Tue Feb 09
Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
Community Beit Midrash
7:00 PMCommunity Beit Midrash (series 1)Community Beit Midrash
Tuesdays, 7 - 9pm
Price: $ 0.00
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
Tue Feb 09
Six Character Traits of a Leader
7:00 PMSix Character Traits of a LeaderSam Lebens
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
Wed Feb 10
Biblical Hebrew II
9:30 AMBiblical Hebrew IIYitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
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
Wed Feb 10
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
10:30 AMAggadah: Inside the World of the RabbisWendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
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
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 AMLegends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the DarkNathaniel Berman and David Silber
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
Thu Feb 11
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
10:15 AMExploring the Weekly ParshaEsther Hidary
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