Did you ever want to learn Talmud? Not just the pithy quotes found on Jewish calendars and chain emails, but the hard-core, back-and-forth discussion on the details of Jewish law.
Well, now is your chance to jump right into the thick of the talmudic debate. Starting on Nov. 23, Rabbi Baruch Epstein of Lubavitch Chabad of Illinois will be presenting a weekly course on a classic sugya (insider-speak for a section of the Talmud that covers a specific topic.)
The course will last for five weeks and will explore the topic using the original Aramaic texts, as well as the classic commentaries of Rashi and Tosaphot.
“There are so many people who would love to experience authentic Talmud study but do not have the skills to do it on their own,” says Yaakov Kaplan, who produced the course.
“Rabbi Epstein—whose classes have been treasured by Chicago residents for decades—presents them with a thoughtful, in-depth Torah study, on par with the yeshivah experience, all from the comfort of home.”
No prior experience or language skills are necessary. The course is free (like all the best things in life), but you do need to sign up in advance.
“I’m excited to welcome people to the complexity and depth of the Talmud,” says Rabbi Epstein. “This course will empower you to apply talmudic analysis in all areas of study and life.”
Sign up for the new course at Chabad.org.