Bay Area Community Talmud Circle Page
Lehrhaus Talmud Circle is a collaboration of Lehrhaus Judaica and The Aleph Society of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, hailed by TIME magazine as a "once-in-a-millennium scholar."
Steinsaltz writes: “The Talmud is a central pillar of Jewish knowledge. It is not only important in and of itself, but it is organically connected to just about everything in the realm of Jewish knowledge, from the practical, everyday halakha to exciting and dizzying mystical notions.”
Supported by The Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation, The Koret Foundation, the Estate of Mort Fleishhacker, and the students of Lehrhaus Judaica
Jewish tradition is all about teaching and learning, one generation to the next. Our narrative, after all, is what binds us as a people.
We hope that this piece by Rabbi Steinsaltz serves to spark some conversation around the seder table. "Is There a Shortcut to Redemption" recently appeared in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal. Here's a taste:
... The Passover festival is based on this idea of passing or skipping over the regular order of things. The Jews did not leave Egypt as part of an evolutionary process. Their departure was a leap, a shortcut. While the exodus was a move from slavery to freedom - a practical, political situation - it was also a transition from oppression to redemption. From beginning to end, the Passover redemption is a leap over an orderly, consistent historical course into a new, different and better state, and into a much higher level of existence.