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Daytime Learning

October 2015
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11:15 am
Existential Issues in Torah and Talmud: Freedom, Meaning, Integrity, Isolation, Anxiety, Time, and Death
Existential Issues in Torah and Talmud: Freedom, Meaning, Integrity, Isolation, Anxiety, Time, and Death
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
beads

Using an interactive method, we will explore together ways in which the Torah and rabbinic literature approach the most important human concerns. We will learn from the interactions, conflicts, and synergies of Torah text, midrash and classical commentary as well as from our own life experience. The texts will be available in the original and in translation; knowledge of Hebrew and Aramaic are not required.

10 sessions: October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15.

Price: $ 250.00

1:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
class image- books

We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

10 sessions: February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

Price: $ 250.00

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11:15 am
Jonah in the Garden of Eden
Jonah in the Garden of Eden
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am - 12:45pm
banner- flowers 3 (jg)

Based on a wide range on newly identified inner-biblical connections, this course presents a novel reading of the book of Jonah, whereby the prophet seeks to escape his divine mission in favor of the idyllic environment of the Garden of Eden. The story, it will be shown, yields two complementary portraits of this bliss-seeking Jonah: the moral perfectionist and the peaceful dove.

9 sessions: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17.

Price: $ 225.00

1:15 pm
Disguise and Seduction: Genesis 38, the Story of Judah and Tamar
Disguise and Seduction: Genesis 38, the Story of Judah and Tamar
Sandra E. Rapoport
Thursdays, 1:15-2:45pm
Palm Tree 2

The Bible’s story of Judah and Tamar recounts family intrigue, sexual transgression, and genuine life-and-death drama. Why do Judah’s two grown sons die suddenly? Why does Tamar disguise herself as a harlot? Why does Judah sentence Tamar to be burned at the stake? Does this story give biblical approval to an act of incest? What is this story doing precisely here, interrupting the Joseph narrative? Why does this story propel both Tamar and Judah to biblical immortality? We will do a close reading of Genesis 38 and refer to medieval and modern commentaries as well as the Talmud, looking for answers.

6 sessions: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19.

Price: $ 150.00

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10:00 am
Book of Exodus
Book of Exodus
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
class image- camels

We will continue our close reading of the Book of Exodus beginning with chapter 35.

 

8 sessions: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, December 6, 13.

Price: $ 200.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

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9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
Existential Issues in Torah and Talmud: Freedom, Meaning, Integrity, Isolation, Anxiety, Time, and Death
Existential Issues in Torah and Talmud: Freedom, Meaning, Integrity, Isolation, Anxiety, Time, and Death
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
beads

Using an interactive method, we will explore together ways in which the Torah and rabbinic literature approach the most important human concerns. We will learn from the interactions, conflicts, and synergies of Torah text, midrash and classical commentary as well as from our own life experience. The texts will be available in the original and in translation; knowledge of Hebrew and Aramaic are not required.

10 sessions: October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15.

Price: $ 250.00

1:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
class image- books

We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

10 sessions: February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

Price: $ 250.00

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9:30 am
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
David Silber
Thursdays, 9:30-11:00am
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Through a close reading of the Book of Numbers, we will study its fundamental themes.

8 sessions: October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17.

Price: $ 225.00

11:15 am
Jonah in the Garden of Eden
Jonah in the Garden of Eden
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am - 12:45pm
banner- flowers 3 (jg)

Based on a wide range on newly identified inner-biblical connections, this course presents a novel reading of the book of Jonah, whereby the prophet seeks to escape his divine mission in favor of the idyllic environment of the Garden of Eden. The story, it will be shown, yields two complementary portraits of this bliss-seeking Jonah: the moral perfectionist and the peaceful dove.

9 sessions: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17.

Price: $ 225.00

1:15 pm
Disguise and Seduction: Genesis 38, the Story of Judah and Tamar
Disguise and Seduction: Genesis 38, the Story of Judah and Tamar
Sandra E. Rapoport
Thursdays, 1:15-2:45pm
Palm Tree 2

The Bible’s story of Judah and Tamar recounts family intrigue, sexual transgression, and genuine life-and-death drama. Why do Judah’s two grown sons die suddenly? Why does Tamar disguise herself as a harlot? Why does Judah sentence Tamar to be burned at the stake? Does this story give biblical approval to an act of incest? What is this story doing precisely here, interrupting the Joseph narrative? Why does this story propel both Tamar and Judah to biblical immortality? We will do a close reading of Genesis 38 and refer to medieval and modern commentaries as well as the Talmud, looking for answers.

6 sessions: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19.

Price: $ 150.00

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10:00 am
Book of Exodus
Book of Exodus
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
class image- camels

We will continue our close reading of the Book of Exodus beginning with chapter 35.

 

8 sessions: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, December 6, 13.

Price: $ 200.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

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9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
Existential Issues in Torah and Talmud: Freedom, Meaning, Integrity, Isolation, Anxiety, Time, and Death
Existential Issues in Torah and Talmud: Freedom, Meaning, Integrity, Isolation, Anxiety, Time, and Death
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
beads

Using an interactive method, we will explore together ways in which the Torah and rabbinic literature approach the most important human concerns. We will learn from the interactions, conflicts, and synergies of Torah text, midrash and classical commentary as well as from our own life experience. The texts will be available in the original and in translation; knowledge of Hebrew and Aramaic are not required.

10 sessions: October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15.

Price: $ 250.00

1:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
class image- books

We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

10 sessions: February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

Price: $ 250.00

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9:30 am
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
David Silber
Thursdays, 9:30-11:00am
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Through a close reading of the Book of Numbers, we will study its fundamental themes.

8 sessions: October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17.

Price: $ 225.00

11:15 am
Jonah in the Garden of Eden
Jonah in the Garden of Eden
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am - 12:45pm
banner- flowers 3 (jg)

Based on a wide range on newly identified inner-biblical connections, this course presents a novel reading of the book of Jonah, whereby the prophet seeks to escape his divine mission in favor of the idyllic environment of the Garden of Eden. The story, it will be shown, yields two complementary portraits of this bliss-seeking Jonah: the moral perfectionist and the peaceful dove.

9 sessions: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17.

Price: $ 225.00

1:15 pm
Disguise and Seduction: Genesis 38, the Story of Judah and Tamar
Disguise and Seduction: Genesis 38, the Story of Judah and Tamar
Sandra E. Rapoport
Thursdays, 1:15-2:45pm
Palm Tree 2

The Bible’s story of Judah and Tamar recounts family intrigue, sexual transgression, and genuine life-and-death drama. Why do Judah’s two grown sons die suddenly? Why does Tamar disguise herself as a harlot? Why does Judah sentence Tamar to be burned at the stake? Does this story give biblical approval to an act of incest? What is this story doing precisely here, interrupting the Joseph narrative? Why does this story propel both Tamar and Judah to biblical immortality? We will do a close reading of Genesis 38 and refer to medieval and modern commentaries as well as the Talmud, looking for answers.

6 sessions: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19.

Price: $ 150.00

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November 2015
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10:00 am
Book of Exodus
Book of Exodus
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
class image- camels

We will continue our close reading of the Book of Exodus beginning with chapter 35.

 

8 sessions: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, December 6, 13.

Price: $ 200.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

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9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
Existential Issues in Torah and Talmud: Freedom, Meaning, Integrity, Isolation, Anxiety, Time, and Death
Existential Issues in Torah and Talmud: Freedom, Meaning, Integrity, Isolation, Anxiety, Time, and Death
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
beads

Using an interactive method, we will explore together ways in which the Torah and rabbinic literature approach the most important human concerns. We will learn from the interactions, conflicts, and synergies of Torah text, midrash and classical commentary as well as from our own life experience. The texts will be available in the original and in translation; knowledge of Hebrew and Aramaic are not required.

10 sessions: October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15.

Price: $ 250.00

1:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
class image- books

We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

10 sessions: February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

Price: $ 250.00

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9:30 am
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
David Silber
Thursdays, 9:30-11:00am
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Through a close reading of the Book of Numbers, we will study its fundamental themes.

8 sessions: October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17.

Price: $ 225.00

11:15 am
Jonah in the Garden of Eden
Jonah in the Garden of Eden
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am - 12:45pm
banner- flowers 3 (jg)

Based on a wide range on newly identified inner-biblical connections, this course presents a novel reading of the book of Jonah, whereby the prophet seeks to escape his divine mission in favor of the idyllic environment of the Garden of Eden. The story, it will be shown, yields two complementary portraits of this bliss-seeking Jonah: the moral perfectionist and the peaceful dove.

9 sessions: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17.

Price: $ 225.00

1:15 pm
Disguise and Seduction: Genesis 38, the Story of Judah and Tamar
Disguise and Seduction: Genesis 38, the Story of Judah and Tamar
Sandra E. Rapoport
Thursdays, 1:15-2:45pm
Palm Tree 2

The Bible’s story of Judah and Tamar recounts family intrigue, sexual transgression, and genuine life-and-death drama. Why do Judah’s two grown sons die suddenly? Why does Tamar disguise herself as a harlot? Why does Judah sentence Tamar to be burned at the stake? Does this story give biblical approval to an act of incest? What is this story doing precisely here, interrupting the Joseph narrative? Why does this story propel both Tamar and Judah to biblical immortality? We will do a close reading of Genesis 38 and refer to medieval and modern commentaries as well as the Talmud, looking for answers.

6 sessions: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19.

Price: $ 150.00

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10:00 am
Book of Exodus
Book of Exodus
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
class image- camels

We will continue our close reading of the Book of Exodus beginning with chapter 35.

 

8 sessions: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, December 6, 13.

Price: $ 200.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

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9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
Existential Issues in Torah and Talmud: Freedom, Meaning, Integrity, Isolation, Anxiety, Time, and Death
Existential Issues in Torah and Talmud: Freedom, Meaning, Integrity, Isolation, Anxiety, Time, and Death
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
beads

Using an interactive method, we will explore together ways in which the Torah and rabbinic literature approach the most important human concerns. We will learn from the interactions, conflicts, and synergies of Torah text, midrash and classical commentary as well as from our own life experience. The texts will be available in the original and in translation; knowledge of Hebrew and Aramaic are not required.

10 sessions: October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15.

Price: $ 250.00

1:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
class image- books

We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

10 sessions: February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

Price: $ 250.00

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9:30 am
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
David Silber
Thursdays, 9:30-11:00am
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Through a close reading of the Book of Numbers, we will study its fundamental themes.

8 sessions: October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17.

Price: $ 225.00

11:15 am
Jonah in the Garden of Eden
Jonah in the Garden of Eden
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am - 12:45pm
banner- flowers 3 (jg)

Based on a wide range on newly identified inner-biblical connections, this course presents a novel reading of the book of Jonah, whereby the prophet seeks to escape his divine mission in favor of the idyllic environment of the Garden of Eden. The story, it will be shown, yields two complementary portraits of this bliss-seeking Jonah: the moral perfectionist and the peaceful dove.

9 sessions: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17.

Price: $ 225.00

1:15 pm
Disguise and Seduction: Genesis 38, the Story of Judah and Tamar
Disguise and Seduction: Genesis 38, the Story of Judah and Tamar
Sandra E. Rapoport
Thursdays, 1:15-2:45pm
Palm Tree 2

The Bible’s story of Judah and Tamar recounts family intrigue, sexual transgression, and genuine life-and-death drama. Why do Judah’s two grown sons die suddenly? Why does Tamar disguise herself as a harlot? Why does Judah sentence Tamar to be burned at the stake? Does this story give biblical approval to an act of incest? What is this story doing precisely here, interrupting the Joseph narrative? Why does this story propel both Tamar and Judah to biblical immortality? We will do a close reading of Genesis 38 and refer to medieval and modern commentaries as well as the Talmud, looking for answers.

6 sessions: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19.

Price: $ 150.00

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15
10:00 am
Book of Exodus
Book of Exodus
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
class image- camels

We will continue our close reading of the Book of Exodus beginning with chapter 35.

 

8 sessions: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, December 6, 13.

Price: $ 200.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

17
9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
Existential Issues in Torah and Talmud: Freedom, Meaning, Integrity, Isolation, Anxiety, Time, and Death
Existential Issues in Torah and Talmud: Freedom, Meaning, Integrity, Isolation, Anxiety, Time, and Death
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
beads

Using an interactive method, we will explore together ways in which the Torah and rabbinic literature approach the most important human concerns. We will learn from the interactions, conflicts, and synergies of Torah text, midrash and classical commentary as well as from our own life experience. The texts will be available in the original and in translation; knowledge of Hebrew and Aramaic are not required.

10 sessions: October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15.

Price: $ 250.00

1:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
class image- books

We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

10 sessions: February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

Price: $ 250.00

19
9:30 am
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
David Silber
Thursdays, 9:30-11:00am
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Through a close reading of the Book of Numbers, we will study its fundamental themes.

8 sessions: October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17.

Price: $ 225.00

11:15 am
Jonah in the Garden of Eden
Jonah in the Garden of Eden
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am - 12:45pm
banner- flowers 3 (jg)

Based on a wide range on newly identified inner-biblical connections, this course presents a novel reading of the book of Jonah, whereby the prophet seeks to escape his divine mission in favor of the idyllic environment of the Garden of Eden. The story, it will be shown, yields two complementary portraits of this bliss-seeking Jonah: the moral perfectionist and the peaceful dove.

9 sessions: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17.

Price: $ 225.00

1:14 pm
Disguise and Seduction: Genesis 38, the Story of Judah and Tamar
Disguise and Seduction: Genesis 38, the Story of Judah and Tamar
Sandra E. Rapoport
Thursdays, 1:15-2:45pm
Palm Tree 2

The Bible’s story of Judah and Tamar recounts family intrigue, sexual transgression, and genuine life-and-death drama. Why do Judah’s two grown sons die suddenly? Why does Tamar disguise herself as a harlot? Why does Judah sentence Tamar to be burned at the stake? Does this story give biblical approval to an act of incest? What is this story doing precisely here, interrupting the Joseph narrative? Why does this story propel both Tamar and Judah to biblical immortality? We will do a close reading of Genesis 38 and refer to medieval and modern commentaries as well as the Talmud, looking for answers.

6 sessions: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19.

Price: $ 150.00

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21
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10:00 am
Book of Exodus
Book of Exodus
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
class image- camels

We will continue our close reading of the Book of Exodus beginning with chapter 35.

 

8 sessions: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, December 6, 13.

Price: $ 200.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

24
9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
Existential Issues in Torah and Talmud: Freedom, Meaning, Integrity, Isolation, Anxiety, Time, and Death
Existential Issues in Torah and Talmud: Freedom, Meaning, Integrity, Isolation, Anxiety, Time, and Death
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
beads

Using an interactive method, we will explore together ways in which the Torah and rabbinic literature approach the most important human concerns. We will learn from the interactions, conflicts, and synergies of Torah text, midrash and classical commentary as well as from our own life experience. The texts will be available in the original and in translation; knowledge of Hebrew and Aramaic are not required.

10 sessions: October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15.

Price: $ 250.00

1:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

25
9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
class image- books

We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

10 sessions: February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

Price: $ 250.00

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27
28
29
30
9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

December 2015
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1
9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
Existential Issues in Torah and Talmud: Freedom, Meaning, Integrity, Isolation, Anxiety, Time, and Death
Existential Issues in Torah and Talmud: Freedom, Meaning, Integrity, Isolation, Anxiety, Time, and Death
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
beads

Using an interactive method, we will explore together ways in which the Torah and rabbinic literature approach the most important human concerns. We will learn from the interactions, conflicts, and synergies of Torah text, midrash and classical commentary as well as from our own life experience. The texts will be available in the original and in translation; knowledge of Hebrew and Aramaic are not required.

10 sessions: October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15.

Price: $ 250.00

1:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

2
9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
class image- books

We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

10 sessions: February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

Price: $ 250.00

3
9:30 am
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
David Silber
Thursdays, 9:30-11:00am
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Through a close reading of the Book of Numbers, we will study its fundamental themes.

8 sessions: October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17.

Price: $ 225.00

11:15 am
Jonah in the Garden of Eden
Jonah in the Garden of Eden
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am - 12:45pm
banner- flowers 3 (jg)

Based on a wide range on newly identified inner-biblical connections, this course presents a novel reading of the book of Jonah, whereby the prophet seeks to escape his divine mission in favor of the idyllic environment of the Garden of Eden. The story, it will be shown, yields two complementary portraits of this bliss-seeking Jonah: the moral perfectionist and the peaceful dove.

9 sessions: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17.

Price: $ 225.00

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5
6
10:00 am
Book of Exodus
Book of Exodus
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
class image- camels

We will continue our close reading of the Book of Exodus beginning with chapter 35.

 

8 sessions: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, December 6, 13.

Price: $ 200.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

8
9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
Existential Issues in Torah and Talmud: Freedom, Meaning, Integrity, Isolation, Anxiety, Time, and Death
Existential Issues in Torah and Talmud: Freedom, Meaning, Integrity, Isolation, Anxiety, Time, and Death
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
beads

Using an interactive method, we will explore together ways in which the Torah and rabbinic literature approach the most important human concerns. We will learn from the interactions, conflicts, and synergies of Torah text, midrash and classical commentary as well as from our own life experience. The texts will be available in the original and in translation; knowledge of Hebrew and Aramaic are not required.

10 sessions: October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15.

Price: $ 250.00

1:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

9
9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
class image- books

We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

10 sessions: February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

Price: $ 250.00

10
9:30 am
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
David Silber
Thursdays, 9:30-11:00am
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Through a close reading of the Book of Numbers, we will study its fundamental themes.

8 sessions: October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17.

Price: $ 225.00

11:15 am
Jonah in the Garden of Eden
Jonah in the Garden of Eden
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am - 12:45pm
banner- flowers 3 (jg)

Based on a wide range on newly identified inner-biblical connections, this course presents a novel reading of the book of Jonah, whereby the prophet seeks to escape his divine mission in favor of the idyllic environment of the Garden of Eden. The story, it will be shown, yields two complementary portraits of this bliss-seeking Jonah: the moral perfectionist and the peaceful dove.

9 sessions: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17.

Price: $ 225.00

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12
13
10:00 am
Book of Exodus
Book of Exodus
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
class image- camels

We will continue our close reading of the Book of Exodus beginning with chapter 35.

 

8 sessions: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, December 6, 13.

Price: $ 200.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

15
9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
Existential Issues in Torah and Talmud: Freedom, Meaning, Integrity, Isolation, Anxiety, Time, and Death
Existential Issues in Torah and Talmud: Freedom, Meaning, Integrity, Isolation, Anxiety, Time, and Death
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
beads

Using an interactive method, we will explore together ways in which the Torah and rabbinic literature approach the most important human concerns. We will learn from the interactions, conflicts, and synergies of Torah text, midrash and classical commentary as well as from our own life experience. The texts will be available in the original and in translation; knowledge of Hebrew and Aramaic are not required.

10 sessions: October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15.

Price: $ 250.00

1:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

16
9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
class image- books

We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

10 sessions: February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

Price: $ 250.00

17
9:30 am
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
David Silber
Thursdays, 9:30-11:00am
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Through a close reading of the Book of Numbers, we will study its fundamental themes.

8 sessions: October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17.

Price: $ 225.00

11:15 am
Jonah in the Garden of Eden
Jonah in the Garden of Eden
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am - 12:45pm
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Based on a wide range on newly identified inner-biblical connections, this course presents a novel reading of the book of Jonah, whereby the prophet seeks to escape his divine mission in favor of the idyllic environment of the Garden of Eden. The story, it will be shown, yields two complementary portraits of this bliss-seeking Jonah: the moral perfectionist and the peaceful dove.

9 sessions: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17.

Price: $ 225.00

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Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
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Can we learn to live together? We will continue our close reading of the Book of Numbers beginning with chapter 25.

7 sessions: October 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18.

Price: $ 175.00

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Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
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This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

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Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
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We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
class image- tents

What can we learn about immigrants and refugees from the experiences of the founding generations —Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Rachel and Leah—living in places that were not their own—Canaan, Gerar, Ber Sheva and Egypt? In the seminar, we will study both the Biblical text and also how medieval and classic rabbinic commentaries understood the motivations and behavior of these weak and vulnerable strangers, and of the natives who encountered them. A knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic is not necessary for this course. Translations will be available.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

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Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

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Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

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Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
Nathaniel Berman and David Silber
Thursdays, 9:30-11am
end of a flame

Cave stories are deeply rooted in the Jewish tradition.  In the Bible, caves serve as the eternal resting place of our our ancestors (the Patriarchs and Matriarchs), as a place of eros and drama (Lot and David), as a place of visions of the divine (Moses and Elijah).   In imagining numerous elaborations of such stories, rabbinic literature foregrounds the mysteriousness of the cave.   Midrashim portray the cave as a meeting place of the human and the divine,   seeing it as an image of the cosmos into which the divine Presence flows, even as the World-to-Come.  It was, however, the story of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai’s 13-year sojourn in a cave, and of the spiritual heights he attained there, that became so influential for the Jewish imagination, particularly in medieval kabbalah.  The Zohar, kabbalah’s central work, is replete with elaborate stories of revelations that transpire in caves, of mystical figures encountered there, of esoteric books lodged in their depths.  In this course, we will explore selections from all these literatures, as well as comparing the Jewish legends of the cave with Plato’s, exploring the relationship between cavernous depths and spiritual experience.

Co-taught with Nathaniel Berman and David Silber

8 sessions: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, April 7

Price: $ 275.00

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Book of Esther
Book of Esther
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
megillah

This course explores the role of the Book of Esther in Tanakh, with emphasis on lexical and thematic parallels to other biblical stories. Drawing upon observations both ancient and modern, the course pays special attention to the tribe of Benjamin and its relationship to royalty, seeking to uncover hidden meanings in the text of the Megillah.

11 sessions: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 275.00

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Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
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Can we learn to live together? We will continue our close reading of the Book of Numbers beginning with chapter 25.

7 sessions: October 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18.

Price: $ 175.00

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Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
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This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

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Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
class image- tents

What can we learn about immigrants and refugees from the experiences of the founding generations —Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Rachel and Leah—living in places that were not their own—Canaan, Gerar, Ber Sheva and Egypt? In the seminar, we will study both the Biblical text and also how medieval and classic rabbinic commentaries understood the motivations and behavior of these weak and vulnerable strangers, and of the natives who encountered them. A knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic is not necessary for this course. Translations will be available.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

1:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

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Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

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Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
Nathaniel Berman and David Silber
Thursdays, 9:30-11am
end of a flame

Cave stories are deeply rooted in the Jewish tradition.  In the Bible, caves serve as the eternal resting place of our our ancestors (the Patriarchs and Matriarchs), as a place of eros and drama (Lot and David), as a place of visions of the divine (Moses and Elijah).   In imagining numerous elaborations of such stories, rabbinic literature foregrounds the mysteriousness of the cave.   Midrashim portray the cave as a meeting place of the human and the divine,   seeing it as an image of the cosmos into which the divine Presence flows, even as the World-to-Come.  It was, however, the story of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai’s 13-year sojourn in a cave, and of the spiritual heights he attained there, that became so influential for the Jewish imagination, particularly in medieval kabbalah.  The Zohar, kabbalah’s central work, is replete with elaborate stories of revelations that transpire in caves, of mystical figures encountered there, of esoteric books lodged in their depths.  In this course, we will explore selections from all these literatures, as well as comparing the Jewish legends of the cave with Plato’s, exploring the relationship between cavernous depths and spiritual experience.

Co-taught with Nathaniel Berman and David Silber

8 sessions: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, April 7

Price: $ 275.00

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Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Esther Hidary
Thursdays, 10:15-11:15am
man reading outside

In this engaging and interactive class, we will analyze the weekly parsha and discuss how it connects to modern issues and current events. Using close readings, intertextual clues, and traditional and modern commentaries, we will search beneath the surface of the text to uncover the profound subtleties and timeless messages of the Torah.

11 sessions: February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 23, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 180.00

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Book of Esther
Book of Esther
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
megillah

This course explores the role of the Book of Esther in Tanakh, with emphasis on lexical and thematic parallels to other biblical stories. Drawing upon observations both ancient and modern, the course pays special attention to the tribe of Benjamin and its relationship to royalty, seeking to uncover hidden meanings in the text of the Megillah.

11 sessions: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 275.00

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Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
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Can we learn to live together? We will continue our close reading of the Book of Numbers beginning with chapter 25.

7 sessions: October 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18.

Price: $ 175.00

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Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

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Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
class image- tents

What can we learn about immigrants and refugees from the experiences of the founding generations —Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Rachel and Leah—living in places that were not their own—Canaan, Gerar, Ber Sheva and Egypt? In the seminar, we will study both the Biblical text and also how medieval and classic rabbinic commentaries understood the motivations and behavior of these weak and vulnerable strangers, and of the natives who encountered them. A knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic is not necessary for this course. Translations will be available.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

1:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
class image- books

We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

10 sessions: February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

Price: $ 250.00

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Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
Nathaniel Berman and David Silber
Thursdays, 9:30-11am
end of a flame

Cave stories are deeply rooted in the Jewish tradition.  In the Bible, caves serve as the eternal resting place of our our ancestors (the Patriarchs and Matriarchs), as a place of eros and drama (Lot and David), as a place of visions of the divine (Moses and Elijah).   In imagining numerous elaborations of such stories, rabbinic literature foregrounds the mysteriousness of the cave.   Midrashim portray the cave as a meeting place of the human and the divine,   seeing it as an image of the cosmos into which the divine Presence flows, even as the World-to-Come.  It was, however, the story of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai’s 13-year sojourn in a cave, and of the spiritual heights he attained there, that became so influential for the Jewish imagination, particularly in medieval kabbalah.  The Zohar, kabbalah’s central work, is replete with elaborate stories of revelations that transpire in caves, of mystical figures encountered there, of esoteric books lodged in their depths.  In this course, we will explore selections from all these literatures, as well as comparing the Jewish legends of the cave with Plato’s, exploring the relationship between cavernous depths and spiritual experience.

Co-taught with Nathaniel Berman and David Silber

8 sessions: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, April 7

Price: $ 275.00

10:15 am
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Esther Hidary
Thursdays, 10:15-11:15am
man reading outside

In this engaging and interactive class, we will analyze the weekly parsha and discuss how it connects to modern issues and current events. Using close readings, intertextual clues, and traditional and modern commentaries, we will search beneath the surface of the text to uncover the profound subtleties and timeless messages of the Torah.

11 sessions: February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 23, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 180.00

11:15 am
Book of Esther
Book of Esther
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
megillah

This course explores the role of the Book of Esther in Tanakh, with emphasis on lexical and thematic parallels to other biblical stories. Drawing upon observations both ancient and modern, the course pays special attention to the tribe of Benjamin and its relationship to royalty, seeking to uncover hidden meanings in the text of the Megillah.

11 sessions: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 275.00

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9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
class image- tents

What can we learn about immigrants and refugees from the experiences of the founding generations —Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Rachel and Leah—living in places that were not their own—Canaan, Gerar, Ber Sheva and Egypt? In the seminar, we will study both the Biblical text and also how medieval and classic rabbinic commentaries understood the motivations and behavior of these weak and vulnerable strangers, and of the natives who encountered them. A knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic is not necessary for this course. Translations will be available.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

1:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
class image- books

We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

10 sessions: February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

Price: $ 250.00

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9:30 am
Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
Nathaniel Berman and David Silber
Thursdays, 9:30-11am
end of a flame

Cave stories are deeply rooted in the Jewish tradition.  In the Bible, caves serve as the eternal resting place of our our ancestors (the Patriarchs and Matriarchs), as a place of eros and drama (Lot and David), as a place of visions of the divine (Moses and Elijah).   In imagining numerous elaborations of such stories, rabbinic literature foregrounds the mysteriousness of the cave.   Midrashim portray the cave as a meeting place of the human and the divine,   seeing it as an image of the cosmos into which the divine Presence flows, even as the World-to-Come.  It was, however, the story of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai’s 13-year sojourn in a cave, and of the spiritual heights he attained there, that became so influential for the Jewish imagination, particularly in medieval kabbalah.  The Zohar, kabbalah’s central work, is replete with elaborate stories of revelations that transpire in caves, of mystical figures encountered there, of esoteric books lodged in their depths.  In this course, we will explore selections from all these literatures, as well as comparing the Jewish legends of the cave with Plato’s, exploring the relationship between cavernous depths and spiritual experience.

Co-taught with Nathaniel Berman and David Silber

8 sessions: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, April 7

Price: $ 275.00

10:15 am
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Esther Hidary
Thursdays, 10:15-11:15am
man reading outside

In this engaging and interactive class, we will analyze the weekly parsha and discuss how it connects to modern issues and current events. Using close readings, intertextual clues, and traditional and modern commentaries, we will search beneath the surface of the text to uncover the profound subtleties and timeless messages of the Torah.

11 sessions: February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 23, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 180.00

11:15 am
Book of Esther
Book of Esther
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
megillah

This course explores the role of the Book of Esther in Tanakh, with emphasis on lexical and thematic parallels to other biblical stories. Drawing upon observations both ancient and modern, the course pays special attention to the tribe of Benjamin and its relationship to royalty, seeking to uncover hidden meanings in the text of the Megillah.

11 sessions: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 275.00

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10:00 am
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
class image- camels

Can we learn to live together? We will continue our close reading of the Book of Numbers beginning with chapter 25.

7 sessions: October 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18.

Price: $ 175.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

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9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
class image- tents

What can we learn about immigrants and refugees from the experiences of the founding generations —Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Rachel and Leah—living in places that were not their own—Canaan, Gerar, Ber Sheva and Egypt? In the seminar, we will study both the Biblical text and also how medieval and classic rabbinic commentaries understood the motivations and behavior of these weak and vulnerable strangers, and of the natives who encountered them. A knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic is not necessary for this course. Translations will be available.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

1:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
class image- books

We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

10 sessions: February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

Price: $ 250.00

25
9:30 am
Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
Nathaniel Berman and David Silber
Thursdays, 9:30-11am
end of a flame

Cave stories are deeply rooted in the Jewish tradition.  In the Bible, caves serve as the eternal resting place of our our ancestors (the Patriarchs and Matriarchs), as a place of eros and drama (Lot and David), as a place of visions of the divine (Moses and Elijah).   In imagining numerous elaborations of such stories, rabbinic literature foregrounds the mysteriousness of the cave.   Midrashim portray the cave as a meeting place of the human and the divine,   seeing it as an image of the cosmos into which the divine Presence flows, even as the World-to-Come.  It was, however, the story of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai’s 13-year sojourn in a cave, and of the spiritual heights he attained there, that became so influential for the Jewish imagination, particularly in medieval kabbalah.  The Zohar, kabbalah’s central work, is replete with elaborate stories of revelations that transpire in caves, of mystical figures encountered there, of esoteric books lodged in their depths.  In this course, we will explore selections from all these literatures, as well as comparing the Jewish legends of the cave with Plato’s, exploring the relationship between cavernous depths and spiritual experience.

Co-taught with Nathaniel Berman and David Silber

8 sessions: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, April 7

Price: $ 275.00

10:15 am
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Esther Hidary
Thursdays, 10:15-11:15am
man reading outside

In this engaging and interactive class, we will analyze the weekly parsha and discuss how it connects to modern issues and current events. Using close readings, intertextual clues, and traditional and modern commentaries, we will search beneath the surface of the text to uncover the profound subtleties and timeless messages of the Torah.

11 sessions: February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 23, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 180.00

11:15 am
Book of Esther
Book of Esther
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
megillah

This course explores the role of the Book of Esther in Tanakh, with emphasis on lexical and thematic parallels to other biblical stories. Drawing upon observations both ancient and modern, the course pays special attention to the tribe of Benjamin and its relationship to royalty, seeking to uncover hidden meanings in the text of the Megillah.

11 sessions: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 275.00

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27
28
10:00 am
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
class image- camels

Can we learn to live together? We will continue our close reading of the Book of Numbers beginning with chapter 25.

7 sessions: October 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18.

Price: $ 175.00

29
9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

March 2016
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1
9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
class image- tents

What can we learn about immigrants and refugees from the experiences of the founding generations —Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Rachel and Leah—living in places that were not their own—Canaan, Gerar, Ber Sheva and Egypt? In the seminar, we will study both the Biblical text and also how medieval and classic rabbinic commentaries understood the motivations and behavior of these weak and vulnerable strangers, and of the natives who encountered them. A knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic is not necessary for this course. Translations will be available.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

1:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

2
9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
class image- books

We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

10 sessions: February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

Price: $ 250.00

3
9:30 am
Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
Nathaniel Berman and David Silber
Thursdays, 9:30-11am
end of a flame

Cave stories are deeply rooted in the Jewish tradition.  In the Bible, caves serve as the eternal resting place of our our ancestors (the Patriarchs and Matriarchs), as a place of eros and drama (Lot and David), as a place of visions of the divine (Moses and Elijah).   In imagining numerous elaborations of such stories, rabbinic literature foregrounds the mysteriousness of the cave.   Midrashim portray the cave as a meeting place of the human and the divine,   seeing it as an image of the cosmos into which the divine Presence flows, even as the World-to-Come.  It was, however, the story of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai’s 13-year sojourn in a cave, and of the spiritual heights he attained there, that became so influential for the Jewish imagination, particularly in medieval kabbalah.  The Zohar, kabbalah’s central work, is replete with elaborate stories of revelations that transpire in caves, of mystical figures encountered there, of esoteric books lodged in their depths.  In this course, we will explore selections from all these literatures, as well as comparing the Jewish legends of the cave with Plato’s, exploring the relationship between cavernous depths and spiritual experience.

Co-taught with Nathaniel Berman and David Silber

8 sessions: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, April 7

Price: $ 275.00

10:15 am
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Esther Hidary
Thursdays, 10:15-11:15am
man reading outside

In this engaging and interactive class, we will analyze the weekly parsha and discuss how it connects to modern issues and current events. Using close readings, intertextual clues, and traditional and modern commentaries, we will search beneath the surface of the text to uncover the profound subtleties and timeless messages of the Torah.

11 sessions: February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 23, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 180.00

11:15 am
Book of Esther
Book of Esther
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
megillah

This course explores the role of the Book of Esther in Tanakh, with emphasis on lexical and thematic parallels to other biblical stories. Drawing upon observations both ancient and modern, the course pays special attention to the tribe of Benjamin and its relationship to royalty, seeking to uncover hidden meanings in the text of the Megillah.

11 sessions: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 275.00

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5
6
10:00 am
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
class image- camels

Can we learn to live together? We will continue our close reading of the Book of Numbers beginning with chapter 25.

7 sessions: October 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18.

Price: $ 175.00

7
9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

8
9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
class image- tents

What can we learn about immigrants and refugees from the experiences of the founding generations —Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Rachel and Leah—living in places that were not their own—Canaan, Gerar, Ber Sheva and Egypt? In the seminar, we will study both the Biblical text and also how medieval and classic rabbinic commentaries understood the motivations and behavior of these weak and vulnerable strangers, and of the natives who encountered them. A knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic is not necessary for this course. Translations will be available.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

1:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

9
9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
class image- books

We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

10 sessions: February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

Price: $ 250.00

10
9:30 am
Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
Nathaniel Berman and David Silber
Thursdays, 9:30-11am
end of a flame

Cave stories are deeply rooted in the Jewish tradition.  In the Bible, caves serve as the eternal resting place of our our ancestors (the Patriarchs and Matriarchs), as a place of eros and drama (Lot and David), as a place of visions of the divine (Moses and Elijah).   In imagining numerous elaborations of such stories, rabbinic literature foregrounds the mysteriousness of the cave.   Midrashim portray the cave as a meeting place of the human and the divine,   seeing it as an image of the cosmos into which the divine Presence flows, even as the World-to-Come.  It was, however, the story of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai’s 13-year sojourn in a cave, and of the spiritual heights he attained there, that became so influential for the Jewish imagination, particularly in medieval kabbalah.  The Zohar, kabbalah’s central work, is replete with elaborate stories of revelations that transpire in caves, of mystical figures encountered there, of esoteric books lodged in their depths.  In this course, we will explore selections from all these literatures, as well as comparing the Jewish legends of the cave with Plato’s, exploring the relationship between cavernous depths and spiritual experience.

Co-taught with Nathaniel Berman and David Silber

8 sessions: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, April 7

Price: $ 275.00

10:15 am
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Esther Hidary
Thursdays, 10:15-11:15am
man reading outside

In this engaging and interactive class, we will analyze the weekly parsha and discuss how it connects to modern issues and current events. Using close readings, intertextual clues, and traditional and modern commentaries, we will search beneath the surface of the text to uncover the profound subtleties and timeless messages of the Torah.

11 sessions: February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 23, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 180.00

11:15 am
Book of Esther
Book of Esther
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
megillah

This course explores the role of the Book of Esther in Tanakh, with emphasis on lexical and thematic parallels to other biblical stories. Drawing upon observations both ancient and modern, the course pays special attention to the tribe of Benjamin and its relationship to royalty, seeking to uncover hidden meanings in the text of the Megillah.

11 sessions: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 275.00

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12
13
10:00 am
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
class image- camels

Can we learn to live together? We will continue our close reading of the Book of Numbers beginning with chapter 25.

7 sessions: October 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18.

Price: $ 175.00

14
9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

15
9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
class image- tents

What can we learn about immigrants and refugees from the experiences of the founding generations —Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Rachel and Leah—living in places that were not their own—Canaan, Gerar, Ber Sheva and Egypt? In the seminar, we will study both the Biblical text and also how medieval and classic rabbinic commentaries understood the motivations and behavior of these weak and vulnerable strangers, and of the natives who encountered them. A knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic is not necessary for this course. Translations will be available.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

1:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

16
9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
class image- books

We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

10 sessions: February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

Price: $ 250.00

17
9:30 am
Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
Nathaniel Berman and David Silber
Thursdays, 9:30-11am
end of a flame

Cave stories are deeply rooted in the Jewish tradition.  In the Bible, caves serve as the eternal resting place of our our ancestors (the Patriarchs and Matriarchs), as a place of eros and drama (Lot and David), as a place of visions of the divine (Moses and Elijah).   In imagining numerous elaborations of such stories, rabbinic literature foregrounds the mysteriousness of the cave.   Midrashim portray the cave as a meeting place of the human and the divine,   seeing it as an image of the cosmos into which the divine Presence flows, even as the World-to-Come.  It was, however, the story of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai’s 13-year sojourn in a cave, and of the spiritual heights he attained there, that became so influential for the Jewish imagination, particularly in medieval kabbalah.  The Zohar, kabbalah’s central work, is replete with elaborate stories of revelations that transpire in caves, of mystical figures encountered there, of esoteric books lodged in their depths.  In this course, we will explore selections from all these literatures, as well as comparing the Jewish legends of the cave with Plato’s, exploring the relationship between cavernous depths and spiritual experience.

Co-taught with Nathaniel Berman and David Silber

8 sessions: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, April 7

Price: $ 275.00

10:15 am
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Esther Hidary
Thursdays, 10:15-11:15am
man reading outside

In this engaging and interactive class, we will analyze the weekly parsha and discuss how it connects to modern issues and current events. Using close readings, intertextual clues, and traditional and modern commentaries, we will search beneath the surface of the text to uncover the profound subtleties and timeless messages of the Torah.

11 sessions: February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 23, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 180.00

11:15 am
Book of Esther
Book of Esther
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
megillah

This course explores the role of the Book of Esther in Tanakh, with emphasis on lexical and thematic parallels to other biblical stories. Drawing upon observations both ancient and modern, the course pays special attention to the tribe of Benjamin and its relationship to royalty, seeking to uncover hidden meanings in the text of the Megillah.

11 sessions: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 275.00

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10:00 am
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
class image- camels

Can we learn to live together? We will continue our close reading of the Book of Numbers beginning with chapter 25.

7 sessions: October 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18.

Price: $ 175.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

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9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
class image- tents

What can we learn about immigrants and refugees from the experiences of the founding generations —Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Rachel and Leah—living in places that were not their own—Canaan, Gerar, Ber Sheva and Egypt? In the seminar, we will study both the Biblical text and also how medieval and classic rabbinic commentaries understood the motivations and behavior of these weak and vulnerable strangers, and of the natives who encountered them. A knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic is not necessary for this course. Translations will be available.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

1:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

10:15 am
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Esther Hidary
Thursdays, 10:15-11:15am
man reading outside

In this engaging and interactive class, we will analyze the weekly parsha and discuss how it connects to modern issues and current events. Using close readings, intertextual clues, and traditional and modern commentaries, we will search beneath the surface of the text to uncover the profound subtleties and timeless messages of the Torah.

11 sessions: February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 23, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 180.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
class image- books

We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

10 sessions: February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

Price: $ 250.00

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10:00 am
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
class image- camels

Can we learn to live together? We will continue our close reading of the Book of Numbers beginning with chapter 25.

7 sessions: October 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18.

Price: $ 175.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

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9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
class image- tents

What can we learn about immigrants and refugees from the experiences of the founding generations —Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Rachel and Leah—living in places that were not their own—Canaan, Gerar, Ber Sheva and Egypt? In the seminar, we will study both the Biblical text and also how medieval and classic rabbinic commentaries understood the motivations and behavior of these weak and vulnerable strangers, and of the natives who encountered them. A knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic is not necessary for this course. Translations will be available.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

1:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
class image- books

We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

10 sessions: February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

Price: $ 250.00

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10:15 am
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Esther Hidary
Thursdays, 10:15-11:15am
man reading outside

In this engaging and interactive class, we will analyze the weekly parsha and discuss how it connects to modern issues and current events. Using close readings, intertextual clues, and traditional and modern commentaries, we will search beneath the surface of the text to uncover the profound subtleties and timeless messages of the Torah.

11 sessions: February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 23, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 180.00

11:15 am
Book of Esther
Book of Esther
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
megillah

This course explores the role of the Book of Esther in Tanakh, with emphasis on lexical and thematic parallels to other biblical stories. Drawing upon observations both ancient and modern, the course pays special attention to the tribe of Benjamin and its relationship to royalty, seeking to uncover hidden meanings in the text of the Megillah.

11 sessions: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 275.00

April 2016
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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10:00 am
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
class image- camels

Can we learn to live together? We will continue our close reading of the Book of Numbers beginning with chapter 25.

7 sessions: October 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18.

Price: $ 175.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

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9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
class image- tents

What can we learn about immigrants and refugees from the experiences of the founding generations —Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Rachel and Leah—living in places that were not their own—Canaan, Gerar, Ber Sheva and Egypt? In the seminar, we will study both the Biblical text and also how medieval and classic rabbinic commentaries understood the motivations and behavior of these weak and vulnerable strangers, and of the natives who encountered them. A knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic is not necessary for this course. Translations will be available.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

1:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
class image- books

We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

10 sessions: February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

Price: $ 250.00

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9:30 am
Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
Nathaniel Berman and David Silber
Thursdays, 9:30-11am
end of a flame

Cave stories are deeply rooted in the Jewish tradition.  In the Bible, caves serve as the eternal resting place of our our ancestors (the Patriarchs and Matriarchs), as a place of eros and drama (Lot and David), as a place of visions of the divine (Moses and Elijah).   In imagining numerous elaborations of such stories, rabbinic literature foregrounds the mysteriousness of the cave.   Midrashim portray the cave as a meeting place of the human and the divine,   seeing it as an image of the cosmos into which the divine Presence flows, even as the World-to-Come.  It was, however, the story of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai’s 13-year sojourn in a cave, and of the spiritual heights he attained there, that became so influential for the Jewish imagination, particularly in medieval kabbalah.  The Zohar, kabbalah’s central work, is replete with elaborate stories of revelations that transpire in caves, of mystical figures encountered there, of esoteric books lodged in their depths.  In this course, we will explore selections from all these literatures, as well as comparing the Jewish legends of the cave with Plato’s, exploring the relationship between cavernous depths and spiritual experience.

Co-taught with Nathaniel Berman and David Silber

8 sessions: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, April 7

Price: $ 275.00

10:15 am
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Esther Hidary
Thursdays, 10:15-11:15am
man reading outside

In this engaging and interactive class, we will analyze the weekly parsha and discuss how it connects to modern issues and current events. Using close readings, intertextual clues, and traditional and modern commentaries, we will search beneath the surface of the text to uncover the profound subtleties and timeless messages of the Torah.

11 sessions: February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 23, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 180.00

11:15 am
Book of Esther
Book of Esther
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
megillah

This course explores the role of the Book of Esther in Tanakh, with emphasis on lexical and thematic parallels to other biblical stories. Drawing upon observations both ancient and modern, the course pays special attention to the tribe of Benjamin and its relationship to royalty, seeking to uncover hidden meanings in the text of the Megillah.

11 sessions: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 275.00

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10:00 am
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
class image- camels

Can we learn to live together? We will continue our close reading of the Book of Numbers beginning with chapter 25.

7 sessions: October 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18.

Price: $ 175.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

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9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis
Tsvi Blanchard
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
class image- tents

What can we learn about immigrants and refugees from the experiences of the founding generations —Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Rachel and Leah—living in places that were not their own—Canaan, Gerar, Ber Sheva and Egypt? In the seminar, we will study both the Biblical text and also how medieval and classic rabbinic commentaries understood the motivations and behavior of these weak and vulnerable strangers, and of the natives who encountered them. A knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic is not necessary for this course. Translations will be available.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

1:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Intermediate Talmud- How Much Does a Wife Cost?: The Fifth Perek of Ketubot
Rachel Rosenthal
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30pm
class image- wedding

Is there a maximum or minimum of what a husband should give his wife in her ketubah? What responsibilities does a woman have to her husband? What is the ideal length of time of a betrothal? Through our study of Af Al Pi, the fifth chapter of Ketubot, we will explore the ways that the rabbis answers to these questions and more. This class will also consider the structure and language of the Gemara from both a traditional and an academic perspective. Class time will be divided between seder and shiur. The ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required and previous experience learning Jewish text in its original is recommended.

12 sessions: January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12

Price: $ 300.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to read and understand the Bible in its original language. The semester will be divided between review of grammatical forms and readings in biblical texts. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

Note: This course is a continuation from the fall semester; new students are welcome.

 

23 sessions: January 25, 27, February 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, April 4, 6, 11, 13

Price: $ 575.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
class image- books

We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

10 sessions: February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13

Price: $ 250.00

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10:15 am
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Esther Hidary
Thursdays, 10:15-11:15am
man reading outside

In this engaging and interactive class, we will analyze the weekly parsha and discuss how it connects to modern issues and current events. Using close readings, intertextual clues, and traditional and modern commentaries, we will search beneath the surface of the text to uncover the profound subtleties and timeless messages of the Torah.

11 sessions: February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 23, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 180.00

11:15 am
Book of Esther
Book of Esther
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
megillah

This course explores the role of the Book of Esther in Tanakh, with emphasis on lexical and thematic parallels to other biblical stories. Drawing upon observations both ancient and modern, the course pays special attention to the tribe of Benjamin and its relationship to royalty, seeking to uncover hidden meanings in the text of the Megillah.

11 sessions: January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 7, 14

Price: $ 275.00

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May 2016
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua (May)
Parashat HaShavua (May)
David Silber
3 sessions: May 9, 16, 23
class image- torah reading

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

Tuesdays, 9:30-11am

Price: $ 75.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew Readings
Biblical Hebrew Readings
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to study and understand the Bible in its original language. We will focus on readings in biblical texts with some discussion of the more challenging grammatical forms. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

5 sessions: May 4, 9, 11, 16, 18

Price: $ 125.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew Readings
Biblical Hebrew Readings
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to study and understand the Bible in its original language. We will focus on readings in biblical texts with some discussion of the more challenging grammatical forms. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

5 sessions: May 4, 9, 11, 16, 18

Price: $ 125.00

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9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua (May)
Parashat HaShavua (May)
David Silber
3 sessions: May 9, 16, 23
class image- torah reading

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

Tuesdays, 9:30-11am

Price: $ 75.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew Readings
Biblical Hebrew Readings
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to study and understand the Bible in its original language. We will focus on readings in biblical texts with some discussion of the more challenging grammatical forms. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

5 sessions: May 4, 9, 11, 16, 18

Price: $ 125.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew Readings
Biblical Hebrew Readings
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to study and understand the Bible in its original language. We will focus on readings in biblical texts with some discussion of the more challenging grammatical forms. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

5 sessions: May 4, 9, 11, 16, 18

Price: $ 125.00

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9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua (May)
Parashat HaShavua (May)
David Silber
3 sessions: May 9, 16, 23
class image- torah reading

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

Tuesdays, 9:30-11am

Price: $ 75.00

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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew Readings
Biblical Hebrew Readings
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

This course is intended to develop students’ ability to study and understand the Bible in its original language. We will focus on readings in biblical texts with some discussion of the more challenging grammatical forms. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

5 sessions: May 4, 9, 11, 16, 18

Price: $ 125.00

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June Kollel
June Kollel
Drisha Faculty
Tuesday, May 24 – Friday, June 24
drishat shalom learning 5 (benjy)

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 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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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
class image- books

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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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. 

 

Price: $ 0.00

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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

9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
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We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

11:15 am
The Image of Genesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Art
The Image of Genesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Art
Nomi Schneck
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
adam and eve

What visual representations of the biblical serpent emerge from Renaissance Italy? How do illuminated medieval Persian manuscripts give voice to Potiphar’s wife? We will explore the artistic rendering and recontextualization of the Genesis narratives. We will study biblical art within its historical context and alongside classical rabbinic and medieval commentaries. Topics will include the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden, the Tower of Babel, the sacrifice of Isaac, and Joseph’s rise to power.

5-sessions: June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26

Price: $ 125.00

1:30 pm
Jewish Law I: Home Cooked
Jewish Law I: Home Cooked
Ben Skydell
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm
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We will examine the halakhot involved in cooking food. Which actions constitute cooking? At which point in the food preparation process is the food considered cooked? Is the definition different if we are studying cooking from the perspective of the laws of kashrut or the laws of Shabbat? Does it matter if a stove is being used as opposed to an oven or a microwave? We will study these questions with an eye to understanding the development of halakha. All sources will be in Hebrew/Aramaic with English translations.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

10-sessions: June 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Price: $ 200.00

1:30 pm
Jewish Law II: Responsa and the History of Halakha
Jewish Law II: Responsa and the History of Halakha
Tamara Morsel-Eisenberg
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm
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Responsa (t’shuvot) are fascinating in that they bridge the gap between halakhic source material and real life-situations. As such, they provide a unique window both onto Jewish life and history and onto halakhic reasoning. We will be studying a range of responsa from the (late) middle ages through the early modern period. Topics will include the redemption of firstborn cattle (pidyon bechor behema), where we will discuss a strange conundrum and see the evolution of halakhic reasoning from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century; the intersection of magic/medicine and halakha; and the treatment of the issue of chadash (“new wheat”) in Ashkenaz. Beyond understanding analyzing the t’shuvot, we will also ask larger questions regarding continuity and change in halakhic writing.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

10-sessions: June 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Price: $ 200.00

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9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
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We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

1:30 pm
Sworn Enemies
Sworn Enemies
Miriam Gedwiser
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm
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In Exodus 17, God declares an eternal war with Amalek. What does it mean to be a sworn enemy of God? Throughout the generations, biblical exegetes have grappled with who Amalek is, why there is an imperative to destroy Amalek and what, if any, responsibilities this places upon us today. We will study the history of this exegetical tradition and consider other “enemies” of God and Israel in the Bible (e.g. the snake in the Garden of Eden, Haman) and their connection to Amalek.  We will begin with relevant biblical texts and move through midrashim, medieval commentators, and modern thinkers in an attempt to answer these and related questions.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

1:30 pm
A Blessing Compelled
A Blessing Compelled
David Silber
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm
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In Numbers 22-24 the prophet Bilaam sets out to curse the people of Israel and in the end delivers a series of gorgeous blessings. How much control do prophets have over their prophecy? What is the nature of a blessing and can it be procured against the will of the blessor? The story of Bilaam has echoes throughout biblical literature. We will explore the significance of the Bilaam narrative within the context of the Book of Numbers and explore its inter-texts in the books of Genesis and Samuel.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

3:30 pm
Dialogue and Revelation
Dialogue and Revelation
Shuvi Hoffman
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm
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Divine revelation in Exodus occurs both collectively at Sinai and individually with Moses in the cleft of the rock. What do these foundational texts teach us about our ability to connect with God and with other people? Can we really know God? How does our concept of God relate to the way that we perceive our humanity? We will delve into these enigmatic biblical texts through the lens of Franz Rozensweig’s philosophical insights. We will also explore these questions in the writings of Maimonides, and in midrashic texts and modern Israeli poetry.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

3:30 pm
Yoma: Holiness, Purity, and Repentance
Yoma: Holiness, Purity, and Repentance
Gavriel Porten
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm
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Yom Kippur is described as the holiest day of the year. The mishnayot of Tractate Yoma trace the story of this very special day whilst the Second Temple was still standing and after its destruction. We will study this tractate of Mishnah and delve deeper into it with the help of archeological finds and historical sources.

8 sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

Price: $ 200.00

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Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Sanhedrin1

We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:30 am
This Summer in Yerushalayim: Bringing the Ancient City to Drisha
This Summer in Yerushalayim: Bringing the Ancient City to Drisha
Gavriel Porten
Thursdays, 9:30-11am
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Join me as we tour Yerushalayim of the 1st and 2nd temples though slides, maps and illustrations. We will walk through the ancient city, exploring the exciting archaeological artifacts. As we do so, we will look at the Jewish sources that relate to the finds and see how each illuminates the other, shedding new light on our classical texts.

5 sessions: June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28

Price: $ 125.00

11:15 am
Psalms from the Siddur
Psalms from the Siddur
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
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We will conduct a poetic analysis of Psalms that appear in the liturgy, toward the goal of appreciating their deeper meaning and enhancing the experience of prayer. Some knowledge of Hebrew required, but students may utilize an English translation alongside the Hebrew.

5-sessions: June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28

Price: $ 125.00

1:30 pm
Jewish Law I: Home Cooked
Jewish Law I: Home Cooked
Ben Skydell
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm
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We will examine the halakhot involved in cooking food. Which actions constitute cooking? At which point in the food preparation process is the food considered cooked? Is the definition different if we are studying cooking from the perspective of the laws of kashrut or the laws of Shabbat? Does it matter if a stove is being used as opposed to an oven or a microwave? We will study these questions with an eye to understanding the development of halakha. All sources will be in Hebrew/Aramaic with English translations.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

10-sessions: June 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Price: $ 200.00

1:30 pm
Jewish Law II: Responsa and the History of Halakha
Jewish Law II: Responsa and the History of Halakha
Tamara Morsel-Eisenberg
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm
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Responsa (t’shuvot) are fascinating in that they bridge the gap between halakhic source material and real life-situations. As such, they provide a unique window both onto Jewish life and history and onto halakhic reasoning. We will be studying a range of responsa from the (late) middle ages through the early modern period. Topics will include the redemption of firstborn cattle (pidyon bechor behema), where we will discuss a strange conundrum and see the evolution of halakhic reasoning from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century; the intersection of magic/medicine and halakha; and the treatment of the issue of chadash (“new wheat”) in Ashkenaz. Beyond understanding analyzing the t’shuvot, we will also ask larger questions regarding continuity and change in halakhic writing.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

10-sessions: June 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Price: $ 200.00

July 2016
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Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Sanhedrin1

We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

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9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Sanhedrin1

We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
The Image of Genesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Art
The Image of Genesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Art
Nomi Schneck
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
adam and eve

What visual representations of the biblical serpent emerge from Renaissance Italy? How do illuminated medieval Persian manuscripts give voice to Potiphar’s wife? We will explore the artistic rendering and recontextualization of the Genesis narratives. We will study biblical art within its historical context and alongside classical rabbinic and medieval commentaries. Topics will include the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden, the Tower of Babel, the sacrifice of Isaac, and Joseph’s rise to power.

5-sessions: June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26

Price: $ 125.00

1:30 pm
Jewish Law I: Home Cooked
Jewish Law I: Home Cooked
Ben Skydell
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm
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We will examine the halakhot involved in cooking food. Which actions constitute cooking? At which point in the food preparation process is the food considered cooked? Is the definition different if we are studying cooking from the perspective of the laws of kashrut or the laws of Shabbat? Does it matter if a stove is being used as opposed to an oven or a microwave? We will study these questions with an eye to understanding the development of halakha. All sources will be in Hebrew/Aramaic with English translations.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

10-sessions: June 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Price: $ 200.00

1:30 pm
Jewish Law II: Responsa and the History of Halakha
Jewish Law II: Responsa and the History of Halakha
Tamara Morsel-Eisenberg
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm
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Responsa (t’shuvot) are fascinating in that they bridge the gap between halakhic source material and real life-situations. As such, they provide a unique window both onto Jewish life and history and onto halakhic reasoning. We will be studying a range of responsa from the (late) middle ages through the early modern period. Topics will include the redemption of firstborn cattle (pidyon bechor behema), where we will discuss a strange conundrum and see the evolution of halakhic reasoning from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century; the intersection of magic/medicine and halakha; and the treatment of the issue of chadash (“new wheat”) in Ashkenaz. Beyond understanding analyzing the t’shuvot, we will also ask larger questions regarding continuity and change in halakhic writing.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

10-sessions: June 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Price: $ 200.00

2:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud: Masekhet Gittin – Tikkun Olam
Intermediate Talmud: Masekhet Gittin – Tikkun Olam
Sara Wolkenfeld
Tuesdays, 2-4:30pm
sunset and waves

The Talmudic rabbis were interpreters and legislators as well as social engineers, and they used their legislative powers to accomplish a variety of goals. In Masekhet Gittin, we are introduced to laws that are enacted for the sake of “tikkun olam.” Tikkun Olam is often translated as “repairing the world” but in its Talmudic context the term is harder to define, and is used in a variety of legal situations for the benefit of society and the system as a whole. In this class we will see what motivated this sort of rabbinic legislation, what commonalities exist among them, and think whether and how this concept applies in our lives today. This class will focus on cultivating the ability to analyze the text of the Gemara, while also incorporating excerpts from some of the classical commentaries.

*NOTE DATE CHANGE

5-sessions: July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2

Price: $ 150.00

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9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Sanhedrin1

We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

1:30 pm
A Blessing Compelled
A Blessing Compelled
David Silber
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm
blessing

In Numbers 22-24 the prophet Bilaam sets out to curse the people of Israel and in the end delivers a series of gorgeous blessings. How much control do prophets have over their prophecy? What is the nature of a blessing and can it be procured against the will of the blessor? The story of Bilaam has echoes throughout biblical literature. We will explore the significance of the Bilaam narrative within the context of the Book of Numbers and explore its inter-texts in the books of Genesis and Samuel.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

1:30 pm
Sworn Enemies
Sworn Enemies
Miriam Gedwiser
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm
lightning

In Exodus 17, God declares an eternal war with Amalek. What does it mean to be a sworn enemy of God? Throughout the generations, biblical exegetes have grappled with who Amalek is, why there is an imperative to destroy Amalek and what, if any, responsibilities this places upon us today. We will study the history of this exegetical tradition and consider other “enemies” of God and Israel in the Bible (e.g. the snake in the Garden of Eden, Haman) and their connection to Amalek.  We will begin with relevant biblical texts and move through midrashim, medieval commentators, and modern thinkers in an attempt to answer these and related questions.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

3:30 pm
Dialogue and Revelation
Dialogue and Revelation
Shuvi Hoffman
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm
Moshe - copy

Divine revelation in Exodus occurs both collectively at Sinai and individually with Moses in the cleft of the rock. What do these foundational texts teach us about our ability to connect with God and with other people? Can we really know God? How does our concept of God relate to the way that we perceive our humanity? We will delve into these enigmatic biblical texts through the lens of Franz Rozensweig’s philosophical insights. We will also explore these questions in the writings of Maimonides, and in midrashic texts and modern Israeli poetry.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

3:30 pm
Yoma: Holiness, Purity, and Repentance
Yoma: Holiness, Purity, and Repentance
Gavriel Porten
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm
mishnah yoma banner- blurred on angle

Yom Kippur is described as the holiest day of the year. The mishnayot of Tractate Yoma trace the story of this very special day whilst the Second Temple was still standing and after its destruction. We will study this tractate of Mishnah and delve deeper into it with the help of archeological finds and historical sources.

8 sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

Price: $ 200.00

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9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Sanhedrin1

We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:30 am
This Summer in Yerushalayim: Bringing the Ancient City to Drisha
This Summer in Yerushalayim: Bringing the Ancient City to Drisha
Gavriel Porten
Thursdays, 9:30-11am
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Join me as we tour Yerushalayim of the 1st and 2nd temples though slides, maps and illustrations. We will walk through the ancient city, exploring the exciting archaeological artifacts. As we do so, we will look at the Jewish sources that relate to the finds and see how each illuminates the other, shedding new light on our classical texts.

5 sessions: June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28

Price: $ 125.00

11:15 am
Psalms from the Siddur
Psalms from the Siddur
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
man reading outside

We will conduct a poetic analysis of Psalms that appear in the liturgy, toward the goal of appreciating their deeper meaning and enhancing the experience of prayer. Some knowledge of Hebrew required, but students may utilize an English translation alongside the Hebrew.

5-sessions: June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28

Price: $ 125.00

1:30 pm
Jewish Law I: Home Cooked
Jewish Law I: Home Cooked
Ben Skydell
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm
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We will examine the halakhot involved in cooking food. Which actions constitute cooking? At which point in the food preparation process is the food considered cooked? Is the definition different if we are studying cooking from the perspective of the laws of kashrut or the laws of Shabbat? Does it matter if a stove is being used as opposed to an oven or a microwave? We will study these questions with an eye to understanding the development of halakha. All sources will be in Hebrew/Aramaic with English translations.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

10-sessions: June 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Price: $ 200.00

1:30 pm
Jewish Law II: Responsa and the History of Halakha
Jewish Law II: Responsa and the History of Halakha
Tamara Morsel-Eisenberg
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm
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Responsa (t’shuvot) are fascinating in that they bridge the gap between halakhic source material and real life-situations. As such, they provide a unique window both onto Jewish life and history and onto halakhic reasoning. We will be studying a range of responsa from the (late) middle ages through the early modern period. Topics will include the redemption of firstborn cattle (pidyon bechor behema), where we will discuss a strange conundrum and see the evolution of halakhic reasoning from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century; the intersection of magic/medicine and halakha; and the treatment of the issue of chadash (“new wheat”) in Ashkenaz. Beyond understanding analyzing the t’shuvot, we will also ask larger questions regarding continuity and change in halakhic writing.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

10-sessions: June 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Price: $ 200.00

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9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Sanhedrin1

We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

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10
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9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Sanhedrin1

We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

1:30 pm
A Blessing Compelled
A Blessing Compelled
David Silber
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm
blessing

In Numbers 22-24 the prophet Bilaam sets out to curse the people of Israel and in the end delivers a series of gorgeous blessings. How much control do prophets have over their prophecy? What is the nature of a blessing and can it be procured against the will of the blessor? The story of Bilaam has echoes throughout biblical literature. We will explore the significance of the Bilaam narrative within the context of the Book of Numbers and explore its inter-texts in the books of Genesis and Samuel.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

1:30 pm
Sworn Enemies
Sworn Enemies
Miriam Gedwiser
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm
lightning

In Exodus 17, God declares an eternal war with Amalek. What does it mean to be a sworn enemy of God? Throughout the generations, biblical exegetes have grappled with who Amalek is, why there is an imperative to destroy Amalek and what, if any, responsibilities this places upon us today. We will study the history of this exegetical tradition and consider other “enemies” of God and Israel in the Bible (e.g. the snake in the Garden of Eden, Haman) and their connection to Amalek.  We will begin with relevant biblical texts and move through midrashim, medieval commentators, and modern thinkers in an attempt to answer these and related questions.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

3:30 pm
Dialogue and Revelation
Dialogue and Revelation
Shuvi Hoffman
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm
Moshe - copy

Divine revelation in Exodus occurs both collectively at Sinai and individually with Moses in the cleft of the rock. What do these foundational texts teach us about our ability to connect with God and with other people? Can we really know God? How does our concept of God relate to the way that we perceive our humanity? We will delve into these enigmatic biblical texts through the lens of Franz Rozensweig’s philosophical insights. We will also explore these questions in the writings of Maimonides, and in midrashic texts and modern Israeli poetry.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

3:30 pm
Yoma: Holiness, Purity, and Repentance
Yoma: Holiness, Purity, and Repentance
Gavriel Porten
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm
mishnah yoma banner- blurred on angle

Yom Kippur is described as the holiest day of the year. The mishnayot of Tractate Yoma trace the story of this very special day whilst the Second Temple was still standing and after its destruction. We will study this tractate of Mishnah and delve deeper into it with the help of archeological finds and historical sources.

8 sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

Price: $ 200.00

12
9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Sanhedrin1

We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
The Image of Genesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Art
The Image of Genesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Art
Nomi Schneck
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
adam and eve

What visual representations of the biblical serpent emerge from Renaissance Italy? How do illuminated medieval Persian manuscripts give voice to Potiphar’s wife? We will explore the artistic rendering and recontextualization of the Genesis narratives. We will study biblical art within its historical context and alongside classical rabbinic and medieval commentaries. Topics will include the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden, the Tower of Babel, the sacrifice of Isaac, and Joseph’s rise to power.

5-sessions: June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26

Price: $ 125.00

1:30 pm
Jewish Law I: Home Cooked
Jewish Law I: Home Cooked
Ben Skydell
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm
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We will examine the halakhot involved in cooking food. Which actions constitute cooking? At which point in the food preparation process is the food considered cooked? Is the definition different if we are studying cooking from the perspective of the laws of kashrut or the laws of Shabbat? Does it matter if a stove is being used as opposed to an oven or a microwave? We will study these questions with an eye to understanding the development of halakha. All sources will be in Hebrew/Aramaic with English translations.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

10-sessions: June 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Price: $ 200.00

1:30 pm
Jewish Law II: Responsa and the History of Halakha
Jewish Law II: Responsa and the History of Halakha
Tamara Morsel-Eisenberg
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm
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Responsa (t’shuvot) are fascinating in that they bridge the gap between halakhic source material and real life-situations. As such, they provide a unique window both onto Jewish life and history and onto halakhic reasoning. We will be studying a range of responsa from the (late) middle ages through the early modern period. Topics will include the redemption of firstborn cattle (pidyon bechor behema), where we will discuss a strange conundrum and see the evolution of halakhic reasoning from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century; the intersection of magic/medicine and halakha; and the treatment of the issue of chadash (“new wheat”) in Ashkenaz. Beyond understanding analyzing the t’shuvot, we will also ask larger questions regarding continuity and change in halakhic writing.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

10-sessions: June 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Price: $ 200.00

2:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud: Masekhet Gittin – Tikkun Olam
Intermediate Talmud: Masekhet Gittin – Tikkun Olam
Sara Wolkenfeld
Tuesdays, 2-4:30pm
sunset and waves

The Talmudic rabbis were interpreters and legislators as well as social engineers, and they used their legislative powers to accomplish a variety of goals. In Masekhet Gittin, we are introduced to laws that are enacted for the sake of “tikkun olam.” Tikkun Olam is often translated as “repairing the world” but in its Talmudic context the term is harder to define, and is used in a variety of legal situations for the benefit of society and the system as a whole. In this class we will see what motivated this sort of rabbinic legislation, what commonalities exist among them, and think whether and how this concept applies in our lives today. This class will focus on cultivating the ability to analyze the text of the Gemara, while also incorporating excerpts from some of the classical commentaries.

*NOTE DATE CHANGE

5-sessions: July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2

Price: $ 150.00

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9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Sanhedrin1

We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

1:30 pm
A Blessing Compelled
A Blessing Compelled
David Silber
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm
blessing

In Numbers 22-24 the prophet Bilaam sets out to curse the people of Israel and in the end delivers a series of gorgeous blessings. How much control do prophets have over their prophecy? What is the nature of a blessing and can it be procured against the will of the blessor? The story of Bilaam has echoes throughout biblical literature. We will explore the significance of the Bilaam narrative within the context of the Book of Numbers and explore its inter-texts in the books of Genesis and Samuel.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

1:30 pm
Sworn Enemies
Sworn Enemies
Miriam Gedwiser
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm
lightning

In Exodus 17, God declares an eternal war with Amalek. What does it mean to be a sworn enemy of God? Throughout the generations, biblical exegetes have grappled with who Amalek is, why there is an imperative to destroy Amalek and what, if any, responsibilities this places upon us today. We will study the history of this exegetical tradition and consider other “enemies” of God and Israel in the Bible (e.g. the snake in the Garden of Eden, Haman) and their connection to Amalek.  We will begin with relevant biblical texts and move through midrashim, medieval commentators, and modern thinkers in an attempt to answer these and related questions.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

3:30 pm
Dialogue and Revelation
Dialogue and Revelation
Shuvi Hoffman
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm
Moshe - copy

Divine revelation in Exodus occurs both collectively at Sinai and individually with Moses in the cleft of the rock. What do these foundational texts teach us about our ability to connect with God and with other people? Can we really know God? How does our concept of God relate to the way that we perceive our humanity? We will delve into these enigmatic biblical texts through the lens of Franz Rozensweig’s philosophical insights. We will also explore these questions in the writings of Maimonides, and in midrashic texts and modern Israeli poetry.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

3:30 pm
Yoma: Holiness, Purity, and Repentance
Yoma: Holiness, Purity, and Repentance
Gavriel Porten
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm
mishnah yoma banner- blurred on angle

Yom Kippur is described as the holiest day of the year. The mishnayot of Tractate Yoma trace the story of this very special day whilst the Second Temple was still standing and after its destruction. We will study this tractate of Mishnah and delve deeper into it with the help of archeological finds and historical sources.

8 sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

Price: $ 200.00

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9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Sanhedrin1

We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:30 am
This Summer in Yerushalayim: Bringing the Ancient City to Drisha
This Summer in Yerushalayim: Bringing the Ancient City to Drisha
Gavriel Porten
Thursdays, 9:30-11am
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Join me as we tour Yerushalayim of the 1st and 2nd temples though slides, maps and illustrations. We will walk through the ancient city, exploring the exciting archaeological artifacts. As we do so, we will look at the Jewish sources that relate to the finds and see how each illuminates the other, shedding new light on our classical texts.

5 sessions: June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28

Price: $ 125.00

11:15 am
Psalms from the Siddur
Psalms from the Siddur
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
man reading outside

We will conduct a poetic analysis of Psalms that appear in the liturgy, toward the goal of appreciating their deeper meaning and enhancing the experience of prayer. Some knowledge of Hebrew required, but students may utilize an English translation alongside the Hebrew.

5-sessions: June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28

Price: $ 125.00

1:30 pm
Jewish Law I: Home Cooked
Jewish Law I: Home Cooked
Ben Skydell
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm
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We will examine the halakhot involved in cooking food. Which actions constitute cooking? At which point in the food preparation process is the food considered cooked? Is the definition different if we are studying cooking from the perspective of the laws of kashrut or the laws of Shabbat? Does it matter if a stove is being used as opposed to an oven or a microwave? We will study these questions with an eye to understanding the development of halakha. All sources will be in Hebrew/Aramaic with English translations.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

10-sessions: June 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Price: $ 200.00

1:30 pm
Jewish Law II: Responsa and the History of Halakha
Jewish Law II: Responsa and the History of Halakha
Tamara Morsel-Eisenberg
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm
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Responsa (t’shuvot) are fascinating in that they bridge the gap between halakhic source material and real life-situations. As such, they provide a unique window both onto Jewish life and history and onto halakhic reasoning. We will be studying a range of responsa from the (late) middle ages through the early modern period. Topics will include the redemption of firstborn cattle (pidyon bechor behema), where we will discuss a strange conundrum and see the evolution of halakhic reasoning from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century; the intersection of magic/medicine and halakha; and the treatment of the issue of chadash (“new wheat”) in Ashkenaz. Beyond understanding analyzing the t’shuvot, we will also ask larger questions regarding continuity and change in halakhic writing.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

10-sessions: June 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Price: $ 200.00

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9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Sanhedrin1

We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

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9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Sanhedrin1

We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

1:30 pm
A Blessing Compelled
A Blessing Compelled
David Silber
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm
blessing

In Numbers 22-24 the prophet Bilaam sets out to curse the people of Israel and in the end delivers a series of gorgeous blessings. How much control do prophets have over their prophecy? What is the nature of a blessing and can it be procured against the will of the blessor? The story of Bilaam has echoes throughout biblical literature. We will explore the significance of the Bilaam narrative within the context of the Book of Numbers and explore its inter-texts in the books of Genesis and Samuel.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

1:30 pm
Sworn Enemies
Sworn Enemies
Miriam Gedwiser
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm
lightning

In Exodus 17, God declares an eternal war with Amalek. What does it mean to be a sworn enemy of God? Throughout the generations, biblical exegetes have grappled with who Amalek is, why there is an imperative to destroy Amalek and what, if any, responsibilities this places upon us today. We will study the history of this exegetical tradition and consider other “enemies” of God and Israel in the Bible (e.g. the snake in the Garden of Eden, Haman) and their connection to Amalek.  We will begin with relevant biblical texts and move through midrashim, medieval commentators, and modern thinkers in an attempt to answer these and related questions.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

3:30 pm
Dialogue and Revelation
Dialogue and Revelation
Shuvi Hoffman
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm
Moshe - copy

Divine revelation in Exodus occurs both collectively at Sinai and individually with Moses in the cleft of the rock. What do these foundational texts teach us about our ability to connect with God and with other people? Can we really know God? How does our concept of God relate to the way that we perceive our humanity? We will delve into these enigmatic biblical texts through the lens of Franz Rozensweig’s philosophical insights. We will also explore these questions in the writings of Maimonides, and in midrashic texts and modern Israeli poetry.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

3:30 pm
Yoma: Holiness, Purity, and Repentance
Yoma: Holiness, Purity, and Repentance
Gavriel Porten
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm
mishnah yoma banner- blurred on angle

Yom Kippur is described as the holiest day of the year. The mishnayot of Tractate Yoma trace the story of this very special day whilst the Second Temple was still standing and after its destruction. We will study this tractate of Mishnah and delve deeper into it with the help of archeological finds and historical sources.

8 sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

Price: $ 200.00

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9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Sanhedrin1

We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
The Image of Genesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Art
The Image of Genesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Art
Nomi Schneck
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
adam and eve

What visual representations of the biblical serpent emerge from Renaissance Italy? How do illuminated medieval Persian manuscripts give voice to Potiphar’s wife? We will explore the artistic rendering and recontextualization of the Genesis narratives. We will study biblical art within its historical context and alongside classical rabbinic and medieval commentaries. Topics will include the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden, the Tower of Babel, the sacrifice of Isaac, and Joseph’s rise to power.

5-sessions: June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26

Price: $ 125.00

1:30 pm
Jewish Law I: Home Cooked
Jewish Law I: Home Cooked
Ben Skydell
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm
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We will examine the halakhot involved in cooking food. Which actions constitute cooking? At which point in the food preparation process is the food considered cooked? Is the definition different if we are studying cooking from the perspective of the laws of kashrut or the laws of Shabbat? Does it matter if a stove is being used as opposed to an oven or a microwave? We will study these questions with an eye to understanding the development of halakha. All sources will be in Hebrew/Aramaic with English translations.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

10-sessions: June 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Price: $ 200.00

1:30 pm
Jewish Law II: Responsa and the History of Halakha
Jewish Law II: Responsa and the History of Halakha
Tamara Morsel-Eisenberg
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm
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Responsa (t’shuvot) are fascinating in that they bridge the gap between halakhic source material and real life-situations. As such, they provide a unique window both onto Jewish life and history and onto halakhic reasoning. We will be studying a range of responsa from the (late) middle ages through the early modern period. Topics will include the redemption of firstborn cattle (pidyon bechor behema), where we will discuss a strange conundrum and see the evolution of halakhic reasoning from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century; the intersection of magic/medicine and halakha; and the treatment of the issue of chadash (“new wheat”) in Ashkenaz. Beyond understanding analyzing the t’shuvot, we will also ask larger questions regarding continuity and change in halakhic writing.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

10-sessions: June 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Price: $ 200.00

2:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud: Masekhet Gittin – Tikkun Olam
Intermediate Talmud: Masekhet Gittin – Tikkun Olam
Sara Wolkenfeld
Tuesdays, 2-4:30pm
sunset and waves

The Talmudic rabbis were interpreters and legislators as well as social engineers, and they used their legislative powers to accomplish a variety of goals. In Masekhet Gittin, we are introduced to laws that are enacted for the sake of “tikkun olam.” Tikkun Olam is often translated as “repairing the world” but in its Talmudic context the term is harder to define, and is used in a variety of legal situations for the benefit of society and the system as a whole. In this class we will see what motivated this sort of rabbinic legislation, what commonalities exist among them, and think whether and how this concept applies in our lives today. This class will focus on cultivating the ability to analyze the text of the Gemara, while also incorporating excerpts from some of the classical commentaries.

*NOTE DATE CHANGE

5-sessions: July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2

Price: $ 150.00

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9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Sanhedrin1

We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

1:30 pm
A Blessing Compelled
A Blessing Compelled
David Silber
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm
blessing

In Numbers 22-24 the prophet Bilaam sets out to curse the people of Israel and in the end delivers a series of gorgeous blessings. How much control do prophets have over their prophecy? What is the nature of a blessing and can it be procured against the will of the blessor? The story of Bilaam has echoes throughout biblical literature. We will explore the significance of the Bilaam narrative within the context of the Book of Numbers and explore its inter-texts in the books of Genesis and Samuel.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

1:30 pm
Sworn Enemies
Sworn Enemies
Miriam Gedwiser
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm
lightning

In Exodus 17, God declares an eternal war with Amalek. What does it mean to be a sworn enemy of God? Throughout the generations, biblical exegetes have grappled with who Amalek is, why there is an imperative to destroy Amalek and what, if any, responsibilities this places upon us today. We will study the history of this exegetical tradition and consider other “enemies” of God and Israel in the Bible (e.g. the snake in the Garden of Eden, Haman) and their connection to Amalek.  We will begin with relevant biblical texts and move through midrashim, medieval commentators, and modern thinkers in an attempt to answer these and related questions.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

3:30 pm
Dialogue and Revelation
Dialogue and Revelation
Shuvi Hoffman
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm
Moshe - copy

Divine revelation in Exodus occurs both collectively at Sinai and individually with Moses in the cleft of the rock. What do these foundational texts teach us about our ability to connect with God and with other people? Can we really know God? How does our concept of God relate to the way that we perceive our humanity? We will delve into these enigmatic biblical texts through the lens of Franz Rozensweig’s philosophical insights. We will also explore these questions in the writings of Maimonides, and in midrashic texts and modern Israeli poetry.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

3:30 pm
Yoma: Holiness, Purity, and Repentance
Yoma: Holiness, Purity, and Repentance
Gavriel Porten
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm
mishnah yoma banner- blurred on angle

Yom Kippur is described as the holiest day of the year. The mishnayot of Tractate Yoma trace the story of this very special day whilst the Second Temple was still standing and after its destruction. We will study this tractate of Mishnah and delve deeper into it with the help of archeological finds and historical sources.

8 sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

Price: $ 200.00

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9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Sanhedrin1

We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:30 am
This Summer in Yerushalayim: Bringing the Ancient City to Drisha
This Summer in Yerushalayim: Bringing the Ancient City to Drisha
Gavriel Porten
Thursdays, 9:30-11am
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Join me as we tour Yerushalayim of the 1st and 2nd temples though slides, maps and illustrations. We will walk through the ancient city, exploring the exciting archaeological artifacts. As we do so, we will look at the Jewish sources that relate to the finds and see how each illuminates the other, shedding new light on our classical texts.

5 sessions: June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28

Price: $ 125.00

11:15 am
Psalms from the Siddur
Psalms from the Siddur
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
man reading outside

We will conduct a poetic analysis of Psalms that appear in the liturgy, toward the goal of appreciating their deeper meaning and enhancing the experience of prayer. Some knowledge of Hebrew required, but students may utilize an English translation alongside the Hebrew.

5-sessions: June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28

Price: $ 125.00

1:30 pm
Jewish Law I: Home Cooked
Jewish Law I: Home Cooked
Ben Skydell
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm
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We will examine the halakhot involved in cooking food. Which actions constitute cooking? At which point in the food preparation process is the food considered cooked? Is the definition different if we are studying cooking from the perspective of the laws of kashrut or the laws of Shabbat? Does it matter if a stove is being used as opposed to an oven or a microwave? We will study these questions with an eye to understanding the development of halakha. All sources will be in Hebrew/Aramaic with English translations.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

10-sessions: June 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Price: $ 200.00

1:30 pm
Jewish Law II: Responsa and the History of Halakha
Jewish Law II: Responsa and the History of Halakha
Tamara Morsel-Eisenberg
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm
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Responsa (t’shuvot) are fascinating in that they bridge the gap between halakhic source material and real life-situations. As such, they provide a unique window both onto Jewish life and history and onto halakhic reasoning. We will be studying a range of responsa from the (late) middle ages through the early modern period. Topics will include the redemption of firstborn cattle (pidyon bechor behema), where we will discuss a strange conundrum and see the evolution of halakhic reasoning from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century; the intersection of magic/medicine and halakha; and the treatment of the issue of chadash (“new wheat”) in Ashkenaz. Beyond understanding analyzing the t’shuvot, we will also ask larger questions regarding continuity and change in halakhic writing.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

10-sessions: June 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Price: $ 200.00

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9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Sanhedrin1

We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

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25
9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Sanhedrin1

We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

1:30 pm
A Blessing Compelled
A Blessing Compelled
David Silber
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm
blessing

In Numbers 22-24 the prophet Bilaam sets out to curse the people of Israel and in the end delivers a series of gorgeous blessings. How much control do prophets have over their prophecy? What is the nature of a blessing and can it be procured against the will of the blessor? The story of Bilaam has echoes throughout biblical literature. We will explore the significance of the Bilaam narrative within the context of the Book of Numbers and explore its inter-texts in the books of Genesis and Samuel.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

1:30 pm
Sworn Enemies
Sworn Enemies
Miriam Gedwiser
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm
lightning

In Exodus 17, God declares an eternal war with Amalek. What does it mean to be a sworn enemy of God? Throughout the generations, biblical exegetes have grappled with who Amalek is, why there is an imperative to destroy Amalek and what, if any, responsibilities this places upon us today. We will study the history of this exegetical tradition and consider other “enemies” of God and Israel in the Bible (e.g. the snake in the Garden of Eden, Haman) and their connection to Amalek.  We will begin with relevant biblical texts and move through midrashim, medieval commentators, and modern thinkers in an attempt to answer these and related questions.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

3:30 pm
Dialogue and Revelation
Dialogue and Revelation
Shuvi Hoffman
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm
Moshe - copy

Divine revelation in Exodus occurs both collectively at Sinai and individually with Moses in the cleft of the rock. What do these foundational texts teach us about our ability to connect with God and with other people? Can we really know God? How does our concept of God relate to the way that we perceive our humanity? We will delve into these enigmatic biblical texts through the lens of Franz Rozensweig’s philosophical insights. We will also explore these questions in the writings of Maimonides, and in midrashic texts and modern Israeli poetry.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

3:30 pm
Yoma: Holiness, Purity, and Repentance
Yoma: Holiness, Purity, and Repentance
Gavriel Porten
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm
mishnah yoma banner- blurred on angle

Yom Kippur is described as the holiest day of the year. The mishnayot of Tractate Yoma trace the story of this very special day whilst the Second Temple was still standing and after its destruction. We will study this tractate of Mishnah and delve deeper into it with the help of archeological finds and historical sources.

8 sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

Price: $ 200.00

26
9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Sanhedrin1

We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
Drisha Faculty
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Each session will be taught by a different faculty member.
June 6 – David Silber
June 13 – Nathaniel Helfgot
June 20 – Aaron Koller
June 27 – Daniel Reifman
July 11 – Shuvi Hoffman
July 18 – Adina Levine
July 25 – tba

Register for the full series here, or click here to register for individual sessions.

7 sessions: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 175.00

11:15 am
The Image of Genesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Art
The Image of Genesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Art
Nomi Schneck
Tuesdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
adam and eve

What visual representations of the biblical serpent emerge from Renaissance Italy? How do illuminated medieval Persian manuscripts give voice to Potiphar’s wife? We will explore the artistic rendering and recontextualization of the Genesis narratives. We will study biblical art within its historical context and alongside classical rabbinic and medieval commentaries. Topics will include the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden, the Tower of Babel, the sacrifice of Isaac, and Joseph’s rise to power.

5-sessions: June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26

Price: $ 125.00

1:30 pm
Jewish Law I: Home Cooked
Jewish Law I: Home Cooked
Ben Skydell
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm
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We will examine the halakhot involved in cooking food. Which actions constitute cooking? At which point in the food preparation process is the food considered cooked? Is the definition different if we are studying cooking from the perspective of the laws of kashrut or the laws of Shabbat? Does it matter if a stove is being used as opposed to an oven or a microwave? We will study these questions with an eye to understanding the development of halakha. All sources will be in Hebrew/Aramaic with English translations.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

10-sessions: June 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Price: $ 200.00

1:30 pm
Jewish Law II: Responsa and the History of Halakha
Jewish Law II: Responsa and the History of Halakha
Tamara Morsel-Eisenberg
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm
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Responsa (t’shuvot) are fascinating in that they bridge the gap between halakhic source material and real life-situations. As such, they provide a unique window both onto Jewish life and history and onto halakhic reasoning. We will be studying a range of responsa from the (late) middle ages through the early modern period. Topics will include the redemption of firstborn cattle (pidyon bechor behema), where we will discuss a strange conundrum and see the evolution of halakhic reasoning from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century; the intersection of magic/medicine and halakha; and the treatment of the issue of chadash (“new wheat”) in Ashkenaz. Beyond understanding analyzing the t’shuvot, we will also ask larger questions regarding continuity and change in halakhic writing.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

10-sessions: June 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Price: $ 200.00

2:00 pm
Intermediate Talmud: Masekhet Gittin – Tikkun Olam
Intermediate Talmud: Masekhet Gittin – Tikkun Olam
Sara Wolkenfeld
Tuesdays, 2-4:30pm
sunset and waves

The Talmudic rabbis were interpreters and legislators as well as social engineers, and they used their legislative powers to accomplish a variety of goals. In Masekhet Gittin, we are introduced to laws that are enacted for the sake of “tikkun olam.” Tikkun Olam is often translated as “repairing the world” but in its Talmudic context the term is harder to define, and is used in a variety of legal situations for the benefit of society and the system as a whole. In this class we will see what motivated this sort of rabbinic legislation, what commonalities exist among them, and think whether and how this concept applies in our lives today. This class will focus on cultivating the ability to analyze the text of the Gemara, while also incorporating excerpts from some of the classical commentaries.

*NOTE DATE CHANGE

5-sessions: July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2

Price: $ 150.00

27
9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Sanhedrin1

We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

1:30 pm
A Blessing Compelled
A Blessing Compelled
David Silber
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm
blessing

In Numbers 22-24 the prophet Bilaam sets out to curse the people of Israel and in the end delivers a series of gorgeous blessings. How much control do prophets have over their prophecy? What is the nature of a blessing and can it be procured against the will of the blessor? The story of Bilaam has echoes throughout biblical literature. We will explore the significance of the Bilaam narrative within the context of the Book of Numbers and explore its inter-texts in the books of Genesis and Samuel.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

1:30 pm
Sworn Enemies
Sworn Enemies
Miriam Gedwiser
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm
lightning

In Exodus 17, God declares an eternal war with Amalek. What does it mean to be a sworn enemy of God? Throughout the generations, biblical exegetes have grappled with who Amalek is, why there is an imperative to destroy Amalek and what, if any, responsibilities this places upon us today. We will study the history of this exegetical tradition and consider other “enemies” of God and Israel in the Bible (e.g. the snake in the Garden of Eden, Haman) and their connection to Amalek.  We will begin with relevant biblical texts and move through midrashim, medieval commentators, and modern thinkers in an attempt to answer these and related questions.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

3:30 pm
Dialogue and Revelation
Dialogue and Revelation
Shuvi Hoffman
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm
Moshe - copy

Divine revelation in Exodus occurs both collectively at Sinai and individually with Moses in the cleft of the rock. What do these foundational texts teach us about our ability to connect with God and with other people? Can we really know God? How does our concept of God relate to the way that we perceive our humanity? We will delve into these enigmatic biblical texts through the lens of Franz Rozensweig’s philosophical insights. We will also explore these questions in the writings of Maimonides, and in midrashic texts and modern Israeli poetry.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

8-sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Price: $ 200.00

3:30 pm
Yoma: Holiness, Purity, and Repentance
Yoma: Holiness, Purity, and Repentance
Gavriel Porten
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm
mishnah yoma banner- blurred on angle

Yom Kippur is described as the holiest day of the year. The mishnayot of Tractate Yoma trace the story of this very special day whilst the Second Temple was still standing and after its destruction. We will study this tractate of Mishnah and delve deeper into it with the help of archeological finds and historical sources.

8 sessions: June 29, July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

Price: $ 200.00

28
9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Sanhedrin1

We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
paperdoll people

How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:30 am
This Summer in Yerushalayim: Bringing the Ancient City to Drisha
This Summer in Yerushalayim: Bringing the Ancient City to Drisha
Gavriel Porten
Thursdays, 9:30-11am
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Join me as we tour Yerushalayim of the 1st and 2nd temples though slides, maps and illustrations. We will walk through the ancient city, exploring the exciting archaeological artifacts. As we do so, we will look at the Jewish sources that relate to the finds and see how each illuminates the other, shedding new light on our classical texts.

5 sessions: June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28

Price: $ 125.00

11:15 am
Psalms from the Siddur
Psalms from the Siddur
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
man reading outside

We will conduct a poetic analysis of Psalms that appear in the liturgy, toward the goal of appreciating their deeper meaning and enhancing the experience of prayer. Some knowledge of Hebrew required, but students may utilize an English translation alongside the Hebrew.

5-sessions: June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28

Price: $ 125.00

1:30 pm
Jewish Law I: Home Cooked
Jewish Law I: Home Cooked
Ben Skydell
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm
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We will examine the halakhot involved in cooking food. Which actions constitute cooking? At which point in the food preparation process is the food considered cooked? Is the definition different if we are studying cooking from the perspective of the laws of kashrut or the laws of Shabbat? Does it matter if a stove is being used as opposed to an oven or a microwave? We will study these questions with an eye to understanding the development of halakha. All sources will be in Hebrew/Aramaic with English translations.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

10-sessions: June 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Price: $ 200.00

1:30 pm
Jewish Law II: Responsa and the History of Halakha
Jewish Law II: Responsa and the History of Halakha
Tamara Morsel-Eisenberg
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm
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Responsa (t’shuvot) are fascinating in that they bridge the gap between halakhic source material and real life-situations. As such, they provide a unique window both onto Jewish life and history and onto halakhic reasoning. We will be studying a range of responsa from the (late) middle ages through the early modern period. Topics will include the redemption of firstborn cattle (pidyon bechor behema), where we will discuss a strange conundrum and see the evolution of halakhic reasoning from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century; the intersection of magic/medicine and halakha; and the treatment of the issue of chadash (“new wheat”) in Ashkenaz. Beyond understanding analyzing the t’shuvot, we will also ask larger questions regarding continuity and change in halakhic writing.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

10-sessions: June 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Price: $ 200.00

29
9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

9:00 am
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Talmud II: Sanhedrin, Chapters 8 & 9
Daniel Reifman
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
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We will analyze the Talmudic text and medieval commentaries with an emphasis on methodology, skill-building, and understanding the development of halakhah. Students will have the opportunity to prepare sources with a havruta (study partner) during a supervised study period at the start of each class. Students should have prior experience studying Talmud with traditional commentaries.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash.

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

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Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Talmud III: The People in Your Neighborhood- Bava Batra, Chapter 1
Dudi Goshen
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
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How can we create caring communities? What responsibilities do we have to our neighbors? What obligations do we have towards those in need? How much can neighbors impose on one another? (As an example, can residents of an apartment building force each other to hire a doorman? Should the ground floor dwellers contribute as much to elevator upkeep as those who live on the thirtieth floor?) We will explore these questions through our study of the first chapter of Masekhet Bava Batra (Perek Hashutafim). We will use use rishonim, achronim, responsa, halachic codes, and make use of manuscripts. We will employ both traditional, critical academic and literary approaches.

This class is part of the July Beit Midrash but may be registered for separately. For more information on or to register for the full program, go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash

For women.

23-sessions: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Price: $ 600.00

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Intermediate Talmud: Masekhet Gittin – Tikkun Olam
Intermediate Talmud: Masekhet Gittin – Tikkun Olam
Sara Wolkenfeld
Tuesdays, 2-4:30pm
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The Talmudic rabbis were interpreters and legislators as well as social engineers, and they used their legislative powers to accomplish a variety of goals. In Masekhet Gittin, we are introduced to laws that are enacted for the sake of “tikkun olam.” Tikkun Olam is often translated as “repairing the world” but in its Talmudic context the term is harder to define, and is used in a variety of legal situations for the benefit of society and the system as a whole. In this class we will see what motivated this sort of rabbinic legislation, what commonalities exist among them, and think whether and how this concept applies in our lives today. This class will focus on cultivating the ability to analyze the text of the Gemara, while also incorporating excerpts from some of the classical commentaries.

*NOTE DATE CHANGE

5-sessions: July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2

Price: $ 150.00

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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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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/.

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Fasting and Animal-Sacrifice
Fasting and Animal-Sacrifice
Sam Lebens
Tuesday, September 20, 9:30-11am
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