When is the last time you genuinely apologized to someone for something you did? What makes an apology worthwhile? What steps do people need to take in order for an apology to be sincere? Do you think Judaism’s “opinion” will agree with yours?
In Pirkei Avot 6:6, we read that "The Torah is greater than the priesthood and than royalty, seeing that royalty is acquired through thirty virtues, the priesthood twenty-four, while the Torah is acquired through forty-eight virtues." Learn about one of the middot (in Hebrew a "middah") from the list of 48 provided in Pirkei Avot.
The period between 586 BCE and 70 CE saw a flowering of Jewish writing that resulted in new kinds of literary production that set the tone for Midrash and Talmud that followed. In this session we will look at a few examples of this fascinating literature, including works from the Dead Sea Scrolls, and discuss what contemporary Jews can learn from both the texts themselves and the interpretive processes that developed in this crucial period.
Whenever someone begins a sentence with the words "Judaism says," my figurative hearing aid goes off. The sages teach "Turn It and turn it again, for everything is in it." We will turn to some Jewish texts that range from surprising to vexing to perplexing.
The Eternal One spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: "This is the ritual law that the Eternal has commanded: Instruct the Israelite people to bring you a red cow without blemish, in which there is no defect and on which no yoke has been laid." - Numbers 19:1-2
Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. - Numbers 22:2