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Talmud Study

Temple Emanu-El’s weekly seminar on Talmud examines
the text in English translation, with informal yet spirited discussion.
No background in Talmud or Hebrew is required.

Rabbi Philip Hiat, scholar-in-residence at Central Synagogue, leads this weekly seminar, as he has for more than 20 years. For 5778, Rabbi Hiat has chosen as the text, to be read in English, part of the third chapter of the tractate Bava Metzia, which examines laws related to hiring, losses on deposits, the quantity and quality of articles, and the use of money on such deposits. While this may sound like dry material, it turns out to be fascinating, and it should lead to spirited discussion. As Rabbi Hiat says, “If you understand this chapter of Talmud, you can understand the entire Talmud.”

This is eighth tractate taught by Rabbi Hiat at our congregation.

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 from 6:15 PM to 7:15 PM on Wednesdays, starting September 6, 2017, and continuing through June 27, 2018. Participants should enter at the Marvin and Elisabeth Cassell Community House (One East 65th Street). Attend when you can and when you wish.

For more information, contact the Temple Office.

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