SUMMER 2021 TALMUD-TORAH: HOLY MONSTERS
Long before Dungeons & Dragons, fantasy novels and the world of Harry Potter, unusual and even magical “monsters” could be found in our sacred literature. Come study about the creatures that can be found in Torah, Talmudic, and Midrashic texts. In these thematic sessions Rabbi Bolton will explore monsters that took on mythic proportions and whose presence sparked science fiction and fantasy writers over the ages.
Meets Wednesdays, 7:30 pm, June 30, July 7, July 14, 2021
Click HERE for a recording of the first class of SUMMER TALMUD TORAH: HOLY MONSTERS. We discussed texts that relate to the great sea serpent, Leviathan, as well as a Seven Headed Demon in a Talmudic house of study. The monsters of Jewish tradition serve symbolic roles in terms of historical challenges and inner spiritual struggles. The language of monsters and spirits provides for a way to express fears, and the battle against them helps us wage war against that which imperils us or prevents us from reaching our goals or destinations.
Click HERE for the second installment of Holy Monsters – Summer Talmud Torah. We finished up our sources on demons and moved on to the Golem. While the legend of Rabbi Loew creating the clay creature stems from pre-modern Bavaria sources in the Torah and Talmud indicate that Jews were already onto thinking about creating monstrosities with the creative powers granted them by God. What power the language of monsters holds in Jewish tradition!
Click HERE for the third installment of Summer Talmud-Torah – Werewolves and Behemoth
COMING IN THE FALL OF 2021
Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton
Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 pm (resumes after the High Holy Days)
Siddur Class with Rabbi Bolton
Thursdays, 8:40-9:40 am (resumes after the High Holy Days)