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Drisha’s Beit Midrash in Israel

August 15-28, 2016 in Yemin Orde.

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    Wed Jul 27

    Morality and Halakhah
    Daniel Reifman

    6:00 PM

    Morality and Halakhah
    Daniel Reifman
    Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm
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    Price: $ 125.00

    The relationship between morality and halakhah is one of the most fraught issues in contemporary Jewish life. Through an in-depth analysis of the nature of morality and its role within legal systems in general, we will come to appreciate the many functions that moral considerations can and do play within halakhic discourse: a basis for halakhic validity, a challenge to halakhic authority, and an inspiration for halakhic change.

    5-sessions: June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27

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    Wed Jul 27

    Beyond the Law: An Analysis of Aggadah
    Dudi Goshen

    7:45 PM

    Beyond the Law: An Analysis of Aggadah
    Dudi Goshen
    Wednesdays, 7:45-9:15pm
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    Price: $ 125.00

    Aggadah is often defined broadly as non-legal rabbinic literature. Yet, aggadah encompasses many forms- explication of verses, the retelling of biblical stories, rabbinic stories and parables. We will use both classic and modern strategies in analyzing a variety of aggadic texts and focus on composition, use of language and literary form.

    5-sessions: June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27

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    Thu Jul 28

    This Summer in Yerushalayim: Bringing the Ancient City to Drisha
    Gavriel Porten

    9:30 AM

    This Summer in Yerushalayim: Bringing the Ancient City to Drisha
    Gavriel Porten
    Thursdays, 9:30-11am
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    Price: $ 125.00

    Join me as we tour Yerushalayim of the 1st and 2nd temples though slides, maps and illustrations. We will walk through the ancient city, exploring the exciting archaeological artifacts. As we do so, we will look at the Jewish sources that relate to the finds and see how each illuminates the other, shedding new light on our classical texts.

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

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    Thu Jul 28

    Psalms from the Siddur
    Yitzhak Berger

    11:15 AM

    Psalms from the Siddur
    Yitzhak Berger
    Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
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    Price: $ 125.00

    We will conduct a poetic analysis of Psalms that appear in the liturgy, toward the goal of appreciating their deeper meaning and enhancing the experience of prayer. Some knowledge of Hebrew required, but students may utilize an English translation alongside the Hebrew.

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

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    Tue Aug 02

    Intermediate Talmud: Masekhet Gittin – Tikkun Olam
    Sara Wolkenfeld

    2:00 PM

    Intermediate Talmud: Masekhet Gittin – Tikkun Olam
    Sara Wolkenfeld
    Tuesdays, 2-4:30pm
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    Price: $ 150.00

    The Talmudic rabbis were interpreters and legislators as well as social engineers, and they used their legislative powers to accomplish a variety of goals. In Masekhet Gittin, we are introduced to laws that are enacted for the sake of “tikkun olam.” Tikkun Olam is often translated as “repairing the world” but in its Talmudic context the term is harder to define, and is used in a variety of legal situations for the benefit of society and the system as a whole. In this class we will see what motivated this sort of rabbinic legislation, what commonalities exist among them, and think whether and how this concept applies in our lives today. This class will focus on cultivating the ability to analyze the text of the Gemara, while also incorporating excerpts from some of the classical commentaries.

    *NOTE DATE CHANGE

    5-sessions: July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2

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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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