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Community Lectures and Events

Community Lectures and Events

September 2015
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Sister Wives? Sarah, Hagar, and the Day of Judgment
Sister Wives? Sarah, Hagar, and the Day of Judgment
Miriam Gedwiser
Thursday, September 10, 1:00 -2:30pm
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The banishment of Ishmael and the Binding of Isaac – read on the first and second days of Rosh HaShanah respectively – are often seen as companion stories of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own children for God.  But what of the mothers in these stories, Sarah and Hagar?  In this classwe will examine the two characters, their differences as well as uncanny similarities, in order to understand the root of their opposition to each other.

Price: $ 20.00

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Reflections on the Yamim Noraim: Are There Limits to Forgiveness?
Reflections on the Yamim Noraim: Are There Limits to Forgiveness?
Jacob J Schacter
Sunday, September 20, 7:30pm
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Part of the Stanley Rudoff Memorial High Holy Day Lecture Series.

Price: $ 0.00

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October 2015
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Kohelet, or: the Assemblyman
Kohelet, or: the Assemblyman
James Kugel
Tuesday, October 13, 8:00 – 9:30pm
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In a previous life, the biblical scholar James Kugel was something of a poet, poetry editor of Harper’s Magazine and a student of the poetry in Tanakh. (In this sense, he was a bit like “Judd Lewis” in his books “On Being a Jew” and “The Kingly Sanctuary.”) This evening, he will read a long poem centered on the book of Kohelet, in which different verses (pesukim) from the biblical book are imaginatively examined and elaborated. Copies of his just published book, “The Assemblyman and Other Poems,” will be available for those who wish to follow along with a written copy of the poem.

Registration: $10; no charge for college students.

Price: $ 10.00

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Where are the Mothers? The Story of Devora, Yael and Sisera’s Mother
Where are the Mothers? The Story of Devora, Yael and Sisera’s Mother
Yael Ziegler
Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 – 8:30pm
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The story of Devora features women who act to save the Israelites from their Canaanite oppressors. What has happened to the men in this story? What is the source of the strength of these extraordinary women? Copies of Dr. Ziegler’s book, Ruth: from Alienation to Monarchy will be available for sale.

Registration: $10; no charge for college students.

Price: $ 10.00

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Looking Deeper: Creating Moments of Holiness in Our Lives
Looking Deeper: Creating Moments of Holiness in Our Lives
Tsvi Blanchard
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:15pm
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In this workshop, led by Tsvi Blanchard and Naomi Mark, we will interactively explore how we might experiment with introducing a modern notion of holiness into our lives.  We will start with some classic Jewish paradigms of holiness.  Using these models will allow us to speak to several other key problems:  What is the un-holy? In what sense can human beings transcend nature without being disconnected from it? Are mitzvot necessary for achieving holiness or are there other ways to do so? Through study of Jewish texts, participants will explore specific possibilities for experiencing holiness in important areas of human life: sexuality and reproduction, eating and bodily health, and interacting with our natural environment.

 

This workshop is part of our three-part series on HOLINESS- Wednesdays, October 21 & 28 and November 4.
6:30-7:15 – Choice of Workshop
7:15-7:45 – Tefilat Ma’ariv and Refreshments
7:45-9:15 – Lecture or Panel Conversation.

Go to www.drisha.org/holiness for complete program.

3 sessions: October 21, 28, November 4

Price: $ 0.00

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How to Make Things Holy
How to Make Things Holy
Sam Lebens
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:15pm
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In this workshop we will look at midrashim about the nature of holiness and think about their real-world implications—how do they teach us to transform the mundane things around us to make them, and ourselves, holy? We will also talk about what it might mean that our tradition asks us to sanctify things—such as Shabbat—that are inherently holy.

This workshop is part of our three-part series on HOLINESS- Wednesdays, October 21 & 28 and November 4.
6:30-7:15 – Choice of Workshop
7:15-7:45 – Tefilat Ma’ariv and Refreshments
7:45-9:15 – Lecture or Panel Conversation.

Go to www.drisha.org/holiness for complete program.

3 sessions: October 21, 28, November 4

Price: $ 0.00

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Rediscovering Centers of Holiness and the Sacred
Rediscovering Centers of Holiness and the Sacred
Tsvi Blanchard
Wednesday, October 21, 7:45-9:15pm
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Modern society seems to have lost both the conception and experience of holiness (kedusha), or at least to have reduced them to sociology, psychology, ethics or an amorphous sense of spirituality. In this lecture I will address the possibility of recapturing a distinct, independent, and religious sense of kedusha. I will also briefly suggest ways in which this sense of holiness might be rediscovered in a variety of important aspects of ordinary life.

This lecture is part of our three-part series on HOLINESS- Wednesdays, October 21 & 28 and November 4.
6:30-7:15 – Choice of Workshop
7:15-7:45 – Tefilat Ma’ariv and Refreshments
7:45-9:15 – Lecture or Panel Conversation.

Go to www.drisha.org/holiness for complete program.

Price: $ 0.00

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“Love Your Fellow” as an Opening to Prayer (in Hebrew)
“Love Your Fellow” as an Opening to Prayer (in Hebrew)
Dov Zinger
Monday, October 26th
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Rav Dov Zinger, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Mekor Chaim, will lead us in study and an experiential workshop on prayer. Please join us for a meaningful and inspiring culmination of your celebration of Mother’s Day.

Thousands of us watched last summer as Rav Dov spoke at the funeral of Eyal, Gil-ad, and Naftali and urged us to recommit to enact the commandment to love our fellow. We are honored that Rav Dov will spend an evening with us in exploration of the relationship of this commandment to prayer, and we welcome the opportunity to learn more about the important work that his yeshiva and beit midrash are doing in Israel.

Please note that the workshop will be in Hebrew.

7pm

Price: $ 0.00

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Looking Deeper: Creating Moments of Holiness in Our Lives
Looking Deeper: Creating Moments of Holiness in Our Lives
Tsvi Blanchard
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:15pm
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In this workshop, led by Tsvi Blanchard and Naomi Mark, we will interactively explore how we might experiment with introducing a modern notion of holiness into our lives.  We will start with some classic Jewish paradigms of holiness.  Using these models will allow us to speak to several other key problems:  What is the un-holy? In what sense can human beings transcend nature without being disconnected from it? Are mitzvot necessary for achieving holiness or are there other ways to do so? Through study of Jewish texts, participants will explore specific possibilities for experiencing holiness in important areas of human life: sexuality and reproduction, eating and bodily health, and interacting with our natural environment.

 

This workshop is part of our three-part series on HOLINESS- Wednesdays, October 21 & 28 and November 4.
6:30-7:15 – Choice of Workshop
7:15-7:45 – Tefilat Ma’ariv and Refreshments
7:45-9:15 – Lecture or Panel Conversation.

Go to www.drisha.org/holiness for complete program.

3 sessions: October 21, 28, November 4

Price: $ 0.00

6:30 pm
How to Make Things Holy
How to Make Things Holy
Sam Lebens
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:15pm
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In this workshop we will look at midrashim about the nature of holiness and think about their real-world implications—how do they teach us to transform the mundane things around us to make them, and ourselves, holy? We will also talk about what it might mean that our tradition asks us to sanctify things—such as Shabbat—that are inherently holy.

This workshop is part of our three-part series on HOLINESS- Wednesdays, October 21 & 28 and November 4.
6:30-7:15 – Choice of Workshop
7:15-7:45 – Tefilat Ma’ariv and Refreshments
7:45-9:15 – Lecture or Panel Conversation.

Go to www.drisha.org/holiness for complete program.

3 sessions: October 21, 28, November 4

Price: $ 0.00

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Cultivating Holiness: Insights and Challenges from the Chassidic Tradition
Cultivating Holiness: Insights and Challenges from the Chassidic Tradition
Ariel Evan Mayse
Wednesday, October 28, 7:45-9:15pm
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Through study of selected Chassidic texts, we will explore the contemporary relevance of several models of sacred living found in the writings of Chassidic masters, with an eye to conceptions of holy time and space and the ways in which the sacred is expressed through human deeds.

This lecture is part of our three-part series on HOLINESS- Wednesdays, October 21 & 28 and November 4.
6:30-7:15 – Choice of Workshop
7:15-7:45 – Tefilat Ma’ariv and Refreshments
7:45-9:15 – Lecture or Panel Conversation.

Go to www.drisha.org/holiness for complete program.

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Looking Deeper: Creating Moments of Holiness in Our Lives
Looking Deeper: Creating Moments of Holiness in Our Lives
Tsvi Blanchard
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:15pm
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In this workshop, led by Tsvi Blanchard and Naomi Mark, we will interactively explore how we might experiment with introducing a modern notion of holiness into our lives.  We will start with some classic Jewish paradigms of holiness.  Using these models will allow us to speak to several other key problems:  What is the un-holy? In what sense can human beings transcend nature without being disconnected from it? Are mitzvot necessary for achieving holiness or are there other ways to do so? Through study of Jewish texts, participants will explore specific possibilities for experiencing holiness in important areas of human life: sexuality and reproduction, eating and bodily health, and interacting with our natural environment.

 

This workshop is part of our three-part series on HOLINESS- Wednesdays, October 21 & 28 and November 4.
6:30-7:15 – Choice of Workshop
7:15-7:45 – Tefilat Ma’ariv and Refreshments
7:45-9:15 – Lecture or Panel Conversation.

Go to www.drisha.org/holiness for complete program.

3 sessions: October 21, 28, November 4

Price: $ 0.00

6:30 pm
How to Make Things Holy
How to Make Things Holy
Sam Lebens
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:15pm
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In this workshop we will look at midrashim about the nature of holiness and think about their real-world implications—how do they teach us to transform the mundane things around us to make them, and ourselves, holy? We will also talk about what it might mean that our tradition asks us to sanctify things—such as Shabbat—that are inherently holy.

This workshop is part of our three-part series on HOLINESS- Wednesdays, October 21 & 28 and November 4.
6:30-7:15 – Choice of Workshop
7:15-7:45 – Tefilat Ma’ariv and Refreshments
7:45-9:15 – Lecture or Panel Conversation.

Go to www.drisha.org/holiness for complete program.

3 sessions: October 21, 28, November 4

Price: $ 0.00

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The Place of Holiness in Contemporary Jewish Life
The Place of Holiness in Contemporary Jewish Life
Rolando Matalon
Wednesday, November 4, 7:45-9:15pm
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Join two of our community’s foremost teachers of Torah- Rolando Matalon and Erin Leib Smokler- as they discuss the place of holiness in contemporary Jewish life and how they seek to make room for holiness in their teaching and in their work.

This conversation is part of our three-part series on HOLINESS- Wednesdays, October 21 & 28 and November 4.
6:30-7:15 – Choice of Workshop
7:15-7:45 – Tefilat Ma’ariv and Refreshments
7:45-9:15 – Lecture or Panel Conversation.

Go to www.drisha.org/holiness for complete program.

Price: $ 0.00

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Tensions between Western and Jewish Values: Biblical, Legal, and Philosophical Perspectives
Tensions between Western and Jewish Values: Biblical, Legal, and Philosophical Perspectives
David Silber
Wednesday, November 18, 7:30-9pm
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A Panel featuring David Silber, Elana Stein Hain, and Avi Helfand

Sponsored by Chavie Kahn & Heshy Kofman & family on the occasion of the yahrzeit of Rabbi Solomon Kahn z”l.

$10; free for college students

Price: $ 10.00

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December 2015
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Guiding Lights: Illuminating the Distinctions of the Chanukia and the Menorah
Guiding Lights: Illuminating the Distinctions of the Chanukia and the Menorah
Menachem Leibtag
Wednesday, December 2, 7:30-8:30pm
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Does the ‘chanukia’ simply model the Menorah of the Mishkan -with an extra candle? Our session will begin by comparing the ‘Menorah’ to the other vessels of the Mishkan, in an attempt to ​better understand what it symbolizes. Afterward, we will turn to the prophet Chagai and the book of Macabees to appreciate why the Menorah became the national symbol of the Second Temple period – which will shed light on our Rabbinic tradition of lighting a ‘chanukia’ on Chanuka.

The Renee and Alexander Bohm Memorial Lecture

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From Prophets to Sages: John Hyrcanus and a Heavenly Voice
From Prophets to Sages: John Hyrcanus and a Heavenly Voice
Vered Noam
Tuesday, December 22, 10am-12:30pm
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This class is part of Drisha’s Winter Week of Learning. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information on the full program.
Collegiate Track available. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information.

Price: $ 25.00

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Hokhma and Sophia: Extremes Meet?
Hokhma and Sophia: Extremes Meet?
Hindy Najman
Tuesday, December 22, 1:30-4pm
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This class is part of Drisha’s Winter Week of Learning. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information on the full program.
Collegiate Track available. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information.

Price: $ 25.00

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Dead Sea Scrolls within the Babylonian Talmud? The Rift with the Pharisees
Dead Sea Scrolls within the Babylonian Talmud? The Rift with the Pharisees
Vered Noam
Wednesday, December 23, 10am-12:30pm
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This class is part of Drisha’s Winter Week of Learning. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information on the full program.
Collegiate Track available. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information.

Price: $ 25.00

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Translating Cultures across Linguistic Divides: The Making of the Septuagint
Translating Cultures across Linguistic Divides: The Making of the Septuagint
Hindy Najman
Wednesday, December 23, 1:30-4pm
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This class is part of Drisha’s Winter Week of Learning. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information on the full program.
Collegiate Track available. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information.

Price: $ 25.00

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Unity, Schism and Foreign Culture: The War of Hyrcanus and Aristobulus and the Murder of Onias
Unity, Schism and Foreign Culture: The War of Hyrcanus and Aristobulus and the Murder of Onias
Vered Noam
Thursday, December 24, 10am-12:30pm
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This class is part of Drisha’s Winter Week of Learning. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information on the full program.
Collegiate Track available. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information.

Price: $ 25.00

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Becoming a Sage and Efficacious Prayer in the Ancient Jewish Diaspora
Becoming a Sage and Efficacious Prayer in the Ancient Jewish Diaspora
Hindy Najman
Thursday, December 24, 1:30-4pm
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This class is part of Drisha’s Winter Week of Learning. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information on the full program.
Collegiate Track available. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information.

Price: $ 25.00

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January 2016
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February 2016
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Women’s Leadership Institute Workshop Day
Women’s Leadership Institute Workshop Day
Drisha Faculty
Sunday, February 7, 8:45am - 8pm
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This event is co-sponsored by Drisha and JOFA and is generously supported by a grant from the Wexner Foundation. Join us for a day of skill-building workshops and networking for Orthodox Women Clergy, Educators, and Communal Workers. This will be a unique opportunity to meet and network with colleagues and to learn from expert presenters. Go to www.drisha.org/womensleadershipinstitute/ for more information.

Price: $ 36.00

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Biblical Studies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Two Models of the Struggle for Survival
Biblical Studies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Two Models of the Struggle for Survival
Nomi Schneck
Sunday, February 7, 12:15–1:45pm
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Did Abraham condone or condemn Sara’s treatment of Hagar? How did Esther manage to convince Achashverosh to turn against his trusted advisor? And what is the connection between these two stories? Join Drisha at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to explore the artistic rendering and recontextualization of these biblical narratives. We will study the biblical art within its historical context and alongside classical rabbinic and medieval commentaries.

Tuition: $20 + museum entry

Class is full. Please email inquiry@drisha.org to be added to the waiting list.

Price: $ 20.00

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Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
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Co-Sponsored by Drisha Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical SchoolMechon Hadar, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Yeshivat Maharat.

7-8pm – open beit midrash chavruta learning

8-9pm – Wendy Amsellem (Drisha) – Colleagues and Warriors: Daily Life in the Beit Midrash

5 sessions: February 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8

Price: $ 0.00

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Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
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Co-Sponsored by Drisha Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical SchoolMechon Hadar, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Yeshivat Maharat.

7-8pm – open beit midrash chavruta learning

8-9pm – Wendy Amsellem (Drisha) – Colleagues and Warriors: Daily Life in the Beit Midrash

5 sessions: February 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8

Price: $ 0.00

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Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
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Co-Sponsored by Drisha Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical SchoolMechon Hadar, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Yeshivat Maharat.

7-8pm – open beit midrash chavruta learning

8-9pm – Wendy Amsellem (Drisha) – Colleagues and Warriors: Daily Life in the Beit Midrash

5 sessions: February 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8

Price: $ 0.00

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March 2016
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Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
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Co-Sponsored by Drisha Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical SchoolMechon Hadar, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Yeshivat Maharat.

7-8pm – open beit midrash chavruta learning

8-9pm – Wendy Amsellem (Drisha) – Colleagues and Warriors: Daily Life in the Beit Midrash

5 sessions: February 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8

Price: $ 0.00

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Biblical Studies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Development of Moshe
Biblical Studies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Development of Moshe
Nomi Schneck
Sunday, March 6, 12:15–1:45pm
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How did an Egyptian boy growing up in Pharaoh’s house turn against his past and lead the Israelites out of Egypt? What qualities throughout his lifetime earned him the role of the receiver of the Torah? And how has his story been told through stained glass, canvas, ceramics, and ivory? Join Drisha at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to explore the artistic rendering and recontextualization of some of the biblical stories relating to Moshe. We will study the biblical art within its historical context and alongside classical rabbinic and medieval commentaries.

Tuition: $20 + museum entry

Class is full. Please email inquiry@drisha.org to be added to the waiting list.

Price: $ 20.00

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Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
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Co-Sponsored by Drisha Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical SchoolMechon Hadar, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Yeshivat Maharat.

7-8pm – open beit midrash chavruta learning

8-9pm – Wendy Amsellem (Drisha) – Colleagues and Warriors: Daily Life in the Beit Midrash

5 sessions: February 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8

Price: $ 0.00

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Community Beit Midrash (series 2)
Community Beit Midrash (series 2)
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Co-Sponsored by Drisha Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical SchoolMechon Hadar, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Yeshivat Maharat.

7-8pm – open beit midrash chavruta learning 

8-9pm – lecture with Yaffa Epstein (Pardes) – Between Purim and Pesach: How Story Telling Shapes Communal Memory
This series will explore the relationship between the holidays of Purim and Pesach, and explore the nexus of redemption, memory, and storytelling. We will look at how the power of narrative has shaped us as a people.

3 sessions: March 15, 22, 29

Price: $ 0.00

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7 Adar: An Evening of Learning in Appreciation of Chevra Kadisha
7 Adar: An Evening of Learning in Appreciation of Chevra Kadisha
Isaac Pollak and David Silber
Thursday, March 17, 7pm
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7pm: David Silber on “The Death of Moshe Rabbeinu”
7:30pm Isaac Pollak on “Ester and Her Wish to be Buried with Her Scarf and Her Ring: Fascinating Medieval Burial Practices”

Price: $ 0.00

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Community Beit Midrash (series 2)
Community Beit Midrash (series 2)
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Co-Sponsored by Drisha Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical SchoolMechon Hadar, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Yeshivat Maharat.

7-8pm – open beit midrash chavruta learning 

8-9pm – lecture with Yaffa Epstein (Pardes) – Between Purim and Pesach: How Story Telling Shapes Communal Memory
This series will explore the relationship between the holidays of Purim and Pesach, and explore the nexus of redemption, memory, and storytelling. We will look at how the power of narrative has shaped us as a people.

3 sessions: March 15, 22, 29

Price: $ 0.00

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Community Beit Midrash (series 2)
Community Beit Midrash (series 2)
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Co-Sponsored by Drisha Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical SchoolMechon Hadar, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Yeshivat Maharat.

7-8pm – open beit midrash chavruta learning 

8-9pm – lecture with Yaffa Epstein (Pardes) – Between Purim and Pesach: How Story Telling Shapes Communal Memory
This series will explore the relationship between the holidays of Purim and Pesach, and explore the nexus of redemption, memory, and storytelling. We will look at how the power of narrative has shaped us as a people.

3 sessions: March 15, 22, 29

Price: $ 0.00

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“And You Should Tell”: Retelling the Chassidic Tale
“And You Should Tell”: Retelling the Chassidic Tale
Joshua Halberstam
Thursday, March 31, 7-8pm
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On Pesach, retelling the story is a commandment, a sacred performance.  The retelling of a Chassidic Tale also became a ritual performance in its own right. The Chassidic tale was, in fact, one of the prime means by which the Chassidic movement spread across Eastern Europe. and remains  perhaps the best entry into Chassidic teaching. Unfortunately, most of us are only familiar with the Chassidic tale as a fleeting anecdote or pithy insight, and not with the complex narrative that more accurately reflects the genuine Chassidic literary genre. Translating these tales from the Yiddish presents formidable challenges, but the vitality and relevance of these tales helps transcend these linguistic and cultural divides. And not surprisingly, many of the most engaging of these Chassidic stories revolve around the storytelling themes of the Pesach holiday.

Copies of The Blind Angel: New Old Chassidic Tales will be available for sale at the event.

Suggested donation: $10

Price: $ 0.00

April 2016
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The Influence of the Spanish Inquisition on Abarbanel’s Commentary to the Haggada
The Influence of the Spanish Inquisition on Abarbanel’s Commentary to the Haggada
Avigail Poupko Rock
Monday, April 4, 7-8:15pm
Abarbanel

We are commanded, on the seder night, to picture ourselves as if we had left Egypt. Learn how Don Isaac Abarbanel, in writing his haggada commentary, connected the exodus to the circumstances of his own time.

Suggested donation: $10

Price: $ 0.00

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Community Beit Midrash, final session
Community Beit Midrash, final session
Community Beit Midrash, 3
Tuesdays, 7 - 9pm
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Co-Sponsored by Drisha Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical SchoolMechon Hadar, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Yeshivat Maharat.

7-8pm – open beit midrash chavruta learning

8-9pm – lecture with David Silber (Drisha) – Go Forth and Learn: Thoughts on the Haggadah

Price: $ 0.00

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Only Ten Plagues, or More?
Only Ten Plagues, or More?
Alex Israel
Thursday, April 7, 7:30–8:30pm
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The Annual Rapoport Family Memorial Lecture

The Hagaddah suggests that ten plagues afflicted Egypt, and fifty plagues afflicted them at the Sea. (It even suggests there were fifty, not ten, plagues in Egypt!) Is the number of plagues important? What can the varied enumerations and structures of the plagues as found in Tanakh and rabbinic literature teach us about their desired objective and effect?

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Songs of the Seder
Songs of the Seder
David Arnow
Wednesday, April 13, 6:30-8pm
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We will explore the history and meaning of Dayyenu, Echad Mi Yodea and Chad Gadya.

Suggested donation: $10

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May 2016
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Book Launch- Sage Advice: Pirkei Avot
Book Launch- Sage Advice: Pirkei Avot
Yitz Greenberg
Monday, May 9, 7pm
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Hear renowned theologian Yitz Greenberg discuss his new commentary on Pirkei Avot and learn some of the mishnayot with him in a whole new light.

Copies of Sage Advice will be available for purchase at the event.

Suggested donation: $10

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Reviving Beruriah: Opportunities and Challenges in Girls’ Education in Israel
Reviving Beruriah: Opportunities and Challenges in Girls’ Education in Israel
Meir Ekstein
Sunday, May 15, 1pm
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There are great opportunities in Israel for huge leaps forward in Jewish education for girls in ways unimaginable here. There is, however, a desire to hold onto tradition, impeding the possibility of making strides forward.

This class 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. Go to www.drisha.org/uwsisrael/ for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Is There Such a Thing as Written Torah?
Is There Such a Thing as Written Torah?
Benjamin Sommer
Tuesday, May 17, 7-8pm
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A lecture and discussion with Benjamin Sommer about his book Revelation and Authority: Sinai in Jewish Scripture and Tradition (Finalist, National Jewish Book Award; Finalist, Jordan Schnitzer Award from AJS;, and a recommended book in religion at Publishers Weekly).

Co-sponsored with Jewish Book Council. Guests must register at www.jewishbookcouncil.org/events/unpacking-the-book-scholarship

Price: $ 0.00

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37th Anniversary Dinner
37th Anniversary Dinner
Drisha Faculty
Sunday, May 22, 5pm
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Join us for a festive buffet dinner and an evening of workshops showcasing the learning and doing that Drisha inspires.

Go to www.drisha.org/dinner for details

Price: $ 360.00

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June Kollel
June Kollel
Drisha Faculty
Tuesday, May 24 – Friday, June 24
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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).

Go to www.drisha.org/junekollel for more information or contact drishasummerprograms@gmail.com.

Admittance by application only. 

Price: $ 0.00

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June 2016
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A Yearning for Unity: The Fulcrum of Chabad Chassidut
A Yearning for Unity: The Fulcrum of Chabad Chassidut
Shlomo Yaffe
Wednesday, June 8, 7-8:30pm
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Throughout the literature of the Chabad movement, from its first written expression in the Likutei Amarim of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi to the writings of the most recent rebbe, a singular vision remains constant: the essential unity of God within the chaotic multiplicity that characterize our limited perception of reality. The teaching of Chabad emphasizes that even what appear to us as fragmentation and darkness is, in its essence, unity and light. Ein od milvado—“there is nothing but God.” We are called upon to transmute our experiences to reflect this reality. In this session, we will explore this calling, focusing on texts from the first Rebbe of Chabad, the Baal haTanya, with commentary from the subsequent six generations.

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June Executive Seminar: Tablets and Broken Tablets: Studies of Rupture, Reconciliation, and Redemption
June Executive Seminar: Tablets and Broken Tablets: Studies of Rupture, Reconciliation, and Redemption
David Silber
Tuesday, June 14-Thursday, June 16, 9:30-5
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Join us for a 3-day seminar on Tablets and Broken Tablets: Studies of Rupture, Reconciliation, and Redemption, where we will examine biblical, rabbinic,  kabbalistic, and Chasidic sources that reflect on these states of connectedness and disconnectedness. Topics will include: The Golden Calf and the Broken Covenant; Moses and the Power of Prayer; and, the Divine Attributes of Mercy and Knowing.

Space is limited.

Price: $ 500.00

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June Executive Seminar: Tablets and Broken Tablets: Studies of Rupture, Reconciliation, and Redemption
June Executive Seminar: Tablets and Broken Tablets: Studies of Rupture, Reconciliation, and Redemption
David Silber
Tuesday, June 14-Thursday, June 16, 9:30-5
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Join us for a 3-day seminar on Tablets and Broken Tablets: Studies of Rupture, Reconciliation, and Redemption, where we will examine biblical, rabbinic,  kabbalistic, and Chasidic sources that reflect on these states of connectedness and disconnectedness. Topics will include: The Golden Calf and the Broken Covenant; Moses and the Power of Prayer; and, the Divine Attributes of Mercy and Knowing.

Space is limited.

Price: $ 500.00

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The Founding of Polish Chassidut: Rav Elimelech of Lizhensk
The Founding of Polish Chassidut: Rav Elimelech of Lizhensk
Zeev Kitsis
Wednesday, June 15, 7-8:30pm
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Rav Elimelech of Lizhensk, a founder of Polish chassidut, is also one of the most original and complex of the early chassidic thinkers. Among the tensions explored in his thought – and embodied in his life – is that between love and criticism. He was, in a sense, a “specialist in rebuke,” and yet his prescription of this form of spiritual guidance coexists in his thought alongside an expansive notion of love. In this session, we will explore this interplay between love and rebuke as well as Rav Elimelech’s conception of the “tzadik,” which he describes in his work Noam Elimelech, and for which he is perhaps best known. Finally, we will touch upon the deep influence of Rav Elimelech on his successors in Polish chassidut, in particular the Kotzker Rebbi.

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June Executive Seminar: Tablets and Broken Tablets: Studies of Rupture, Reconciliation, and Redemption
June Executive Seminar: Tablets and Broken Tablets: Studies of Rupture, Reconciliation, and Redemption
David Silber
Tuesday, June 14-Thursday, June 16, 9:30-5
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Join us for a 3-day seminar on Tablets and Broken Tablets: Studies of Rupture, Reconciliation, and Redemption, where we will examine biblical, rabbinic,  kabbalistic, and Chasidic sources that reflect on these states of connectedness and disconnectedness. Topics will include: The Golden Calf and the Broken Covenant; Moses and the Power of Prayer; and, the Divine Attributes of Mercy and Knowing.

Space is limited.

Price: $ 500.00

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Intensity and Embrace: The Mystical Life in the Sfat Emet & the School of Ger
Intensity and Embrace: The Mystical Life in the Sfat Emet & the School of Ger
Ariel Evan Mayse
Wednesday, June 22, 7-8:30pm
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Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh Leib Alter of Ger, better known by the title of his classic work Sfat Emet, was one of the greatest and most creative chassidic masters of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. At once highly traditional and strikingly modern, the Sfat Emet articulated a powerful mystical theology that speaks to the spiritual needs of the individual seeker situated within the community as a whole. His teachings reflect a careful synthesis between the mystical beckonings of the Infinite, on one hand, and the mandate that humankind perform their primary spiritual work here, in the realm of the mundane and corporeal. In addition to exploring these core ideas, we will touch upon some of the salient processes involved in the creation of chassidic books, such as the relationship between Hebrew and Yiddish and between oral and textual traditions as well as the transmission of ideas from teachers to students. We will see how the recent discovery of new manuscripts of Rabbi Alter’s teachings has changed the way we study chassidic texts.

Price: $ 0.00

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July College Kollel
July College Kollel
Drisha Faculty
Monday, June 27-Friday, July 29
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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.

Go to www.drisha.org/julykollel for more information or contact drishasummerprograms@gmail.com.

By application only. 

 

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July Beit Midrash
July Beit Midrash
Drisha Faculty
Tuesday, June 28 – Friday, July 29
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Drisha’s July Beit Midrash is an exceptional learning experience for women of all ages and backgrounds from around the world who want to explore topics in Jewish learning and improve their textual skills. Courses include Talmud, Prayer, TanakhHalakhah, and Philosophy.

Go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash for more information or email inquiry@drisha.org for a program registration form (including skill self-assessment).

Tuition: $1,200. Program can be registered for part-time.

Price: $ 1,200.00

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July Open Night of Learning
July Open Night of Learning
July Open Night of Learning
Monday, July 18, 6:30-8:30pm
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6:30pm: Opening

6:45-7:15: Choice of Sessions
Rachel Rosenthal– When will Mashiach come? Rabbinic Reflections on God’s Presense and Absense
Daniel Reifman– Lifnei Iver as a Legal and Moral Value
Karen Reitman– A Dangerous Unity: The Psychological Breakdown of Dor Bavel
Naima Hirsch– Lesser of Two Evils: Comparing Michal bat Shaul and Rachel Imenu

7:15pm: Light refreshments will be served.

7:45pm-8:15pm: Choice of Sessions
Gavriel Porten– The Rise and Fall of Jerusalem in the Bible and Archaeology
Rivka Schwartz– Not from Heaven? Exploring the Next Beit Hamikdash
Shira Berkman– Stories from the Tanakh Through the Lens of Modern Israeli Poetry
Hannah Cowen– Chasing Idolatry: R’ Ashi, King Menashe, and the Secret of Bread

8:15pm: Closing Words from Rabbi David Silber

Price: $ 0.00

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Tisha B’Av Program
Tisha B’Av Program
Drisha Faculty
Tuesday, August 1, 10am
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10am
Kinot – Recitation and discussion led by David Silber

1pm
Preparation for mincha:
Reflections on the nachem prayer

1:40pm
Mincha

2:40
Living with Brokenness: The Quest for Comfort in Chassidut with Rute Yair-Nussbaum

4pm
Screening of The Pianist followed by communal conversation

Price: $ 0.00

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Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Drisha Faculty
August 15-28, 2016
Israel program- around tables

Drisha’s Beit Midrsh in Israel will be entering its fourth session this summer. A group of Israeli students from across the spectrum of Israeli life participate in the intensive two week program of study situated in Yemin Orde, a visionary youth village in northern Israel. The Beit Midrash integrates immersive learning of Jewish texts with an exploration of critical social issues, and participants are challenged to bring insights from their learning into the work that they do in their home communities throughout the year.

Go to www.drisha.org/israel for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Drisha Faculty
August 15-28, 2016
Israel program- around tables

Drisha’s Beit Midrsh in Israel will be entering its fourth session this summer. A group of Israeli students from across the spectrum of Israeli life participate in the intensive two week program of study situated in Yemin Orde, a visionary youth village in northern Israel. The Beit Midrash integrates immersive learning of Jewish texts with an exploration of critical social issues, and participants are challenged to bring insights from their learning into the work that they do in their home communities throughout the year.

Go to www.drisha.org/israel for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Drisha Faculty
August 15-28, 2016
Israel program- around tables

Drisha’s Beit Midrsh in Israel will be entering its fourth session this summer. A group of Israeli students from across the spectrum of Israeli life participate in the intensive two week program of study situated in Yemin Orde, a visionary youth village in northern Israel. The Beit Midrash integrates immersive learning of Jewish texts with an exploration of critical social issues, and participants are challenged to bring insights from their learning into the work that they do in their home communities throughout the year.

Go to www.drisha.org/israel for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Drisha Faculty
August 15-28, 2016
Israel program- around tables

Drisha’s Beit Midrsh in Israel will be entering its fourth session this summer. A group of Israeli students from across the spectrum of Israeli life participate in the intensive two week program of study situated in Yemin Orde, a visionary youth village in northern Israel. The Beit Midrash integrates immersive learning of Jewish texts with an exploration of critical social issues, and participants are challenged to bring insights from their learning into the work that they do in their home communities throughout the year.

Go to www.drisha.org/israel for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Drisha Faculty
August 15-28, 2016
Israel program- around tables

Drisha’s Beit Midrsh in Israel will be entering its fourth session this summer. A group of Israeli students from across the spectrum of Israeli life participate in the intensive two week program of study situated in Yemin Orde, a visionary youth village in northern Israel. The Beit Midrash integrates immersive learning of Jewish texts with an exploration of critical social issues, and participants are challenged to bring insights from their learning into the work that they do in their home communities throughout the year.

Go to www.drisha.org/israel for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Drisha Faculty
August 15-28, 2016
Israel program- around tables

Drisha’s Beit Midrsh in Israel will be entering its fourth session this summer. A group of Israeli students from across the spectrum of Israeli life participate in the intensive two week program of study situated in Yemin Orde, a visionary youth village in northern Israel. The Beit Midrash integrates immersive learning of Jewish texts with an exploration of critical social issues, and participants are challenged to bring insights from their learning into the work that they do in their home communities throughout the year.

Go to www.drisha.org/israel for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Drisha Faculty
August 15-28, 2016
Israel program- around tables

Drisha’s Beit Midrsh in Israel will be entering its fourth session this summer. A group of Israeli students from across the spectrum of Israeli life participate in the intensive two week program of study situated in Yemin Orde, a visionary youth village in northern Israel. The Beit Midrash integrates immersive learning of Jewish texts with an exploration of critical social issues, and participants are challenged to bring insights from their learning into the work that they do in their home communities throughout the year.

Go to www.drisha.org/israel for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Drisha Faculty
August 15-28, 2016
Israel program- around tables

Drisha’s Beit Midrsh in Israel will be entering its fourth session this summer. A group of Israeli students from across the spectrum of Israeli life participate in the intensive two week program of study situated in Yemin Orde, a visionary youth village in northern Israel. The Beit Midrash integrates immersive learning of Jewish texts with an exploration of critical social issues, and participants are challenged to bring insights from their learning into the work that they do in their home communities throughout the year.

Go to www.drisha.org/israel for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Drisha Faculty
August 15-28, 2016
Israel program- around tables

Drisha’s Beit Midrsh in Israel will be entering its fourth session this summer. A group of Israeli students from across the spectrum of Israeli life participate in the intensive two week program of study situated in Yemin Orde, a visionary youth village in northern Israel. The Beit Midrash integrates immersive learning of Jewish texts with an exploration of critical social issues, and participants are challenged to bring insights from their learning into the work that they do in their home communities throughout the year.

Go to www.drisha.org/israel for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Drisha Faculty
August 15-28, 2016
Israel program- around tables

Drisha’s Beit Midrsh in Israel will be entering its fourth session this summer. A group of Israeli students from across the spectrum of Israeli life participate in the intensive two week program of study situated in Yemin Orde, a visionary youth village in northern Israel. The Beit Midrash integrates immersive learning of Jewish texts with an exploration of critical social issues, and participants are challenged to bring insights from their learning into the work that they do in their home communities throughout the year.

Go to www.drisha.org/israel for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Drisha Faculty
August 15-28, 2016
Israel program- around tables

Drisha’s Beit Midrsh in Israel will be entering its fourth session this summer. A group of Israeli students from across the spectrum of Israeli life participate in the intensive two week program of study situated in Yemin Orde, a visionary youth village in northern Israel. The Beit Midrash integrates immersive learning of Jewish texts with an exploration of critical social issues, and participants are challenged to bring insights from their learning into the work that they do in their home communities throughout the year.

Go to www.drisha.org/israel for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Drisha Faculty
August 15-28, 2016
Israel program- around tables

Drisha’s Beit Midrsh in Israel will be entering its fourth session this summer. A group of Israeli students from across the spectrum of Israeli life participate in the intensive two week program of study situated in Yemin Orde, a visionary youth village in northern Israel. The Beit Midrash integrates immersive learning of Jewish texts with an exploration of critical social issues, and participants are challenged to bring insights from their learning into the work that they do in their home communities throughout the year.

Go to www.drisha.org/israel for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Drisha Faculty
August 15-28, 2016
Israel program- around tables

Drisha’s Beit Midrsh in Israel will be entering its fourth session this summer. A group of Israeli students from across the spectrum of Israeli life participate in the intensive two week program of study situated in Yemin Orde, a visionary youth village in northern Israel. The Beit Midrash integrates immersive learning of Jewish texts with an exploration of critical social issues, and participants are challenged to bring insights from their learning into the work that they do in their home communities throughout the year.

Go to www.drisha.org/israel for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Beit Midrash in Yemin Orde
Drisha Faculty
August 15-28, 2016
Israel program- around tables

Drisha’s Beit Midrsh in Israel will be entering its fourth session this summer. A group of Israeli students from across the spectrum of Israeli life participate in the intensive two week program of study situated in Yemin Orde, a visionary youth village in northern Israel. The Beit Midrash integrates immersive learning of Jewish texts with an exploration of critical social issues, and participants are challenged to bring insights from their learning into the work that they do in their home communities throughout the year.

Go to www.drisha.org/israel for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Imagining a Different World: The Prayer of Chana
Imagining a Different World: The Prayer of Chana
David Silber
Tuesday, September 6, 9:30-11am
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In this session, we will look at the haftarah of the first day of Rosh HaShanah (I Samuel 1:1-2:10) and use it to gain a better understanding of the holiday.

Price: $ 10.00

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Zichronot: Memory, Judgement and Covenant, Understanding the Central Prayer of Rosh Hashanah
Zichronot: Memory, Judgement and Covenant, Understanding the Central Prayer of Rosh Hashanah
David Silber
Wednesday, September 7, 7-8:30pm
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In this session, we will look at the themes of memory, judgement, and covenant in Zichronot (verses of remembrance), one of the three blessings we add to musaf on Rosh HaShanah.

Price: $ 0.00

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Commandment and Autonomy in the Story of Akeidat Yitzchak
Commandment and Autonomy in the Story of Akeidat Yitzchak
David Silber
Thursday, September 8, 9:30-11am
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Price: $ 10.00

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Elul Program in Jerusalem
Elul Program in Jerusalem
Drisha Faculty
September 11-28, 2016
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This fall, we will have our first full-time Elul program in Jerusalem (September 11-28, 2016). Stay tuned as we roll out new plans! Click here for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Elul Program in Jerusalem
Elul Program in Jerusalem
Drisha Faculty
September 11-28, 2016
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This fall, we will have our first full-time Elul program in Jerusalem (September 11-28, 2016). Stay tuned as we roll out new plans! Click here for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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What Do I Do When…? What Congregational Leaders Need to Know about Mental Illness
What Do I Do When…? What Congregational Leaders Need to Know about Mental Illness
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A day of learning and discussion for pulpit rabbis and congregational leaders created through a collaboration of Rethink The Conversation, Sinai and Synapses, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, The Jewish Board, and UJA-Federation of New York.

For detailed information about the conference program, click here:http://www.ujafedny.org/focus-on-mental-health-rabbinic-conference-program-program/.

To register, click here: https://www.ujafedny.org/event/view/focus-on-mental-health/.

Price: $ 0.00

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Elul Program in Jerusalem
Elul Program in Jerusalem
Drisha Faculty
September 11-28, 2016
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This fall, we will have our first full-time Elul program in Jerusalem (September 11-28, 2016). Stay tuned as we roll out new plans! Click here for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Elul Program in Jerusalem
Elul Program in Jerusalem
Drisha Faculty
September 11-28, 2016
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This fall, we will have our first full-time Elul program in Jerusalem (September 11-28, 2016). Stay tuned as we roll out new plans! Click here for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Elul Program in Jerusalem
Elul Program in Jerusalem
Drisha Faculty
September 11-28, 2016
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This fall, we will have our first full-time Elul program in Jerusalem (September 11-28, 2016). Stay tuned as we roll out new plans! Click here for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

7:30 pm
Everyone Believes: Rosh Hashanah and the Renewal of Faith
Everyone Believes: Rosh Hashanah and the Renewal of Faith
Sam Lebens
Thursday, September 15, 7:30-8:30pm
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In the prayers of the High Holy Days, we sing ‘Everyone Believes’ –  a poem by Yannai from the Byzantine Era. In this lecture, we’ll explore the nature of faith, ask whether God has faith in us, and recast the holiday of Rosh Hashanah in terms of a renewal of faith: Human and Divine.

Part of the Stanley Rudoff Memorial High Holy Day Lecture Series.

Price: $ 0.00

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Elul Program in Jerusalem
Elul Program in Jerusalem
Drisha Faculty
September 11-28, 2016
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This fall, we will have our first full-time Elul program in Jerusalem (September 11-28, 2016). Stay tuned as we roll out new plans! Click here for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Elul Program in Jerusalem
Elul Program in Jerusalem
Drisha Faculty
September 11-28, 2016
banner- dome (sophie)

This fall, we will have our first full-time Elul program in Jerusalem (September 11-28, 2016). Stay tuned as we roll out new plans! Click here for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Elul Program in Jerusalem
Elul Program in Jerusalem
Drisha Faculty
September 11-28, 2016
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This fall, we will have our first full-time Elul program in Jerusalem (September 11-28, 2016). Stay tuned as we roll out new plans! Click here for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Elul Program in Jerusalem
Elul Program in Jerusalem
Drisha Faculty
September 11-28, 2016
banner- dome (sophie)

This fall, we will have our first full-time Elul program in Jerusalem (September 11-28, 2016). Stay tuned as we roll out new plans! Click here for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Elul Program in Jerusalem
Elul Program in Jerusalem
Drisha Faculty
September 11-28, 2016
banner- dome (sophie)

This fall, we will have our first full-time Elul program in Jerusalem (September 11-28, 2016). Stay tuned as we roll out new plans! Click here for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

9:30 am
Fasting and Animal-Sacrifice
Fasting and Animal-Sacrifice
Sam Lebens
Tuesday, September 20, 9:30-11am
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Why does God command us to kill animals when we’ve done something wrong? What does this have to do with atonement, Yom Kippur, and the Binding of Isaac? Are you ready to transform yourself into a living sacrifice, and is that what we do on Yom Kippur?

Price: $ 10.00

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Elul Program in Jerusalem
Elul Program in Jerusalem
Drisha Faculty
September 11-28, 2016
banner- dome (sophie)

This fall, we will have our first full-time Elul program in Jerusalem (September 11-28, 2016). Stay tuned as we roll out new plans! Click here for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Elul Program in Jerusalem
Elul Program in Jerusalem
Drisha Faculty
September 11-28, 2016
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This fall, we will have our first full-time Elul program in Jerusalem (September 11-28, 2016). Stay tuned as we roll out new plans! Click here for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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A New Theory of Atonment: Marty McFly, the Scapegoat, the Chicken, and the Bread Crumbs
A New Theory of Atonment: Marty McFly, the Scapegoat, the Chicken, and the Bread Crumbs
Sam Lebens
Thursday, September 22, 9:30-11am
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In conversation with medieval commentaries, midrash, Chassidic texts, and Stephen Spielberg’s Back to the Future trilogy, we will develop a new theory of atonement. What is atonement and how does it differ from forgiveness? Is it really possible to change the past? And if you’re no longer responsible for your sins, then who is?

Price: $ 10.00

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Elul Program in Jerusalem
Elul Program in Jerusalem
Drisha Faculty
September 11-28, 2016
banner- dome (sophie)

This fall, we will have our first full-time Elul program in Jerusalem (September 11-28, 2016). Stay tuned as we roll out new plans! Click here for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Elul Program in Jerusalem
Elul Program in Jerusalem
Drisha Faculty
September 11-28, 2016
banner- dome (sophie)

This fall, we will have our first full-time Elul program in Jerusalem (September 11-28, 2016). Stay tuned as we roll out new plans! Click here for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Elul Program in Jerusalem
Elul Program in Jerusalem
Drisha Faculty
September 11-28, 2016
banner- dome (sophie)

This fall, we will have our first full-time Elul program in Jerusalem (September 11-28, 2016). Stay tuned as we roll out new plans! Click here for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Elul Program in Jerusalem
Elul Program in Jerusalem
Drisha Faculty
September 11-28, 2016
banner- dome (sophie)

This fall, we will have our first full-time Elul program in Jerusalem (September 11-28, 2016). Stay tuned as we roll out new plans! Click here for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Elul Program in Jerusalem
Elul Program in Jerusalem
Drisha Faculty
September 11-28, 2016
banner- dome (sophie)

This fall, we will have our first full-time Elul program in Jerusalem (September 11-28, 2016). Stay tuned as we roll out new plans! Click here for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

9:30 am
At the Fulcrum of the Universe: Unpacking the Yom Kippur Avodah
At the Fulcrum of the Universe: Unpacking the Yom Kippur Avodah
Miriam Gedwiser
Tuesday, September 27, 9:30-11am
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Price: $ 10.00

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Elul Program in Jerusalem
Elul Program in Jerusalem
Drisha Faculty
September 11-28, 2016
banner- dome (sophie)

This fall, we will have our first full-time Elul program in Jerusalem (September 11-28, 2016). Stay tuned as we roll out new plans! Click here for more information.

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October 2016
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High Holiday Minyanim
High Holiday Minyanim
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We invite you to participate in Drisha’s minyan for the Yamim Noraim, to be held at West Side Institutional Synagogue at 120 West 76th Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues). Minyan tickets are $200 per person for Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur; $125 for students.

Click here to make a reservation.

Price: $ 200.00

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High Holiday Minyanim
High Holiday Minyanim
rimon-for-elul-lectures

We invite you to participate in Drisha’s minyan for the Yamim Noraim, to be held at West Side Institutional Synagogue at 120 West 76th Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues). Minyan tickets are $200 per person for Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur; $125 for students.

Click here to make a reservation.

Price: $ 200.00

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High Holiday Minyanim
High Holiday Minyanim
rimon-for-elul-lectures

We invite you to participate in Drisha’s minyan for the Yamim Noraim, to be held at West Side Institutional Synagogue at 120 West 76th Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues). Minyan tickets are $200 per person for Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur; $125 for students.

Click here to make a reservation.

Price: $ 200.00

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Yonah vs. God: A Prophetic Polemic?
Yonah vs. God: A Prophetic Polemic?
Yitzchak Etshalom
Sunday, October 9, 6-7pm
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This unmatched prophetic novella tells the story of a prophet fleeing his mission and God’s presence. This confounding behavior is difficult enough to understand – but why is this the last public reading of the season of introspection? This shiur will address Sefer Yonah both textually and liturgically.

Part of the Stanley Rudoff Memorial High Holy Day Lecture Series.

Price: $ 0.00

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High Holiday Minyanim
High Holiday Minyanim
rimon-for-elul-lectures

We invite you to participate in Drisha’s minyan for the Yamim Noraim, to be held at West Side Institutional Synagogue at 120 West 76th Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues). Minyan tickets are $200 per person for Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur; $125 for students.

Click here to make a reservation.

Price: $ 200.00

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High Holiday Minyanim
High Holiday Minyanim
rimon-for-elul-lectures

We invite you to participate in Drisha’s minyan for the Yamim Noraim, to be held at West Side Institutional Synagogue at 120 West 76th Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues). Minyan tickets are $200 per person for Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur; $125 for students.

Click here to make a reservation.

Price: $ 200.00

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Tzeniut: Can We Talk About It?
Tzeniut: Can We Talk About It?
Tzeniut: Can We Talk About It?
Mondays, 6:30-9:15pm
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Click here for more information.

What does tzeniut really mean? What does it mean to walk humbly in this world? What implications does Micah’s call have for how we dress, how we conduct ourselves, and other personal and communal choices that we make?

6:30 – 7:15 pm – Workshop: Outside-In: Who’s Watching? – Miriam Gedwiser

7:15 – 7:45 pm – Tefillat Ma’ariv and Refreshments
7:45 – 9:15 pm – Lectures and Panel

October 31 – Tzeniut: The Missing Discourse of Modesty – Tova Hartman

November 7 – Walking Humbly: Personal Decisions – panel with Shira Hecht-Koller, Celene Ibrahim, and Jon Kelsen

November 14 – Values Lived: Tzeniut in Our Personal and Communal Spheres – David Silber

October 31 and November 7 and 14

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Tzeniut: Can We Talk About It?
Tzeniut: Can We Talk About It?
Tzeniut: Can We Talk About It?
Mondays, 6:30-9:15pm
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Click here for more information.

What does tzeniut really mean? What does it mean to walk humbly in this world? What implications does Micah’s call have for how we dress, how we conduct ourselves, and other personal and communal choices that we make?

6:30 – 7:15 pm – Workshop: Outside-In: Who’s Watching? – Miriam Gedwiser

7:15 – 7:45 pm – Tefillat Ma’ariv and Refreshments
7:45 – 9:15 pm – Lectures and Panel

October 31 – Tzeniut: The Missing Discourse of Modesty – Tova Hartman

November 7 – Walking Humbly: Personal Decisions – panel with Shira Hecht-Koller, Celene Ibrahim, and Jon Kelsen

November 14 – Values Lived: Tzeniut in Our Personal and Communal Spheres – David Silber

October 31 and November 7 and 14

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Tzeniut: Can We Talk About It?
Tzeniut: Can We Talk About It?
Tzeniut: Can We Talk About It?
Mondays, 6:30-9:15pm
tzeniut-program-ended

Click here for more information.

What does tzeniut really mean? What does it mean to walk humbly in this world? What implications does Micah’s call have for how we dress, how we conduct ourselves, and other personal and communal choices that we make?

6:30 – 7:15 pm – Workshop: Outside-In: Who’s Watching? – Miriam Gedwiser

7:15 – 7:45 pm – Tefillat Ma’ariv and Refreshments
7:45 – 9:15 pm – Lectures and Panel

October 31 – Tzeniut: The Missing Discourse of Modesty – Tova Hartman

November 7 – Walking Humbly: Personal Decisions – panel with Shira Hecht-Koller, Celene Ibrahim, and Jon Kelsen

November 14 – Values Lived: Tzeniut in Our Personal and Communal Spheres – David Silber

October 31 and November 7 and 14

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Drisha@The Met: The Jerusalem that the Ramban Saw
Drisha@The Met: The Jerusalem that the Ramban Saw
Aaron Koller
Sunday, December 4, at 12:30
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CLASS IS FULL. PLEASE EMAIL INQUIRY@DRISHA.ORG TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST.

Besides the small Jewish community that lived there, medieval Jerusalem was the object of religious dreams for Jews around the world, and a pilgrimage destination for those who had the opportunity to travel there. Maimonides, R. Yehuda ha-Levi (author of the Kuzari), and Nahmanides, were among those who visited. But it is difficult for modern people to imagine what the city was like 750 years ago, when political control of the city was fought over by the Muslims and Christians, but culture flowed freely from one group to the other. The Jews who lived there were mostly Karaites, and there was a Samaritan community nearby, as well, adding even further complexity to the landscape of the city.

Please join us for a text study tour of the exhibit “Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven” currently on exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This tour will use the Met’s rich exhibit as a way of exploring what Jerusalem looked like, in real life and in fantasies, to medieval Jews. If available, bring a tablet or smartphone, as we will be sharing images and other media materials as we walk around the exhibit to complement what is in front of us.

Space on the tour is limited. We will maintain an active waiting list once registration has closed.

Price: $ 40.00

3:00 pm
Drisha @ The Met: The Jerusalem that Ramban Saw
Drisha @ The Met: The Jerusalem that Ramban Saw
Aaron Koller
Sunday, December 4, at 3
museum-class-full

CLASS IS FULL. PLEASE EMAIL INQUIRY@DRISHA.ORG TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST.

Besides the small Jewish community that lived there, medieval Jerusalem was the object of religious dreams for Jews around the world, and a pilgrimage destination for those who had the opportunity to travel there. Maimonides, R. Yehuda ha-Levi (author of the Kuzari), and Nahmanides, were among those who visited. But it is difficult for modern people to imagine what the city was like 750 years ago, when political control of the city was fought over by the Muslims and Christians, but culture flowed freely from one group to the other. The Jews who lived there were mostly Karaites, and there was a Samaritan community nearby, as well, adding even further complexity to the landscape of the city.

Please join us for a text study tour of the exhibit “Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven” currently on exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This tour will use the Met’s rich exhibit as a way of exploring what Jerusalem looked like, in real life and in fantasies, to medieval Jews. If available, bring a tablet or smartphone, as we will be sharing images and other media materials as we walk around the exhibit to complement what is in front of us.

Space on the tour is limited. We will maintain an active waiting list once registration has closed.

Price: $ 40.00

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Drisha @The Met: The Jerusalem that the Ramban Saw
Drisha @The Met: The Jerusalem that the Ramban Saw
Aaron Koller
Tuesday, December 6, at 11am
museum-class-full

CLASS IS FULL. PLEASE EMAIL INQUIRY@DRISHA.ORG TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST.

Besides the small Jewish community that lived there, medieval Jerusalem was the object of religious dreams for Jews around the world, and a pilgrimage destination for those who had the opportunity to travel there. Maimonides, R. Yehuda ha-Levi (author of the Kuzari), and Nahmanides, were among those who visited. But it is difficult for modern people to imagine what the city was like 750 years ago, when political control of the city was fought over by the Muslims and Christians, but culture flowed freely from one group to the other. The Jews who lived there were mostly Karaites, and there was a Samaritan community nearby, as well, adding even further complexity to the landscape of the city.

Please join us for a text study tour of the exhibit “Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven” currently on exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This tour will use the Met’s rich exhibit as a way of exploring what Jerusalem looked like, in real life and in fantasies, to medieval Jews. If available, bring a tablet or smartphone, as we will be sharing images and other media materials as we walk around the exhibit to complement what is in front of us.

Space on the tour is limited. We will maintain an active waiting list once registration has closed.

Price: $ 40.00

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Light against Darkness: The Miraculous Survival of the Holiday of Channuka
Light against Darkness: The Miraculous Survival of the Holiday of Channuka
Shai Secunda
Monday, December 12, 7-8pm
menorah-course

The holiday of Hanukkah was one of many celebrations connected to the Hasmoneans, and virtually the only one to have survived antiquity. How can we explain the curious survival of Hanukkah – a holiday that celebrates the re-dedication of a temple later destroyed? Why did Hanukkah’s flickering lights continue to outshine the darkness?

This is the Renee and Alexander Bohm Memorial Lecture.

Price: $ 0.00

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Darkness Envelops Me
Darkness Envelops Me
Devora Steinmetz
Sunday, December 25, 10-11:15am
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The Talmud tells about the origins of Chanuka in a way that closely parallels a talmudic legend about Adam’s first encounter with darkness. As Chanuka begins, we will study these talmudic texts to illuminate our own encounter with the darkness and with the holiday of Chanuka.

This class is part of the Winter Week of Learning on Minor Miracles: Chanuka and Purim- Commonalities and Contrasts. Click here for information on the full program.

Price: $ 25.00

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Chanuka and Sukkot
Chanuka and Sukkot
David Silber
Sunday, December 25, 11:30am-12:30pm
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We will conduct a detailed analysis of the significance of the commonalities the festivals of Chanuka and Sukkot.

This class is part of the Winter Week of Learning on Minor Miracles: Chanuka and Purim- Commonalities and Contrasts. Click here for information on the full program.

Price: $ 10.00

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What Did Chanuka Stand For In Ancient Times?
What Did Chanuka Stand For In Ancient Times?
Malka Simkovich
Sunday, December 25, 1:30-4pm
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We will explore the earliest sources that retold the dramatic story of Chanuka, and will consider how ancient retellings of Chanuka changed over time – and why.

This class is part of the Winter Week of Learning on Minor Miracles: Chanuka and Purim- Commonalities and Contrasts. Click here for information on the full program.

Price: $ 25.00

2:30 pm
Yeshivat Bein Hazmanim
Yeshivat Bein Hazmanim
drishat-shalom-learning-1

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY

For college students and recent graduates, women and men.

Competing Commitments: Navigating A Complex World 
Jewish religious life is predicated on obligation. But what do we do when our commitments conflict with each other? Join our beit midrash as we inquire into core texts on negotiating obligations in the complex reality of our lives.

 

NOTE: You must fill out an application.

Sunday, December 25 – Motzaei SHabbat, December 31

Price: $ 200.00

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Yeshivat Bein Hazmanim
Yeshivat Bein Hazmanim
drishat-shalom-learning-1

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY

For college students and recent graduates, women and men.

Competing Commitments: Navigating A Complex World 
Jewish religious life is predicated on obligation. But what do we do when our commitments conflict with each other? Join our beit midrash as we inquire into core texts on negotiating obligations in the complex reality of our lives.

 

NOTE: You must fill out an application.

Sunday, December 25 – Motzaei SHabbat, December 31

Price: $ 200.00

10:00 am
Maccabees and Martyrdom
Maccabees and Martyrdom
Aaron Koller
Monday, December 26, 10am-12:30pm
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Dying for a cause is considered by many the most noble form of death, and dying for one’s faith has a long and complicated history. The first Jewish martyrdom stories are from the books of Maccabees, and we will look at how this idea is used in that context, and then how it evolved and developed over the following centuries, in early Christianity and into rabbinic Judaism.

This class is part of the Winter Week of Learning on Minor Miracles: Chanuka and Purim- Commonalities and Contrasts. Click here for information on the full program.

Price: $ 25.00

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The Jews of Diaspora in the Hasmonean Period
The Jews of Diaspora in the Hasmonean Period
Malka Simkovich
Monday, December 26, 1:30-4pm
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When the Hasmoneans ruled Judea in the second and first centuries BCE, hundreds of thousands of  pious Jews were comfortably settled in Egypt – with no plans to return to their homeland. We will discuss what these Jews practiced, how they related to the land of Israel and the Jerusalem Temple, and what it meant to assimilate into the Greco-Roman world and still identify as a Jew.

This class is part of the Winter Week of Learning on Minor Miracles: Chanuka and Purim- Commonalities and Contrasts. Click here for information on the full program.

Price: $ 25.00

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Yeshivat Bein Hazmanim
Yeshivat Bein Hazmanim
drishat-shalom-learning-1

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY

For college students and recent graduates, women and men.

Competing Commitments: Navigating A Complex World 
Jewish religious life is predicated on obligation. But what do we do when our commitments conflict with each other? Join our beit midrash as we inquire into core texts on negotiating obligations in the complex reality of our lives.

 

NOTE: You must fill out an application.

Sunday, December 25 – Motzaei SHabbat, December 31

Price: $ 200.00

10:00 am
How the Hasmoneans Reacted to the Book of Esther
How the Hasmoneans Reacted to the Book of Esther
Aaron Koller
Tuesday, December 27, 10am-12:30pm
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The Hasmoneans – militaristic, independence-minded, fiercely anti-assimilationist – would not have much cared for the book of Esther, with its intermarried hero and diaspora setting. So how did they grapple with it? We will look at texts from the Hasmonean era where Esther is “corrected”, explicitly or implicitly, to accord better with the ideals of the time.

This class is part of the Winter Week of Learning on Minor Miracles: Chanuka and Purim- Commonalities and Contrasts. Click here for information on the full program.

Price: $ 25.00

1:30 pm
Purim and Chanuka: Text and Temple
Purim and Chanuka: Text and Temple
David Silber
Tuesday, December 27, 1:30-4pm
side of synagogue

The observance of Purim centers around the Megillah, which becomes part of the canon. Chanuka, by contrast, focuses on the lighting of the candles, a Temple ritual. We will discuss the implications of each.

This class is part of the Winter Week of Learning on Minor Miracles: Chanuka and Purim- Commonalities and Contrasts. Click here for information on the full program.

Price: $ 25.00

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Yeshivat Bein Hazmanim
Yeshivat Bein Hazmanim
drishat-shalom-learning-1

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY

For college students and recent graduates, women and men.

Competing Commitments: Navigating A Complex World 
Jewish religious life is predicated on obligation. But what do we do when our commitments conflict with each other? Join our beit midrash as we inquire into core texts on negotiating obligations in the complex reality of our lives.

 

NOTE: You must fill out an application.

Sunday, December 25 – Motzaei SHabbat, December 31

Price: $ 200.00

10:00 am
Purim and Chanuka: Megillah and Hallel
Purim and Chanuka: Megillah and Hallel
David Silber
Wednesday, December 28, 10am-12:30pm
man reading outside

A central observance of Chanuka is the recitation of Hallel on all eight days; on Purim Hallel is not recited. We will study the significance of this distinction.

This class is part of the Winter Week of Learning on Minor Miracles: Chanuka and Purim- Commonalities and Contrasts. Click here for information on the full program.

Price: $ 25.00

1:30 pm
“It is forbidden to light with an old candle” – Chanuka and the Oral Torah
“It is forbidden to light with an old candle” – Chanuka and the Oral Torah
Miriam Gedwiser
Wednesday, December 28, 1:30-4pm
burned-out-candle

What does it mean for Chanuka to be the only major holiday invented in the post-biblical era?  Through hassidic sources, we will explore Chanuka’s message regarding novelty and creativity in our Torah and in our lives.

This class is part of the Winter Week of Learning on Minor Miracles: Chanuka and Purim- Commonalities and Contrasts. Click here for information on the full program.

Price: $ 25.00

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Yeshivat Bein Hazmanim
Yeshivat Bein Hazmanim
drishat-shalom-learning-1

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY

For college students and recent graduates, women and men.

Competing Commitments: Navigating A Complex World 
Jewish religious life is predicated on obligation. But what do we do when our commitments conflict with each other? Join our beit midrash as we inquire into core texts on negotiating obligations in the complex reality of our lives.

 

NOTE: You must fill out an application.

Sunday, December 25 – Motzaei SHabbat, December 31

Price: $ 200.00

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Yeshivat Bein Hazmanim
Yeshivat Bein Hazmanim
drishat-shalom-learning-1

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY

For college students and recent graduates, women and men.

Competing Commitments: Navigating A Complex World 
Jewish religious life is predicated on obligation. But what do we do when our commitments conflict with each other? Join our beit midrash as we inquire into core texts on negotiating obligations in the complex reality of our lives.

 

NOTE: You must fill out an application.

Sunday, December 25 – Motzaei SHabbat, December 31

Price: $ 200.00

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Yeshivat Bein Hazmanim
Yeshivat Bein Hazmanim
drishat-shalom-learning-1

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY

For college students and recent graduates, women and men.

Competing Commitments: Navigating A Complex World 
Jewish religious life is predicated on obligation. But what do we do when our commitments conflict with each other? Join our beit midrash as we inquire into core texts on negotiating obligations in the complex reality of our lives.

 

NOTE: You must fill out an application.

Sunday, December 25 – Motzaei SHabbat, December 31

Price: $ 200.00

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Endings and Beginnings – an evening of singing and reflection with Ebn Leader
Endings and Beginnings – an evening of singing and reflection with Ebn Leader
Ebn Leader
Saturday, December 31, 8-10pm
guitar

Please join us on the final night of Chanuka for a melave malka with Rabbi Ebn Leader. As we end Shabbat, enter into the last day of Chanuka, and say goodbye to the year 2016, we will sing, learn, and talk together, opening to the spiritual power of endings and the new beginnings that come with them.

Cost: $10; free for full-time students

Price: $ 10.00

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Under the Sea: The Song of the Sea and the Creation Stories of the Ancient Near East
Under the Sea: The Song of the Sea and the Creation Stories of the Ancient Near East
Stu Halpern
Thursday, March 23, 7:30pm
Created by ImageGear, AccuSoft Corp.

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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Community Beit Midrash Fall Kick-Off @ Hadar
Community Beit Midrash Fall Kick-Off @ Hadar
Community Beit Midrash
Tuesday, September 26, 7:30-9pm
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7:30pm – Welcome and Introduction

7:45pm – Parallel Classes
-Eliezer Diamond (JTS) – Vidui: Self-Transformation through Honesty
Yaffa Epstein (Pardes) – The Cry of the Covenant; Understanding the Shofar of Sinai
-Elie Kaunfer (Hadar) – How Much Change Can We Handle? Two Models of Teshuvah
David Silber (Drisha) – The Prayers of Yom Kippur
-Erin Leib Smokler (Maharat) – Pondering Liminality בין כסה לעשור  

Click here to register.

At Hadar- 190 Amsterdam Avenue

Price: $ 0.00

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Waste Not, Want Not: Hunger and Food Rescue in Israel
Waste Not, Want Not: Hunger and Food Rescue in Israel
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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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Purity: From Vayikra to Today
Purity: From Vayikra to Today
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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)

Join us at 6:30 for “Why Do We Need to Guard the Red Heifer?,” a chaburah with Dan Margulies.

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June 2017
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Parashat Beha’alotecha
Parashat Beha’alotecha
David Silber
Tuesday, June 6, 9:30-11am
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Learn Parashat Beha’alotecha with David Silber.

Register for this session here, or click here to register for the full 7-session course.

Price: $ 25.00

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Halakhah in the Shadow of the Modern State
Halakhah in the Shadow of the Modern State
Yonatan Brafman
Wednesday, June 7, 7:30-9pm
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The rise of the modern state demanded the reconfiguration of central aspects of Jewish life, including community, law, and identity. This lecture will first delineate the two major ways halakhah was reconceived so as to fit within this paradigm: as private religion within a secular state or as established law for a Jewish state. Then, an underappreciated alternative in which Jewish law is recognized as public but not established by the state will be explored and its potential for contemporary community and politics discussed.

This lecture is the first in a three-part series on Halakhah, Religion, and the State. Click here for more information on the series.

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Parashat Shelach
Parashat Shelach
Nathaniel Helfgot
Tuesday, June 13, 9:30-11am
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Learn Parashat Shelach with Nathaniel Helfgot.

Register for this session here, or click here to register for the full 7-session course.

Price: $ 25.00

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Separation of Church and State in the Jewish, Islamic, and American Traditions
Separation of Church and State in the Jewish, Islamic, and American Traditions
Shlomo Pill
Wednesday, June 14, 7:30-9pm
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As the United States continues to move towards greater separation between religion and state in some respects while promoting a greater role for religious voices in political and legal processes in other respects, questions about the proper relationship between religion and the state loom large. Both Judaism and Islam are all-encompassing normative traditions; in addition to regulating “ritual” matters, they also prescribe correct conduct in the more mundane spheres of private and public interpersonal relations.  While both of these traditions are often thought of as necessitating some form of theocratic government, however, both have historically maintained a relatively strict separation of religious and political authority.  In both Jewish and Islamic practice, moreover, this separation of church and state encouraged moderation and accountability in political and religious affairs, leading to better religious doctrine and better state law and policy.  As we grapple with these questions in this country, the examples of Jewish and Islamic law and practice offer helpful examples of what models of religion-state relations produce what kind of results in both the religious and political spheres.

This lecture is the second in a three-part series on Halakhah, Religion, and the State. Click here for more information on the series.

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Parashat Korach
Parashat Korach
Aaron Koller
Tuesday, June 20, 9:30-11
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Learn Parashat Korach with Aaron Koller.

Register for this session here, or click here to register for the full 7-session course.

Price: $ 25.00

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The Modern State in the Eyes of Halakhah
The Modern State in the Eyes of Halakhah
Adina Levine
Wednesday, June 21, 7:30-9pm
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The interaction between the American and Rabbinic legal systems has resulted in not only the American code grappling with how to handle halakhah, but also in the development of a discrete corpus on the rabbinic view of the American legal system and the authority of the modern state. In this session, we will analyze contemporary applications of the halakhic concepts of Mesirah and Dina d’Malchuta Dina, exploring the varying ways in which Jewish law views the American legal court system, and ask whether those views are justified, in terms of both history as well as contemporary jurisprudence.

This lecture is the third in a three-part series on Halakhah, Religion, and the State. Click here for more information on the series.

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Parashat Chukat
Parashat Chukat
Daniel Reifman
Tuesday, June 27, 9:30-11am
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Learn Parashat Chukat with Daniel Reifman.

Register for this session here, or click here to register for the full 7-session course.

Price: $ 25.00

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July 2017
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Parashat Pinchas
Parashat Pinchas
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Learn Parashat Pinchas with Shuvi Hoffman.

Register for this session here, or click here to register for the full 7-session course.

Price: $ 25.00

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Shiva Assar b’Tammuz Learning and Break-Fast
Shiva Assar b’Tammuz Learning and Break-Fast
Miriam Gedwiser
Tuesday, July 11
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6:30pm – Open Beit Midrash with Drisha’s Kollel

7:30-8:45 – Miriam Gedwiser on The Perils of Interpersonal Sin
The Three Weeks are often taken as a time for self-improvement on the interpersonal level – to counteract the “baseless hatred” on account of which the Temple was destroyed. In that spirit we will explore the sin of verbal oppression (ona’at devarim) as set out in both aggadic and halachic texts.

Followed by ma’ariv and break-fast

Open Beit Midrash @ 6:30; Chabura @ 7:30

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Balancing Acts: Legal and Moral Perspectives on End-of-Life Decisions
Balancing Acts: Legal and Moral Perspectives on End-of-Life Decisions
Daniel Reifman
Wednesday, July 12, 7:30-9pm
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The decisions we make in caring for a dying patient are fraught with emotion. They are also the subject of intense debate among medical professionals and bioethicists, no less within the Jewish community than within society at large, and the tension between traditional Jewish and modern secular positions often complicates these decisions even further. The difference between modern and traditional perspectives on end-of-life care is often framed as the choice between honoring the patient’s autonomy vs. insisting on preserving every moment of life. Yet closer analysis reveals a more complex picture, as halakhists and bioethicists struggle to balance the needs of patients, caregivers and family members.

Join us we take a fresh look at some of the key legal and moral issues in this important contemporary discussion.

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Parashat Matot-Massei
Parashat Matot-Massei
Adina Levine
Tuesday, July 18, 9:30-11
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Learn Parashat Matot-Massei with Adina Levine.

Register for this session here, or click here to register for the full 7-session course.

Price: $ 25.00

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The Legacy of Rav Amital
The Legacy of Rav Amital
Nathaniel Helfgot
Tuesday, July 18, 7-8:20pm
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Join Drisha in an exploration of the legacy of Rav Yehuda Amital, z”l, followed by ma’ariv.

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Parashat Devarim
Parashat Devarim
David Silber
Tuesday, July 25, 9:30-11am
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Learn Parashat Devarim with with a Drisha faculty member, tba.

Register for this session here, or click here to register for the full 7-session course.

Price: $ 25.00

7:15 pm
A Literary Approach to the Bible
A Literary Approach to the Bible
David Silber
Tuesday, July 25, 7:15pm
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6:30pm – Open Beit Midrash with Drisha’s Kollel

7:15 – David Silber on A Literary Approach to the Bible

Followed by ma’ariv.

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August 2017
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Tisha B’Av Program
Tisha B’Av Program
Drisha Faculty
Tuesday, August 1, 10am
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Kinot – Recitation and discussion led by David Silber

1pm
Preparation for mincha:
Reflections on the nachem prayer

1:40pm
Mincha

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Living with Brokenness: The Quest for Comfort in Chassidut with Rute Yair-Nussbaum

4pm
Screening of The Pianist followed by communal conversation

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September 2017
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As You Are: The Torah Readings of Rosh HaShanah
As You Are: The Torah Readings of Rosh HaShanah
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesday, September 13, 10-11:30am
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On Rosh HaShanah we read about people seeking Divine intervention. Hagar and Yishmael need help to survive; Sarah and Channa are desperate for a child. Yet, only some of these biblical figures are able to ask God for what they need. What can we learn from them to help us articulate our own prayers this Rosh HaShanah?

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Music and Meaning in the Tefillah of the Yamim Nora’im
Music and Meaning in the Tefillah of the Yamim Nora’im
Chaim Kranzler and David Silber
Sunday, September 17, 7pm
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Join us as Dr. Chaim Kranzler teaches traditional and unique melodies of the tefillot of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, and Rabbi David Silber discusses the meaning of the tefillot, and how the music brings out some of that meaning.

Part of the Stanley Rudoff Memorial High Holy Days Lecture Series

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Community Beit Midrash Fall Kick-Off @ Hadar
Community Beit Midrash Fall Kick-Off @ Hadar
Community Beit Midrash Fall Kick-Off @ Hadar
Tuesday, September 26, 7:30-9pm
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7:30pm – Welcome and Introduction

7:45pm – Parallel Classes
-Eliezer Diamond (JTS) – Vidui: Self-Transformation through Honesty
Yaffa Epstein (Pardes) – The Cry of the Covenant; Understanding the Shofar of Sinai
-Elie Kaunfer (Hadar) – How Much Change Can We Handle? Two Models of Teshuvah
David Silber (Drisha) – The Prayers of Yom Kippur
-Erin Leib Smokler (Maharat) – Pondering Liminality בין כסה לעשור  

Click here to register.

At Hadar- 190 Amsterdam Avenue

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Into the Deep: Jonah and the Race from Responsibility
Into the Deep: Jonah and the Race from Responsibility
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesday, September 27, 10-11:30am
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On Yom Kippur we read about a prophet on the run from God. Not surprisingly, he fails to get away. Why is the story of Jonah read on the holiest day of the year?

Price: $ 25.00

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Love in the High Holidays
Love in the High Holidays
Elana Stein Hain and Aaron Koller
Wednesday, September 27, 7pm
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Aaron Koller on “Love in Akedat Yitzchak
The first person in the Torah who “loves” another person is Abraham – and we hear of this love an instant before he is told to offer his beloved son as a sacrifice. Why does the Torah discuss love in this context? How does it affect the story of the Akedah, and how does the Akedah allow us to understand love for fellow humans, love for God, and the potential for a clash between those loves?

Elana Stein Hain on “On Love, Hatred and Loyalty”
During the Yamim Noraim season, we are bidden to consider our relationships to one another, to community and to God. In light of this tall task, in this shiur, we will explore the terms of אהבה and שנאה in Tanakh, with an eye towards how their definitions may guide us for the new year.

This is part of the Stanley Rudoff Memorial High Holy Day Lecture Series

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