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Mysterious Tales

The Hidden Codes of the Talmud

This Talmud course will take you on a journey through the mysteries of the Talmud known as “Agadeta”. Alongside Rabba Bar Bar Chana and other sages, you will discover three fascinating tales, their hidden meaning and life messages.

The Desert Mentality, Part 1
There are sections in the Talmud known as Agadata, which relates interesting stories, powerful parables, and coded messages. In this class we look at a truly spectacular tale with Rabba bar bar Chana, where he encounters the generation of the desert.
The Desert Mentality, Part 2
In this lesson we examine the fascinating tale of the Talmud with Rabba bar bar Chana and the desert corpses, and uncover the mystical meaning and message the Talmud conveys with this enigmatic narrative.
Does it matter who your neighbor is?
In this class we explore a perplexing story the Talmud relates at the end of Tractate Sukkah about an apostate woman named Miriam from the family of Bilgah. Like so many teachings of the Talmud known as Aggadata, this mysterious passage contains profound meaning, and will teach us something extraordinary about our neighbors.
The Indestructible Jewish Spirit
In this class we probe deeper into the perplexing story about an apostate woman named Miriam from the family of Bilgah who displays great disrespect in the Holy Temple. This seemingly pejorative anecdote of the Talmud, in the final analysis, reveals a truly positive message of extraordinary goodness.
The Wonders of R. Pinchas ben Yair
In this lesson we take a close look at the miraculous tale of Rabbi Pinchas ben Yair splitting a river (and his famous donkey), and discover the beautiful meaning embedded in this mysterious story.
Join the Talmud’s discussion as we explore and debate various selected texts from the vast sea of the Talmud, and gain insight and appreciation of its rich knowledge. This series will help enhance your skills in Talmudic analysis and reasoning, whilst providing a window into the style and language of the Talmud, also known as the Gemara. These courses are taught by Rabbi Binyomin Bitton, an expert Talmudic scholar, who masterfully presents the Talmud’s profound wisdom in a clear, easy to follow, and intellectually stimulating manner.
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