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Weekly Study for 5779



Talmud Study resumes on September 5, 6:15 PM

Rabbi Philip Hiat, Scholar-in-Residence at Central Synagogue, will lead a seminar in Talmud, as he has for more than 20 years. This year, he has chosen to begin the study of Mishnah, which preceded the Talmud. It was authored by Rabbi Judah the Prince, who, Rabbi Hiat says, “did something historic: he took the oral law and began to codify it into the written law.” After the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem, it was this very process of codification and adaptation that supported the Jewish people’s continuing as a people in a new world reality.

This year’s class will study the first of the six chapters that comprise Mishnah, with the hope of reading all six chapters in the years to come. We will read in English, so no knowledge of Hebrew is required. But come prepared for spirited discussion!

There is no charge for this class. All are welcome to join at any time during the year — both newcomers to Judaic studies and those who have long been studying. Classes meet Wednesdays, starting September 5, 2018, and continuing through June 26, 2018, from 6:15 to 7:15 PM. Participants should enter at the Marvin and Elisabeth Cassell Community House (One East 65th Street).

Come when you can and when you wish.

For more information, contact the Temple Office.

Torah Study resumes on September 8, 9:15 AM

What happened “In the beginning”? How we ended up being slaves? What’s the deal with sacrifice (and why we stopped)? Just what we’re counting in the Book of Numbers? If the Ten Commandments really does appear twice in the Torah?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions (or if you have questions of your own), then join us at Temple Emanu-El’s weekly Torah Study.

Through engaging, thoughtful conversation and lively debate, we plumb the depths of our most important sacred text and discover the personalities, challenges and themes in the narrative that still affect our lives today.

There is no better way to start off your Sabbath morning than with a taste of Torah. We hope to see you there! (Enter at the Marvin and Elisabeth Cassell Community House, One East 65th Street.)

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