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Community Beit Midrash

Tuesday, April 4 @ 7:30pm

Drisha Kollel

Applications open for summer 2017.

Dr. Beth Samuels Summer High School Program

Tuesday, June 27 – Friday, July 28, 2017

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    Mon Apr 03

    From Gideon to Delilah: Narrative Art in the Book of Judges
    Yitzhak Berger

    11:15 AM

    From Gideon to Delilah: Narrative Art in the Book of Judges
    Yitzhak Berger
    6 Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm; 3 Mondays, 11:15am-12:45pm
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    Price: $ 225.00

    We will analyze a series of ambiguous figures who lead Israel during the period of the Judges. From Gideon’s Ceasar-like refusal of the crown, to the uncertain “fulfillment” of Jephthah’s vow, to Samson’s acquiescence to Delilah and his heroic last act, the trajectory of Israelite leadership is shown to reflect the uneven religious conduct that bedevils the nation before the rise of kingship. The course draws substantially on evidence generated by allusions to other biblical texts, and considers carefully the role of women and gender in the Book. Students with limited knowledge of Hebrew are welcome; translations of texts will be provided.

    Please note that the class meets 6 Thursdays and 3 Mondays.

    9 sessions: February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 13, 20, 27.

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    Mon Apr 03

    Purim and Passover in Literary and Kabbalistic Perspective: Salvation though the Transformation of Human and Divine Identity
    Nathaniel Berman and David Silber

    7:00 PM

    Purim and Passover in Literary and Kabbalistic Perspective: Salvation though the Transformation of Human and Divine Identity
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    Price: $ 100.00

    Two of the great Jewish stories of redemption, those of Purim and Passover, share many features: both take place entirely in the Exile, both focus on leaders (Esther and Moses) who spend crucial parts of their lives with concealed identities, both portray redemptions after periods of the seeming absence or powerlessness of divine Providence. In this 4-session course, we will examine these shared characteristics through close readings and kabbalistic understandings of the biblical texts. We will look at the dramatic transformations of both human and divine identity central to both stories.

    4 sessions: February 27, March 6, 27, April 3

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    Tue Apr 04

    Community Beit Midrash
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    7:30 PM

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    Tuesday, April 4, 7:30-9pm
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    Price: $ 0.00

    Come prepare for Passover by attending our final Community Beit Midrash of the semester!
    Choice of Sessions
    By Your Blood You Shall Live: Rabbinic and Christian Conceptions of Redemption – Jon KelsenDrisha
    Dayenu: The Core Story of the Haggadah – Elie Kaunfer, Mechon Hadar
    Does Passover Override Shabbat? What’s at Stake in Religious Leadership – Yaffa Epstein, Pardes
    Holiday Plurality: Why the Rabbis put Purim before Pesach – Yonah Berman, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
    Songs of Redemption: Moses, Leonard Cohen and the Broken Hallelujah – Carmella Abraham, Yeshivat Maharat

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    Wed Apr 26

    Book of Ruth
    Wendy Amsellem

    10:00 AM

    Book of Ruth
    Wendy Amsellem
    Wednesdays, 10-11:30am
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    Price: $ 100.00

    Ruth declares her undying devotion to Naomi, but is the feeling reciprocated? Is Boaz helping Ruth with “a full heart?” The Book of Ruth is replete with moments of generosity and quiet grace. We will study the four chapters of Ruth and reflect on its connection to the holiday of Shavuot.

    4 sessions: April 26, May 3, 10, 17

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    Wed May 03

    Book of Ruth
    Wendy Amsellem

    10:00 AM

    Book of Ruth
    Wendy Amsellem
    Wednesdays, 10-11:30am
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    Price: $ 100.00

    Ruth declares her undying devotion to Naomi, but is the feeling reciprocated? Is Boaz helping Ruth with “a full heart?” The Book of Ruth is replete with moments of generosity and quiet grace. We will study the four chapters of Ruth and reflect on its connection to the holiday of Shavuot.

    4 sessions: April 26, May 3, 10, 17

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    Wed May 03

    Purity: From Vayikra to Today
    Tammy Jacobowitz, Jon Kelsen, and Aaron Koller

    7:30 PM

    Purity: From Vayikra to Today
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    Price: $ 0.00

    Why does the Torah, and especially the book of Vayikra, devote so much space to tumah v’taharah (impurity and purity)? What meanings do these core concepts hold, both within the context of Vayikra as well as to religious Jewish life today? Join us as our panelists lead an exploration of these fundamental questions.

    “Yavo tehorim v’yaasku b’taharah”– let the pure come and engage with purity (Lev Rabbah 7:2)

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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