EAGLE COUNTY - The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will present "Curious Tales of the Talmud: Finding Yourself in the Legends of Our Sages," a six-session course that begins tonight at 7:15 p.m. at the Inn at Riverwalk in Edwards. Rabbi Dovid Mintz of the Chabad Jewish Center will lead the sessions on consecutive Wednesdays.
"We'll explore the mystical dimension of the Talmud called the Aggadah, to uncover profound wisdom from some of the zaniest and most epic legends you'll ever encounter," said Rabbi Zalman Abraham of JLI's headquarters in Brooklyn. "This is a chance for the public to unravel layers of personal meaning from texts not usually available to non-scholars."
In Curious Tales of the Talmud, participants will encounter legends of gargantuan sea monsters, impossible feats, anthropomorphisms, and riddles that challenge the foundations of the Jewish faith. In deciphering the meaning behind these strange episodes, students will discover secrets containing profound insights into the meaning of life.
"Whether you are fascinated by the Talmud and Jewish mysticism, or whether you are seeking a fun and meaningful experience, you won't want to miss this course," said Mintz. "The material is as relevant as ever, promising to deepen the way we understand ourselves, our universe, and our relationships with the people we love."
Like all JLI programs, Curious Tales of the Talmud is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship. To learn more, call 970-476-7887 or go to www.JewishVail.com.