19 2013

TJC - What's Going On in the Classic Rabbinic Texts?

7:30PM - 9:00PM  

The Jewish Center 435 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ


WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE CLASSIC RABBINIC TEXTS? A Guide for the Perplexed With Rabbi Robert Goldenberg Four Tuesday evenings,. November 5, 12, 19 and 26 -- 7:30 to 9:00 pm The Mishnah is often described as a code of Jewish law or a commentary on the Torah, but a quick look reveals that it’s neither of those things. In that case, what is it? When the rabbis compiled this material, what were they trying to accomplish, and how well did they succeed? We’ll also take a look at the Talmud and then some Midrash. Each rabbinic book has a character of its own, and we only understand the early rabbis when we’ve seen the great variety of their accomplishment. Mostly we’ll work by closely examining sample passages from the texts themselves. Hebrew texts will be available, but we’ll work with English translations. Neither knowledge of Hebrew nor prior study of these texts will be needed for this class. Cost: $36 for TJC members, $60 for non-members. Register by October 21. Call the Jewish Center 609-921-0100 to register