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Lehrhaus Talmud Circle - Los Gatos

This course was offered in Fall, 2018.

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle: Tractate Ta’anit – Acts of God: Religious Responses to Natural Disasters

Rabbinic tales of drought, disaster, and charismatic holy men illuminate critical questions about power, ethics, and ecology in Jewish late antiquity. Through a reading of the Babylonian Talmud tractate Ta’anit (on fasts in response to drought) we will discuss how the Talmud challenges Deuteronomy’s claim that virtue can assure abundance and that misfortune is an unambiguous sign of divine rebuke.

Students must purchase the Koren Talmud Bavli Noé, Vol.12: Ta’anit/Megilla, Hebrew/English, print (several versions) or PDF.

While the majority of participants are continuing students, anyone may join. If you are new to the study of Talmud, we recommend that you participate in our A Special Morning with the Talmud and the Zohar introductory session. Sunday September 16, 10:00 at the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco. This program is free, however, please register in advance so that we can plan accordingly.

If you have questions, please contact Abra Greenspan at abra@lehrhaus.org.


# Sessions
Date & time

Sundays, October 21, November 11, December 16, January 27, February 24, March 17, April 28, May 19, June 2
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

$270 (100%)
$225 (80%)
$180 (60%)

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Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 21 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Sun APJCC Rabbi Jennifer Clayman
Nov 11 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Sun OFJCC Rabbi Jennifer Clayman
Dec 16 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Sun APJCC Rabbi Jennifer Clayman
Jan 27 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Sun APJCC Rabbi Jennifer Clayman
Feb 24 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Sun APJCC Rabbi Jennifer Clayman
Mar 17 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Sun APJCC Rabbi Jennifer Clayman
Apr 28 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Sun APJCC Rabbi Jennifer Clayman
May 19 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Sun APJCC Rabbi Jennifer Clayman
Jun 02 10:00 AM–12:30 PM Sun Jewish Community Library Rabbi Jennifer Clayman


Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center

14855 Oka Road Suite 201

Los Gatos, CA 95032


Jewish Community Library

1835 Ellis Street

San Francisco, CA 94115


The Library is located between Scott and Pierce on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. There is a free and secure parking garage accessible from Pierce Street; buzz the intercom, announce that you’re coming to the Library, and the gate will go up. For more information call (415) 567-3327.

Oshman Family JCC

3921 Fabian Way

Palo Alto, CA 94306



Rabbi Jennifer Clayman

Rabbi Jennifer ClaymanJen Clayman joined the Lehrhaus faculty in 2016. She is a rabbi with over two decades of experience in Jewish education and communal life, and she especially loves teaching adults. A resident of the Bay Area since 2008, she lives in Mountain View with her husband and children.