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Past Events

Past EventsSunday, March 2

The Talmud The book that shaped Judaism

The Talmud A Biography

Harry Freedman, Jacqueline Nicholls
Chair: Naftali Brawer

The Talmud is a repository of centuries of rabbinic wisdom on law, legend and life, with a dialectic structure setting it apart from virtually any other text. Harry Freedman looks at the book’s history and Jacqueline Nicholls shares the drawings she is making to express her daily encounters with the text, continuing the long, loud, passionate Jewish argument that has lasted generations and continues to shape Judaism. 

Dr Harry Freedman has a PhD in the Aramaic translation of the Torah. His publications include The Gospels’ Veiled Agenda (O-Books). He contributed to the Encyclopedia of Modern Jewish Culture (Oxford University Press) and has written for the Jewish Chronicle, Jewish Quarterly, Judaism Today and the Huffington Post.

Jacqueline Nicholls is an artist and Jewish educator. Her work has been included in significant group shows of contemporary Jewish Art and solo exhibitions in Israel, USA and the UK. She co-ordinates the Art Studio programme at JW3, and lectures at the London School of Jewish Studies.

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer serves as the Chief Executive of Spiritual Capital Foundation. He co-authors a monthly column in the Jewish Chronicle and contributes to the Times, the Guardian and the Daily Mail. He is the author of A Brief Guide to Judaism and a frequent broadcaster on the BBC. He recently presented a two part series on Radio 4 on the Talmud.

To buy books featured in this event please click hereTen per cent of all sale proceeds will go to Jewish Book Week, supporting the festival for future years.

 

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Harry Freedman © Karen Freedman Designs

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David Grossman speaks with Mark Lawson at a special out-of-festival event.