The Bay Area Community Talmud Circles
“In traditional Jewish society, the purpose of study (lernen) was not information, nor even knowledge, but a lifelong exposure to the sacred texts and an ongoing dialogue with them. Lernen was seen both as an intellectual endeavor and as an act of devotion; its process was its purpose.” (Haym Soloveitchik)
1) We are learning Tractate Megilla, Perek 2, page 301 (new students should purchase the Koren Talmud Bavli Noé, Vol.12: Ta’anit/Megilla, Hebrew/English, print (several versions) or the PDF (less than $10)).
2) We will remain on Zoom through the foreseeable future.
3) The schedule is set and follows below. Deena will be on Sabbatical through December 2021. Dorothy will fill in for her.
4) Resources and schedules will be kept on this website for the time being
5) With great thanks to the OFJCC, and to Tova Birnbaum in particular, we are able to provide you all with a registration page for the Talmud Circle year already in progress.
You will see three tiers of registration:
Tier 1 - $350.00
Tier 2 - $280.00
Tier 3 - $210.00
Here is the schedule:
San Francisco and Santa Rosa Talmud Circles, Sundays, 10:00am to Noon, with Rabbi Peretz Wolf Prusan
On Zoom: Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 21, Dec 12
TBD Jan 23 Feb 20 Mar 20 April 3, May 22
Palo Alto and Los Gatos Talmud Circles, Sundays, 10:00 to Noon, with Rabbi Peretz Wolf Prusan
On Zoom: Oct 3, Oct 24, Nov 14 Dec 19
TBD Jan 30 Feb 27, Mar 27 April 10 May 22
Lunchtime Talmud, Wednesdays, Noon-1:00 pm, with Peretz Wolf Prusan
On Zoom Oct 6, Oct 20, Nov 3, Nov 17, Dec 1, Dec 15
TBD Jan 12, Jan 26, Feb 9, Feb 23, Mar 9, Mar 23, Apr 6, Apr 20, May 4, May 22
Berkeley Talmud Circle, Sundays, 10:00 am to Noon, with Rabbi Dorothy Richman
On Zoom Sept 26, Oct 17, Nov 7, Dec 12
TBD Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 6, April 10, May 22
Marin Talmud Circle, Sundays, 10:00am to Noon, with Prof. Deena Aranoff
On Zoom with Rabbi Dorothy Richman Sept 19, Oct 10, Nov 14, Dec 5
TBD with Prof. Aranoff January 23; February 13; March 13; April 24; May 22
At the conclusion of the 2021 Siyyum, Dorothy took from the comments and composed this poem:
rain of compassion
the Talmud meets
the joy of the group which
with full understanding
requiring at least four people
meets each of us where we are.