Leah Rosenthal: Insiders and Outsiders, Then and Now

Posted by Leah Rosenthal on January 9, 2017
Topics: Pardes Live

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In this podcast, Leah Rosenthal explores the Talmudic story (from Moed Qatan 16b) of Rabbi Hiyya who defies his teacher Rabbi Yehuda HaNassi, when he teaches Torah in the open marketplace – rather than in the sacred beit midrash as R’Yehuda HaNassi decreed. As the story unfolds, tensions and undercurrents flow between the central personalities and their ideologies. Through the discussion of ancient Talmudic politics and conflicts we discover some striking similarities to some of our own current issues and debates.

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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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