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If It's Worth Saying Once, It's Worth Saying Twice
Lessons from Hillel's Ascent to Power

Yaffa Epstein

Friday 12:50 PM–1:50 PM Manhattan Theater

Global Culture & History, Text & Thought

Hillel, one of the most significant rabbis in Jewish history, is appointed to the position of Nasi head of the Beit Midrash (house of study), after an interesting episode. We will examine how this story is told in the Tosephta, the Palestinian Talmud, and the Babylonian Talmud—and see what this story can teach us about the cultures within which it is being told.

Yaffa Epstein


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Yaffa Epstein teaches Talmud and Halacha (Jewish law), and serves as the Director of Recruitment at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She has taught at SIACH, Ta Shma and Young Judea. Yaffa holds an LLB, and is a member of the Israeli Bar. She was a student at the Pardes Kollel, as well as the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan, and is currently pursuing a Graduate Degree in Talmud at Hebrew University.

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