Monday Night Midrash

Monday Night Midrash will be offered in four-sessions in Irvine:

Join us for Monday Night Midrash with Dr. Josh Moss. Held at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Irvine. Arrive early to settle in with your favorite beverage.
DATES: Monday’s March 2, 16, 23, 30
TIME: 7:00 – 8:30pm
PLACE: The Coffee Bean, 5653 Alton Parkway, Irvine (at the corner of Jeffrey and Alton)
COURSE FEE: Recommended $54 donation to the Jewish Collaborative by check or donate online here.
RSVP REQUIRED: RSVP by email to or call (949) 402-8004.

Class description:

Through this mini-course, students will gain an enhanced appreciation of the creativity and artistry of the rabbinic midrash, and be introduced to the major classic midrash collections. We will explore selections in English with some reference to features of the Hebrew originals. We will also try our hands at composing after the manner of midrash.

Midrash is the unique approach to the Bible employed by the ancient rabbis. The collections known as midrashim relate the Oral Tradition to the Written Torah, finding openings for interpretation through a highly detailed reading of the biblical text in Hebrew. The ancient rabbis believed that nothing in the Bible could be superfluous – even the letters were laden with meaning. All of Scripture was interrelated – a verse from one part of Scripture could potentially shed light on any other verse. One passage of Scripture could yield many interpretations. With midrash, the Sages made Scripture speak to the needs of their generations.

Class 1: The method of Midrash exemplified in the rabbinic reading of the Akedah (the story of the Binding of Isaac).
Class 2: The Literature of Midrash from the early legal collections to the more imaginative medieval collections.
Class 3: Midrash Greatest Hits and Examples.
Class 4: Composing Midrash.

undefined Our instructor, Joshua Moss earned his Ph.D. in Midrash and Rabbinic Literature at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, in 2002. He taught at HUC-JIR, Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio), and American Hebrew Academy (Greensboro, North Carolina). He presently teaches at TVT Community Day School in Irvine. His publications include Midrash and Legend; “Being the Temple,” and “Satire, Monotheism, and Skepticism.” He was the founder and director of The Cincinnati Klezmer Project. He and his wife Gina are members of Congregation Shir ha-Ma’alot and the Pacific Community of Cultural Jews. They have two grown sons.

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