Tuesday, July 30, 2019


It is with great joy that we announce that registration for the 2019 – 2020 Bay Area Community Talmud Circle is available now!

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If you are joining us this year, welcome, and please read this post for details about our continuing study and the special Introduction to Talmud Study Tutorials for new students.

Rabbi Dorothy Richman (left) leads our Berkeley Circle, Prof. Deena Aranoff (top) leads our Marin Circle, and Rabbi Jennifer Clayman (right) leads our Los Gatos Circle

Senior Educator Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan leads the San Francisco Circles, and the Palo Alto and Santa Rosa Circles.  Associate Director Tamar Zaken coordinates the Text Circles and Kevah Program

We are continuing our reading of Tractate Ta’anit.  New participants are welcomed and will have webinars and tutorials to be able to jump in.

This section of the Talmud raises questions about “Holy Men” pronouncing the "meaning" of a disaster. This narrative section of the Talmud, in the words of Julia Watts Belser, “over turns expected hierarchies of gender, piety, and social status to challenge the theological significance of hunger, suffering, and abundance.” She writes, "These narratives blunt the moral condemnation inherent in disaster – and suggest that blessing often lies beneath the surface of apparent misfortune.” The Talmud asserts that an interpretation of events exercises a powerful influence over experience.

Students should purchase the Koren Talmud Bavli Noé, Vol.12: Ta’anit/Megilla, Hebrew/English, print (several versions) or the PDF (less than $10).

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If you have questions, please contact Tamar Zaken at tamar@hmqm or (510) 845-6420.

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