From Genesis to siddur Lev Shalem: A history of Judaism through its books

Jeffrey Spitzer

Jeffrey Spitzer, a distance educator and curriculum consultant, will explore the basics of Jewish history by investigating the emergence of Jewish books and “book culture” on six Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The Zoom course begins on Dec. 3 with a class entitled, “Torah as Constitution and the Bible as Anthology (1300-165 BCE)” Resources and suggestions for exploration will be provided.

Other classes are: Dec.10: “Books that Didn’t Make It, and the “Oral Book” That Did (300 BCE-220 CE),”

Dec.17: “Why One of the Two Talmuds is The Talmud (200-700 CE),” Jan. 7: “The Siddur, the Guide, and the Zohar (700-1492 CE),” Jan. 14: “I Don’t Want Your Set Table (Shulchan Arukh) (1492-1789 CE),” and

Jan.  21: Histories, Cookbooks, Art Scroll, and Sefaria (1789-2021 CE).

The course, sponsored by Congregation Agudat Achim’s Adult Education Committee, is free and open to the public.

The Zoom link may be found on the congregation’s website. Phone number is 929-436-2866; Meeting ID: 970 211 663; Password: 918024.


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