Date(s) - Monday, November 20, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Study with Rabbi Charles S. Sherman
Time: Third Monday of each month, beginning Monday, October 16, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
This is a text based course. Hebrew language skill is not required.
In the first through the sixth centuries of the common era, successive circles of rabbis in the Holy Land and Babylonia developed Rabbinic Judaism. Transforming the biblical Temple-oriented form of Judaism, they shaped a vision of Judaism centered around the piety of following and studying the Torah to achieve a sense of Divine in this world. This piety entailed both an intellectual and emotional dimension that spoke to individuals and affected the developing synagogues and local communities of Jews.
The Mishnah does not offer clear cut decisions but invites the reader into the text to join in a chorus of voices and alternatives pursuing a discussion on the meaning of Torah and what the Divine demands of women and men in their everyday world. This version of Judaism soon became “classical” and would remain formative until today.
We will study actual text with the purpose of absorbing as much Mishnah as time allows. Reservations are requested to prepare enough source material. Call the MBIEE office at 215.635.1505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no fee. The class is open to the larger community.