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Living with Uncertainty: Risks and Rewards

Four-part series led by Elana Stein Hain exploring how rabbinic tradition navigated everyday life’s uncertainties.
Dr. Elana Stein Hain is the Rosh Beit Midrash and a senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she serves as lead faculty and consults on the content of lay and professional programs. A widely well-regarded thinker and teacher, Elana is passionate about bringing rabbinic thought into conversation with contemporary life. To this end, she hosts TEXTing, a bi-weekly podcast that considers issues relevant to Jewish life through the lens

Talmud from the Balcony

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 leads 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.

Session 1: The Relationship Between Fundamentalism and Uncertainty 
Recorded on November 15, 2021

Session 2: Tools for Navigating Uncertainty
Recorded on November 22, 2021

Session 3: Resolving Uncertainty Amidst Competing Claims
Recorded on December 6, 2021

Session 4: Accusations, Rumors, and Scandal
Recorded on December 13, 2021

This series is part of Ideas for Today, a 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.

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