Living with Uncertainty

Four-part series led by Elana Stein Hain exploring how rabbinic tradition navigated everyday life’s uncertainties.
Multi-day Event, closest:
Dec 13, 2021 Virtual Event

About The Event

Talmud from the Balcony
Living with Uncertainty: Risks and Rewards

Today, people are certain about so many things. Impressions are formed, and often affirmed, in an instant. What can we learn from the rabbis about the value of uncertainty and how to negotiate it thoughtfully?

Elana Stein Hain will lead us in a discussion of rabbinic texts that help can us understand and navigate uncertainty. Each session in this series will focus on a different Talmudic sugya (passage) and is open to all, regardless of prior exposure to rabbinic texts.

  • Monday, November 15: The Relationship between Fundamentalism and Uncertainty
  • Monday, November 22: Tools for Navigating Uncertainty
  • Monday, December 6: “But I’m not sure I did anything wrong!”
  • Monday, December 13: Judging Righteously

This series is part of Ideas for Today, our yearlong offering of curated courses led by leading scholars addressing the compelling contemporary Jewish issues of the day.

Talmud from the Balcony is an occasional series that exposes the big ideas, questions, and issues motivating rabbinic discussions by viewing them the way someone on a balcony might see the dance floor below – viewing the dancers’ steps as part of a bigger picture of the dance – or in our case, the many layers within Talmudic debates.