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Revolutionary Rabbis: Talmud Study as a Tool for Radical Change

Hosted By: Hebrew College

In Jewish tradition, what’s more powerful, your gut feeling or the words of the Torah? How many Aramaic words actually, when you look into it, mean glitter? Were the rabbis in the Talmud queer? Inspired by SVARA’s Talmud study methodology, this course will probe Talmudic texts to expose their radical and revolutionary roots. Using empathic listening with a chevruta (study partner), we will read the Talmud with an eye towards its focus on subtle but radical systems change. Whether you’ve just learned your alef-bet or you’re a seasoned Talmud student, we’ll give you the tools to read, translate, and access our tradition’s most radical text.

This class will meet on the following dates: April 8, 15, 22 & 29/ May 6, 13, 20 & 27

Scholarships are available.

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Frankie Sandmel

Frankie Sandmel is a fourth-year rabbinical student at Hebrew College in Boston, an educator and a community organizer. Frankie spent last spring interning with T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, and is currently a SVARA teaching fellow, where they are learning about curating radically accessible, authentic Jewish text study. Before starting rabbinical school, Frankie was program director at SVARA, and taught at innovative Jewish after-school programs across Chicago. These days, Frankie is a teacher at Prozdor and a fellow at the Center for Small Town Jewish Life, where they work with a congregation in Augusta, Maine. When not teaching or exploring ancient texts, they love to bake and build community in their home in JP. 
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Hebrew College

Hebrew College is an innovative national institute for Jewish learning and leadership based in Newton, Massachusetts. We are dedicated to Jewish literacy, creativity, and community, and a world of dignity and compassion for all. Our students are future rabbis, cantors, and educators, and people at every stage of life who love to learn. Together, we are infusing Jewish life with substance, spirit, beauty, imagination, and a sense of purpose.
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