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Sunday, May 24

1:00pm EDT

Shavuot: The Origins of the Bible’s Most Cryptic Holiday
Limited Capacity seats available

Jews today associate Shavuot with the receiving of the Torah at Sinai, but many sort of know that the Torah does not actually connect Shavuot with Sinai. But the mystery of Shavuot goes deeper. Shavuot does not even have a date in the Torah, and in Second Temple times, the date of Shavuot was one of most divisive issues among ancient Jews. In this class we will try to sort out this mystery by looking at Biblical texts, Dead Sea Scrolls and rabbinic texts that relate to Shavuot.

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Joshua Kulp

Rosh Yeshiva, Conservative Yeshiva
Joshua Kulp is the Rosh Yeshiva of the Conservative Yeshiva. He is the author of three books, The Schechter Haggadah, and Reconstructing the Talmud, volumes 1and 2. His Mishnah Commentary is found on Sefaria and he is currently working on Daf Shevui, a Talmud commentary sent out weekly... Read More →

Sunday May 24, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

For in His Image: Slavery, Individualism and the Changing Meaning of Liberty
Limited Capacity seats available

Shavuot, which follows Passover, commemorates the reception of the Torah, which comes after the exodus from Egypt. But if the People of Israel's escape from slavery ends only in another bondage, this time to the Torah, can we really talk about a passage from slavery to freedom? In this session we will examine the different conception of liberty that was shared by our ancestors, and the transformations it went through with the rise of Christianity and the struggle against global slavery, based on the conception of the Image of God.

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Tomer Persico

Shalom Hartman Institute
Dr. Tomer Persico is the scholar-in-residence for the Shalom Hartman Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies at UC Berkeley.

Sunday May 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
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