Chabad offers new six-week course in Clinton

Posted Wednesday, Apr 17th, 2013
Hunterdon County Democrat -

Chabad of Hunterdon County’s Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will present ‘Curious Tales of the Talmud: Finding Yourself in the Legends of Our Sages,’ a new six week course that will begin April 23.

Rabbi Eli Kornfeld will conduct the six course sessions at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday’s starting April 23, and running to June 4, at the Chabad Jewish Center 90 Beaver Ave., Clinton.

“We'll explore the mystical dimension of the Talmud called the Aggadah, to uncover profound wisdom from some of the zaniest and most epic legends you’ll ever encounter,” said Rabbi Kornfeld. “This is a chance for the public to unravel layers of personal meaning from texts not usually available to non-scholars.”

In ‘Curious Tales of the Talmud,’ participants will encounter legends of gargantuan sea monsters, impossible feats, anthropomorphisms, and riddles that challenge the foundations of the Jewish faith. In deciphering the meaning behind these strange episodes, students will discover secrets containing profound insights into the meaning of life.

“Whether you are fascinated by the Talmud and Jewish mysticism, or whether you are seeking a fun and meaningful experience, you won’t want to miss this course, the material is as relevant as ever, promising to deepen the way we understand ourselves, our universe, and our relationships with the people we love,” says Kornfeld.

Like all JLI programs, ‘Curious Tales of the Talmud’ is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.

Interested students may call 908-238-9002 or visit for registration and other course-related information. 

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