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Global Day ON AIR 2019: HAMAQOM Talmud Circles

Falling Down and Speaking Up: Laments from the Heartbreak Hotel

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In the Babylonian Talmud Ta’anit 24a–b, “The Speech and The Speaker” are codependent on prayers being heard. In these narrative sections of the Talmud, the “fallen spirits,” save the day. These humbled rabbis, whose failings leads to transformation of character, and their sincere laments, not the prayers or fasts, bring the rain. “His spirits fell and the rain came” (chalash da’ateih ve’ata mitra). Led by Dr. Deena Aronoff, Rabbi Jennifer Clayman, Rabbi Dorothy Richman, and Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan. Presented by the HAMAQOM Talmud Circles in the Bay Area, California.

Dr. Deena Aronoff is the Director of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies and Senior Lecturer in Medieval Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. Her interests include rabbinic literature, medieval patterns of Jewish thought and the broader question of continuity and change in Jewish history. Deena is also a community educator and teaches Bible, rabbinics, and Jewish mysticism in a variety of adult education programs. Deena is also a recently certified yoga instructor and teaches yoga in San Francisco.

Jen Clayman joined the HAMAQOM faculty in 2016. She is a rabbi with over two decades of experience in Jewish education and communal life, and she especially loves teaching adults. A resident of the Bay Area since 2008, she lives in Mountain View with her husband and children.

Dorothy Richman serves as the rabbi of Makor Or: Jewish Meditation Center. She teaches Torah and prayer widely in the Bay Area and her rabbinate has been deeply influenced by years of service with AJWS and Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. Dorothy recently released an album of original songs, Something of Mine, largely based on texts from the Jewish tradition.

Peretz Wolf-Prusan is the Senior Educator of HAMAQOM, formerly Lehrhaus Judaica. From 1975 to 1985 he was actively involved in informal education (UAHC Camp Swig) and in the creation of Jewish scribal art (ketubot and posters). From 1985 to 1990 he attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, receiving his MAHL and Rabbinic Ordination. From 1990 to 2010 he served Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco as Rabbi and Educator, and in 2002, he was awarded the Covenant Award as “An Exceptional Jewish Educator who has had a significant impact on others, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the transmission of Jewish knowledge, values, and identity.” He is engaged in community education for the Bay Area, focusing on conferences, retreats, tours and the Bay Area Community Talmud Circle.

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