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Exile and Home: Tales of Traveling Rabbis, 3-Part series with Gila Fine

Hosted By: Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP)

Why does a great rabbi return to the town that had banished him? Who is the immigrant rabbi cruelly humiliated by his new havruta? And what happens when a man from Babylon marries a woman from Israel? The Talmud is riddled with travel narratives, stories of rabbis who leave their former lives behind and set out into the unknown, disoriented in unfamiliar territory, disparaged by unfriendly locals. This course looks at four such narratives, exploring the trials and tribulations of the traveling rabbis and the lessons they must learn before they can arrive at their destination. (If you remember, the first series the Gila taught for CSP was also about travel stories in the Talmud; this is a continuation of that series, but with an emphasis on difficult and trying stories, which Gila selected because of their relevance to the difficult situation at hand.)

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Gila Fine

Gila Fine is editor in chief of Maggid Books (Koren Publishers Jerusalem). She is also a teacher of Aggada, exploring the tales of the Talmud through philosophy, literary criticism, psychoanalysis, and pop-culture. Gila is a faculty member of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and the Nachshon Project and has taught thousands of students at conferences, community centers, and synagogues across the Jewish world. Haaretz has called her “a young woman on her way to becoming one of the more outstanding Jewish thinkers of the next generation.”
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