Power and Protest: Authority in the Rabbinic Tradition Text Study
February 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CST
When do we buck authority? When are we obligated to follow it? Explore Jewish ideas of governance and the systems of checks and balances developed by the rabbinic tradition with R’Goldie Guy, Director of Hadar Chicago and a graduate of Maharat. This is a rabbinic text skills class for learners of all levels.
In this class, we will study the second chapter of Tractate Sanhedrin, which explores laws relating to the King and the High Priest. The chapter explores the complicated dynamic of being in positions of highest authority, and needing to serve and be cared for by the broader community. Can the King or High Priest stand trial? Can they serve as judges? When they suffer a loss, how close can the community come to comfort them? In parallel, what checks and balances should be in place to ensure that these authority figures remember that they are ultimately subservient to God, and servants of the community? Texts will be studied in English, with an eye toward skill building. We will highlight key Mishnaic and Talmudic terms and structures in the original along the way.
This in-person class is a four-part series and costs $36 (half off for Builders).