Secular Talmud Class

Taught by Mónica Gomery

This class will consist of six sessions meeting on September 11, September 25, October 9, October 30, November 6, and November 13th.

Class meets from 4:00 - 5:45 PM at the BWC Building at 1762 Beacon Street in Brookline.


 **Please note that our registration deadline is Tuesday, September 6th and that sliding scale rates are available! You do not need to have taken Part I of this course to register. You must commit to attend at least 5 out of the 6 classes in order to participate. The class will be capped at 14 participants.**

What is the Talmud and what is its purpose? What were the rabbis who constructed and composed the Talmud trying to communicate by writing it? How can we engage with the Talmud as secular Jews? 

Part I of this class explored these questions by reading some of the Talmud's most bizarre stories. Now, in Part II, we'll zoom in, focusing on a specific section of the Talmud. Come find out what the ancient rabbis were up to with their creative, subversive interpretations of Torah, and expand your own sense of Jewish ethics and values.
We will study excerpts from one chapter in the Talmud focused on assessing restitution for harm caused by another person. Our questions will include: How did the rabbis think about violence, crime, and community? How did they relate to authority -- the authority of the Torah, the authority of their teachers and peers, the authority of regular working people? How did the rabbis view human personhood and our legal responsibilities to one another? We will also look at contemporary articles and commentaries on these Talmudic texts.

About Mónica:

Mónica Gomery brings with her many years of experience studying and teaching Judaism, and is now beginning her sixth year of rabbinical studies at Hebrew College. Mónica's interests include poetry, communal singing, Talmud study, pastoral care, and racial/economic/gender justice. Mónica has been blessed to work as a Jewish educator at numerous institutions, working with five year olds up to ninety-five year olds, as far away as Chile and as nearby as her neighborhood shteibel in Jamaica Plain. Lately you can find her exploring the question of how studying the vibrant, nerdy, deeply radical tradition of Jewish text can enliven us to live bolder, more ethical, and more open-hearted lives. She is thrilled to teach for the first time at Boston Workmen's Circle and learn with all of you!

Beginner and intermediate experience with Talmud welcome! Texts will be learned in English translation with access to the original. No previous courses [or experience with Jewish text] required.



  • BWC Members: $80

  • Non-members: $100
  • Young adult/sliding scale rate BWC Members: $20
  • Young adult/sliding scale rate non-members: $30


Register online now.

►BY CREDIT CARD over the phone: Call the Workmen's Circle office at 617.566.6281.

►BY CHECK: Mail your check, made payable to "Boston Workmen’s Circle," to 1762 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02445. Please be sure to include your address, phone and email.

Don't let price be a barrier. Please contact Liz to discuss options.