A discussion of the notion of reciprocal love to G-d as developed in Tanya, Chapters 46-49, and the centrality of the non-literal interpretation of ‘tzimtzum’ (contraction), as discussed in Chapter 48. To create space for the other is not to absent yourself and abandon them, but to be present in the right kind of way: to cultivate an environment in which the other can develop their individuality and ultimately enter into a fully reciprocal relationship.
In this class you will be introduced to slightly altered case scenario. You will learn a common Talmudic argument known as "migu" and will then examine whether the migu brings new differences between Rashi's and Tosafot's divergent understandings of an oath. The class will conclude the Mishnah and begin the Talmud's analysis of the peculiar wording of the Mishnah.