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Cancelled due to Virus - Talmud Circle

Upcoming Sessions

1. Sunday, April 5, 2020 11 Nisan 5780

1:30 PM - 3:30 PMCST

2. Sunday, May 17, 2020 23 Iyar 5780

1:30 PM - 3:30 PMCST

3. Sunday, June 7, 2020 15 Sivan 5780

1:30 PM - 3:30 PMCST
Past Sessions
Sunday, March 1, 2020 5 Adar 5780 - 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - CST
Sunday, February 2, 2020 7 Sh'vat 5780 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - CST
Sunday, January 5, 2020 8 Tevet 5780 - 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM - CST

Talmud Circle: :Tractate Ta'anit - What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?
Time: 1:30 - 3:30pm


Instructor: Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Course Description: Lehrhaus Talmud Circle: Tractate Ta'anit - What Do We Know and How Do We Know It? The Talmud raises questions about "Holy Men" pronouncing the "meaning" of a disaster. This narrative section of the Talmud, in the words of Julia Watts Belser, "over turns expected hierarchies of gender, piety, and social status to challenge the theological significance of hunger, suffering, and abundance." She writes, "These narratives blunt the moral condemnation inherent in disaster and suggest that blessing often lies beneath the surface of apparent misfortune."

Ahead of Viktor Frankl, who taught, "When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves, the Talmud asserts that an interpretation of events exercises a powerful influence over experience. 
Students must purchase the Koren Talmud Bavli NoĆ©, Vol.12 Ta'anit/Megilla, Hebrew/English, print (several versions) or PDF.

While the majority of participants are continuing students, anyone may join.

If you have questions, please contact Tamar Zaken at or (510) 845-6420.

Future Classes: February 2, March 1, April 5, May 17, June 7 (Offsite)
Registration link Here.


If you are new to the study of Talmud, we recommend that :you participate in "A Special Morning with the Talmud and the Zohar" introductory session, Sunday August 25, 10:00 at the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco.
This introductory session is free, however, please register in advance so that we can plan accordingly. To register and for answers to questions, contact Tamar Zaken at


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