Unit 8: afar/dust (aug 27-31)
@ Iyyun Center (650 Sackett St, Brooklyn, NY)
For the final Limmud in 5777 we will be exploring the humblest substance on earth- afar/dust. As a continuous reminder of human corporeal, perishable substance the object of our study was deliberately chosen for contemplation in the time of Elul, the preparatory month for the quintessential human task- teshuvah. In our kaleidoscopic fashion we will migrate from the midrashic facets surrounding afar/dust as it appears in Tanakh and continue with halakhic, kabbalistic, hasidic and philosophical considerations pertinent to our everyday life. Furthermore, the ecological aspects emanating from the idiom “dust of the earth” will be closely examined in a scientific manner only to be amplified by the associative power of metaphors employed in a treasure chest of Hebrew poetic lore.