The Talmudic Portrait Gallery: Rabbi Yehuda Hanassi

Posted by Leah Rosenthal on January 7, 2016
Topics: Pardes Live, The Talmudic Portrait Gallery, Leah Rosenthal

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Meet Rabbi Akiva, Rabban Gamliel and Friends: Highlights of the Talmudic Portrait Gallery. This series, taught by Leah Rosenthal will focus on a close reading and discussion of a selection of literary portraits of central Rabbinic figures who produced the canonical Rabbinic texts that make up the foundations of Jewish tradition. In this episode, Leah Rosenthal will focus on Rabbi Yehuda Hanassi. No visit to the Talmudic Portrait Gallery would be complete without a consideration of the strong, dominant character of Rabbi Yehuda Hanassi – the redactor of the Mishna. We will read a selection of stories and anecdotes that are recorded within Rabbinic tradition that will highlight the complexities of the man who takes his place, alongside Moses, as a “Giver of Torah”- unquestionably impacting Jewish practice and tradition to this very day.

Click here for the other episodes in this series.

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About Leah Rosenthal

Leah holds a B.A. in Talmud and Jewish Philosophy and an M.A. in Jewish Education, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has been teaching Talmud at Pardes for over twenty years and still enjoys doing so. She combines her teaching at Pardes with teaching at the nearby Pelech High School for Girls and raising, with her husband, their five children.

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