Bay Area Community Talmud Circle with Deena Aranoff | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

Talmud Circle with Deena Aranoff

Sun, November 17, 2019 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Talmud Circle

Tractate Ta’anit – What Do We Know and How Do We Know It? The Talmud raises questions about “Holy Men” pronouncing the "meaning" of a disaster. This narrative section of the Talmud, in the words of Julia Watts Belser, “over turns expected hierarchies of gender, piety, and social status to challenge the theological significance of hunger, suffering, and abundance.” She writes, "These narratives blunt the moral condemnation inherent in disaster – and suggest that blessing often lies beneath the surface of apparent misfortune.” Ahead of Viktor Frankl, who taught, "When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves,” the Talmud asserts that an interpretation of events exercises a powerful influence over experience. Students must purchase the Koren Talmud Bavli Noé, Vol.12: Ta’anit/Megilla, Hebrew/English, print (several versions) or PDF.

While the majority of participants are continuing students, anyone may join. If you are new to the study of Talmud, we recommend that you participate in our A Special Morning with the Talmud and the Zohar introductory session.

If you have questions, please contact Tamar Zaken at or at 510 845 6420 


Sun, 9/22, 10/27, 11/17, 11/24, 12/15 (location TBD), 1/26, 2/9, 3/15, 4/26, 5/17, 6/7 (location TBD)

Professor Deena Aranoff


$350- $210 (Sliding scale)