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Sunday, April 15 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Sold at Sotheby's

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For over a thousand years, our most important cultural activity has been the study of the Talmud. It has sustained us through persecution and exile, shaping the discourse of our people and serving as the crowning achievement of our intellectual tradition. Sold at Sotheby’s will provide participants with the opportunity to analyze a famous and fascinating case of disputed ownership through the lens of Jewish law. By employing Talmudic legal skills and applying halachic principles, we will unwrap the different legal issues that surround this case and examine them thoroughly. In doing so, we will not only try to answer our overarching question, but we will also sharpen our thinking and familiarize ourselves with several intriguing Talmudic concepts. Sold at Sotheby’s will challenge students’ wits to solve a real-life, historic case-study, deciphering original Talmudic texts for clues! Topic: SOLD AT SOTHEBY’S In 1984, a curious case leapt from the normally demure world of antique Judaica and onto the front pages of America’s newspapers. It became known as the Sotheby’s Case, named after the storied auction house at the center of the controversy. Who was putting these books up for auction? How did he or she get them? Who did the books really belong to? Sold at Sotheby’s workshop is an interactive learning program that introduces participants to Yeshiva-style Chavruta learning. The entertaining and informative lesson is appropriate for learners on all levels, even those with no prior Torah-learning experience. The fast paced 1-hour session investigates an intriguing legal case from 1984 about ownership of valuable manuscripts confiscated by the Nazis and explores universal legal and ethical questions. The program includes a brief documentary-style introduction and incorporates Live Polling technology accessed with students’ smartphones. This workshop is unlike any other typical lecture. After the case is introduced to the students with the video, the audience is polled for their initial opinion. Participants then pair up to study the related sources in Jewish Law. Peer learning is followed by a moderated discussion leading to the discovery of the timeless genius of Torah’s legal system.

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Binyamin Bitton

Originally from Lyon France, Rabbi Binyomin Bitton is the founder and spiritual leader of Chabad of Downtown Vancouver and Dean of the Jewish Academy. He studied at the world-renowned Yeshiva of Paris France, the Rabbinical College of America and the Talmudical Seminary in New York... Read More →


Sunday April 15, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm PDT
Room D