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STORIES, QUIPS, ANECDOTES, INCIDENTS, and ZINGERS from the TALMUD – Rabbi Isaak Adult Ed Emeritus Class by Zoom

Thursday, November 12 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am

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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Thursday, repeating until November 26, 2020

STORIES, QUIPS, ANECDOTES, INCIDENTS, and ZINGERS from the TALMUD – Rabbi Isaak Adult Ed Emeritus Class by Zoom
Thursday mornings 10:30-11:30am beginning September 24 
Cost $35 – Register at Neveh Shalom office
As a complement to the complex legal argument for which the Talmud is known, perhaps 25% discusses the lives of the Rabbis, their experiences, their stories (often humorous, fanciful and far fetched) and unrelated parables. The insertions throughout the text inform us about their thinking and attitudes that remain central to Jewish thought to our day. Though some of the stories as the one below are well known, most are not.
Shabbat 119a: Caesar once said to R. Yehoshua ben Chananya: “Why is it that the food cooked for Shabbat has such a penetrating aroma?” R. Yehoshua responded: “We have this one spice, it is called Shabbat, which we throw into the Shabbat food, and its aroma is very penetrating.” Caesar said to him: “Give me some of it.” R. Yehoshua said to him: “Whoever observes the Shabbat, for him the spice is effective; but for one who does not observe Shabbat it is not effective.”
This class is dedicated to the memories of Rabbis Stampfer and Steinsaltz. When I retired Rabbi Stampfer suggested that he and I create Emeriti classes. It was Rabbi Steinsaltz, who passed away this week, whose life project was to make Talmud study accessible to all.


Thursday, November 12
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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