This Is the Talmud? Surprising and Enlightening Stories

Next Event: May 30, 2023 Newton $180.00
(Photo: Melpomenem/iStock)
(Photo: Melpomenem/iStock)

Come and learn five fascinating stories from the Talmud which offer us valuable insights into a much-needed skill for our day: how to manage difficult and sensitive interactions. In these stories, we witness the pain and shame that ensue when disagreements, which the sages value so highly, devolve into what, today, we call “cancel culture.” And we witness as well the sages’ interactions with friends, mentors, and spouses, some of which are exquisitely sensitive but many that show deep disregard for the other.

We will explore what we can learn from their failures and successes. We will look at these stories beyond the traditional storyline, and with the help of contemporary writers and scholars, we will foreground the voices of women like Imma Shalom, Bruria and Rachel to bring additional nuance and relevance to these rich stories of old.

Generous financial scholarships are available. Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning is for learners of all backgrounds.

About the instructor: Rabbi Sonia Saltzman served as senior rabbi at Ohabei Shalom in Brookline from 2011 to 2018 and as the rabbi of Sha’arei Shalom in Ashland from 2008-2011. She was ordained at Hebrew College in 2008. Prior to becoming a rabbi, she worked in economic development, 11 years in the field of micro-finance at ACCION International and seven years at Bank of Boston. She chose to enter the rabbinate because, “I believe in the wisdom and beauty of Judaism and hope to inspire others to deepen their relationship to Judaism by offering opportunities to engage in study, to experience the richness of prayer and to build a caring and committed community.” She grew up in Chile, in a home imbued with Jewish values, but at a time when opportunities for Jewish learning were especially limited for women. Rabbi Saltzman holds a master’s degree from Columbia University in international affairs as well as a master’s in Bible and Jewish thought from Brandeis University.

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Every week on Tuesday, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmLast event on May 30, 2023
* Registration closes on May 2nd
Temple Emanuel
385 Ward St
Newton, MA 02459
$180.00 Per session

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