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JLI- Judaism Decoded

  • 1. THE DYNAMIC DUO

    If we have a written law, why do we need tradition? And if we have a tradition, what's the point of a written law? Discover the brilliance of this binary system, and how it has kept Jewish tradition intact for millennia.

    2. A FORMULA FOR ETERNITY

    Circumstances change, and, in most cases, so do the rules--unless, that is, the rules were created as principles with a unique formula to make them apply to any situation that may arise. Explore the systematic formula through which Jewish law is applied to solve new, modern-day dilemmas.

    3. RABBIS MAKING RULES

    Is my rabbi allowed to change the law when he deems it necessary? When do rabbis have the power to legislate new laws? And what prevents a rabbi from unilaterally changing the face of Judaism?

    4. DEBATING THE DIVINE

    The Talmud is filled with all kinds of debates. If the law is Divine, should there be any room for discussion? When there are differences of opinion, how do we determine the law? And why does the Talmud record opinions that were ultimately overruled?

    5. LAWS THAT EXPIRE

    While most Jewish practices are as relevant today as ever, some laws have reasons that no longer apply. When does a law expire? How is it revoked? And why might we choose to continue a practice even once its rationale is no longer relevant?

    6. EVIDENCE FOR SINAI

    Judaism encourages us to question. How do we know the Torah is true? Why was Maimonides so convinced about the historic truth of the revelation at Sinai? Is there any empirical evidence to support his claim?

    Dr. Eugene Kontorovich
    Professor of Law, Northwestern University

    An extraordinarily sophisticated examination of Talmudic methodology, tackling the toughest questions about the nature and legitimacy of rabbinic law, combining high academic rigor with fundamental rooting in Jewish tradition.

    Dr. Susan Handelman
    Professor of English, Bar-Ilan University

    This superb course will enable each participant to enter into the fascinating world of Talmud, sharpen his or her mind, and understand the foundations of Jewish law and its application to critical contemporary issues.

    Dr. Jeremy Rabkin
    Professor of Law, George Mason University

    Anyone with an interest in legal reasoning should engage with the Talmud, which records some of the oldest and most subtle interpretations of fundamental law. Judaism Decoded offers a fine introduction to Talmudic methods.

  • Dates: 6 Sundays: May 3 - June 7, 2020 Sundays 12:00-1:30pm

    Class will be online on ZOOM and on the PHONE. ZOOM code will only be provided once you sign up for the course
  • There is NO FEE for this course however we request a suggested donation of $36 per person


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