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Some Biblical Insights into Modern Realities and Challenges

Hosted By: Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP)

How did jars come to be so important in the ancient world? What did the rabbis’ Shabbat candles look like? And why does the talmudic Angel of Death carry a knife, not a sword? There are certain stories only objects can tell. And yet, we know so little about rabbinic material culture, how the men and women of the Talmud prepared their food, mended their clothes, or decorated their living rooms. This course explores four objects of the rabbinic household, revealing how their physical properties, historical use, and cultural implications radically shape our understanding of their stories.

1 pm ET/10 am PT

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Gila Fine

Gila Fine is a lecturer of rabbinic literature at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, exploring the tales of the Talmud through philosophy, literary criticism, psychoanalysis, and pop culture. She serves on the faculties of the Nachshon Project, Amudim Seminary, the Tikvah Scholars Program, the London School of Jewish Studies, the Community Scholar Program, and WebYeshiva, and has taught thousands of students at conferences, campuses, and communities across the Jewish world. As editor-in-chief of Maggid Books, Gila worked closely with such leading scholars as Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz and Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, publishing over 100 titles of contemporary Jewish thought, including several bestsellers and eight National Jewish Book Award winners. She is also the former editor of Azure: Ideas for the Jewish Nation. Her work has been featured in the BBC, Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, The Jerusalem Report, Tradition Journal, Jewish News, and The Jewish Chronicle (which selected her as one of the ten most influential Brits in Israel). 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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