Where Did the Beit Midrash Come From?

Date: Dec 01, 2020 - Dec 01, 2020

Time: 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sponsor: Online Learning

Location: Online

Category: Online Learning


JTS scholars uncover the hidden context around biblical figures and important eras in Jewish history.

Where Did the Beit Midrash Come From?

Tuesday, December 1, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

The beit midrash is more than just a physical space. It ia culture of competition and hierarchy, and a claim that group study is perhaps the apex of Jewish religious practice. These elements have defined Jewish learning for better and for worse over the last 1500 years—but the early Rabbis were unfamiliar with the beit midrash. In this class we will explore the emergence of the beit midrash amidst specific cross-cultural currents, and how it came to have an enduring impact on Judaism. 

With Dr. Sarah WolfAssistant Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS.


This session is part of ScholarStream, a program offered in partnership with the Rabbinical Assembly and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. ScholarStream gives communities the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading scholars and engage deeply with our texts and traditions.

Congregations can co-sponsor this series, offering congregants access to all sessions for free. Learn more on the Rabbinical Assembly website.  

Individuals can register at a cost of $25 for all four sessions. 

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All sessions will be recorded and will be available to registered participants.