Past Events and Classes

Published on July 6th, 2022 | by Jacob Sapon


Reading the Rabbis: Rabbinic Writings on the Holidays

Rabbi Natan Margalit

Thursdays, 3-4:30 pm ET. Online via Zoom.

If you know some Hebrew but want to get closer to being able to read the Mishnah, Medieval  commentators, and Hasidic Masters on your own, these classes are for you. Since reading these texts is not only about technical skills but also about interpretation, we’ll also discuss the ideas as they come up. Learning Torah takes on a whole new meaning when one can access the  treasury of Jewish texts in the original—you can experience the thrill of gaining the skills to  participate in this core Jewish spiritual practice. 

This course is offered in two parts that can be taken separately or combined as one class.

Rabbinic Writings on the Holidays, Section 1: High Holidays (3 sessions) 

Dates: September 8, 15, 22

Fee: $114 | Register HERE (three sessions only)

We’ll dive into the Mishnah on Yom Kippur which describes the processes of teshuvah (return to  one’s source or better self) and kapparah (atonement) on Yom Kippur. We’ll read the Mishnah  itself as well as some medieval commentaries. We’ll also take a short look at a Hasidic  commentary or two.  

Rabbinic Writings on the Holidays, Section 2: Hanukkah (6 sessions) 

Dates: October 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1 

Fee: $228 | Register HERE (six sessions only)

We’ll explore the Rambam’s (Maimonides) Mishnah Torah, laws of Hanukkah along with  commentaries. We’ll also dive into some Hasidic commentaries on the spiritual meaning of Hanukkah.

Reading the Rabbis: Rabbinic Writings on the Holidays, Sections 1 & 2 (9 sessions)

Dates: September 8, 15, 22; October 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1

Fee: $342 | Register HERE (for both courses combined)

Please use this registration link to register for both courses described above.

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