Wednesdays at 19:30 | Free with Museum admission*
1/7/15 – "The Many Voices of the Book of Lamentations", Prof. Ed Greenstein, Bar Ilan Univ., Hebrew
Sura and Pumbedita – Talmudic Academies The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem and Beit Midrash Elul invite you to this special series of meetings held in the spirit of the Talmudic academies of Sura and Pumbedita, the ancient "universities" of the Jewish people.These academies, where the Babylonian Talmud was debated and edited, existed for over 800 years, between the 3rd and 11th centuries CE. They served as the cultural and spiritual center of the Jewish people, and the nourishing setting in which the Jewish identity we know today was formulated. Join us as we travel back in time to the Talmudic academies of Babylon, experience their educational methodology, learning, and yearning for Zion.
8/7/15 – Session 1– Forgetting the Teaching of Babylon – The Physical and Spiritual Journeys of Talmudic Scholars Between Eretz-Israel and Babylon. 19:00-21:00 – An evening of learning circles and Chavrutot. led by Beit Midrash Elul moderators.
15/7/15 - Session 2– Mesivta – The Virtue of Learning 18:30 – Talmudic Scholars for a Moment – Learning circles in the spirit of the ancient yeshiva, with Beit Midrash Elul moderators on: teacher-student relationships, controversy and its limits, scholars and philistines, and the power of Chavruta.19:30 – The Ancient Universities of the People of Israel, Lecture by Rabbi Dr. Binyamin Lau
22/7/15 – Session 3 – "A decree the public cannot stand" – The Destruction of the Temple and the Shaping of Memory 19.30. – Seminar led by Shlomit Ravitzky Tur-Paz, Executive Director of Beit Midrash Elul
29/7/15 – To Be Announced
*Please note start times for the Sura and Pumbedita series. ** Sura and Pumbedita series – Free for museum members only.Non-members – Entrance ticket to the BLMJ.
Advanced reservation for lectures and learning sessions required.
All programs subject to change