On Tuesday, July 8th, SVARA and Mishkan Chicago begin another session of the S&M Bet Midrash. We are excited that you have registered and will be part of this amazing learning community!
We are so blessed to have so many students who have signed up for our summer session! So that we can keep track of lots of little yet important details, please complete the a survey here You’ll find questions about privacy, materials, and opportunities to help out in the Bet Midrash. Thank you in advance!
CRASH and Talmud Primer:
This Tuesday, July 1st, we will be hosting the CRASH Talk at the Mishkan Space, 4001 N. Ravenswood Ave, 403b (call up to Mishkan Chicago). Learning at SVARA always begins with first learning why we’re learning at all, at the CRASH Talk. You’ll find out how “queer” the Rabbis of the Talmud were, why learning Talmud is essential to being a “player,” and how to “Option 3” your Judaism (and what that is exactly). While CRASH is mandatory for all new students, it’s also a great refresher for alums, and open to all, even if you’re not enrolling in the Bet Midrash—so bring your friends!
From 8:00-9:00 pm, we’ll be offering a primer in the very basics of Talmud study: the geography of the page, how to find words in the dictionary, chevruta basics, and why Rashi is your friend. If you’re brand new to Talmud, this is a great place to start. If you’ve been in class before and just want a review, this is perfect for you. Come to either or both!
If you are a Bet Midrash veteran and would like to volunteer to help the newbies feel comfortable for their virgin CRASH, please send me a line!
We will be learning at Jacob’s art studio in Ravenswood. Our address for the summer will be 1770 W Berteau Ave. The access code to get into the building is *777. We will learn every night from 6:30 until 9:00 pm. Please be punctual so we can get as much learning in as possible. This is a 6-week session starting July 8th from 6:30 until 9:00 pm and continuing weekly on Tuesday nights. While unforeseen circumstances sometime arise, please plan to be at all six classes.
Supplies to bring with:
- Your dictionaries (Jastrow and Frank): We hope by now you have purchased dictionaries for our learning. If not, please do so as soon as possible. If you are not financially able to purchase these dictionaries, please make arrangements to borrow them. They will be an essential investment in your learning.
- Your reference packets that you received at CRASH/last term: This packet contains helpful hints and rules for looking things up in the dictionaries, as well as SVARA and CRASH. If you have not yet been to CRASH, extra reference packets will be on hand.
- Pens/pencils and paper.
- Optional: A recording device. Many students find it helpful to record the classes so that they can review during the week. If you think that would help you, please feel free to record the audio from class.
On Friday, you’ll receive an email with a chevruta suggestion. Feel free to email your study partner and introduce yourself! We’ll match you with a chevruta based on past text experience and Hebrew skill level. Matchmaking isn’t a science and we might need to make some adjustments later on.
Feel free to contact me with questions. I know from personal experience that it can be an overwhelming experience to walk into the Bet Midrash for the first time and sometimes—even when you’ve been there a while—you wish there was somebody to talk to about that. Want to grab a coffee and chat? Send me an email and let’s set it up.
If you’re learning with us for the first time, welcome to the family. If you’re already part of the family, welcome back to the Table. We are so excited to learn with you!
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