What?
The Bible comes from a non-egalitarian society and is filled with accounts – some beautiful, some disturbing – about sex and gender. Please join Rabbi Amy Kalmanofsky, Bible professor from JTS, to study what Jews today do with the canon we’ve inherited.
Jewish Values in Contemporary America
After services, we will break into small group discussions over lunch. Each table will address different issues regarding intimate relationships, including sources drawn from Jewish tradition and the news. High school students will have their own table for their own conversation.
SUN, September 23; TUE, December 4; SUN, TUE, April 16 Every mitzvah you perform can be a poetic and spiritual moment for you, your friends and family, and community. Join Rabbi Kalmanofsky, Rabbi Hammerman, and Hazzan Hirschhorn for a series of ritual workshops throughout the year to expand your repertoire of the mitzvot you feel comfortable performing at home and in synagogue. A great way to learn how to make kiddush and havdalah, wear tallit and tefillin, enrich your seder,…Find out more »
Bring your lunch, and come and meet DOROT’s Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP) volunteer, Lukas Baur, as he talks about his journey from Germany to the United States for a year of volunteering with DOROT. RSVP to Yael Kornfeld at 917-441-3705 or at firstname.lastname@example.orgFind out more »
Ethical wills, sometimes called spiritual or legacy letters, are resources Jews have used for centuries to articulate and pass on deeply held values and beliefs. Historically, they were letters written by parents to children; now they often address a wider circle of friends and family, and can come in audio, video, or other creative formats. No matter the format, they contain a person’s moral legacy, including stories, life lessons, and blessings for the future. There are many reasons to make…Find out more »
This year in Wednesday night Talmud we will study the tenth chapter of Tractate Yevamot. In this chapter, the Talmud wrestles with "the Return of Martin Guerre." What happens when a woman remarries after a spouse's supposed death, only to discover that the reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated? The textual, ethical and literary challenges elicited profound responses from centuries of interpreters, including Shai Agnon, the modernist writer who wove a novella from this material.Find out more »