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Creative Interpretation: How the Rabbis Radically Change the Meaning of the Torah in Traditional Ways with Rabbi Rose
April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 21, 2019
How does the Talmud infer that the Torah’s clear assertion of “an eye for an eye” really means that the injured is owed monetary compensation?
Midrash, the process of rabbinic interpretation of the Torah, is often used to come to such thoroughly radical conclusions. Why do the rabbis stretch the Torah’s meaning in this way? What are the boundaries of this creativity? How can we treat the Torah as divine and sacred while twisting its words? Together we’ll explore these questions, both in the historical context of early rabbinic Judaism and as they can serve as guides in our own wrestling with Torah.
Dates: Tuesday nights, April 30- May 21 (No class May 7), 3 sessions