Hadar West Coast: Beit Midrash with Congregation Beth Sholom

In Person
Date and Time
Monthly on the second Thursday at 6:30 PM until Thu, May 9 2024
Congregation Beth Sholom


Villains: Characters the Rabbis Love to Hate

The Beit Midrash has for centuries been one of the spiritual and intellectual centers of Jewish life. It is the place our people have gathered together to pore over sacred texts, debate their meaning and application, and emerge with wisdom to guide Jewish living.

From February through May, on the second Thursday of the month, join us at Congregation Beth Sholom to study some of the wildest stories in rabbinic literature, and to learn the art of classical Beit Midrash study. Each session will focus on a new midrashic villain. We'll start with a brief introduction, break out into havruta, and then return to a full group discussion. 

All sessions are free and open to the community. Join us for all 4 sessions, or drop in to one!

Thursday, February 8 with Rabbi David Kasher: Villains in the Garden of Eden
Thursday, March 14 with Rabbi Dorothy Richman: Villains of Shushan
Thursday, April 11 with Rabbi David Kasher: Villains in Pharaoh’s Court
Thursday, May 9 with Rabbi Dorothy Richman: Villains in the Kingdom of Israel

This program is presented in partnership with Congregation Beth Sholom.

Faculty Bio

Rabbi David Kasher

Rabbi David Kasher is the Director of Hadar West Coast. After graduating from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, he served as Senior Jewish Educator at Berkeley Hillel, a part of the founding team at Kevah, and Associate Rabbi at IKAR. R. Kasher completed a translation of Avot d'Rabbi Natan for Sefaria and is the author of ParshaNut: 54 Journeys into the World of Torah Commentary.

Villains: Characters The Rabbis Love to Hate

A Beit Midrash Series by Congregation Beth Sholom and Hadar

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