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Community Beit Midrash

every Tuesday evening starting at 7pm

7 Adar: An Evening of Learning in Appreciation of Chevra Kadisha

Thursday, March 7 at 7pm

Drishat Shalom Fellowship

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    Tue Feb 16

    Parashat HaShavua
    David Silber

    9:30 AM

    Parashat HaShavua
    David Silber
    Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
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    Price: $ 300.00

    We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading.

    12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

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    Tue Feb 16

    Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
    Tsvi Blanchard

    11:15 AM

    Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
    Tsvi Blanchard
    Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
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    Price: $ 300.00

    What can we learn about immigrants and refugees from the experiences of the founding generations —Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Rachel and Leah—living in places that were not their own—Canaan, Gerar, Ber Sheva and Egypt? In the seminar, we will study both the Biblical text and also how medieval and classic rabbinic commentaries understood the motivations and behavior of these weak and vulnerable strangers, and of the natives who encountered them. A knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic is not necessary for this course. Translations will be available.

    12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

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    Tue Feb 16

    Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
    Rachel Rosenthal

    1:00 PM

    Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
    Rachel Rosenthal
    Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
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    Price: $ 300.00

    Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

    12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

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    Tue Feb 16

    Six Character Traits of a Leader
    Sam Lebens

    7:00 PM

    Six Character Traits of a Leader
    Sam Lebens
    Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
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    Price: $ 275.00

    Exploring a number of different texts, from the Bible, the Midrash, the Talmud, and the writings of Jewish philosophers throughout the ages, we will explore the character traits that – for better or worse – are associated with leaders and leadership. This textual journey will introduce us to surprising concepts, and provoke us to think about what it might mean to be a leader in our own communities, and also what it might mean to have leaders – Rabbis, teachers, employers and politicians – in your life.

    11 sessions: February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

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    Tue Feb 16

    Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
    Community Beit Midrash

    7:00 PM

    Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
    Community Beit Midrash
    Tuesdays, 7 - 9pm
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    Price: $ 0.00

    Co-Sponsored by Drisha Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical SchoolMechon Hadar, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Yeshivat Maharat.

    7-8pm – class options
    David Bernstein (Pardes) – Birchot haTorah: A Window into the Nature of Torah Study
    Rebecca Blady (Yeshivat Maharat) – The Human Text: Tanya, Chapter 1
    Asher Lopatin (YCT) – Separation of Synagogue and Government  in the Jewish State: Rambam vs Ramban
    Danny Nevins (JTS) - Gene Editing and Jewish Law: Are GMOs Kosher?
    Dena Weiss (Hadar) – Oral Torah or Written Torah: How God Communicates With Us and How we Communicate with Each Other

    8-9pm – lecture
    Wendy Amsellem (Drisha) – Colleagues and Warriors: Daily Life in the Beit Midrash

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    Wed Feb 17

    Biblical Hebrew II
    Yitzhak Berger

    9:30 AM

    Biblical Hebrew II
    Yitzhak Berger
    Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
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    Price: $ 575.00

    This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

    Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

     

    23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

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At Drisha, people of all ages and backgrounds study Torah in an inclusive Beit Midrash, marked by deeply rigorous and honest learning, a commitment to the Jewish people, and a passion for connecting our study of texts with our individual and communal lives.

I learned what it means to bring your whole self to Torah study. This meant challenging myself and others to formulate an idea honestly and with clarity, grappling with an idea within a previously held worldview, bringing every discipline and insight to the table as a potential tool to understanding, and sharing a joy and enthusiasm with the community of students of Torah that surrounded me.

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