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Pirkei Avot Class

Upcoming Sessions

1. Saturday, April 27, 2024 19 Nisan 5784

12:30 PM - 2:00 PMSpielberg Chapel

2. Saturday, May 4, 2024 26 Nisan 5784

12:30 PM - 2:00 PMSpielberg Chapel

3. Saturday, May 11, 2024 3 Iyar 5784

12:30 PM - 2:00 PMSpielberg Chapel

4. Saturday, May 18, 2024 10 Iyar 5784

12:30 PM - 2:00 PMSpielberg Chapel

5. Saturday, May 25, 2024 17 Iyar 5784

12:30 PM - 2:00 PMSpielberg Chapel

6. Saturday, June 1, 2024 24 Iyar 5784

12:30 PM - 2:00 PMSpielberg Chapel

Pirkei Avot (Ethics [Chapters] of [the] Fathers ((Sages))) have been traditionally studied between Passover and Shavuot for over 350 years. Its words have been studied, quoted and lived since the origins of the Talmud (c. 200-400 CE). This second-to-last tractate in the order of Nezikin in the Talmud, Pirkei Avot will be presented and discussed in a unique fashion. Selected teachings will become prompts by which participants will be able to learn, develop and practice the ancient skills of Mahloket L’sheim Shamayim (arguing for the sake of heaven) – in the style of those who crafted the Talmud – and constructive disagreement or “bridging differences”. Participants will learn Four Core Discussion Norms of Discussion, and Four Conditions for Intergroup contact.

 

Each of the six sessions will present you with interactive exercises that will help to guide participants toward engaging in Active Listening, Discovering Shared Values, and disagreeing for the sake of learning and not for the sake of winning.

 

Registration closes April 12th, and we will not be able to accept late registrations. Walk-ins will be able to observe but will not be able to participate in the small-group exercises.

 

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