Introduction to Talmud and Theology
Note: This is an 8-week course running on Tuesdays, 10/5/2021 – 11/30/2021 @ 12pm-1:30pm PDT. Upon completed registration, your Zoom invitation will be emailed to you 7 days prior to the start time.
No class on 11/23.
This is an introductory class to the Talmud, where students will learn what the Talmud is, its importance in Judaism, and key Talmudic figures.
During this eight-week class, we will review discussions regarding basic ethical questions including if (and when) it’s okay to lie, how Jewish tradition views doing the “right thing” when we don’t have to, and how our words affect others.
In future classes, we will examine questions about God, who and what are angels, what it means to be a “chosen people,” and medical ethics, such as abortion and disconnecting a breathing tube.
Join us for lively discussions as we delve into one of the most important and fascinating works of Jewish tradition.
This class will use the English translation of the Talmud as the primary text, bringing in prooftexts from the Bible when applicable and/or necessary.
Rabbi Mark Goodman is the rabbi and cantor of Valley Beth Israel, where he has served since 2000. He teaches adult education at the Whizin Center for Continuing Education at AJU. He is currently working on his Doctorate in Jewish Studies.