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Community Beit Midrash

Co-Sponsored by Drisha, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical School, Mechon Hadar, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, and Yeshivat Maharat.

Spring 2017 Community Beit Midrash will take place at Drisha – 7:30-9pm.

Come prepare for Passover by attending our final Community Beit Midrash of the semester!
Choice of Sessions (Tuesday, April 4)
Songs of Redemption: Moses, Leonard Cohen and the Broken Hallelujah – Carmella Abraham, Yeshivat Maharat
          Click here for the recording.
Holiday Plurality: Why the Rabbis put Purim before Pesach – Yonah Berman, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
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Does Passover Override Shabbat? What’s at Stake in Religious Leadership – Yaffa Epstein, Pardes
Dayenu: The Core Story of the Haggadah – Elie Kaunfer, Mechon Hadar
  Click here for the recording. Click here for the source sheet.
By Your Blood You Shall Live: Rabbinic and Christian Conceptions of Redemption – Jon Kelsen, Drisha
Click here for the recording. Click here for the source sheet.

Choice of Sessions (Tuesday, March 7)
Experiencing God in Exile: Esther, Chance, and Providence – David Silber, Drisha
Relief and Deliverance Will Come From Somewhere Else: Taking Responsibility When It’s Kind of God’s Fault – Dena WeissMechon Hadar
Mind the Gap: Holes in Biblical Stories, from the Binding of Isaac to the Book of Esther – Judy Klitsner, Pardes
Seudat Purim on a Friday? A Halakhic and Conceptual Analysis of the Purim Feast – Goldie Guy, Yeshivat Maharat

Choice of Sessions (Tuesday, February 7)
Competing Passions: A Talmudic Guide to a Conflicted Heart – Wendy Amsellem, Drisha
          Click here for the recording. Click here for the source sheet.
From Divine Salvation to Ironic Survival: Purim and the Secular Subversion of Pesah – Jason Rubenstein, Mechon Hadar
          Click here for the recording. Click here for the source sheet.
Complications of Forgiveness –  MaryBrett Koplen, JTS
Living with Uncertainty: A Jewish Approach – David Bernstein, Pardes
Samson was Duped and So Were We: Solving the “Riddle” in the Samson Saga – Eliezer Lawrence, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
Responsa Across Denominations: An Exploration of Teshuvot from Reform, Conservative and Orthodox – Eryn London, Yeshivat Maharat
          Click here for the recording. Click here for the source sheet.