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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, 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.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Notes from Roland Nikles

The SFJCC Talmud Circle is fortunate to have Roland Nikles's notes appear soon after the group meets  (we also have terrific snacks, but that is a different story).  In truth, the notes are more than notes, they are annotated and illustrated!  Here is the link to his Talmud Circle blog:

Talmud Circle 3: December 6, 2015.... (in which Peretz reconciles Hannah's "Sato" ruse)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Students, Steinsaltz, Simchas, and "Sivivon Sov Sov Sov" (the other dreidel song)

From Roland

Roland Nikles (an active blogger, writer and attorney) of the San Francisco Talmud Circle at the JCCSF has created a blog "Talmud Circle with Peretz Wolf-Prusan (Lehrhaus Judaica at JCCSF)".  He has annotated the first two sessions and illustrated and illuminated many points of interest. 

From the Global Day of Jewish Learning

Lehrhaus was a partner in “24×24,” a free video learning resource open to everyone, created by The Global Day of Jewish Learning (from the Aleph Society of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz) with the generous participation of world-class scholars, artists, rabbis and authors.  Viewers around the world tuned in to live broadcasts on November 14 and 15, 2015. Sessions were broadcast from both in-person events and web-based gatherings. Each speaker brought a unique perspective to this year’s Global Day theme of Love: Devotion, Desire and Deception. Viewers from everywhere joined us for live online discussions by questions of the speakers and fellow far-flung viewers.

Peretz presented “Desire: It’s Good For You! The Body, Sexuality and Fat Rabbis in the Talmud.” 

Here is the source sheet:

The Video:

From Ilana

Rabbi Ilana Goldhaber-Gordon is sharing the supporting handouts from her Los Gatos Talmud Circle:

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