The final siyyum on the Encyclopaedia Judaica is next summer. What’s next?
Next year, 2008, marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Sefer Ha-Aggadah (published in English as The Book of Legends), a compilation of stories and folklore from the Talmud and throughout rabbinic literature, from the creation of the world to the world to come. At next summer’s Institute, people throughout the extended havurah network will begin studying Sefer Ha-Aggadah, reading a little bit each day for two years, and completing it at the 2010 Institute. When young Moses saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, who was the Egyptian and who was the Hebrew? Why is Israel compared to a sheep? Where does the sun go at night? We’ll read answers to all these questions and more. We’ll have an online discussion so that we can share our thoughts over the course of the project, and add our own interpretations to the chain of tradition. Sign up now to get more information!
Ok, so even though it's a year away, I'll open the voting on how to split this into 2 years. (These page counts are from the English version; I've already packed the Hebrew version into storage.)
Year 1 = Parts I-II (329 pages)
Year 2 = Parts III-VI (486 pages)
Year 1 = Parts I-III (500 pages)
Year 2 = Parts IV-VI (316 pages)
Year 1 = beginning to Part III chapter 6 (400 pages)
Year 2 = Part III chapter 7 to end (416 pages)
Advantage of Options A and B: At the 2009 Institute, we can make a siyyum on a more coherent unit of text.
Advantage of Option C: The division between the two years is more equitable in length. (Also, the first year concludes with the messianic redemption, and the second year begins with Torah.)
Vote! Also, drop me an email if you'd like to get on the list.