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Lehrhaus Talmud Circle - Shomrei Torah

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.

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


# Sessions
Date & time

Sundays, October 7, November 11, December 2, January 6
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

$120 (100%)
$100 (80%)
$80 (60%)
$45 for members

Please select one of the pricing options above. Shomrei Torah members, use the Members tuition option. Contact abra@lehrhaus.org regarding tuition assistance.

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 07 3:00 PM–5:00 PM Sun Shomrei Torah Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Nov 11 3:00 PM–5:00 PM Sun Shomrei Torah Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Dec 02 3:00 PM–5:00 PM Sun Shomrei Torah Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Jan 06 3:00 PM–5:00 PM Sun Shomrei Torah Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan


Congregation Shomrei Torah

2600 Bennett Valley Road

Santa Rosa, CA 95404



Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Rabbi Wolf-Prusan is currently the Chief Program Officer and Senior Educator at Lehrhaus Judaica, where he focuses on community education for the Bay Area through conferences, retreats, tours, and text circles. From 1990 to 2010 he served Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco as Rabbi and Educator; in 2002 he was awarded the Covenant Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the transmission of Jewish knowledge, values, and identity. Rabbi Wolf-Prusan received his MAHL and Rabbinic degrees at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Becki (a second generation native of the East Bay) and Peretz have happily returned to live in Berkeley.