The Questions Jews Ask, The Answers Rabbis Give

Date: Jan 21, 2021 - Jan 21, 2020

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 pm

Sponsor: Online Learning

Location: Online

Category: Online Learning

Online Mini-Course with Rabbi Mordy Schwartz

Thursdays, January 21, 28 and Feb. 4, 11 
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

Responsa are among the oldest and most enduring forms of Jewish literature. We have records of tens of thousands of letters from rabbis answering questions posed to them. Unlike commentaries and codes, these are immediate, practical questions facing the Jews of the time. Their topics range from ritual to theology, the ethics of money to communal governance, and much more. In this class, we will look some of the most interesting and important responses of rabbis to questions through the ages, related to communal governance, daily life, and rabbinic controversy, taking a small dip into this vast sea of knowledge.

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$80 for four-session course

Rabbi Mordy Schwartz is an assistant professor of Talmud and Rabbinics. He is also director of the Beit Midrash at JTS and head of the Nishma summer program.