• February 18, 2020
  • 23 5780, Sh'vat
  • פרשת משפטים

A History of Halacha in 100 Objects

A History of Halacha in 100 Objects

In a blatant rip-off of the popular BBC series (History of the World in 100 Objects), Rabbi Jeffrey Saks will explore topics in Jewish law and lore through the prism of our material and physical objects – ritual items, tashmishei kedusha and mitzva, art, etc. – to gain insight into halachic practice and Jewish culture. As with most of our courses each session will stand on its own as we travel around the Jewish world and its history.

October 20, 2015 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A History of Halacha in 100 Objects: Lesson 1
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INTRODUCTION: I’m looking forward to our first session in this very experimental series. Hopefully each session will stand on its own but together have coherence as we explore the nature of Jewish ritual-material culture.

October 27, 2015 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A History of Halacha in 100 Objects: Lesson 2
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TEFILLIN

November 3, 2015 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A History of Halacha in 100 Objects: Lesson 3
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KOS SHEL BERACHAH

November 10, 2015 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A History of Halacha in 100 Objects: Lesson 4
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TEKHELET: Special guest shiur with Dr. Baruch Sterman of Ptil Tekhetet (www.tekhelet.com) and author of Rarest Blue: The Remarkable Story of an Ancient Color Lost to History and Rediscovered (http://amzn.com/0762782226). For a podcast interview about The Rarest Blue, visit: http://blog.webyeshiva.org/the-rarest-blue-conversation-with-baruch-sterman/

November 17, 2015 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A History of Halacha in 100 Objects: Lesson 5
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MEZUZAH:

November 24, 2015 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A History of Halacha in 100 Objects: Lesson 6
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TALMUD: See this recent news item for the timeliness of discussing the printed Talmud as a “mitzvah object” and this online museum catalog for a wealth of background, images and resources. [UPDATE Dec 23: See THIS news story on the auction of the Bomberg Talmud for $9.3 million!]

December 1, 2015 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A History of Halacha in 100 Objects: Lesson 7
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HANNUKIAH: On the interesting question of using an electric Hannukiah (Menorah).