More Talmud

Some say that the only way to change the world is through the serious study of Talmud as a spiritual practice.  This year, 5784, we will continue our study of the last chapter, chapter 9 of Masechet/Tactate Brachot/Blessings, the first tractate of the Babylonian Talmud.  It’s a bit of a wild ride!
So far we have learned about blessings that constitute an independent category of blessings for thanksgiving:  anything that deviates from the norm obligates us to recite a blessing such as mountains and seas, natural phenomena, unique creatures, or events of extreme benevolence.  We offer thanks for God’s goodness and miracles and accept the tragedies and disasters.
In the New Year we will pick up at the vast topic of dreams and their interpretation.  Nothing in our existence is meaningless.  We must seek meaning and significance in even ethereal matters like dreams which can then serve as road maps to guide the dreamers along the paths of their lives

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!


a page from the Talmud in its unique layout for study

Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m

2023-24 dates:

Dec 31
Mar 31
Apr 28
May 12

Newcomers always welcome! Please email the program coordinator if you would like to join or if you have any questions at all: