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25. Male and Female in Jewish Mysticism, Philosophy and Law
A thorough exploration of Jewish mystical, philosophical and legal attitudes about masculine and feminine images, concepts and realities. Learn how the Talmud views the characteristics of men and women. What are distinctions between men and women from a Kabbalistic perspective? How are men and women are compared to the sun and moon? Do men and women relate to change differently? What are male and female responsibilities in areas of Torah study and prayer? What essential feminine trait enabled every Jewish heroine in the Bible to change Jewish history? How is this trait reflected in the three special mitzvot given to women. (4-5 series or one-time lecture, min 1 ½ hrs)

26. The Meaning of Midrash
Join us as we explore the exciting world of Midrash. Midrashic insights are often quoted by teachers of Torah. Such insights highlight latent ethical, moral, philosophical and mystical themes inherent in the text. Midrashim also transmit and bring to life essential details surrounding events recorded in the Biblical texts. Most often, Midrashic insights are quoted out of context, providing a measure of poignancy and beauty to discussions of Scripture. But it is rare to approach Midrash in the wholeness of its primary form, laden with meaning far beyond the sum of its parts. In this 5-session course, various types of midrashim (including midrashic material from the Talmud known as aggadah) will be handed out, analyzed and discussed in their original context. Questions will be explored such as: What principles govern the conjectures of Midrash? What were the true intentions of the Sages who compiled this unusual body of literature? Is it History? Is it Art? Why are the earliest discussions of Kabbalah clothed in the dialectic of Midrash? What constitutes an "acceptable midrash" according to Jewish law? May a contemporary Jew author his/her own midrash? (series of classes, or one-time class min 2 hrs)

27. The Meaning of “Tzaddik”
In this series we study the meanings of the word Tzaddik (Righteous person) in the Bible and Talmud where the title is bestowed on a short list of individuals in unlike situations, often for unclear reasons. The Talmud also teaches that the world continues to exist upon the merit of 36 hidden Tzaddikim in every generation. Why must they be hidden? How do interpretations of our Sages differ from the common accepted use of "tzaddik" in modern times? (4-5 part series)
Lecture topics 25-27
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