Eight More Theologically Provocative Talmud Sugyot

It is a popular assumption that the Talmud is a book filled exclusively with legal dialectic and debate. Truth be told, the Talmud contains much more non- legal material than legal material and the same rabbis who vigorously debate legal issues, are equally energetic in their discussions about what makes up their theological universe. This course will focus on a number of these debates. Among the topics to be discussed: When Is Man Judged; Are We Really Inscribed in a Book of Life; Is God Really Merciful; What Human Qualities Are Rewarded; What Divine Qualities are We Intended to Emulate; What Is Teshuva Good For; Why Be a Part of a Religious Community;

Introduction To Eight More Theologically Provocative Talmud Sugyot

Our course this time around will focus on an in-depth study of a section of the Tractate Rosh Hashanah (16b-18a) which deals with the question of the divine judgment of human beings and the world. Much of this material is particularly relevant to the Yamim Noraim but it deals with major religious issues as well. […]

Rosh Hashanah 16a – Eight More Theologically Provocative Talmud Sugyot

Theologically Provocative Sugyot from the Talmud -– Lesson 1 Rosh Hashanah 16a – Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva Mishnah The opening Mishnah is the second Mishnah of the Masechet. It distinguishes four distinctive periods of the year when the world is judged. It associated four different festivals of the year with judgments: the three […]

Rosh Hashanah 16a-16b – Eight More Theologically Provocative Talmud Sugyot

Theologically Provocative Sugyot  from the Talmud -– Lesson 2 Rosh Hashanah 16a-16b Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva In the last lesson, we dealt with a sugya which tried to determine at what points in time during the year the world is judged. The Mishnah presented us with one picture and a baraita in the […]

Rosh Hashanah 16b Top – Eight More Theologically Provocative Talmud Sugyot

Theologically Provocative Sugyot from the Talmud –- Lesson 3 Rosh Hashanah 16b Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva This class focuses on a single sage, Rabbi Isaac, an Amora from Eretz Yisrael, who was a student of Rabbi Yohanan. His teaching on the subject of judgment were apparently preserved as a collection and brought as […]

Rosh Hashanah 16b Middle – Eight More Theologically Provocative Talmud Sugyot

Theologically Provocative Sugyot from the Talmud -– Lesson 4 Rosh Hashanah 16b– Middle Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva One of the metaphors most associated with the Yamim Noraim is the image of the Book of Life in which we hope to be inscribed as well as the Book of Death, which we hope to […]

Rosh Hashanah 16b Bottom – Eight More Theologically Provocative Talmud Sugyot

Theologically Provocative Sugyot from the Talmud -– Lesson 5 Rosh Hashanah 16b Bottom Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva Sources View the English text for Rosh Hashanah 16b View the Hebrew text for Rosh Hashanah 16b Guide Questions and Issues Part 1 Last week, we dealt with a Meimra which spoke of three types of […]

Rosh Hashanah 17a-17b – Eight More Theologically Provocative Talmud Sugyot

Theologically Provocative Sugyot from the Talmud -– Lesson 6 Rosh Hashanah 17a-17b Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva Sources View the English text for Rosh Hashanah 17a-17b View the Hebrew text for Rosh Hashanah 17a-17b Guide Questions and Issues Part 1 1. We begin this lesson where we left off last class. In the baraita […]

Rosh Hashanah 17b – Eight More Theologically Provocative Talmud Sugyot

Theologically Provocative Sugyot from the Talmud –- Lesson 7 Rosh Hashanah 17b Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva This week’s lesson has to do with a famous story in the Torah – Moses’ plea to God both to know Him better and to forgive the Israelites for their sin against Him. God’s response is to […]

Rosh Hashanah 17b-18a – Eight More Theologically Provocative Talmud Sugyot

Theologically Provocative Sugyot from the Talmud -– Lesson 8 Rosh Hashanah 17b-18a Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva This last lesson, the eighth is longer than any of the previous lessons because I want to finish the section on the Mishnah which we began. Sources View the English text for Rosh Hashanah 17b-18a View the […]

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