The Stolen Lulav: Talmudic Thought and Ethics
Fall 2023 — specific dates to be announced
Rabbi Emily Aviva Kapor-Mater
The Rabbis relate the example of whether one who used a stolen lulav on the holiday of Sukkot has fulfilled their obligation. In this class, we will do a deep dive on this text from the Talmud, exploring both how the dichotomy between cheftza (object) and gavra (person) is used to resolve issues in Talmudic law, and how the larger ethical issues that arise from this text can illuminate our understanding of Jewish ethics in modern societies and under capitalism. All texts will be taught in their original languages, and learners of all skill levels and backgrounds are welcome. If you know your alef-bet you can learn Talmud with us — we’ll help you along your path.
If you’re interested in joining us for this class, please send us a message.