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Community Beit Midrash

Kicks off Tuesday, February 9

Drishat Shalom Fellowship

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June 28-July 29, 2016

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    Tue Feb 09

    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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    Tue Feb 09

    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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    Wed Feb 10

    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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    Wed Feb 10

    Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
    Wendy Amsellem

    10:30 AM

    Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
    Wendy Amsellem
    Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
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    Price: $ 250.00

    We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

    10 sessions: February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

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    Thu Feb 11

    Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
    Nathaniel Berman and David Silber

    9:30 AM

    Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
    Nathaniel Berman and David Silber
    Thursdays, 9:30-11am
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    Price: $ 275.00

    Cave stories are deeply rooted in the Jewish tradition.  In the Bible, caves serve as the eternal resting place of our our ancestors (the Patriarchs and Matriarchs), as a place of eros and drama (Lot and David), as a place of visions of the divine (Moses and Elijah).   In imagining numerous elaborations of such stories, rabbinic literature foregrounds the mysteriousness of the cave.   Midrashim portray the cave as a meeting place of the human and the divine,   seeing it as an image of the cosmos into which the divine Presence flows, even as the World-to-Come.  It was, however, the story of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai’s 13-year sojourn in a cave, and of the spiritual heights he attained there, that became so influential for the Jewish imagination, particularly in medieval kabbalah.  The Zohar, kabbalah’s central work, is replete with elaborate stories of revelations that transpire in caves, of mystical figures encountered there, of esoteric books lodged in their depths.  In this course, we will explore selections from all these literatures, as well as comparing the Jewish legends of the cave with Plato’s, exploring the relationship between cavernous depths and spiritual experience.

    Co-taught with Nathaniel Berman and David Silber

    8 sessions: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17

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    Thu Feb 11

    Exploring the Weekly Parsha
    Esther Hidary

    10:15 AM

    Exploring the Weekly Parsha
    Esther Hidary
    Thursdays, 10:15-11:15am
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    Price: $ 180.00

    In this engaging and interactive class, we will analyze the weekly parsha and discuss how it connects to modern issues and current events. Using close readings, intertextual clues, and traditional and modern commentaries, we will search beneath the surface of the text to uncover the profound subtleties and timeless messages of the Torah.

    11 sessions: February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 23, 31, April 7, 14

Support Drisha

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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