The Contemplative Talmud Bet Midrash Elul learning registration
**Registration for the September 25 bet midrash is still open!**
Elul learning with the Contemplative Talmud Bet Midrash, learning in the SVARA method with Rabbi Lauren Tuchman, SVARA fellow
September 18 and 25, 2019
Adas Israel, 2850 Quebec ST, NW
Entrance to synagogue building and bet midrash are accessible and step-free.
Looking to do some learning to prepare you for the High Holidays? Join Rabbi Lauren Tuchman, SVARA fellow, for rigorous, accessible Talmud learning as a deep spiritual practice in service of teshuva and transformation leading up to the Days of AWE-some.
In each stand-alone session, we dive into a text from the Talmud that relates to themes of this season: teshuva (forgiveness), our ethical and social responsibilities, what kind of person the Jewish tradition wants us to be, what kind of people we want to be, how the ancient rabbis dealt with the slippery and messy reality of human relationships, and how the complexity of their world invites us to consider the complexity of our own world.
We'll learn a complete text from the Talmud from start to finish each week, all in the original language (without the use of translation). All you need is the ability to decode your alef-bet (i.e. sound out your Hebrew letters), and you’ll be learning Talmud in the original Hebrew/Aramaic within your first hour. All are welcome in this mixed-level learning space: whether you're a Talmud newbie or an experienced SVARA-nik we can't wait to learn with you!
Two standalone, non-cumulative sessions will be offered, one on September 18 and one the following week on September 25, from 6:45PM-8:45PM at Adas Israel in Cleveland Park. Come for one or come for both! Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns to Rabbi Lauren Tuchman at
Payment for each one-night session of the Contemplative Talmud Bet Midrash is offered on a sliding scale: please pay an amount between $15 and $50 that is right for you. If this amount is beyond your means, please contact Rabbi Lauren Tuchman to discuss reduced rates. Please submit payment using the following link
or via Venmo @LaurenTuchman.
Have you learned in a SVARA method space before?
Important note about dictionaries:There are two dictionaries that are required for learning in this SVARA method bet midrash. You will need to supply your own and bring them with you to the bet midrash. The dictionaries are: 1) Dictionary of the Targumim, Talmud Bavli, Talmud Yerushalmi and Midrashic Literature by Marcus Jastrow.2) A Practical Talmud Dictionary by Yitzhak Frank. If you do not have your own, we will have a few on hand, but you will need to let us know in advance. Do you have these dictionaries or would you need to borrow a set?
We will be learning in the original Hebrew and Aramaic without the use of translations, though other aids for learning will be provided. Please describe your prior experience with Hebrew.
Do you have any specific accessibility needs you would like us to know about?
Registration fee:Payment for each one-night session of the Contemplative Talmud Bet Midrash is offered on a sliding scale: please pay an amount between $15 and $50 that is right for you. If this amount is beyond your means, please contact Rabbi Lauren Tuchman to discuss reduced rates. Please submit payment using the following link
or via Venmo @LaurenTuchman. Please note below what you are able to pay.
Which sessions are you planning to attend? Please write below either September 18, September 25 or both.
The Fine PrintThe Contemplative Bet Midrash is a space in which we will be learning Talmud using the unvocalized Vilna Shas, without translation or transliteration. Other study aids will be provided. We know that diving into text in this way can feel quite hard and daunting, and we're here to support you and make this a fruitful, empowering, and successful experience. All materials, save for dictionaries, will be provided, along with snacks. Please use this space to affirm that you have read and understood this note about the space and to ask any questions or raise any concerns you may have.
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