Some say that the only way to change the world is through the serious study of Talmud as a spiritual practice.
Come, join Rabbi Susan Shamash and other serious, eager learners as we grapple with the text, join the Jewish communal conversation, and bring our voices to the renewal of Judaism!
This year the focus of our Talmud study is Pikuach Nefesh, the principle that the preservation of human life overrides virtually any other religious rule. We will learn where the idea comes from in Jewish tradition, why we are commanded to break Shabbat in order to save a life, and what exceptions the Rabbinic Sages made to the principle of pikuach nefesh. We will also explore how this principle applies to issues we are currently facing in our modern society. In this moment when our normal lives are disrupted, the ideas behind pikuach nefesh take on new relevance.
Monthly on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Aug. 22, 2021
- Sept. 26, 2021
- Oct. 24, 2021
- Nov. 28, 2021
- Dec. 26, 2021
- Jan. 30, 2022
- Feb. 27, 2022
- March 27, 2022
- April 24, 2022
- May 29, 2022
- June 26, 2022
Newcomers always welcome! Please email the program coordinator if you would like to join or if you have any questions at all: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you there. Check our Events Calendar for Zoom links.