Wed May 27
9:00 AMJune KollelDrisha Faculty
Wednesday, May 27 – Friday, June 26, 2015
Price: $ 0.00
Drisha’s June Kollel is an intensive experience of Jewish text study, community building and spiritual growth. Our coed learning community is characterized by its rigor, integrity, and pursuit of meaning. It is open to college students and recent graduates (graduate and rabbinical students included).
Admittance by application only.
Tue Jun 02
The Zohar: An Introduction to the Book of Light …. and Darkness
6:30 PMThe Zohar: An Introduction to the Book of Light …. and DarknessNathaniel Berman
Price: $ 0.00
The Zohar may be called the “poetry of kabbalah”: it takes Jewish symbolism from a wide array of sources and elaborates it into ever-new forms of mystical narrative, mythology, and experience. Traditional stories, images, prayers, and even laws are reinterpreted to bring out the secret and unexpected spiritual, visionary, and erotic yearnings that they embody. Though it is known for the ways it leads to visions of light, on the divine, cosmic, and spiritual planes, the Zohar is equally concerned with the darkest realms of the divine, the cosmos, and the human soul. Love, hate, ecstasy, tragedy, desire, repulsion – all lie at the heart of the Zoharic adventure. We will look at key passages from the Zohar that embody all of these dimensions, and we will look within ourselves for their embodiment on the level of the personal microcosm. In all these ways, we will try to experience the joys – and the dangers – of the familiar Zoharic axiom, כגוונא דלעילא אוף הכי לתתא – “in the manner as it is above, even so is it below”…
A reading knowledge of Hebrew is required for this course.
4 sessions: June 2, 9, 16, 23.
Wed Jun 10
A Student’s Obligation: The Legacy of the Piaseczno Rebbe
Erin Leib Smokler
7:00 PMA Student’s Obligation: The Legacy of the Piaseczno RebbeErin Leib Smokler
Wednesday, June 10, 7:00-8:30pm
Price: $ 10.00
What does it mean to be a good person and a good Jew in 2015? How can we educate ourselves and our community in an attempt to enact that vision?
We will explore answers to these questions from Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira, Rebbe of Piaseczno and the Warsaw Ghetto and author of several works including Derech Hamelech, Chovat Hatalmidim, and Aish Kodesh.
Join us as we learn from this remarkable spiritual leader and ask how his legacy might guide us today.
Featuring: Rabbi Dr. Nehemia Polen and Dr. Erin Leib Smokler
Mon Jun 15
June Week of Learning
9:30 AMJune Week of LearningDrisha Faculty
Monday, June 15 – Thursday, June 18
Price: $ 600.00
Living in the World of a Hidden God
How can we best engage in a world where God’s presence is often hidden and where we often find ourselves in a place that is not home.? What do our texts teach us about the struggles, challenges, and opportunities of living in such a world.
Go to www.drisha.org/junelearning for more information.
Sun Jun 28
July College Kollel
9:00 AMJuly College KollelDrisha Faculty
Sunday, June 28 – Friday, July 31, 2015
Price: $ 0.00
Due to the generosity of a donor, Drisha is offering special fellowships to female college students and recent graduates to participate in the July College Kollel. Kollel students will join with the women of the July Beit Midrash to study Talmud in the mornings, and Tanakh, Halakhah, and Jewish Thought in the afternoons. There will be additional evening classes and activities for the Kollel participants.
By application only.
Mon Jun 29
Teaching Talmud in Day Schools
9:00 AMTeaching Talmud in Day SchoolsDevora Steinmetz
Mon, June 29 - Thurs, July 2