Jews in a Non-Jewish World:Idol Worship and Living With Others – Masekhet (Tractate) Avodah Zarah Chapter 1
(no class May 26, 2021)
Throughout history, Jews have maintained strong religious beliefs and cultural ties. The Talmudic Sages, through the paradigm of exploring the mitzvah of refraining from and even abolishing idol worship, confront us with questions: how do we, as Jews, navigate living in a non-Jewish world? How much interaction and integration is acceptable, when it comes to business or socializing with neighbors? Should there be any limits? The Rabbis’ discussions and debates about the prohibition against idol worship is engaged as a framework of thought concerning the Jewish People’s place among the nations of the world. From the beginning of Tractate Avodah Zarah (Idol Worship) the Sages expand on laws that seem black and white on their face but move us into discussions about living in the complex world of kaleidoscopic humanity. Come join the learning no matter what your background. Students may bring either the Artscroll Schottenstein Vol. 1 Avodah Zarah to class or the Koren Talmud Bavli Avoda Zara – Horayot volume. Class meets at 7:30 pm on Wednesday evenings throughout the year, after the holiday season.
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