Torah for the End (and Beginning) of the World
Facilitated by Rabbi Elliot Kukla
The Rabbis of the Talmud lived in a time of profound transition (just like us). After the end of the world as they knew it, they rebuilt a new way to live in diaspora. In this class we will read Talmudic texts on topics like structural collapse, communal mourning, community responsibility, rest, restoration, and dreaming of a new world. We will bring these texts into dialogue with contemporary Indigenous, People of Color, and/or disabled activists and scientists who are on the frontlines of today’s structural collapse and renewal.
This class will be multi-sensory and include videos, podcasts, and more. This is not a SVARA method class, and we will be learning in English translation; you do not need to know your alef-bet. All are welcome and no prior learning is required. ASL and closed-captioning will be provided. Class size is limited, and ASL and BIPOC participants will be prioritized.
Who is this space for?
Anyone who wants to use texts from the tradition to enrich their understanding of the collapse and renewal we are experiencing in real time.
We know that virtual learning comes with a holy host of nuances and it can be hard to know exactly what to expect of an online experience. For that reason, we’ve gathered a list of the nitty-gritty details that will help you envision the fullest picture of each of our offerings!
- We’ll meet once a week on Thursday from 4–6pm ET
- There are seven sessions and regular attendance, to the extent that each learner is able, is strongly encouraged. However, we understand that access needs may interfere with attendance, and we strive to make this class as accessible as possible.
- No “homework” required between sessions
- All learning materials will be provided in an online portal
- Includes breakout spaces
- Live captioning is available in the main Zoom space. If you would benefit from live captioning in breakout rooms, you can request it in our enrollment form!