Talmud Intensive with
Rabbi Jesse Paikin:
What Makes Jewish Learning Jewish?

Tuesday nights 7:30-9:00 pm, EST
February 2 – March 23, 2021

Is the goal of Jewish learning to acquire knowledge and wisdom? Is it to learn how to perform ritual tasks?  Or is there something deeper happening? A spiritual resonance, or, perhaps even, something “cosmic” transpiring, when people gather to learn Jewishly?

The answer, I think, while encompassing the former, leans strongly toward the latter. Our ancient rabbis believed that sitting and learning together had a visceral impact not just on us as students, but on the very fabric of the universe. They felt a profound need to encode this in the Talmud – to communicate what was (and is, still) an urgent need.

Join me for a weekly, 8-part series of classes for an in-depth study of how the Talmud understands what it means to learn Jewishly, and how it answers some of these questions. We’ll discover the transcendent vision of education encoded in the Talmud, and explore what urgent claim it might have on us today.

Tuesday nights 7:30-9:00 pm, EST beginning February 2, 2021

  • All classes on Zoom – private link provided after registering
  • Pay What You Can, with a recommended donation of $72 for the entire series
  • Please be in touch with me to arrange alternate payment – classes are open to all at any level of giving
  • Includes all materials and access to class recordings
  • This class is appropriate for beginners and advanced learners of Talmud. Texts will be taught in English, alongside the original Hebrew and Aramaic
  • Students will be asked to read and prepare texts in advance each week, to allow for substantive conversation together.

Register below. Make sure you complete payment on the following page. You’ll receive two confirmation emails – a receipt for paying, and an email with more class details shortly after.