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Chevruta: Sundays 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
November & December: Mishnas and Gemaras
January & February: Maimonides, Guide for the Perplexed
March & April: Jewish Mysticism 

Join Rabbi Hershenson for Rabbinic Judaism adult learning on Sunday mornings.

What is a Chevruta? Chevruta (pronounced chev-roo-ta) is a group of adults committed to lifelong Jewish learning together, where camaraderie and friendships are cultivated through discourse. A fitting name for TBT’s adult education group!

Mishnas and Gemaras, ended on Sunday, December 27 and we are now transitioning into a new area of study.

Beginning Sunday, January 3, Rabbi Johanna Hershenson will lead our exploration of Maimonides’ The Guide for the Perplexed.

As the ancient rabbis were deeply influenced by Greek logic and letters, Maimonides (aka, the RaMBaM) was equally influenced by Greek philosophic inquiry as it translated through the Arab Golden Age in Spain and North Africa. Maimonides wrote the definitive commentary to the Talmud called the Mishnah Torah. He also wrote The Guide for the Perplexed to apply Aristotelian and neo-Platonic ideas about how the universe came into being, how God permeates the universe, where knowledge and wisdom come from, and how all the aforementioned applied to the language of the Torah renders it a philosophical work in contemplative practice.

During our Chevruta sessions we explore excerpts from Maimonides’ The Guide for the Perplexed seeking clues for how his ideas opened the door for both Jewish rationalism and Jewish mysticism.

Let’s study Talmud together! 

If you are interested in participating, please email TBT’s program coordinator, Lauralei Garrity at lauralei.garrity@gmail.com.

Check the calendar for the current schedule. Click here for this week’s parashat.