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Waste Not, Want Not: Hunger and Food Rescue in Israel

Sunday, April 30 @ 11am

Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals

Begins Tuesday, May 2

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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    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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    Sun Apr 30

    Waste Not, Want Not: Hunger and Food Rescue in Israel
    Waste Not, Want Not: Hunger and Food Rescue in Israel

    11:00 AM

    Waste Not, Want Not: Hunger and Food Rescue in Israel
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    Price: $ 0.00

    The Bible is replete with commands to provide for the poor. Join us as Lauren Yoked of Leket Israel, The National Food Bank, discusses hunger and food waste in Israel and their modern response to the biblical command to provide for those in need. Refreshments will be served.

    This program is part of The Upper West Side Celebrates Israel, convened by The JCC in Manhattan in collaboration with and funded by UJA-Federation of New York.

    Co-sponsored by Drisha and Darkhei Noam.

    Click here to register.

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    Tue May 02

    Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals
    Seth Aronson

    7:00 PM

    Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals
    Seth Aronson
    Tuesdays, 7-9pm
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    Price: $ 75.00

    “Who Heals the Brokenhearted and Binds up their Wounds” – Harofei lishvurei lev umechabeish le’atzvotam

    The workshop is designed to help mental health professionals explore Jewish perspectives on issues they likely encounter in their day-to-day work. Focusing during each meeting on a different topic of importance to mental health and wellbeing, participants will bring their own clinical and personal perspectives into conversation with a range of classical and modern Jewish texts. Topics will include grief, the wounded healer, aspects of listening, and more. The beit midrash will include small-group or paired (chavruta) text study as well as group discussion.

    This season of Drisha’s beit midrash for mental health professionals is open to practitioners at all levels of clinical and professional experience. Clergy with a background in pastoral work are invited to participate as well.

    Professionals: $75

    Students: $25 (contact Joe Siev at 212-595-0307 or jsiev@drisha.or to register as a student)

    4 sessions: May 2, 9, 16, 23

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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)

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    Thu May 04

    Scholars, Families and What Comes Between: Torah and Culture
    Shai Secunda

    7:30 PM

    Scholars, Families and What Comes Between: Torah and Culture
    Shai Secunda
    Thursdays, 7:30-9pm
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    Price: $ 60.00

    This three-part series looks at three works of Israeli art – a film, television series, and novella – that consider Jewish scholars, the texts they study, and the resulting family dynamics. Participants are encouraged to read or watch the works before the sessions, though it is not required. We will also have passages and clips on hand as we work through and discuss the material.

    The Oscar-nominated film Footnote tells the story of a father-son scholarly rivalry in the Hebrew University Talmud department, turning on the talmudic maxim “a man is jealous of everyone, save for his son and student” (b. Sanhedrin 105b). Along with film clips, we will explore talmudic tales of scholarly jealousy and competition which test this teaching, and the human capacity for unconditional love of those closest to us.

    The hit Israeli television series Shtisel follows a large ultra-orthodox family as its members struggle to find love and meaning in their crowded Jerusalem lives. In the second season, a crisis unfolds when sixteen-year-old Ruchami develops a romantic connection and elopes with an orphaned teenage Torah scholar, Haninah. By studying a story cycle in tractate Ketubot about scholars who leave their family to pursue Torah study, we will consider how the idealism to single-mindedly pursue Torah study productively conflicts with the desires and responsibilities of family life.

    S.Y. Agnon’s novella Edo and Enam looks at the strange and mysterious world of esoteric scholarship and its potential to magically engender inhabitable worlds, including romantic partners.  We will study classical and pre-modern teachings about the creation of “golems,” and how words of Torah are so powerful they can sometimes create alternate realities more compelling than the banal everyday.

    Full series: $60; individual sessions: $25 each (to register for an individual session, please click here.

    3 sessions: May 4, 11, 18.

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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