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Sunday, March 1 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Making Scents of the Torah

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The Torah refers to perfumes and fragrance 58 times, including a recipe for ketoret in the book of Exodus, which comes with an admonition from G-d never to smell it, on pain of excommunication. We will discuss and smell about ten of the 26 natural ingredients and where they are mentioned in the Torah—things like Hyssop, Cistus, and Spikenard—and learn about the plants, where they grow, and how they were used over the millennia not just for fragrance but for their pharmacological properties. We'll learn why fragrances are mentioned so frequently in the Torah, and students will gain a new appreciation for the way the world smelled during biblical times. NOTE: no ketoret will be made.

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Barry Shell

Barry Shell is a retired writer who worked at SFU for 27 years writing about university research. In 2005 his book "Sensational Scientists" profiling 24 of Canada's greatest scientists won a national book award. Barry also plays sax and flute and has performed in numerous bands over... Read More →

Sunday March 1, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Room I