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Supported by The Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation, The Koret Foundation, the Estate of Mort Fleishhacker, and the students of Lehrhaus Judaica

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Roland Commentaries

The circle of the Talmud page grows by it's commentaries.  The JCCSF Talmud Circle is expanded by our own commentator, Reb Roland.  To be enriched by the newest version of his prodigious efforts CLICK HERE

His previous excellent work can be found at CLICK HERE.

Any errors in his commentary are the responsibility of his presenter, and that would be me.

Shabbat Shalom,

Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Rabbi Adin Even Yisrael Steinsaltz Hospitalized in Jerusalem

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz has suffered a stroke. It happened after his return to Israel following his private meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Monday, December 5.

Born in Jerusalem in 1937, Rabbi Steinsaltz is known to Jews around the world as a teacher, philosopher, social commentator, and spiritual mentor.  His life and work is the foundation of Lehrhaus Judaica's Bay Area Community Talmud Cicle program.

The Rabbi’s Hebrew name is Adin ben Rivka Leah.  May the one who blessed our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, bless Adin ben Rivka Leah.  May he merit from the Holy One of Blessing protection, rescue from any trouble or distress, and from any illness, minor or serious; may God send blessing and success in his every endeavor, together with all Israel, and let us say, Amen.

Here is a video of Rabbi Steinsaltz discussing gratitude, a fitting companion study to Berakhot.  GRATITUDE VIDEO 

On June 11, 2016, Yom Yerushalim, we gathered all the Talmud Circles for a Siyyum/Closing at the Jewish Community Library.  Rabbi Steinsaltz, via video, taught about the Sh'ma and the Tefilah.  You can see him here:

He also answered questions from us!  Here are the questions and notes on his answers from the video:

You can find the 2013 and 2014 Community Talmud Circles Steinsaltz events BY CLICKING HERE 

We will all imagine him fully recovered and sharing his profound love of life, humanity, and Talmud Torah with us all soon.  

Please feel free to leave a comment.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Got to know (and love) those basic terms

Pages 238-239 of Berakhot 35a contain many key terms and principles of the Talmud.  These terms are explained in this link CLICK HERE

On the bottom of 239 is Svara, reason.  

A fascinating and appropriately provacative essay by Rabbi Benay Lappe, the Rosh Yeshiva of SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva Click Here

You can see her ELI talk here CLICK HERE

You can find our all time favorite Guide to Jewish Texts BY CLICKING HERE

Friday, October 21, 2016


All students should obtain a print or digital copy of the Koren Talmud Bavli Berakhot with Commentary by Rabbi Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz).

We will begin with Chapter 6, page 237.

Monday, August 15, 2016

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The Bay Area Community Talmud Circle is a growing, dynamic, and welcoming community of adult students engaged in modern Talmud study and active conversation. This unique project is a collaboration of Lehrhaus Judaica and The Aleph Society of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, hailed by TIME magazine as a "once-in-a-millennium scholar."

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Talmud Circle Siyyum with Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

The Annual Bay Area Community Talmud Circle Steinsaltz Shiur and Siyyum on June 5, 2016, at the Jewish Community Library was a fulfilling and stimulating success.

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
Talmud Circle students and our faculty, Rabbi Ilana Goldhaber-Gordon, Professor Deena Aranoff and Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan learned with Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz in a question and answer conversation.  

The first part answered the question, “Kriyat Sh'ma and The Tefillah: How Can They Possibly Fit Together?” 

The second addressed the meaning of Jerusalem Day (June 5) and responses to questions posed by our students.

A guide to the responses was provided and a robust community discussion illuminated and expanded the learning.

You can find links to the videos and the guide here.

Shiur Guide

Kiryat Sh'ma and the Shemonah Esreh

Talmud Circle Students and Rabbi Steinsaltz Questions and Answers

We are grateful for the partnership with the Aleph Society of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, the hospitality of the Jewish Community Library, and the support of the Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation, the Koret Foundation, the Fleishhacker Fund, and the students of Lehrhaus Judaica.