Temple Concord will hold a three-part Zoom Talmud class with Rabbi Amy Scheinerman, the author of “The Talmud of Relationships, Volumes 1 and 2.” The class will be offered in two different sessions: Tuesdays, July 7, 14 and 21, at 7 pm, and Thursdays, July 9, 16 and 23, at noon. Pre-registration is required and can be done by contacting the temple office at TempleConcordBinghamton@gmail.com or by visiting https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtcO-sqjotH9Xbq11k-3FZuB2dBa8KX9jj for the Tuesday class or https://binghamton.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJElf-CgrTgoHdfyNJ8VpZBSmTQOHa43bC4j for the Thursday class.
Scheinerman is a scholar of Jewish text and Talmud in particular. She is also the hospice rabbi in Howard County, Maryland, and serves on the Responsa Committee of the CCAR and as editor of the “Torah Commentary Column” of the CCAR newsletter.
“Now’s a great time to try something new: how about Talmud?” said organizers of the class. “Enjoy an exploration and discussion of talmudic stories and passages about courage, decency, deception, fear, prayer, the world-to-come, belonging and isolation. No prior background required; all texts in English translation, but bring your imagination!”
“Talmud is the core of Judaism as it is practiced by Jews of every denomination and persuasion around the globe, the sacred text most studied since its completed some 1,200 years ago,” said Scheinerman. “However, written largely in Aramaic in a style both terse and enigmatic, it is difficult to access. ‘Talmud ZOOM!’ opens Talmud to modern Jews who are thirsty for Talmud’s wisdom and spiritual gifts, or simply curious to know what Talmud is about.”
“One of the advantages of Zoom is that we can study with great scholars and teachers from out of the area in our own living rooms,” said Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell, spiritual leader of Temple Concord. “Rabbi Scheinerman was our Solis-Cohen Scholar-in-Residence seven years ago. I am excited that we can study with her again this summer.”
Goldman-Wartell added, “The Temple Concord Solis-Cohen Scholar-in-Residence Fund is funding this unique learning opportunity for our community, so there is no charge for the program. Donations to the fund would be appreciated for those who would like to support this program.”