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Beginning with the great flood and following Jewish thought on the end of days through sources in Tanach, Talmud, and Midrash, this session will explore the various apocalyptic episodes that have occurred in the recorded history of the Jewish people and the forces that the sages believed had converged to cause them. As we examine these texts in a close reading, we will consider whether and how these forces are at play today and what wisdom we might glean from our forebears.

Ben Kramarz holds a B.A. in religious studies and an M.A. in folklore from UC Berkeley. He attended the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and co-founded the Brooklyn Beit Midrash. Kramarz currently works as a music educator for East Bay schools and synagogues. He is the author of A Guide to Songleading and Communal Singing and the founder of SingJam, an immersive music experience.