Learning at SVARA always begins with first learning why we’re learning at all, at the CRASH Talk. You’ll find out how “queer” the Rabbis of the Talmud were, why learning Talmud is essential to being a “player,” and how to “Option 3” your Judaism (and what that is exactly). While CRASH is mandatory for all new students, it’s also a great refresher for alums, and open to all, even if you’re not enrolling in the bet midrash.
In this introductory talk, Rabbi Lappe lays out her philosophy of the Talmud and the rabbinic revolution that gave rise to it (along with important vocabulary and concepts for anyone learning with her). She will explain where the Talmud came from, why it was written, what its purpose is, and why the study of it has been so important for Judaism and the formation of the Jewish personality. This lecture is both an overview of the ultimate goals of the Jewish enterprise, as well as a crash course in halachic (Jewish legal) jurisprudence.