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Saturday, August 31 • 4:35pm - 5:30pm
Chavruta I

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Come explore Jewish attitudes to issues of wealth and finance, prosperity, work, consumerism and Tzedakah.  What is ultimately valuable?  Is work a blessing or a curse?  Is it unethical to spend lavishly?  What is the relationship between charity and justice?  (Sources compiled by volunteers from Limmud Galil, Limmud UK, Limmud NY and Limmud Hungary, and edited by Robin Cooke and Robin Moss.) This is the first of three chavruta sessions. 

Chavruta is a traditional rabbinic approach to Talmudic study in which a pair of students analyze, discuss, and debate a shared text. It is a primary learning method in yeshivas and kollels, where students often engage regular study partners of similar knowledge and ability, and is also practiced by people outside the yeshiva setting, in work, home and vacation settings. 

Unlike a teacher-student relationship, in which the student memorizes and repeats the material back in tests, chavruta-style learning puts each student in the position of analyzing the text, organizing thoughts into logical arguments, explaining reasoning to the partner, hearing out the partner's reasoning, and questioning and sharpening each other's ideas, often arriving at entirely new insights into the meaning of the text.

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Jonathan Crane

Center for Ethics, Emory University
Raymond F. Schinazi Junior Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought at Emory University's Center for Ethics. Currently president of the Society of Jewish Ethics, Crane co-edited (with Elliot Dorff) The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality, and authored Narratives and Jewish Bioethics.

Saturday August 31, 2013 4:35pm - 5:30pm
Spiritual Center