Imaginary Rabbis, with Rabbi Yonah Lavery-Yisraeli
November 8, 2020, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Designed for her Talmud students but open to all, this talk is on how to make a historical or classical figure your teacher. How can you learn really well from such an inaccessible figure? How can you be a student of Talmud and avoid staying stuck as a Talmud “fan”?
Learning from dead/”classical” (might as well be imaginary)/inaccessible figures is very important in Jewish tradition. But it is in Indian philosophy and especially yoga that we see sensible and effective reading techniques described.
Rabbi Yonah Lavery-Yisraeli lives in Hamilton, Ontario, working as a ritual scribe (i.e. STA”M). She also runs the Hamilton Beit Midrash, a program of traditional, immersive Gemara study which meets once a week during the year and full-time for a week of summer intensive programming. Yonah’s visual artwork has been exhibited in Israel (“Tosafot”), the United States (“JOMIX”), Austria and Germany (“Die weibliche Seite Gottes”), and Canada (“Imbas Forosnaí” at the Hamilton Central Public Library, “Talmud Illuminated” at the Rosenshein Museum). She has published a number of articles on Talmud and Jewish law.