Lectures (shiurim)

We are thrilled and honored to sponsor the lecture series entitled “Topics in Talmud Yerushalmi (Jerusalem Talmud)”. The lecture series delves into exciting, thought provoking and day-to-day relevant topics uniquely addressed in the Talmud Yerushalmi. If you would like to receive updates please email us here. Many of the lectures are being adapted into a short form which is being distributed in Synagogues in the United States. If you would like to receive these adaptations in your email, please send an email here.

  • Kiddush Hashem in the Talmud Yerushalmi (Lecturer: Rabbi Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer) The Talmud Yerushalmi is the fundamental source for Kiddush Hashem (Sanctification of God’s name)  vis-a-vis non-Jews as an underlying basis of our commercial activity. The Rabbis went to extremes in order to return lost objects to even the lowliest gentiles just to hear the words “Blessed is the Merciful, the God of the Jews“. Video. English Transcription (קידוש השם).
  • Ayeles HaShachar: The Light Through the Darkness (Lecturer: Rabbi Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer) This probably most famous Talmud Yerushalmi gives us insight into how Redemption for the Jewish People has occursed through out the ages.  The Talmud Yerushalmi teaches that it happens gradually in small bursts. Video. (אילת השחר).
  • ‘Amidah: A Sacrifice or a Prayer? (Lecturer: Institute) The ‘Amidah was instituted when Sacrifices were abrogated, but is it a continuation of the Sacrificial process or universal Prayer. English Transcription (עמידה: תפילה או קרבן). How we understand the nature of the Amidah also determines whether we keep our feet next to each other in parallel (as common custom today) or one in front of the other (as practiced in some places historically).
  • Decree of Rabba:Shofar on Rosh Hashanah on Shabbath (Lecturer: Rabbi Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer) Video (גזירת רבה בתקיעת שופר בראש השנה הנופל בשבת).
  • Esau dispises Jacob or Judah? (Lecturer: Rabbi Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer) The popular notion that Esau’s hatred for Jacob has a broader scope, i.e. gentiles dispise the Jewish People seems to be very late in origin. In the Talmud Yerushalmi this notion is quite clearly limited to a historical incident. Video
  • Supporting one’s ex-wife (Lecturer: Rabbi Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer) A remarkable Yerushalmi that teaches that one’s divorcee is still considered a relative. Video
  • The Travels of Samson (Lecturer: Rabbi Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer) All elements of the Scriptures are deeply significant even the travel logs of Samson have a deeper meaning.  Video

The Domed Universe

The  Talmud Yerushalmi seems even more adamant than the Bavli that sun  at night goes behind a dome! How do we understand this position?

Chalitza as a Kinyan

The  Talmud Yerushalmi presents an opinion that chalitza is not just a release from the bond of ziqa, but a form of kinyan! How do we  understand this opinion and the concept of ziqa in general according  to the Yerushalmi?

 Asking a sage to pray for a sick person

The Talmud Yerushalmi has a unique perspective on the positive impact of a sage’s prayer for a sick person. The theological implications  are very significant.

The Role of a Judge

R’ Shimon bar Yochai has a remarkable position on the authority  of a judge that hinges on one word in chumash: leimor. A fascinating exploration of girsa and derasha.

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