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Annual Rapoport Family Memorial Lecture – Thurs, March 23 @7:30

Under the Sea: The Song of the Sea & the Creation Stories of the Ancient Near East
with Stu Halpern

Drisha Kollel

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Dr. Beth Samuels Summer High School Program

Tuesday, June 27 – Friday, July 28, 2017

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    Thu Mar 23

    Under the Sea: The Song of the Sea and the Creation Stories of the Ancient Near East
    Stu Halpern

    7:30 PM

    Under the Sea: The Song of the Sea and the Creation Stories of the Ancient Near East
    Stu Halpern
    Thursday, March 23, 7:30pm
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    The Song of the Sea, the famed song of victory and thanksgiving recited by Moses and the Israelites after crossing the Red Sea and ritualized into our daily prayers, contains an apparent anachronism. In our quest to identify what appears to be out of place and why, we will examine selected excerpts of the Song, study its classical and modern biblical interpretations, and look at both the book of Psalms as well as ancient pagan creation stories. Join us as we seek a better understanding of the Song of the Sea, an iconic piece of the Exodus story.

    The Annual Rapoport Family Memorial Lecture

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    Sun Mar 26

    These are the words: Devarim
    David Silber

    10:00 AM

    These are the words: Devarim
    David Silber
    Sundays, 10-11:30am
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    Price: $ 200.00

    Join us for a penetrating analysis of the unique literary and stylistic features of Sefer Devarim, the last book of the Torah.

    8 sessions: January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 19, 26

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    Mon Mar 27

    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 Mar 27

    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 Mar 28

    Parashat HaShavua
    David Silber

    9:30 AM

    Parashat HaShavua
    David Silber
    Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
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    Price: $ 225.00

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

    9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

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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
    end of a flame

    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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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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