Lunch & Learn: Pigs, Plagues and the Rabbis: A Talmudic Response

Date: July 2, 2020Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Phone: 203-552-1818Email:

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PLEASE NOTE: Beginning Thursday, April 30, Lunch & Learn is going virtual! Please register for Zoom link AND password.


Lunch & Learn is a weekly program, every Thursday from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. The Lunch & Learn program is generously sponsored by Rita Edelston.  


July 2

Pigs, Plagues and the Rabbis: A Talmudic Response 

Chaim Lauer

How did the Talmud understand and react to the intermittent plagues and epidemics that struck the mid-East?


July 9

Love Your Neighbor 

Rabbi Howard Goldsmith yourself, through history and today. 


July 16

Human King and Divine Kingship: A Picture of David as an Ideal King 

Rabbi David Silber

Our exploration takes us to the Second Book of Samuel, chapters 6 and 24.

July 23

Medical Students, Body Snatchers and Jewish Law in 19th-Century America 

Rabbi Oran Zweiter

A post mortem on post mortems, using a Halachic probe. 


Thursday, July 30 - Tisha B’Av, no class


August 6

Vayikra: And So-and-So Called

Rabbi Lester Bronstein

The Book of Leviticus begins with a mysterious word -- a very with no subject. Who is the hidden subject in our lives that calls us to be fully present, to engage in the woes of the world and to be moral person? 


August 13

The Kotel / The Shema

Rabbi Moshe Edelman

Let’s sleuth out two mysteries: a) why the Western Wall has stones with hearts; and b) why the Shema Yisrael prayer is shrouded in mystical emphases, pronunciations and spellings. 

August 20

Free Will, Free Willy

Rabbi Greg Wall

What choices do we really have? How can we gain freedom? Is our destiny pre-ordained? A whale of a topic, be sure.

August 27

Light Is Sown for the Righteous / Rabbi Akiva vs. Rabban Gamliel

Rabbi Moshe Edelman

For today’s twofer, we’ll explore: a) why Psalm 97 says the tzaddik has light, but the yashar (the upright) is blessed with joy; and b) how two great Talmudic Sages clash in their approaches to resolving disputes -- and why we should care.