• September 25, 2022
  • 29 5782, Elul
  • פרשת וילך

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: The nature of Jewish ritual-material culture
Class description

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: Tefillin
Class description

We will be discussing TEFILLIN in this session.

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

In this session we will discuss the KOS SHEL BERACHAH, the cup we make a blessing with.

November 10, 2015 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A History of Halacha in 100 Objects: TEKHELET
Class description

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.

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

In this session we will be discussing the MEZUZAH.

November 24, 2015 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A History of Halacha in 100 Objects: The Talmud
Class description

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: The electric Hannukiah
Class description

HANNUKIAH: On the interesting question of using an electric Hannukiah (Menorah).

Rabbi Jeffrey Saks is the founding director of ATID – The Academy for Torah Initiatives and Directions in Jewish Education, in Jerusalem, and its WebYeshiva.org program. He is the Editor of the journal Tradition, Series Editor of The S.Y. Agnon Library at The Toby Press, and Director of Research at the Agnon House in Jerusalem. A three-time graduate of Yeshiva University (BA, MA, Semicha), Rabbi Saks has published widely on Jewish thought, education, and literature (see www.webyeshiva.org/rabbisaks).