JW3 and Limmud partner to bring you unexpected and poignant Jewish wisdom online. In this 30-minute bite-size series, educators from across the community will share some of their favourite pieces of Jewish wisdom.

This week we'll be talking to Laynie Soloman, a passionate teacher of Jewish text, thought, and ritual who believes deeply in the power of Talmud study as a healing and liberatory communal spiritual practice.

They serve as a faculty member and Director of National Learning at SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva, where they direct SVARA's Teaching Kollel, which is lifting up a new generation of queer & trans bet midrash facilitators. Laynie is completing a Dual M.A. in Talmud/Rabbinic Literature & Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Goucher College.

They love facilitating experiences of Jewish learning that uplift the piously irreverent, queer, and subversive spirit of rabbinic text and theology, and they have taught and lectured on these topics in various community spaces, campuses, and in academic settings. When not in shul or learning Talmud, you can find Laynie reading about liberation theology, collecting comic books, and singing nigunim.

Previous guests in this series include JW3 Scholar-in Residence Clive Lawton, Director of National Learning Initiatives at the Hadar Institute Rabbi Avi Strausberg, LSJS Teaching Fellow Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz and senior scholar for the JDC Rabbi Michael Paley.

Tune in every Friday and start a conversation you can continue into Shabbat!