Apr 11, 2013
Taking Bizarre to a New Level

In a promo for a new course of the Jewish Learning Institute, Canadian actress Judy Ammar takes bizarre to a new level. UPDATE: JLI removed the clip.

By COLlive reporter

How does one find practical meaning in a story about a wave that lifted a seafarer so close to a star that it almost had him roasted from the star's heat?

Leave it to Rabbi Naftali Silberberg and the staff of the curriculum department at the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) to "translate" the most seemingly bizarre legends of the Talmud.

A new six-session course by JLI titled "Curious Tales of the Talmud: Finding Personal Meaning in the Legends of Our Sages" is scheduled to be taught in Chabad centers and institutions in 350 cities worldwide.

Silberberg, a native of Detroit known for his sharp wit and vast Talmudic knowledge, explores legends of gargantuan sea monsters, impossible feats and riddles that challenge the foundations of the Jewish faith.

In deciphering the meaning behind these strange episodes, students of this course will be able to discover secrets containing profound insights into the meaning of life.

"This is a chance for the public to unravel layers of personal meaning from texts not usually available to non-scholars," commented Rabbi Zalman Abraham of JLI.

"We'll explore the mystical dimension of the Talmud called the Aggadah, to uncover profound wisdom from some of the zaniest and most epic legends you’ll ever encounter," he added.

To provide the public with a glimpse of what the course will offer, JLI has enlisted the talent of Judy Ammar, an actress and performer from Thornhill, Ontario.

A graduate of York University in Toronto and Mayanot Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Ammar presents the tale of the seafarer mentioned in tractate Bava Basra in parallel to its personal meaning to herself.

UPDATE: JLI has removed the video from the web and has changed it with thr following clip:

JLI courses is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge. To find one near you, visit myJLI.com

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Amazing job on the effects. Nicely done!
(4/11/2013 4:22:41 PM)
Ya Judy!!!!
(4/11/2013 4:59:33 PM)
Go Judy!
(4/11/2013 7:15:00 PM)
Very brave and intriguing
Way to go JLI!
(4/11/2013 7:30:15 PM)
Love it
She is good at this.
(4/11/2013 7:54:04 PM)
Job well done
Keep up the good work
(4/11/2013 7:54:13 PM)
So proud!
Judy so proud of you!
Yehudis Steiner
(4/11/2013 8:50:04 PM)
She was my dorm counselor in Toronto for a bit and is a truly amazing person. So proud of you :)
(4/11/2013 10:10:20 PM)
You are talented and entertaining.
(4/11/2013 11:00:27 PM)
from Chico
Great job Judy!
(4/12/2013 12:11:47 AM)
Context is everything
When I watched this video on facebook I was utterly baffled. However, after reading this article I can recognize the depth and beauty of this piece. I truly hope that those who play this for others will give it the context it so desperately needs. May all who took part in its creation be blessed!
(4/12/2013 2:13:14 AM)
the dramatic acting is amazing
but I have no idea what she is talking about!
(4/12/2013 2:41:00 AM)
You are a wonderful talent. Thanks for sharing it with us.
From your proud aunt
(4/12/2013 5:14:05 AM)
Judy,you did an amazing job. We miss you in Thornhill. Chaya Wachtel
(4/12/2013 12:25:55 PM)
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