Jewish law was born out of fierce political battles, filled with drama and intrigue, waged by “warriors of the war of Torah.” These “warriors” wielded different kinds of power: aristocratic, economic, intellectual, majoritarian, and purportedly divine. We will sketch a portrait of power’s role in shaping Jewish law through careful study of a few powerful Talmud stories, and related commentaries, to begin to understand how power shapes the lives of our Sages and their teachings and our own lives today.
Ari Weisbard is a long-term Havurahnik. He lives in Washington D.C., where he faces his own share of political intrigue in squaring off against members of the D.C. Council while advocating for stronger employment protection on behalf of the D.C. Employment Justice Center (www.dcejc.org)
- Contemporary Issues
- Intermediate Text
- Text for Everyone
- Afternoon Course