Ancient Tales Reveal Answers to the Greatest Mysteries of Life

Posted Monday, Apr 22nd, 2013
Boulder Jewish News

Chabad of NW Metro Denver’s Jewish Learning Institute will present Curious Tales of the Talmud: Finding Yourself in the Legends of Our Sages, the center’s new six-session Spring 2013 course that will begin Wednesday April 24th 2013.

Members of the community may join the first session free of charge with no obligation to continue the remaining five sessions.

Rabbi Benjy Brackman of Chabad of NW Metro Denver will conduct the six course sessions at 7 pm on Wednesday evenings at Chabad of NW Metro Denver at 4505 W 112th Ave Westminster.

“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 Benjy Brackman who will be teaching the course. “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.

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 Jewish or affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.

Interested students may call 720-984-5805 or visit for registration and other course-related information.

The Babylonian Talmud is a literary work of monumental proportions that draws upon the legal, spiritual, intellectual, ethical and historical traditions of Judaism. The 37-tractate Babylonian Talmud contains the teachings of the Jewish sages from the period after the destruction of the Second Temple through the 5th century CE. It has served as the primary vehicle for the transmission of the Oral Law and the education of Jews over the centuries; it is the entry point for all subsequent legal, ethical and theological Jewish scholarship. 

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