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Drisha’s Beit Midrash in Israel

August 15-28, 2016 in Yemin Orde.

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    Mon Jul 25

    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 Jul 26

    Parashat HaShavua
    David Silber

    9:30 AM

    Parashat HaShavua
    David Silber
    Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
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    Price: $ 100.00

    We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading.

    4-sessions: July 5, 12, 19, 26

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    Tue Jul 26

    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
    adam and eve

    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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    Tue Jul 26

    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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    Tue Jul 26

    Re-Reading Ruth: The Megillah in Light of Sefer Bereishit
    Stu Halpern

    6:00 PM

    Re-Reading Ruth: The Megillah in Light of Sefer Bereishit
    Stu Halpern
    Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm
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    Price: $ 125.00

    Ruth is one of the most intertextual books of any in the Bible – it constantly references, subtly and not-so-subtly, other books of Tanakh, predominantly Sefer Bereishit. What do these references convey and how may they suggest two approaches to understanding Ruth?

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

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    Tue Jul 26

    Hevron, City of the Matriarchs and Patriarchs
    Gavriel Porten

    7:45 PM

    Hevron, City of the Matriarchs and Patriarchs
    Gavriel Porten
    Tuesdays, 7:45-9:15pm
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    Price: $ 125.00

    Join us as we trace the history of this city and environs, from the first purchase of Jewish land in Israel, through the birthplace of King David, and all the way to modern times. We will tour the city with slides, looking at the related Jewish texts and using the tools of modern scholarship: archeology, the geography of Israel, and the study of material culture.

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

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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