Unpacking the Sages with Rabbi Elisha Anscelovits

“You may polish up common sense, you may contradict [it] in detail, and you may surprise it. But ultimately your whole task is to satisfy it.” – Alfred North Whitehead

In this course, we learn to read texts and particularly religious legal texts (from the Bible through the Talmud to today) by understanding what common-sense advice the original author tried to communicate, rather than by being blinded by the text’s words and concepts. In this way, we discover how to notice people’s insights on real life. We use such study, in turn, to learn how to make our own ethical/policy decisions based on inductive and intuitive insights — rather than pigeonholing issues into principles or values.

This course is being offered both in-person at Pardes, or online through Zoom.

Open to learners at all levels.

Required books: A course sourcebook will be provided

Class Dates: Tuesdays, November 8, 2022 – January 10, 2023 (No class on December 20)

Class Times:

5:45-7:45 PM Israel
3:45-5:45 PM GMT
10:45 AM-12:45 PM Eastern
7:45-9:45 AM Pacific

Cost: $180.

Questions about the content? Email ElishaA@pardes.org.il.

REGISTER HERE to join the class online and receive the Zoom link.

To join the class in person, please register with Hodaya: registrar@pardes.org.il