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What are you doing this summer?

Evening classes begin June 27; daytime classes begin June 28!

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    Mon Jun 27

    Why Doesn’t the Baby Fall Out? And Other Rabbinic Answers to Vayikra’s Big Questions
    Rachel Rosenthal

    6:00 PM

    Why Doesn’t the Baby Fall Out? And Other Rabbinic Answers to Vayikra’s Big Questions
    Rachel Rosenthal
    Mondays, 6-7:30pm
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    Price: $ 100.00

    We often think of Midrash Aggadah as a complicating force, taking seemingly straightforward Torah texts and transforming them into abstract, mythical narratives. However, Vayikra Rabbah points to an opposite instinct, creating lively and relevant discussions from esoteric biblical passages. Questions this class will consider include: How do women hold their babies in during pregnancy? Where exactly does tzara’at, leprosy, come from? What’s so great about Moshe anyway? In exploring these questions, we will better understand how the rabbis read difficult texts- and how they might teach us to do the same.

    4-sessions: June 27, July 11, 18, 25

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    Mon Jun 27

    The Most Whole Thing: Broken-heartedness as a Religious Experience
    Joshua Schwartz

    7:45 PM

    The Most Whole Thing: Broken-heartedness as a Religious Experience
    Joshua Schwartz
    Mondays, 7:45-9:15pm
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    Price: $ 100.00

    The emotional intensity of Chassidic worship was a key feature in many of its earliest, critical descriptions. Many religious leaders, who sought to valorize a more pristine and dignified mode of religiosity, viewed Chassidism’s emotionalism as unseemly. However, its focus on feelings was not unique; rather, it was the most mature and intensified version of a trend that had existed in Jewish religion since time immemorial. We will examine emotional intensity and vulnerability in Jewish religion, with a focus on the broken heart. Attention will be paid to precedents set in the Bible and Talmud, in classical Kabbalah, culminating in more fully developed examples found in Chassidic literature, especially those of Rebbe Nachman of Bratslav.

    4-sessions: June 27, July 11, 18, 25

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    Tue Jun 28

    Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
    Rachel Rosenthal

    9:00 AM

    Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
    Rachel Rosenthal
    Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
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    Price: $ 600.00

    Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

    This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

    For women.

    23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

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    Tue Jun 28

    Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
    Daniel Reifman

    9:00 AM

    Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
    Daniel Reifman
    Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
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    Price: $ 600.00

    We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

    This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

    For women.

    23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

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    Tue Jun 28

    Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
    Dudi Goshen

    9:00 AM

    Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
    Dudi Goshen
    Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
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    Price: $ 600.00

    How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

    This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

    For women.

    23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

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    Tue Jun 28

    The Image of Genesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Art
    Nomi Schneck

    11:15 AM

    The Image of Genesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Art
    Nomi Schneck
    Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
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    Price: $ 125.00

    What visual representations of the biblical serpent emerge from Renaissance Italy? How do illuminated medieval Persian manuscripts give voice to Potiphar’s wife? We will explore the artistic rendering and recontextualization of the Genesis narratives. We will study biblical art within its historical context and alongside classical rabbinic and medieval commentaries. Topics will include the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden, the Tower of Babel, the sacrifice of Isaac, and Joseph’s rise to power.

    5-sessions: June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26

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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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