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Reading the Talmud Very Slowly : Menahoth

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We will read an extract from the Babylonian Talmud.

The Talmud explains that, "When Moses ascended on high he found the Holy One, blessed be He, engaged in affixing coronets to the letters. Said Moses, 'Lord of the Universe, Who stays Thy hand?' [I.e., 'is there anything wanting in the Torah that these additions are necessary?'] He answered, 'There will arise a man, at the end of many generations, Akiba b. Joseph by name, who will expound upon each tittle heaps and heaps of laws'. 'Lord of the Universe', said Moses; 'permit me to see him'. He replied, 'Turn thee round'. Moses went and sat down behind eight rows (and listened to the discourses upon the law). Not being able to follow their arguments he was ill at ease, but when they came to a certain subject and the disciples said to the master 'Whence do you know it?' and the latter replied 'It is a law given unto Moses at Sinai' he was comforted. Thereupon he returned to the Holy One, blessed be He, and said, 'Lord of the Universe, Thou hast such a man and Thou givest the Torah by me!' He replied, 'Be silent, for such is My decree'."

Teacher: 
Lewis Freedman
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Monday, December 16, 2013 - 15:00
ARBOR CAFE -- 4210 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland more
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