LONGMEADOW – Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) and the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will present Curious Tales of the Talmud: Finding Yourself in the Legends of Our Sages,the institute’s new six-session Spring 2013 course that will begin on Wednesday, April 24.
In Curious Tales of the Talmud, participants will encounter legends of gargantuan sea monsters, impossible feats, anthropomorphisms, and riddles that challenge the foundations of the Jewish faith. In deciphering the meaning behind these strange episodes, students will discover secrets containing profound insights into the meaning of life.
“Whether you are fascinated by the Talmud and Jewish mysticism, or whether you are seeking a fun and meaningful experience, you won’t want to miss this course,” said Rabbi Yakov Wolff, the local JLI instructor. “The material is as relevant as ever, promising to deepen the way we understand ourselves, our universe, and our relationships with the people we love.”
Like all JLI programs, Curious Tales of the Talmud is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.
Curious Tales of the Talmud will be offered at LYA, 1148 Converse St. in Longmeadow for six Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday, April 24, from 7:30– 9: p.m. Fee for the course, which includes a student textbook, is $100 with a couple’s price of $180. Curious Tales of the Talmud will also be offered at law offices of James Smith, 1331 Main St. Springfield, for six consecutive Thursdays beginning April 25, from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.