In this introductory talk, Rabbi Benay Lappe will lay out her philosophy of the Talmud and the rabbinic revolution that gave rise to it. She will explain where the Talmud came from, why it was written, what its purpose is, and why the study of it has been so important for Judaism and the formation of the Jewish mind.
Beyond its application to Judaism, the CRASH Theory is a simple but elegant model of how all change happens—whether societal, religious, organizational or personal. Originally conceived to explain the history of disruptive innovation within Judaism, it has proven helpful to many in understanding and navigating moments of disruptive change in their own lives.
Rabbi Lappe is the Founder and Rosh Yeshiva of SVARA. Ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary in 1997, Benay also currently serves as Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Next Jewish Future in Chicago, and as an Associate at CLAL—The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. An award-winning educator specializing in the application of queer theory to Talmud study, Benay has served on the faculties of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Temple University, American Jewish University, The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, The Graduate Theological Union's Center for Jewish Studies at UC-Berkeley, Milken Community High School, and The Wexner Institute.
During her tenure as Director of Education at Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, in Manhattan, Benay founded CBST’s Lehrhaus Judaica, which has served over 10,000 students to date. Benay also cofounded the Queer Jewish Think Tank at Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim, in Los Angeles, which still operates today.
Benay was named to Jewrotica's Sexiest Rabbis List of 2013 (and is a little embarrassed about this but also a little bit proud), The Forward's 2014 List of Most Inspiring Rabbis, was awarded the 2015 Mintz Family Foundation Award for Creative Jewish Education, and is a 2016 recipient of the prestigious Covenant Award for innovative Jewish education. While learning and teaching Talmud are her greatest passions, Rabbi Lappe is also a licensed pilot, shoemaker and patent-holding inventor.
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Want a deeper dive with Rabbi Lappe? Join us the following night for a transformative learning experience:
One-Night Stand: A Radical Approach to Talmud
Tuesday, May 22
$18 General Public | $15 Members and J-Pass holders | $20 At the door
Scholarship support is available
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