TELLING STORIES (& STORIES THAT ARE TELLING)
A Special Shabbat Shalem Series
Wendy Amsellem teaches Talmud and Halakha at Yeshivat Maharat and is the Editor of Yeshivat Maharat’s Keren journal. She is also a faculty member at Drisha Institute and Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and she is an editor at The Lehrhaus. Wendy is the former Director of the Dr. Beth Samuels Drisha High School Program and she was the Rosh Kollel of the Drisha July Kollel. She has been a Wexner Graduate Fellow and a Mandel Jerusalem Fellow. Wendy is an alumna of the Drisha Scholars Circle and she has a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in rabbinic literature at NYU.
Friday, January 25
5:07 pm Candle Lighting
5:10 pm Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat
6:00 pm Communal Shabbat Dinner
$12 per child, student, & young professional, $20 per adult, $60 maximum per family
7:00 pm Learning w/Rabba Amsellem: Who Can Recite the Praises of God? Torah, Shame, and Forgiveness (Talmud Bavli Horayot 13b-14a)
Should knowledge be a prerequisite for community leadership? How can we set aside personal slights and focus on the public good? We will discuss a story in Masechet Horayot that details a falling-out among the leaders of the Beit Midrash and the various interventions required to set things right.
Saturday, January 26
11:00 am – Sermon by Rabba Amsellem: Before Sinai: The Evolution of a Midrashic Motif
A very early midrash suggests that God offered the Torah to other peoples before offering it to Israel. Why would God do this? Does this affect Israel’s relationship to Torah and to the Divine? We will explore the development of this midrashic motif and how it yields different meanings and insights into the Sinai story.
12:48 pm – Mincha
4:00 pm – Learning w/Rabba Amsellem
5:05 pm – Seudah Shlishit
6:07 pm – Ma’ariv, Havdalah & Shabbat ends