What are the gifts of our ancestors? – A Peoples Yeshiva Launch

Beyond neuroses, bagels & IBS, what, exactly, have we inherited from the Jewish tradition?

Sometimes Judaism feels like a legacy of intergenerational trauma – other times it feels like an outdated patriarchal ideology that we must reject. Judaism is a complicated, tangled, and difficult inheritance. One that one must wrestle with—as Jacob wrestled the angel. Can we wrestle with our tradition until it becomes a blessing?

Join Mile End Chavurah on June 6th at 8 p.m. for the launch of The People’s Yeshiva of Mile End: a new collaborative event series that will dig into the Talmudic traditions we’ve inherited in order to see how its ancient resources might have surprises to offer the contemporary world. With an introductory talk by Joseph Rosen, followed by collective brainstorming and discussion, we will question oppositions between radicality and tradition and explore how we can transform our inheritance by accepting it as a gift. Texts, rituals, practices, beliefs: what are the gifts of our ancestors?

~Accessibility Notes~

This event will take place on the 2nd Floor of the MJM, currently accessible only by stairs. Please reach out to rach@mileendchavurah.org if this is preventative – we will work with you to find solutions. Masks are encouraged and will be available on site. Light refreshments provided. Suggested contribution is $5 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds!

~About the People’s Yeshiva of Mile End~

The People’s Yeshiva of Mile End is a new series of events made possible through the support of FCJA’s “Working Together” grant. A guiding premise of the series is that Rabbinic innovation and even revolution happen by means of interpretation. Future events will look at the Torah and Talmud and investigate the nature of ritual, sacred time & sacred spaces, in order to mine our tradition for some of the secret gifts that we can use to re-orient the present.


~About the Curator~

Joseph Rosen, a prof at Dawson, has written for The Walrus, The Globe & Mail, and Maisonneuve on topics including Mile End Hasids, Montreal bagel catastrophes, and the history of Jews in Quebec. An (almost) founding member of Mile End Chavurah, he has run a variety of events: Idle No More & No One is Illegal seders, salons on Self-Hatred, Yiddish, and Trans Hasids; Latkes & Vodkas parties. A Chavurah organizer for over a decade, he also occasionally drops F-bombs in Yom Kippur sermons.