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Tuesday, May 11, 7 pm
Nourishment from a Bowl of Aleph Bet Soup: Stories and Teachings from the Hebrew Letters
The Hebrew aleph bet offers rich opportunities for exploring Judaism. In this talk, Rabbi Dr. Jack Shlachter will examine the history of the aleph bet and its use as a structural device in the Jewish Bible and siddur. There will be a summary of various aleph bet tools used in Torah commentary including gematria, notarikon, and other techniques known as remez which hint at additional meanings beyond the literal. Examples of each will be studied. Finally, a synopsis of four separate “Aleph Bet” midrashim (expansions on the Bible) will be provided, and short passages from each will be shared.
Jack Shlachter is a physicist who worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for over three decades before coming to Brookhaven National Laboratory in 2019. At Los Alamos, Jack proudly served as the division leader of Theoretical Division, an organization comprising over 300 scientists who pursue a broad range of research in theoretical physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics. In his spare time, Jack is a rabbi; he was the rabbi and spiritual leader for the Jewish congregation in Los Alamos for many years, served HaMakom in Santa Fe, and is now the rabbi in Center Moriches, NY. He has also provided itinerant rabbinic support to far-flung communities including Vienna, Austria, and Beijing, China.
May 11, 2021—Nourishment from a Bowl of Aleph Bet Soup: Stories and Teachings from the Hebrew Letters, presenter Rabbi Jack Shlachter
June 8, 2021—My Yiddishe Mama, Jewish Women in Film, presenter Marcia Torobin
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