Global Day ON AIR 2019:
Rabba Yaffa Epstein & Rabbanit Sara Wolkenfeld
Friendship or Death – Havruta o Mituta: Can words kill?
Today, Havruta is all the rage – but are there ever times when Havruta can go terribly wrong? And how do the words we use, and the tone we take, matter in our havruta learning, and our Torah study? This session will be co-taught by lifelong Havruta partners – Rabbanit Sara Wolkenfeld and Rabba Yaffa Epstein – and we’ll be looking at the concept of Havruta learning – its history, methodology and the Rabbinic intrigue that surrounds it.
Rabba Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of the Wexner Heritage Program. She formerly served as the Director of Education in North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University. Yaffa has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has served as the Director of the Beit Midrash at the Dorot Fellowship in Israel. She has lectured at Limmud Events around the globe, has written curriculum for the Global Day of Jewish Learning, and has created innovative educational programming for Hillel.
Sara Tillinger Wolkenfeld is the director of Education at Sefaria, an online database and new interface for Jewish texts. She is passionate about Talmud education and expanding Jewish textual knowledge for all. Sara is also a fellow of the David Hartman Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Her previous experience includes serving as director of Education at the Center for Jewish Life – Hillel at Princeton University, as part of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus. She studied Talmud and Jewish Law at various institutions of Jewish learning in Israel and America and speaks frequently at synagogues, schools, and university communities. She lives in Chicago with her husband and their five children.