Monday – Friday, 26 June – 20 July, 9.30am-12.30pm
Join us for the heart of the Azara programme, Talmud learning. We’ll be learning the third chapter of Kiddushin, which discusses ethical speech, relationships, and questions of status. When does our speech have power? What makes a marriage? And how can we use the wisdom of these texts in our own lives?
There are three levels for morning Talmud: advanced with Jeremy Tabick, intermediate with Leah Rosenthal, and beginners with Dr Laliv Clenman and Jessica Spencer. We’ll be in touch with you to determine which level will suit you best. Knowledge of the Hebrew alef-bet is required for this class.
This class will take place in-person in central Edinburgh.
Laliv Clenman is a specialist in Rabbinics and Hebrew and Aramaic language and literature, she is particularly interested in the multiplicity, diversity and development of rabbinic law and in the complex relationships between halakhah and aggadah as well as between Palestinian and Babylonian sources. Her research explores themes talmudic and midrashic discourse including violence and the law, legal authority, and problems of identity and status, including intermarriage, gender, sexuality, the construction of Jewishness and the impact of halakhah on the individual. She is passionate about building and growing active, supportive, inclusive and challenging learning communities.
Leah Rosenthal holds a B.A. in Talmud and Jewish Philosophy and an M.A. in Jewish Education, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has been teaching Talmud at Pardes for over twenty years and still enjoys doing so. She combines her teaching at Pardes with teaching at the nearby Pelech High School for Girls and raising, with her husband, their five children.
Jeremy Tabick is the Content Manager and faculty at Hadar, where he teaches, curates, and edits Hadar’s content—both online and in print. Jeremy is also pursuing a PhD in Talmud at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He graduated from the University of Manchester with a Masters in Physics, and is an alumnus of Yeshivat Hadar and the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He lives in New York with his wife and three children.
Jessica Spencer is a Hebrew College-SVARA Talmud Pedagogy Fellow and co-founder of Azara. She has taught in various spaces including synagogues, Limmud, and as the teaching assistant for Talmud Skills at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Jessica is a rabbinical student at Hebrew College and also studies at the Yashrut Institute. When not learning, she swims, reads, and muses on the best recipe for hot chocolate.