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Text Study of Bilaam with Rabbi Rob Toren

Monday, December 12, 2022 18 Kislev 5783

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Past Sessions
Monday, December 5, 2022 11 Kislev 5783 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday, November 28, 2022 4 Kislev 5783 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday, November 21, 2022 27 Cheshvan 5783 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday, November 14, 2022 20 Cheshvan 5783 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Monday, November 7, 2022 13 Cheshvan 5783 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Text Study of Bilaam: Loyal Prophet or Idolatrous Businessman with R. Rob Toren - Close reading of the Bilaam (aka Balaam) from Parshat Balak (Number 20 ff), a unique narrative in Tanakh in presenting a non-Israelite nation and prophet, their understanding of G-d and their perceptions of Israel.  Including Bilaam’s four prophetic poems, unique as well, in both content, form and language.  We will examine the narrative’s role in Sefer Bemidbar, how Bilaam is presented elsewhere in Tanakh.  We will conclude with rabbinic sources’ view of Bilaam, loyal prophet of God or idolatrous businessman out to make a profit as “prophet for hire.” Students should have some experience or comfort with “close readings” of Biblical texts. No Hebrew knowledge required.

Format: Virtual (on Zoom)

Time: Mondays, 7:00-8:30pm

Dates: Nov. 7, 2022- Dec. 12, 2022 (6 sessions)

Cost: Suggested donation of $54 to our adult education fund.  

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This class is free of tuition. We encourage and appreciate donations to our adult education fund.
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