Upcoming Events at Beth Israel Congregation

Learning with Rabbi Alexander Seinfeld

Tuesday, November 14, 7pm 

“The Rabbinic View of Evil” with Rabbi Alexander Seinfeld 

Satan the Nemesis

“Satan” is known to most of us through non-Jewish images and legends. The name is in fact Hebrew and originates in the Tanach. Moreover, the rabbis who wrote the midrashim and the Talmuds had much to say about “the satan”. Alexander Seinfeld wrote his doctoral dissertation on the rabbinic view of the satan as portrayed in the Babylonian Talmud.

 

Lecture: Satan in the Talmud

The Talmud represents a bridge between oral and written Judaism. While some view the Talmud as a collection of loosely-related oral traditions, a close examination of its 39 Satan texts reveals a systematic, pedagogical agenda and an instructive understanding of “the Satan”.