Monday, January 27, 2014

The Other Side of the Talmud

An Aggadata Chaburah:
Exploring “Layers of Meaning”

Traditionally the emphasis in studying the Gemara is on the debates of Chazal related to the clarification of legal issues – Halakhah. However, Ravina and Rav Ashi, in redacting the Gemara, also including many stories and non-legalistic material – the Aggadata. Many Gedoley Yisrael have stated that the mystical "secrets" of the Torah are hidden in the Aggadata. Moreover, scholars have shown that there is an intimate connection between the Aggadic teachings of Chazal and their legalistic thinking.

Rabbi Nachman Levine is uniquely able to open the doors to this dimension of the Torah. A renaissance man –accomplished scholar, artist and musician – with decades of experience in teaching Torah, he will explore the Aggadata from the standpoint of the classic meforshim, Chassidus and Kabbalah, modern literary theory and archeology. These various disciplines will enable the chaburah to explore the many layers of meaning in this respository of the deep wisdom of Chazal.

Time: Every Wednesday night, 8:00-9:00 PM (followed by Maariv)

First class: Wednesday night, Feb. 5 (Adar 6), 8:00-9:00

Location: Congregation Sheves Achim (Rabbi Fund's Shul)  
1517 Ave. H, off East 16th (across from Q Train) 

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