An Introduction to The Talmud and the Rabbinic Mindset

Adult Education – 4 part course

Wednesdays, 14 June – 5 July, 7:30-8:30pm

We are delighted to be offering this joint adult education course with our partners at Kol Chai.

  • What is the Talmud, why is it important, how does it work and why is it still relevant?
  • We’ll look at the history of this important Jewish text and how it has influenced Jewish prayer, law and culture.

7:30-8:30pm Wednesday evenings with Rabbi Naomi Goldman, Kol Chai Hatch End Reform Jewish Community, and Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, The Ark Synagogue.

14 June
What is the Talmud exactly?
An insight into its history and development, what it contains and how the whole text works.

21 June
Brachot (Blessings):
This is the first chapter in the Talmud. Some of our most important prayers come from the Talmud. We’ll look at how the Talmud reflected the development of a new kind of Judaism, with new liturgy and how that might inspire us to continue creating new prayers for new times.

28 June
Halachah (Jewish law)
We’ll look at how new laws were developed in the Talmud and how the Rabbis used the Torah to develop new laws for new times.

5 July
Aggadah (Stories)
Roughly a quarter of the Talmud is made up of stories and ethical wisdom. We’ll have a look at some Talmudic stories and how the wisdom reflected can make for a more nuanced sense of our Jewish tradition.

This new adult education course is open to all who are interested in learning with us. While ideally participants would aim to attend most of the sessions, all sessions are stand alone, so participants are able to join as few or as many sessions as they wish.

To get the Zoom link and reading material, please email the Kol Chai synagogue office at