Ernst Galpert: Foundations of Halacha and Aggada

In this lesson about "The Foundations of Halacha and Aggada", students will engage in a unit exploring various definitions of Jewish community. They will study both classical (Biblical and Rabbinic) texts and contemporary materials to consider ethical problems raised by living in community. These include ethical speech (leshon ha-ra and tochecha) and accepting differences.  Students expand their understanding of the Jewish community or communities in which they participate, and discuss what responsibilities membership in a community entails. This lesson allows students to compare and contrast their Jewish communities with less familiar ones.  They uncover several different ways of understanding what it means to participate in a Jewish community. 

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The story of a Hasidic childhood in one of the centers of Orthodox and Hasidic Judaism of Central Europe. Mukacevo (as it's called in Czech, or Munkacs in Hungarian) is a town that was in five countries between 1918 and 1991: the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, interwar Czechoslovakia, wartime Hungary, the Soviet Union and today, Ukraine. Mukacevo had a majority Jewish population (before it was wiped out during the Holocaust); its great rabbinical courts feuded constantly with each other.

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