Fall Shiur

a weekly deep-dive into traditionally radical Talmud with SVARA

Thursdays, October 22th -December 17th

8:00-9:30 PM ET | 7:00-8:30 PM CT | 5:00-6:30 PM PT

Are you ready to make a weekly commitment to Talmud? This fall SVARA is serving up a FALL SHIUR, taught by Laynie Soloman, faculty member & SVARA’s Director of National Learning. Register today and join your Queer Talmud comrades for a weekly shiur that will enable you to deepen your learning practice in this uncertain time.

Draw from the juicy and joyous well of Talmud study and chevruta learning, and dig into a sugya that—on the surface—deals with questions of wealth (re)distribution, justice, and giving tzedakah (‘just’ giving), and the nature of rabbinic logic and interpretation. We’ll address core concepts related to kra-proofs and svara throughout our shiur.

About this Shiur:

Y’all will be expected to prepare material in chevruta in advance of shiur each week. Please register with a chevruta! We’ll focus on rigorous attention to details and radical attunement to letters and historical layers, working to fully own the text in our mixed-level learning space.

This Weekly Shiur is for folks who:

  • want to level-up their learning by maintaining a weekly learning practice
  • want to deepen their skills as independent learners
  • have learned Talmud with SVARA for at least one session (a pop-up or weekly bet midrash, Queer Talmud Camp, etc.)

What you’ll need:

  • a chevruta
  • a commitment to learn for approximately 1.5 hours with your chevruta in between sessions
  • a Jastrow dictionary (NOTE: While we know the Jastrow Dictionary is available online, we strongly recommend using a book for this learning, access needs notwithstanding. If you’re having trouble finding a Jastrow Dictionary, you can order one directly from the publisher here or from your local Jewish bookstore.)

We’ll be learning from Masechet Bava Batra. If you have a copy of this masechet, fabulous! If you’d like to order one, we suggest you purchase one with a local Jewish bookstore. (Let us know if you’re having trouble finding one, and we’ll connect you!) Once you register, you’ll have access to the Daf, Hint Sheet, and all of the other goodies you need to bring the bet midrash to you, all available in one convenient resource portal.

Register & Cost:

The sliding scale for this shiur is $100-425, and we ask that you select a number on this scale that works for you. If this scale is beyond your means, you can pay a reduced tuition rate (any meaningful amount to you at this time) and indicate this on your registration form. Questions? Be in touch with James!

Please note: This shiur is designed for folks who have previously learned Talmud in a SVARA bet midrash, and we encourage folks to register along with a chevruta with whom they’ll prepare the weekly assigned material. If you have any questions or want some help figuring out if this is the right learning space for you, please be in touch with Laynie!

We are overjoyed by the incredible response for Fall Shiur! In order to ensure a learning community that is as closely aligned with our values as possible, we are reserving the final spaces in Fall Shiur for folks who hold identities that are traditionally underrepresented. Further registrations will be waitlisted and we will be admitting registrants on a rolling basis. You should expect to hear from us within the next business day based upon the receipt of your registration. Questions? Reach out to James!


Your Faculty & Fairies:

Laynie Soloman (Faculty, they/them) is a faculty member & Director of National Learning at SVARA. They believe deeply in the power of Talmud study as a healing and liberatory spiritual practice. Laynie is completing a Dual M.A. in Talmud/Rabbinic Literature & Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Goucher College. They love facilitating experiences of Jewish learning that uplift the piously irreverent, queer, and subversive spirit of rabbinic text and theology, and they have taught and lectured on these topics in various community spaces, campuses, and in academic settings. When not in shul or learning Talmud, you can find Laynie reading about liberation theology, collecting comic books, and singing nigunim.

Information about fairies coming soon!