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Light Against Darkness: The Miraculous Survival of Chanuka

with Shai Secunda Monday, December 12 @ 7pm

Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

Wednesday, December 21

Winter Week of Learning

Minor Miracles: Chanuka and Purim- Commonalities and Contrasts
Sunday, December 25 – Wednesday, December 28

Yeshivat Bein Hazmanim

For college students and recent graduates, women and men.
Sunday-Saturday, December 25-31; Friday-Friday, December 30-January 6 (join us for one week or two)

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    Mon Dec 12

    Light against Darkness: The Miraculous Survival of the Holiday of Channuka
    Shai Secunda

    7:00 PM

    Light against Darkness: The Miraculous Survival of the Holiday of Channuka
    Shai Secunda
    Monday, December 12, 7-8pm
    menorah-course

    Price: $ 0.00

    The holiday of Hanukkah was one of many celebrations connected to the Hasmoneans, and virtually the only one to have survived antiquity. How can we explain the curious survival of Hanukkah – a holiday that celebrates the re-dedication of a temple later destroyed? Why did Hanukkah’s flickering lights continue to outshine the darkness?

    This is the Renee and Alexander Bohm Memorial Lecture.

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    Sun Dec 25

    Chanuka and Sukkot
    David Silber

    11:30 AM

    Chanuka and Sukkot
    David Silber
    Sunday, December 25, 11:30am-12:30pm
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    Price: $ 10.00

    We will conduct a detailed analysis of the significance of the commonalities the festivals of Chanuka and Sukkot.

    This class is part of the Winter Week of Learning on Minor Miracles: Chanuka and Purim- Commonalities and Contrasts. Click here for information on the full program.

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    Sun Dec 25

    What Did Chanuka Stand For In Ancient Times?
    Malka Simkovich

    1:30 PM

    What Did Chanuka Stand For In Ancient Times?
    Malka Simkovich
    Sunday, December 25, 1:30-4pm
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    Price: $ 25.00

    We will explore the earliest sources that retold the dramatic story of Chanuka, and will consider how ancient retellings of Chanuka changed over time – and why.

    This class is part of the Winter Week of Learning on Minor Miracles: Chanuka and Purim- Commonalities and Contrasts. Click here for information on the full program.

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    Sun Dec 25

    Yeshivat Bein Hazmanim
    Drisha Faculty

    2:30 PM

    Yeshivat Bein Hazmanim
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    Price: $ 300.00

    CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY

    For college students and recent graduates, women and men.

    Competing Commitments: Navigating A Complex World 
    Jewish religious life is predicated on obligation. But what do we do when our commitments conflict with each other? Join our beit midrash as we inquire into core texts on negotiating obligations in the complex reality of our lives.

    Join us for two weeks:
    Sunday, December 25, 2016 – Friday, January 6, 2017

    Or for one week:
    Sunday, December 25-Saturday, December 31
    or
    erev Shabbat, December 30-Friday, January 6

    Cost for Full Program: $300
    Cost for One Week: $200 (use coupon code “oneweek”)

    NOTE: You must fill out an application.

    Sunday, December 25, 2016 – Friday, January 6, 2017

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    Mon Dec 26

    Maccabees and Martyrdom
    Aaron Koller

    10:00 AM

    Maccabees and Martyrdom
    Aaron Koller
    Monday, December 26, 10am-12:30pm
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    Price: $ 25.00

    Dying for a cause is considered by many the most noble form of death, and dying for one’s faith has a long and complicated history. The first Jewish martyrdom stories are from the books of Maccabees, and we will look at how this idea is used in that context, and then how it evolved and developed over the following centuries, in early Christianity and into rabbinic Judaism.

    This class is part of the Winter Week of Learning on Minor Miracles: Chanuka and Purim- Commonalities and Contrasts. Click here for information on the full program.

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    Mon Dec 26

    The Jews of Diaspora in the Hasmonean Period
    Malka Simkovich

    1:30 PM

    The Jews of Diaspora in the Hasmonean Period
    Malka Simkovich
    Monday, December 26, 1:30-4pm
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    Price: $ 25.00

    When the Hasmoneans ruled Judea in the second and first centuries BCE, hundreds of thousands of  pious Jews were comfortably settled in Egypt – with no plans to return to their homeland. We will discuss what these Jews practiced, how they related to the land of Israel and the Jerusalem Temple, and what it meant to assimilate into the Greco-Roman world and still identify as a Jew.

    This class is part of the Winter Week of Learning on Minor Miracles: Chanuka and Purim- Commonalities and Contrasts. Click here for information on the full program.

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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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