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Teaching Talmud in Day Schools

Monday, June 29 – Thursday, July 2, 2015

July College Kollel

For college students and recent graduates | Sunday, June 28 – Friday, July 31, 2015

July Beit Midrash

Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 31, 2015

Dr. Beth Samuels
Summer High School Program

June 30 – July 31, 2015

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    Tue Jun 30

    Parashat HaShavua
    David Silber

    9:30 AM

    Parashat HaShavua
    David Silber
    Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
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    Price: $ 125.00

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

    5 sessions: June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28.

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    Tue Jun 30

    Death in a Medicalized Age: Halakhah, Ritual, and Ethics in Transition
    Ari Schick

    11:15 AM

    Death in a Medicalized Age: Halakhah, Ritual, and Ethics in Transition
    Ari Schick
    Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
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    Price: $ 125.00

    The manner in which we encounter death today has changed radically compared to past centuries. Death is typically segregated from everyday life, taking place in the context of a medical system whose primary aim is to save lives. This has shifted the way in which death is discussed from the realm of the spiritual, concerned with the soul, to that of the technical, concerned with the functioning of the body. This course examines this and other related developments and explores how they play out in discussions of brain death and organ transplantation.

    5 sessions: June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28.

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    Thu Jul 02

    Self and Sin: An Exploration of Teshuvah
    Ben Skydell

    9:30 AM

    Self and Sin: An Exploration of Teshuvah
    Ben Skydell
    Thursdays, 9:30-11am
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    Price: $ 125.00

    The Hebrew word teshuvah is commonly translated as repentance but is more accurately rendered as return. This class will ask, ‘a return to what?’ Who is the real me? What does it mean to abandon a sinful past? We will explore biblical and rabbinic texts as well as medieval and modern thinkers, among them Maimonides, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, Altar of Novardok, and Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.

    5 sessions: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.

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    Thu Jul 02

    A Palace in Time: Heschel’s The Sabbath
    Dror Bondi

    11:15 AM

    A Palace in Time: Heschel’s The Sabbath
    Dror Bondi
    Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
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    Price: $ 125.00

    In this course we will explore Abraham Joshua Heschel’s work, The Sabbath (1951). We will analyze key themes and reflect on how Heschel’s perspective on Shabbat coheres with his broader philosophy.

    5 sessions: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.

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    Mon Jul 06

    Yom Kippur: Hidden Secrets
    Rute Yair Nussbaum

    1:30 PM

    Yom Kippur: Hidden Secrets
    Rute Yair Nussbaum
    Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm
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    Price: $ 100.00

    Yom Kippur is often depicted as a day which focuses on guilt and atonement. We will explore the classic paradigms of Yom Kippur and through careful mining, attempt to uncover alternate entry paths into the essence of the day. Our texts will be the writings of a range of Chassidic Rebbes, among them R’ Nachman of Breslav. The Chidushei haRi”m (the first Ger rebbe), the Isbitzer ( R’ Simcha Bunim of Pshischa), Beit Yaacov (the Ishbitzer’s son), and Netivot Shalom. Themes will include guilt and fear, love and will, self-deception and honest self-reflection. We will examine reality verses fantasy in the “service of God” (avodat haShem), and consider what draws us forward and what pulls us back.

    4 sessions: July 6, 8, 13, 15

Drisha’s Anniversary Dinner

Celebrate Drisha Institute's 36th Anniversary. Join us for dinner on June 21, 2015 at 5 PM. Reserve your seat now.

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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