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Sunday, June 14 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Why the Jews abandoned the ancient Hebrew alphabet

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This class will explore the possible reasons behind the extraordinary Jewish rejection, during the Second Temple period, of the original ancient Hebrew alphabet, in favour of a derivative of the Aramaic alphabet used for the Hebrew language today. This change will be viewed both from the rabbinic perspective in the Talmud and from the perspective of current academic scholarship based on the most recent archaeological finds. Special attention will be given to the history and development of the type of scripts used for writing sacred texts such as Torah scrolls, from Sinai to the Dead Sea scrolls and beyond.

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Ari Lobel

Rabbi Dr. Ari Lobel is currently a lecturer in Classical Hebrew and Judaism Curriculum at the University of Sydney. He also teaches the HSC Classical Hebrew course at both Moriah College and Kesser Torah College. He formerly served as a writer/editor for the Artscroll Talmud, Mishnah... Read More →

Sunday June 14, 2020 6:30pm - 7:30pm AEST