J. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Jordan Rosenblum’s first whiff of the Talmud in college was intoxicating. Now 41 and a professor of Jewish studies and religious studies at the University of Wisconsin-, Madison, Rosenblum is the author of “Rabbinic Drinking: What Beverages Teach Us About Rabbinic Literature” — a sort of backdoor introduction to the basics of Talmud and the classical rabbinic mindset.
He’ll bring that approach to San Francisco State University on September 15 as a guest lecturer in Professor Rachel Gross’ Introduction to Jewish Studies course. During the fall semester, with SFSU entirely online, the Jewish Studies Department is making the course’s guest lectures available to the public for free. Rosenblum’s is titled “The Talmud Walks Into a Bar.”