Beit Midrash

Social Justice Beit Midrash

Talmud as Spiritual Practice

Wednesdays February 27th – April 10th, 6:30 – 9:00 pm (with the exception of March 20th)

In the SVARA style of Talmud study we will encounter the ״traditionally radical” nature of the Jewish tradition, and the cultivation of Talmud study as a spiritual practice. In addition to rigorous learning in a supportive environment, everyone is encouraged to bring their real-life experiences to the text and share openly. This 6-week beit midrash series is for beginners and advanced students alike–whether you’ve just mastered your aleph-bet or you have studied in yeshiva for years.

What is Svara style?
The SVARA style has three components. Chevruta, shiur, and chazara. In the first part of class, after gathering and introducing the text, you and your chevruta/study partner, with lots of help from dictionaries, will work on deciphering the text in the original Hebrew or Aramaic, no matter what your skill level. After some time in chevruta, we will come together as a group to unpack the text, discuss it, and bring our own voices, lives and experience to it. The final piece, chazara/returning, is the real key. After shiur, you and your chevruta will spend time reviewing the text together to the point of deep understanding, ownership, and memorization. Memorization is a way of truly owning the text, beyond the book. Each student will experience a sense of accomplishment and ownership regardless of previous Talmud experience! Our beit midrash will be a warm and welcoming place for everyone to try new things and dive into the text together.

Teacher: Nehar Shalom Rabbinic Intern/SVARA Teaching Fellow Hayley Goldstein.
Cost: $90 (includes book and materials). Cost will not be a barrier to participation; please be in touch with Hayley at with any questions. Click here to register.