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Talmud for Secular Jews
The Talmud, a central Jewish text, is one of the most absorbing and challenging religious reference books in the world. The Talmud is the source from which the code of Jewish Halakhah (law) is derived. It is made up of the Mishnah and the Gemara. The Mishnah is the original written version of the oral law and the Gemara is the record of the rabbinic discussions following this writing down. It includes the rabbis’ differences of opinions, and covers ethics, philosophy and customs of ancient civilizations. The adjudication of interpersonal disputes provides context for understanding the ancient civilization, Jewish and gentile. It provides background that helps us understand the origins of man-made laws governing Jewish rituals which exist today, as well as providing guidelines for living meaningful lives. By studying Talmud, we develop the ability to dissect what it means to be Jewish today. Check out up to two sessions of The City Congregation's Talmud study with no fee and no obligation. Further classes require formal association with TCC. Classes are held in member homes in Brooklyn and Manhattan. For more details, write Michael Witkin at [masked].

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    The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism provides a welcoming, diverse community for cultural and secular Jews where we can celebrate and preserve our Jewish identity. As Humanistic Jews we rely on reason, inner strength, and the support of community to face life's challenges and collectively improve the world. We welcome everyone: families, singles, unaffiliated Jews, intermarried or interfaith families, single parent families, LGBT community, atheists, and agnostics. All are welcome here. Together, we celebrate our Jewish heritage in humanistic ceremonies such as the High Holidays, Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, Shabbat, and many others.

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