S stands for SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva. M stands for Mishkan. Together, the S & M Bet Midrash enables students of all levels, regardless of background, to learn Talmud in the hottest bet midrash (study house) in Chicago. All you need to know is how to read your alef-bet! Space is limited, so please confirm that you can commit to every night of the entire 6-week series before registering.
Taught by Rabbi Benay Lappe. More information is available at the SVARA Website.
Schedule & Location
The bet midrash meets Tuesday nights from 7-9:30 pm.
Dates: November 1st - December 20th [NOTE: NO session November 8th for Election Day and November 22nd for Thanksgiving]
The S&M Bet Midrash meets at The Mishkan Space, 4001 N. Ravenswood, Suite 108.
Be sure to also register for the CRASH Talk, which is a prerequisite for learning in the S&M Bet Midrash, Thursday, October 20th at 7 pm.
Each student will receive their very own bound volume of the tractate of Talmud we will be learning from each session. We ask you to cover the cost of that volume: $20.
There are also two mandatory dictionaries necessary for learning in this bet midrash. If you don't already own these two dictionaries, please order them from Amazon:
"Jastrow" — Dictionary of the Targumim, Talmud Bavli, Talmud Yerushalmi and Midrashic Literature, by Marcus Jastrow
“Frank” — Practical Talmud Dictionary, by Yitzhak Frank.
These are great dictionaries for any and all future Talmud study (with Rabbi Lappe or elsewhere). Every student is required to have their own Jastrow and their own Frank. If the cost of books is prohibitive, let Sara know and they'll make sure to have a set to loan you.
This session, we will be learning from Tractate Yoma. If you attended the last S&M One-Night Stand, you already own Tractate Yoma, so you won’t have to buy a new one. Just be sure to bring that volume with you to the bet midrash
Support the Cost of S&M
With the exception of the cost of books, the S&M Bet Midrash is free of charge. Your learning has been made possible by the chesed (loving generosity) of SVARA-nice who came before you, SVARA, and Mishkan Chicago. We want to keep the Bet Midrash free of charge, but that is going to be up to you. We are depending on each and every one of you who wants to keep learning in the S&M Bet Midrash and wants others to be able to learn as well, to pay it forward. When you register for the event, you will be presented with the option to offer a donation. If you are a new student, feel free to skip this until you’ve had the chance to see for yourself what the learning is like. You’ll have an opportunity at the end of the session to pay it forward then. We thank you for your participation in the S&M Bet Midrash community.
Interested in learning more about Mishkan? Check out their website!