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Valuing Life and Limb: The Rabbinic Transformation of Justice with Rabbi Jamie Kotler

Past Sessions
Monday, December 9, 2019 11 Kislev 5780 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday, December 2, 2019 4 Kislev 5780 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday, November 25, 2019 27 Cheshvan 5780 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday, November 18, 2019 20 Cheshvan 5780 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday, November 4, 2019 6 Cheshvan 5780 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday, October 28, 2019 29 Tishrei 5780 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Join Rabbi Jamie Kotler for this 6-session class held on Mondays, October 28, November 4, 18, 25, December 2, 9, 10:30am-12pm.

CLASS DESCRIPTION: Our Torah speaks of retributive justice in the famous verse: “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” The Rabbis found retributive justice difficult to accept and sought to reason their way to a different understanding of what “an eye for an eye” could mean. Our sessions will focus on an exploration of early notions of retributive justice, and how the Rabbis, starting in the Tannaitic period (0-200 CE), transformed that conversation into a complex system of financial remuneration. We will study Tanach, Mishna and Talmud to uncover the values that the rabbis are transmitting to us through their discussions. We will ask about tensions between the visions of justice that they offer. How does ancient Rabbinic thinking compare with our modern understanding of justice? How might Rabbinic thinking inform our discussions around value-laden questions of what justice is in today’s world? More generally, what can we learn from their quest to transform the conversation about justice, and from the respectful nature of their conversation as handed down to us in our texts?

ABOUT RABBI JAMIE KOTLER: I enjoy opening the door to Torah for spiritual seekers, creating meaningful entry points into Jewish text and enabling reflection on our connection to The One, to one another, to the chain of generations on whose shoulders we stand, and to the world we inhabit. I offer traditional and modern sources to enhance and deepen our understanding of the text, and to help us to find our own modern voices in the ancient words of our ancestors.

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