Queer Talmud for Beginner’s Mind: Understanding Our Power & Authority

Taught by Julie Batz and Kendra Saperstein

Tuesdays, October 24th through December 12th
8-10pm ET | 7-9pm CT | 5-7pm PT 

Queer Talmud for Beginner’s Mind is designed to introduce folks of all backgrounds (especially beginners!) to Talmud study at SVARA. In this offering, we’ll witness how the Rabbis understand their own power and authority through a sugya in Masechet Sanhedrin that explores judicial procedure. One of the big wonderings here is who may sit in judgment. We’ll encounter a page of Talmud (perhaps for the first time!) and discover how to learn in chevruta—accountable learning pairs—while building the skills to translate the core texts of our tradition (from the original Hebrew and Aramaic) for ourselves.

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!

Specs on this learning space:

  • We’ll meet once a week on Tuesdays from 8–10pm ET
  • There are eight sessions and regular attendance is expected
  • Chevruta & shiur are combined into each weekly session (Not sure what this means yet? That’s okay!)
  • No “homework” required between sessions
  • Includes breakout spaces
  • All registered learners will receive a package from SVARA that includes the hard copies of our learning materials.
  • Two dictionaries are required: Frank & Jastrow
  • 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!


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