05 July 2006

Second Day of SBM

Rabbi Klapper speakingAfter today, the second day of the , I have a better grasp on the flow of it than I had . Apparently, the schedule I had listed yesterday is not as accurate as what it seems to now be: 7.30 am is morning prayers (שחרית) followed by breakfast, then we have סדר (learning time) בחברותא (in learning pairs) on our topic of ממזרים (for lack of a better translation, products of illicit sexual unions), stopping for lunch at 12.15 pm, then having a שיעור (lecture) on the sources at which we looked in the morning, followed by a brief break, then having open learning from 3.45ish until about 6.00/6.15, then breaking for dinner. Then, from 7.30 until מנחה (the afternoon prayer), we learn sources on an evening lecture to prepare for it, often doing so with community members, then pray the afternoon and evening prayers, then move on to the evening lecture.
One thing I'm finding interesting is the communal element: both 1) that we're learning throughout the day in the shul (reminding me of the בטלנים mentioned early on in the first chapter of Megillah), holding the fort down, so to speak, as well as 2) that members of the community can come in and learn with us as well as listen to public Torah lectures. It sounds neat to me in some way - I think in the increasing Torah kind of way.
As far as putting up the lectures online, I'm not quite sure about that just yet, though I plan on putting up the public lectures. Tonight's lecture was given by Rabbi Klapper (pictured giving the lecture) on the topic of "Is There A Mitzvah To Prevent Genocide?" using the same sources he had prepared for Edah. I thought it was decent, though I didn't quite buy his push to necessitate action halakhically when a genocide is going on. I agree that it should be a moral obligation, though. Also, he did make a couple of interesting comments regarding the uniqueness of America in Jewish history, which was practically ענינא דיומא (topic of the day - or topic relevant to the day), as American Independence Day was the day before.
Anyways, I'm going to end this post here, leaving off with an interesting quote from Rabbi Klapper quoting Rabbi Norman Janis, that he
used to point out to us frequently at pluralistic settings that all the concern about "" and breaking/destroying the community, and people can't marry each other, that some notion of a historical perspective should come into play with this whole perek (chapter four of Kiddushin) about defining the whole Jewish community in terms of various non-intermarriageable groups. And it's not clear that creating the same situation in terms of Reform and Conservative marriages is inevitably going to lead to the collapse of the Jewish people any more than עשרה יוחסין, which seems to be much worse.
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Purim Hero said...

I just realized from your picture which shul your using. Sharon is a great community! My Yeshiva from Israel (Bat Ayin) used the same shul last summer for a conference/reunion on creating open spiritual communities. Tell me... Are they still making it a point to only use compostable utensils and dishes (like disposable, but their bio-degradable) or was that more a product of my former Yeshiva's hippie tendencies then a community policy.

Anonymous said...

I have no problem downloading MP3 files to my computer and then transferring to a CD. But other types of files (which I think yours are) I can't seem to do. Any suggestions for a non-techi

Drew Kaplan said...

Purim Hero,
Alas, they are not doing anything special as far as utensils and dishes - at least not as far as I know. They may still be, but we have our own supplies.
The page to which I link also has some MP3 options. I haven't yet tried them, but it might be worth a shot.