Community Beit Midrash with Dr. Noah Bickart

Date: Dec 12, 2017 - Dec 12, 2017

Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Location: New York City

Epistles from the Mythic Past: Anxiety and Power in Talmudic Stories

Learn with Dr. Noah Bickart, JTS Fellow and Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program of Judaic Studies, Yale University.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 7:309:00 p.m.

A strange and oft quoted passage at the very end of Tractate Horayot of the Babylonian Talmud depicts Mesopotamian rabbis of the early 4th century in a quandary. The two candidates for ascending to the leadership of their scholastic fellowship had different talents. One possessed vast numbers of received oral traditions, while the other was more skilled at legal analysis. Not knowing whom to appoint, they write to their peers in Palestine for council, and are told in response that the former should be appointed over the latter. This shiur will explore what values are being expressed and suppressed in this text, such as Jewish religious and political power and authority, and when “revolutions” based on religious ideology are warranted—themes that lie at the core of the Hanukkah story.

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Mechon Hadar
190 Amsterdam Avenue
New York City

Adult learners of all levels and types of Jewish background are welcome.

About the Community Beit Midrash
The Community Beit Midrash, which meets monthly, is a unique opportunity to grow in Torah learning and deep conversation with the students and faculty of various institutions of Jewish learning in New York City.

Each night of learning will feature shiurim by the faculty of the partner organizations: Mechon Hadar, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, Yeshivat Maharat, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and The Jewish Theological Seminary.