Welcome to The Hub for online Jewish classes and events. Find an upcoming event hosted by Jewish organizations across the world, or explore our on-demand section to view recordings of past events.

Loading Events

When the Divine Is in the Details: The Talmud’s View of Divine Law

Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI)

The ancient world produced two radically different ideas of divine law – Greek natural law, grounded in abstract reason, and biblical law, grounded in concrete revelation.

The confrontation of these two ideas of divine law led some Jews in late antiquity to think of the revealed Torah in terms of Greek natural law: an absolute, immutable, abstraction of universal truth.

Other ancient Jews, particularly the rabbis of the Babylonian Talmud, resisted this new way of thinking.

They sought to preserve and reinforce the divine Torah’s dynamic and historically-embedded character.

But how did they do this? What tools did they use?

Join Prof. Christine Hayes for a journey into the rabbis’ workshop, where a spirit of play and a devotion to detail are key strategies for preserving the Torah’s open-ended vitality:

Sunday, February 20th
8 pm Israel / 7 pm CET / 6 pm UK / 1 pm EST

Part of “What is the Talmud?”, a series from the National Library of Israel moderated by Prof. Michal Bar-Asher Sigal, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

The event listed here is hosted by a third party. My Jewish Learning/70 Faces Media is not responsible for its content or for errors in the listing.

Discover More

Does The Jewish Community Need A Nelson Mandela Today?

World leaders today have assembled to mourn the death of Nelson Mandela. As tributes are paid to Mandela’s towering legacy ...

Book of Numbers

The harsh environment of the wilderness lead to Israel's spiritual development as a nation.

Mandela and Messianic Time

In less than a week, so much has been said to eulogize Nelson Mandela. Together with Frederik Willem de Klerk, ...