secular jews study talmud

Intro to Talmud

What is the Talmud?

The Talmud, a central Jewish text, is one of the most absorbing and challenging religious reference books in the world. It is the basis for Jewish law and was recorded from oral tradition with the initial intention of memorization. Talmud teaches not only about the Jewish legal code but also discusses ethics, philosophy and customs.

Why do those practicing Humanistic Jews study Talmud?

As Humanistic Jews, we value both reason and intellectual challenge. Historically, Jewish scholars studied Talmud to extract legal guidance and establish community norms, especially as unprecedented situations arose requiring practical leadership and direction.  At City Congregation, we study Talmud as a historical text. We enjoy the challenge of decoding, interpreting and discussing these esoteric teachings and discovering how they demonstrate practical relevance to our lives today.

Ultimately, we at City Congregation recognize the value in participating in the ancient tradition of studying Talmud, and we welcome a stimulating, healthy intellectual debate with a shot of whiskey to end our debates.

Theses classes are for members only.  Non-members are welcome to try out a class or two.  Inquire to:

Michael Witkin


May 14 2018


07:00 PM - 09:00 PM