Rabbi Eiran Davies
45 teaching hours, equivalent to 3 ECTS
Rabbi Eiran Davies studied for the rabbinate at The Judith Lady Montefiore College at Ramsgate, the rabbinical programme of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ congregation in London, England. Subsequently, he undertook further study at various institutions in Israel, including Yeshivat Hamivtar in Efrat, Midrash Sephardi in Jerusalem, and the Straus-Amiel rabbinical fellowship. Back in the UK, he worked on a number of innovative projects within the Jewish community, including Grassroots Jews, a non-denominational space for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, Bee the Change, an initiative to encourage urban Jews to become beekeepers, and was a founding partner in Ruchot, a kosher vegetarian community cafe.
According to the Talmud (Berachot 8a), one should always complete the weekly Torah reading for oneself, twice in Hebrew and once in translation. This custom achieves a real fluency in the language of the Torah, and an intimate acquaintance with its content. Each week the course will be following the traditional sequence of readings and examining them from a variety of perspectives. We will be developing tools for responding to the text of the Torah as a consistent literary form with a view to each of us presenting a short talk on one of these responses.