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Evening Learning

October 2015
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12:30 pm
Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Jon Kelsen
Mondays, 6-7:45pm
holding etrog- class ended

In this advanced Talmud shiur, we will engage in intensive study of the fascinating third chapter of Masechet Sukkah, Lulav Hagazul. The shiur will assume strong facility with decoding and analyzing a page of Bavli with rishonim, and will work to perfect those skills and add more (with an openness to source-critical, literary, conceptual/”lomdishe,” and other hermeneutical lenses) to our tool-chest. Participants will be asked to be active partners in creating the course, with off-line havruta preparation, independent research, and seminar-style presentations integrated into our curriculum.

5 sessions: January 25, Feb 1, 8, 22, 29.

Price: $ 125.00

7:00 pm
Brother Rival / Sister Enemy: Literary and Kabbalistic Readings of Intimate Antagonism in the Bible
Brother Rival / Sister Enemy: Literary and Kabbalistic Readings of Intimate Antagonism in the Bible
Nathaniel Berman
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
class image- spices

The Bible is filled with tales of enmity between intimates, rivals who are literal or figurative twins. The two most well-known examples, which appear to provide the model for all such tales, are those of Jacob/Esau and Rachel/Leah. We will look at the literary dimensions of the biblical narratives and will also look at the stories in relation to their interpretation and adaptation by the kabbalistic tradition, particularly by the Zohar, the central work of kabbalah. Though the assumptions that underlie modern literary analysis and kabbalistic mythology are quite different, we will find an uncanny convergence between their imaginative receptions of the biblical stories. We will be guided throughout by the double meaning of the Hebrew word ke-neged, signifying both “opposed” and “parallel.”

Co-taught by Nathaniel Berman and David Silber.

9 sessions: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7, 14.

Price: $ 225.00

7:00 pm
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Amy Gottlieb
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
writing

The study of traditional Jewish texts offers a unique opportunity for fiction and memoir writers to engage with Jewish thematic material, deepen character and plot, explore nuances of language, and uncover new approaches to craft. This workshop is designed for writers with work in progress, as well as for those seeking to generate new work based on Jewish themes.

5 sessions: April 11, 18, May 2, 9, 16

Price: $ 125.00

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12:30 pm
Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Jon Kelsen
Mondays, 6-7:45pm
holding etrog- class ended

In this advanced Talmud shiur, we will engage in intensive study of the fascinating third chapter of Masechet Sukkah, Lulav Hagazul. The shiur will assume strong facility with decoding and analyzing a page of Bavli with rishonim, and will work to perfect those skills and add more (with an openness to source-critical, literary, conceptual/”lomdishe,” and other hermeneutical lenses) to our tool-chest. Participants will be asked to be active partners in creating the course, with off-line havruta preparation, independent research, and seminar-style presentations integrated into our curriculum.

5 sessions: January 25, Feb 1, 8, 22, 29.

Price: $ 125.00

7:00 pm
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Amy Gottlieb
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
writing

The study of traditional Jewish texts offers a unique opportunity for fiction and memoir writers to engage with Jewish thematic material, deepen character and plot, explore nuances of language, and uncover new approaches to craft. This workshop is designed for writers with work in progress, as well as for those seeking to generate new work based on Jewish themes.

5 sessions: April 11, 18, May 2, 9, 16

Price: $ 125.00

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Midrash and Philosophy
Midrash and Philosophy
Sam Lebens
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
class image- teas

We look at a selection of midrashim in each session, and compare and contrast them with a selection of philosophical readings from the Western tradition (from ancient times until today). The texts look at similar issues but have completely different agendas and methodologies, and by comparing and contrasting the texts, we get a clearer idea as to what midrash is all about, but also, about the strengths and weaknesses, limitations and possibilities of philosophy.

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

Price: $ 200.00

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November 2015
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Brother Rival / Sister Enemy: Literary and Kabbalistic Readings of Intimate Antagonism in the Bible
Brother Rival / Sister Enemy: Literary and Kabbalistic Readings of Intimate Antagonism in the Bible
Nathaniel Berman
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
class image- spices

The Bible is filled with tales of enmity between intimates, rivals who are literal or figurative twins. The two most well-known examples, which appear to provide the model for all such tales, are those of Jacob/Esau and Rachel/Leah. We will look at the literary dimensions of the biblical narratives and will also look at the stories in relation to their interpretation and adaptation by the kabbalistic tradition, particularly by the Zohar, the central work of kabbalah. Though the assumptions that underlie modern literary analysis and kabbalistic mythology are quite different, we will find an uncanny convergence between their imaginative receptions of the biblical stories. We will be guided throughout by the double meaning of the Hebrew word ke-neged, signifying both “opposed” and “parallel.”

Co-taught by Nathaniel Berman and David Silber.

9 sessions: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7, 14.

Price: $ 225.00

7:00 pm
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Amy Gottlieb
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
writing

The study of traditional Jewish texts offers a unique opportunity for fiction and memoir writers to engage with Jewish thematic material, deepen character and plot, explore nuances of language, and uncover new approaches to craft. This workshop is designed for writers with work in progress, as well as for those seeking to generate new work based on Jewish themes.

5 sessions: April 11, 18, May 2, 9, 16

Price: $ 125.00

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Midrash and Philosophy
Midrash and Philosophy
Sam Lebens
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
class image- teas

We look at a selection of midrashim in each session, and compare and contrast them with a selection of philosophical readings from the Western tradition (from ancient times until today). The texts look at similar issues but have completely different agendas and methodologies, and by comparing and contrasting the texts, we get a clearer idea as to what midrash is all about, but also, about the strengths and weaknesses, limitations and possibilities of philosophy.

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

Price: $ 200.00

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Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals
Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals
Seth Aronson
Tuesdays, 7-9pm
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The workshop is designed to help mental health professionals explore Jewish perspectives on issues they likely encounter in their day-to-day work. Focusing during each meeting on a different topic of importance to mental health and wellbeing, participants will bring their own clinical and personal perspectives into conversation with a range of classical and modern Jewish texts. Topics will include dreams, anxiety, the role of listening in the therapeutic process, and more.

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

Go to www.drisha.org/mentalhealthworkshop/ or email jsiev@drisha.org for more information.

5 sessions: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Price: $ 75.00

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Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Jon Kelsen
Mondays, 6-7:45pm
holding etrog- class ended

In this advanced Talmud shiur, we will engage in intensive study of the fascinating third chapter of Masechet Sukkah, Lulav Hagazul. The shiur will assume strong facility with decoding and analyzing a page of Bavli with rishonim, and will work to perfect those skills and add more (with an openness to source-critical, literary, conceptual/”lomdishe,” and other hermeneutical lenses) to our tool-chest. Participants will be asked to be active partners in creating the course, with off-line havruta preparation, independent research, and seminar-style presentations integrated into our curriculum.

5 sessions: January 25, Feb 1, 8, 22, 29.

Price: $ 125.00

7:00 pm
Brother Rival / Sister Enemy: Literary and Kabbalistic Readings of Intimate Antagonism in the Bible
Brother Rival / Sister Enemy: Literary and Kabbalistic Readings of Intimate Antagonism in the Bible
Nathaniel Berman
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
class image- spices

The Bible is filled with tales of enmity between intimates, rivals who are literal or figurative twins. The two most well-known examples, which appear to provide the model for all such tales, are those of Jacob/Esau and Rachel/Leah. We will look at the literary dimensions of the biblical narratives and will also look at the stories in relation to their interpretation and adaptation by the kabbalistic tradition, particularly by the Zohar, the central work of kabbalah. Though the assumptions that underlie modern literary analysis and kabbalistic mythology are quite different, we will find an uncanny convergence between their imaginative receptions of the biblical stories. We will be guided throughout by the double meaning of the Hebrew word ke-neged, signifying both “opposed” and “parallel.”

Co-taught by Nathaniel Berman and David Silber.

9 sessions: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7, 14.

Price: $ 225.00

7:00 pm
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Amy Gottlieb
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
writing

The study of traditional Jewish texts offers a unique opportunity for fiction and memoir writers to engage with Jewish thematic material, deepen character and plot, explore nuances of language, and uncover new approaches to craft. This workshop is designed for writers with work in progress, as well as for those seeking to generate new work based on Jewish themes.

5 sessions: April 11, 18, May 2, 9, 16

Price: $ 125.00

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Midrash and Philosophy
Midrash and Philosophy
Sam Lebens
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
class image- teas

We look at a selection of midrashim in each session, and compare and contrast them with a selection of philosophical readings from the Western tradition (from ancient times until today). The texts look at similar issues but have completely different agendas and methodologies, and by comparing and contrasting the texts, we get a clearer idea as to what midrash is all about, but also, about the strengths and weaknesses, limitations and possibilities of philosophy.

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

Price: $ 200.00

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12:30 pm
Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Jon Kelsen
Mondays, 6-7:45pm
holding etrog- class ended

In this advanced Talmud shiur, we will engage in intensive study of the fascinating third chapter of Masechet Sukkah, Lulav Hagazul. The shiur will assume strong facility with decoding and analyzing a page of Bavli with rishonim, and will work to perfect those skills and add more (with an openness to source-critical, literary, conceptual/”lomdishe,” and other hermeneutical lenses) to our tool-chest. Participants will be asked to be active partners in creating the course, with off-line havruta preparation, independent research, and seminar-style presentations integrated into our curriculum.

5 sessions: January 25, Feb 1, 8, 22, 29.

Price: $ 125.00

7:00 pm
Brother Rival / Sister Enemy: Literary and Kabbalistic Readings of Intimate Antagonism in the Bible
Brother Rival / Sister Enemy: Literary and Kabbalistic Readings of Intimate Antagonism in the Bible
Nathaniel Berman
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
class image- spices

The Bible is filled with tales of enmity between intimates, rivals who are literal or figurative twins. The two most well-known examples, which appear to provide the model for all such tales, are those of Jacob/Esau and Rachel/Leah. We will look at the literary dimensions of the biblical narratives and will also look at the stories in relation to their interpretation and adaptation by the kabbalistic tradition, particularly by the Zohar, the central work of kabbalah. Though the assumptions that underlie modern literary analysis and kabbalistic mythology are quite different, we will find an uncanny convergence between their imaginative receptions of the biblical stories. We will be guided throughout by the double meaning of the Hebrew word ke-neged, signifying both “opposed” and “parallel.”

Co-taught by Nathaniel Berman and David Silber.

9 sessions: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7, 14.

Price: $ 225.00

7:00 pm
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Amy Gottlieb
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
writing

The study of traditional Jewish texts offers a unique opportunity for fiction and memoir writers to engage with Jewish thematic material, deepen character and plot, explore nuances of language, and uncover new approaches to craft. This workshop is designed for writers with work in progress, as well as for those seeking to generate new work based on Jewish themes.

5 sessions: April 11, 18, May 2, 9, 16

Price: $ 125.00

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Midrash and Philosophy
Midrash and Philosophy
Sam Lebens
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
class image- teas

We look at a selection of midrashim in each session, and compare and contrast them with a selection of philosophical readings from the Western tradition (from ancient times until today). The texts look at similar issues but have completely different agendas and methodologies, and by comparing and contrasting the texts, we get a clearer idea as to what midrash is all about, but also, about the strengths and weaknesses, limitations and possibilities of philosophy.

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

Price: $ 200.00

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Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Jon Kelsen
Mondays, 6-7:45pm
holding etrog- class ended

In this advanced Talmud shiur, we will engage in intensive study of the fascinating third chapter of Masechet Sukkah, Lulav Hagazul. The shiur will assume strong facility with decoding and analyzing a page of Bavli with rishonim, and will work to perfect those skills and add more (with an openness to source-critical, literary, conceptual/”lomdishe,” and other hermeneutical lenses) to our tool-chest. Participants will be asked to be active partners in creating the course, with off-line havruta preparation, independent research, and seminar-style presentations integrated into our curriculum.

5 sessions: January 25, Feb 1, 8, 22, 29.

Price: $ 125.00

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Brother Rival / Sister Enemy: Literary and Kabbalistic Readings of Intimate Antagonism in the Bible
Brother Rival / Sister Enemy: Literary and Kabbalistic Readings of Intimate Antagonism in the Bible
Nathaniel Berman
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
class image- spices

The Bible is filled with tales of enmity between intimates, rivals who are literal or figurative twins. The two most well-known examples, which appear to provide the model for all such tales, are those of Jacob/Esau and Rachel/Leah. We will look at the literary dimensions of the biblical narratives and will also look at the stories in relation to their interpretation and adaptation by the kabbalistic tradition, particularly by the Zohar, the central work of kabbalah. Though the assumptions that underlie modern literary analysis and kabbalistic mythology are quite different, we will find an uncanny convergence between their imaginative receptions of the biblical stories. We will be guided throughout by the double meaning of the Hebrew word ke-neged, signifying both “opposed” and “parallel.”

Co-taught by Nathaniel Berman and David Silber.

9 sessions: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7, 14.

Price: $ 225.00

7:00 pm
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Amy Gottlieb
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
writing

The study of traditional Jewish texts offers a unique opportunity for fiction and memoir writers to engage with Jewish thematic material, deepen character and plot, explore nuances of language, and uncover new approaches to craft. This workshop is designed for writers with work in progress, as well as for those seeking to generate new work based on Jewish themes.

5 sessions: April 11, 18, May 2, 9, 16

Price: $ 125.00

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Midrash and Philosophy
Midrash and Philosophy
Sam Lebens
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
class image- teas

We look at a selection of midrashim in each session, and compare and contrast them with a selection of philosophical readings from the Western tradition (from ancient times until today). The texts look at similar issues but have completely different agendas and methodologies, and by comparing and contrasting the texts, we get a clearer idea as to what midrash is all about, but also, about the strengths and weaknesses, limitations and possibilities of philosophy.

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

Price: $ 200.00

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12:30 pm
Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Jon Kelsen
Mondays, 6-7:45pm
holding etrog- class ended

In this advanced Talmud shiur, we will engage in intensive study of the fascinating third chapter of Masechet Sukkah, Lulav Hagazul. The shiur will assume strong facility with decoding and analyzing a page of Bavli with rishonim, and will work to perfect those skills and add more (with an openness to source-critical, literary, conceptual/”lomdishe,” and other hermeneutical lenses) to our tool-chest. Participants will be asked to be active partners in creating the course, with off-line havruta preparation, independent research, and seminar-style presentations integrated into our curriculum.

5 sessions: January 25, Feb 1, 8, 22, 29.

Price: $ 125.00

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Brother Rival / Sister Enemy: Literary and Kabbalistic Readings of Intimate Antagonism in the Bible
Brother Rival / Sister Enemy: Literary and Kabbalistic Readings of Intimate Antagonism in the Bible
Nathaniel Berman
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
class image- spices

The Bible is filled with tales of enmity between intimates, rivals who are literal or figurative twins. The two most well-known examples, which appear to provide the model for all such tales, are those of Jacob/Esau and Rachel/Leah. We will look at the literary dimensions of the biblical narratives and will also look at the stories in relation to their interpretation and adaptation by the kabbalistic tradition, particularly by the Zohar, the central work of kabbalah. Though the assumptions that underlie modern literary analysis and kabbalistic mythology are quite different, we will find an uncanny convergence between their imaginative receptions of the biblical stories. We will be guided throughout by the double meaning of the Hebrew word ke-neged, signifying both “opposed” and “parallel.”

Co-taught by Nathaniel Berman and David Silber.

9 sessions: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7, 14.

Price: $ 225.00

7:00 pm
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Amy Gottlieb
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
writing

The study of traditional Jewish texts offers a unique opportunity for fiction and memoir writers to engage with Jewish thematic material, deepen character and plot, explore nuances of language, and uncover new approaches to craft. This workshop is designed for writers with work in progress, as well as for those seeking to generate new work based on Jewish themes.

5 sessions: April 11, 18, May 2, 9, 16

Price: $ 125.00

December 2015
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Midrash and Philosophy
Midrash and Philosophy
Sam Lebens
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
class image- teas

We look at a selection of midrashim in each session, and compare and contrast them with a selection of philosophical readings from the Western tradition (from ancient times until today). The texts look at similar issues but have completely different agendas and methodologies, and by comparing and contrasting the texts, we get a clearer idea as to what midrash is all about, but also, about the strengths and weaknesses, limitations and possibilities of philosophy.

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

Price: $ 200.00

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Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Jon Kelsen
Mondays, 6-7:45pm
holding etrog- class ended

In this advanced Talmud shiur, we will engage in intensive study of the fascinating third chapter of Masechet Sukkah, Lulav Hagazul. The shiur will assume strong facility with decoding and analyzing a page of Bavli with rishonim, and will work to perfect those skills and add more (with an openness to source-critical, literary, conceptual/”lomdishe,” and other hermeneutical lenses) to our tool-chest. Participants will be asked to be active partners in creating the course, with off-line havruta preparation, independent research, and seminar-style presentations integrated into our curriculum.

5 sessions: January 25, Feb 1, 8, 22, 29.

Price: $ 125.00

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Brother Rival / Sister Enemy: Literary and Kabbalistic Readings of Intimate Antagonism in the Bible
Brother Rival / Sister Enemy: Literary and Kabbalistic Readings of Intimate Antagonism in the Bible
Nathaniel Berman
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
class image- spices

The Bible is filled with tales of enmity between intimates, rivals who are literal or figurative twins. The two most well-known examples, which appear to provide the model for all such tales, are those of Jacob/Esau and Rachel/Leah. We will look at the literary dimensions of the biblical narratives and will also look at the stories in relation to their interpretation and adaptation by the kabbalistic tradition, particularly by the Zohar, the central work of kabbalah. Though the assumptions that underlie modern literary analysis and kabbalistic mythology are quite different, we will find an uncanny convergence between their imaginative receptions of the biblical stories. We will be guided throughout by the double meaning of the Hebrew word ke-neged, signifying both “opposed” and “parallel.”

Co-taught by Nathaniel Berman and David Silber.

9 sessions: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7, 14.

Price: $ 225.00

7:00 pm
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Amy Gottlieb
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
writing

The study of traditional Jewish texts offers a unique opportunity for fiction and memoir writers to engage with Jewish thematic material, deepen character and plot, explore nuances of language, and uncover new approaches to craft. This workshop is designed for writers with work in progress, as well as for those seeking to generate new work based on Jewish themes.

5 sessions: April 11, 18, May 2, 9, 16

Price: $ 125.00

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Midrash and Philosophy
Midrash and Philosophy
Sam Lebens
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
class image- teas

We look at a selection of midrashim in each session, and compare and contrast them with a selection of philosophical readings from the Western tradition (from ancient times until today). The texts look at similar issues but have completely different agendas and methodologies, and by comparing and contrasting the texts, we get a clearer idea as to what midrash is all about, but also, about the strengths and weaknesses, limitations and possibilities of philosophy.

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

Price: $ 200.00

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Brother Rival / Sister Enemy: Literary and Kabbalistic Readings of Intimate Antagonism in the Bible
Brother Rival / Sister Enemy: Literary and Kabbalistic Readings of Intimate Antagonism in the Bible
Nathaniel Berman
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
class image- spices

The Bible is filled with tales of enmity between intimates, rivals who are literal or figurative twins. The two most well-known examples, which appear to provide the model for all such tales, are those of Jacob/Esau and Rachel/Leah. We will look at the literary dimensions of the biblical narratives and will also look at the stories in relation to their interpretation and adaptation by the kabbalistic tradition, particularly by the Zohar, the central work of kabbalah. Though the assumptions that underlie modern literary analysis and kabbalistic mythology are quite different, we will find an uncanny convergence between their imaginative receptions of the biblical stories. We will be guided throughout by the double meaning of the Hebrew word ke-neged, signifying both “opposed” and “parallel.”

Co-taught by Nathaniel Berman and David Silber.

9 sessions: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7, 14.

Price: $ 225.00

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Midrash and Philosophy
Midrash and Philosophy
Sam Lebens
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
class image- teas

We look at a selection of midrashim in each session, and compare and contrast them with a selection of philosophical readings from the Western tradition (from ancient times until today). The texts look at similar issues but have completely different agendas and methodologies, and by comparing and contrasting the texts, we get a clearer idea as to what midrash is all about, but also, about the strengths and weaknesses, limitations and possibilities of philosophy.

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

Price: $ 200.00

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Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Jon Kelsen
Mondays, 6-7:45pm
holding etrog- class ended

In this advanced Talmud shiur, we will engage in intensive study of the fascinating third chapter of Masechet Sukkah, Lulav Hagazul. The shiur will assume strong facility with decoding and analyzing a page of Bavli with rishonim, and will work to perfect those skills and add more (with an openness to source-critical, literary, conceptual/”lomdishe,” and other hermeneutical lenses) to our tool-chest. Participants will be asked to be active partners in creating the course, with off-line havruta preparation, independent research, and seminar-style presentations integrated into our curriculum.

5 sessions: January 25, Feb 1, 8, 22, 29.

Price: $ 125.00

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January 2016
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Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Jon Kelsen
Mondays, 6-7:45pm
holding etrog- class ended

In this advanced Talmud shiur, we will engage in intensive study of the fascinating third chapter of Masechet Sukkah, Lulav Hagazul. The shiur will assume strong facility with decoding and analyzing a page of Bavli with rishonim, and will work to perfect those skills and add more (with an openness to source-critical, literary, conceptual/”lomdishe,” and other hermeneutical lenses) to our tool-chest. Participants will be asked to be active partners in creating the course, with off-line havruta preparation, independent research, and seminar-style presentations integrated into our curriculum.

5 sessions: January 25, Feb 1, 8, 22, 29.

Price: $ 125.00

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February 2016
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Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Jon Kelsen
Mondays, 6-7:45pm
holding etrog- class ended

In this advanced Talmud shiur, we will engage in intensive study of the fascinating third chapter of Masechet Sukkah, Lulav Hagazul. The shiur will assume strong facility with decoding and analyzing a page of Bavli with rishonim, and will work to perfect those skills and add more (with an openness to source-critical, literary, conceptual/”lomdishe,” and other hermeneutical lenses) to our tool-chest. Participants will be asked to be active partners in creating the course, with off-line havruta preparation, independent research, and seminar-style presentations integrated into our curriculum.

5 sessions: January 25, Feb 1, 8, 22, 29.

Price: $ 125.00

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7:00 pm
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Sam Lebens
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
stone arch

Exploring a number of different texts, from the Bible, the Midrash, the Talmud, and the writings of Jewish philosophers throughout the ages, we will explore the character traits that – for better or worse – are associated with leaders and leadership. This textual journey will introduce us to surprising concepts, and provoke us to think about what it might mean to be a leader in our own communities, and also what it might mean to have leaders – Rabbis, teachers, employers and politicians – in your life.

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

Price: $ 275.00

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6:00 pm
Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Jon Kelsen
Mondays, 6-7:45pm
holding etrog- class ended

In this advanced Talmud shiur, we will engage in intensive study of the fascinating third chapter of Masechet Sukkah, Lulav Hagazul. The shiur will assume strong facility with decoding and analyzing a page of Bavli with rishonim, and will work to perfect those skills and add more (with an openness to source-critical, literary, conceptual/”lomdishe,” and other hermeneutical lenses) to our tool-chest. Participants will be asked to be active partners in creating the course, with off-line havruta preparation, independent research, and seminar-style presentations integrated into our curriculum.

5 sessions: January 25, Feb 1, 8, 22, 29.

Price: $ 125.00

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7:00 pm
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Sam Lebens
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
stone arch

Exploring a number of different texts, from the Bible, the Midrash, the Talmud, and the writings of Jewish philosophers throughout the ages, we will explore the character traits that – for better or worse – are associated with leaders and leadership. This textual journey will introduce us to surprising concepts, and provoke us to think about what it might mean to be a leader in our own communities, and also what it might mean to have leaders – Rabbis, teachers, employers and politicians – in your life.

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

Price: $ 275.00

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7:00 pm
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Sam Lebens
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
stone arch

Exploring a number of different texts, from the Bible, the Midrash, the Talmud, and the writings of Jewish philosophers throughout the ages, we will explore the character traits that – for better or worse – are associated with leaders and leadership. This textual journey will introduce us to surprising concepts, and provoke us to think about what it might mean to be a leader in our own communities, and also what it might mean to have leaders – Rabbis, teachers, employers and politicians – in your life.

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

Price: $ 275.00

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6:00 pm
Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Jon Kelsen
Mondays, 6-7:45pm
holding etrog- class ended

In this advanced Talmud shiur, we will engage in intensive study of the fascinating third chapter of Masechet Sukkah, Lulav Hagazul. The shiur will assume strong facility with decoding and analyzing a page of Bavli with rishonim, and will work to perfect those skills and add more (with an openness to source-critical, literary, conceptual/”lomdishe,” and other hermeneutical lenses) to our tool-chest. Participants will be asked to be active partners in creating the course, with off-line havruta preparation, independent research, and seminar-style presentations integrated into our curriculum.

5 sessions: January 25, Feb 1, 8, 22, 29.

Price: $ 125.00

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7:00 pm
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Sam Lebens
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
stone arch

Exploring a number of different texts, from the Bible, the Midrash, the Talmud, and the writings of Jewish philosophers throughout the ages, we will explore the character traits that – for better or worse – are associated with leaders and leadership. This textual journey will introduce us to surprising concepts, and provoke us to think about what it might mean to be a leader in our own communities, and also what it might mean to have leaders – Rabbis, teachers, employers and politicians – in your life.

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

Price: $ 275.00

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6:00 pm
Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Mitzvah, Sin, Ownership: Perek Lulav Hagazul
Jon Kelsen
Mondays, 6-7:45pm
holding etrog- class ended

In this advanced Talmud shiur, we will engage in intensive study of the fascinating third chapter of Masechet Sukkah, Lulav Hagazul. The shiur will assume strong facility with decoding and analyzing a page of Bavli with rishonim, and will work to perfect those skills and add more (with an openness to source-critical, literary, conceptual/”lomdishe,” and other hermeneutical lenses) to our tool-chest. Participants will be asked to be active partners in creating the course, with off-line havruta preparation, independent research, and seminar-style presentations integrated into our curriculum.

5 sessions: January 25, Feb 1, 8, 22, 29.

Price: $ 125.00

March 2016
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7:00 pm
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Sam Lebens
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
stone arch

Exploring a number of different texts, from the Bible, the Midrash, the Talmud, and the writings of Jewish philosophers throughout the ages, we will explore the character traits that – for better or worse – are associated with leaders and leadership. This textual journey will introduce us to surprising concepts, and provoke us to think about what it might mean to be a leader in our own communities, and also what it might mean to have leaders – Rabbis, teachers, employers and politicians – in your life.

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

Price: $ 275.00

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7:00 pm
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Sam Lebens
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
stone arch

Exploring a number of different texts, from the Bible, the Midrash, the Talmud, and the writings of Jewish philosophers throughout the ages, we will explore the character traits that – for better or worse – are associated with leaders and leadership. This textual journey will introduce us to surprising concepts, and provoke us to think about what it might mean to be a leader in our own communities, and also what it might mean to have leaders – Rabbis, teachers, employers and politicians – in your life.

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

Price: $ 275.00

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6:30 pm
Love’s Gifts: Reading Song of Songs
Love’s Gifts: Reading Song of Songs
Nathaniel Helfgot
Mondays, 6:30-8pm
shir hashirim 1

The great rabbinic sage R. Akiva stated: “All the songs (in the Bible) are holy, but the Song of Songs is the Holy of Holies”. In this short course we will study the key themes and literary structures that make up the beautiful book of Shir Hashirim which we read on the Pesah holiday in synagogue. We will make use of classical commentaries as well as modern studies of the book including the diverse works of Yuval Cherlow, Michael Fishbane, and Yair Zakovitch.

6 sessions: March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18

Price: $ 150.00

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7:00 pm
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Sam Lebens
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
stone arch

Exploring a number of different texts, from the Bible, the Midrash, the Talmud, and the writings of Jewish philosophers throughout the ages, we will explore the character traits that – for better or worse – are associated with leaders and leadership. This textual journey will introduce us to surprising concepts, and provoke us to think about what it might mean to be a leader in our own communities, and also what it might mean to have leaders – Rabbis, teachers, employers and politicians – in your life.

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

Price: $ 275.00

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6:30 pm
Love’s Gifts: Reading Song of Songs
Love’s Gifts: Reading Song of Songs
Nathaniel Helfgot
Mondays, 6:30-8pm
shir hashirim 1

The great rabbinic sage R. Akiva stated: “All the songs (in the Bible) are holy, but the Song of Songs is the Holy of Holies”. In this short course we will study the key themes and literary structures that make up the beautiful book of Shir Hashirim which we read on the Pesah holiday in synagogue. We will make use of classical commentaries as well as modern studies of the book including the diverse works of Yuval Cherlow, Michael Fishbane, and Yair Zakovitch.

6 sessions: March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18

Price: $ 150.00

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7:00 pm
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Sam Lebens
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
stone arch

Exploring a number of different texts, from the Bible, the Midrash, the Talmud, and the writings of Jewish philosophers throughout the ages, we will explore the character traits that – for better or worse – are associated with leaders and leadership. This textual journey will introduce us to surprising concepts, and provoke us to think about what it might mean to be a leader in our own communities, and also what it might mean to have leaders – Rabbis, teachers, employers and politicians – in your life.

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

Price: $ 275.00

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6:30 pm
Love’s Gifts: Reading Song of Songs
Love’s Gifts: Reading Song of Songs
Nathaniel Helfgot
Mondays, 6:30-8pm
shir hashirim 1

The great rabbinic sage R. Akiva stated: “All the songs (in the Bible) are holy, but the Song of Songs is the Holy of Holies”. In this short course we will study the key themes and literary structures that make up the beautiful book of Shir Hashirim which we read on the Pesah holiday in synagogue. We will make use of classical commentaries as well as modern studies of the book including the diverse works of Yuval Cherlow, Michael Fishbane, and Yair Zakovitch.

6 sessions: March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18

Price: $ 150.00

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7:00 pm
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Sam Lebens
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
stone arch

Exploring a number of different texts, from the Bible, the Midrash, the Talmud, and the writings of Jewish philosophers throughout the ages, we will explore the character traits that – for better or worse – are associated with leaders and leadership. This textual journey will introduce us to surprising concepts, and provoke us to think about what it might mean to be a leader in our own communities, and also what it might mean to have leaders – Rabbis, teachers, employers and politicians – in your life.

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

Price: $ 275.00

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April 2016
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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6:30 pm
Love’s Gifts: Reading Song of Songs
Love’s Gifts: Reading Song of Songs
Nathaniel Helfgot
Mondays, 6:30-8pm
shir hashirim 1

The great rabbinic sage R. Akiva stated: “All the songs (in the Bible) are holy, but the Song of Songs is the Holy of Holies”. In this short course we will study the key themes and literary structures that make up the beautiful book of Shir Hashirim which we read on the Pesah holiday in synagogue. We will make use of classical commentaries as well as modern studies of the book including the diverse works of Yuval Cherlow, Michael Fishbane, and Yair Zakovitch.

6 sessions: March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18

Price: $ 150.00

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7:00 pm
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Sam Lebens
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
stone arch

Exploring a number of different texts, from the Bible, the Midrash, the Talmud, and the writings of Jewish philosophers throughout the ages, we will explore the character traits that – for better or worse – are associated with leaders and leadership. This textual journey will introduce us to surprising concepts, and provoke us to think about what it might mean to be a leader in our own communities, and also what it might mean to have leaders – Rabbis, teachers, employers and politicians – in your life.

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

Price: $ 275.00

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6:30 pm
Love’s Gifts: Reading Song of Songs
Love’s Gifts: Reading Song of Songs
Nathaniel Helfgot
Mondays, 6:30-8pm
shir hashirim 1

The great rabbinic sage R. Akiva stated: “All the songs (in the Bible) are holy, but the Song of Songs is the Holy of Holies”. In this short course we will study the key themes and literary structures that make up the beautiful book of Shir Hashirim which we read on the Pesah holiday in synagogue. We will make use of classical commentaries as well as modern studies of the book including the diverse works of Yuval Cherlow, Michael Fishbane, and Yair Zakovitch.

6 sessions: March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18

Price: $ 150.00

7:00 pm
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Amy Gottlieb
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
writing

The study of traditional Jewish texts offers a unique opportunity for fiction and memoir writers to engage with Jewish thematic material, deepen character and plot, explore nuances of language, and uncover new approaches to craft. This workshop is designed for writers with work in progress, as well as for those seeking to generate new work based on Jewish themes.

5 sessions: April 11, 18, May 2, 9, 16

Price: $ 125.00

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7:00 pm
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Six Character Traits of a Leader
Sam Lebens
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
stone arch

Exploring a number of different texts, from the Bible, the Midrash, the Talmud, and the writings of Jewish philosophers throughout the ages, we will explore the character traits that – for better or worse – are associated with leaders and leadership. This textual journey will introduce us to surprising concepts, and provoke us to think about what it might mean to be a leader in our own communities, and also what it might mean to have leaders – Rabbis, teachers, employers and politicians – in your life.

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

Price: $ 275.00

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18
6:30 pm
Love’s Gifts: Reading Song of Songs
Love’s Gifts: Reading Song of Songs
Nathaniel Helfgot
Mondays, 6:30-8pm
shir hashirim 1

The great rabbinic sage R. Akiva stated: “All the songs (in the Bible) are holy, but the Song of Songs is the Holy of Holies”. In this short course we will study the key themes and literary structures that make up the beautiful book of Shir Hashirim which we read on the Pesah holiday in synagogue. We will make use of classical commentaries as well as modern studies of the book including the diverse works of Yuval Cherlow, Michael Fishbane, and Yair Zakovitch.

6 sessions: March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18

Price: $ 150.00

7:00 pm
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Amy Gottlieb
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
writing

The study of traditional Jewish texts offers a unique opportunity for fiction and memoir writers to engage with Jewish thematic material, deepen character and plot, explore nuances of language, and uncover new approaches to craft. This workshop is designed for writers with work in progress, as well as for those seeking to generate new work based on Jewish themes.

5 sessions: April 11, 18, May 2, 9, 16

Price: $ 125.00

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May 2016
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6:30 pm
God and Time
God and Time
Sam Lebens
Mondays, 6:30-8pm
banner- clock (jg)

Is God inside of time, or outside of time? What does that question even mean, and what are the classic Jewish responses to this question? Can God change the past, or is the past fixed forever? What have Jewish thinkers throughout the ages, thought about the nature of time, and how might their answers to these questions change our own religious lives?

3 sessions: May 2, 9, 16.

Price: $ 75.00

7:00 pm
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Amy Gottlieb
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
writing

The study of traditional Jewish texts offers a unique opportunity for fiction and memoir writers to engage with Jewish thematic material, deepen character and plot, explore nuances of language, and uncover new approaches to craft. This workshop is designed for writers with work in progress, as well as for those seeking to generate new work based on Jewish themes.

5 sessions: April 11, 18, May 2, 9, 16

Price: $ 125.00

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6:00 pm
The Halakhic Controversies Around Yom Hatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim
The Halakhic Controversies Around Yom Hatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim
Nathaniel Helfgot
3 sessions: May 3, 10, 17
banner- dome (sophie)

One of the most interesting areas of contemporary halakhic discourse is the extent that the rise of a sovereign Jewish state should impact the Jewish calendar and its celebrations. Are we empowered in our day and age to create “new” holidays and what should they look like from a halakhic point of view? We will examine the halakhic and meta-halakhic debates surrounding many of the key issues relating to the creation and observance of the modern Jewish holidays of Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day) and Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Liberation Day).

Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm

Price: $ 75.00

7:00 pm
Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals
Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals
Seth Aronson
Tuesdays, 7-9pm
gears

The workshop is designed to help mental health professionals explore Jewish perspectives on issues they likely encounter in their day-to-day work. Focusing during each meeting on a different topic of importance to mental health and wellbeing, participants will bring their own clinical and personal perspectives into conversation with a range of classical and modern Jewish texts. Topics will include dreams, anxiety, the role of listening in the therapeutic process, and more.

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

Go to www.drisha.org/mentalhealthworkshop/ or email jsiev@drisha.org for more information.

5 sessions: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Price: $ 75.00

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9
6:30 pm
God and Time
God and Time
Sam Lebens
Mondays, 6:30-8pm
banner- clock (jg)

Is God inside of time, or outside of time? What does that question even mean, and what are the classic Jewish responses to this question? Can God change the past, or is the past fixed forever? What have Jewish thinkers throughout the ages, thought about the nature of time, and how might their answers to these questions change our own religious lives?

3 sessions: May 2, 9, 16.

Price: $ 75.00

7:00 pm
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Amy Gottlieb
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
writing

The study of traditional Jewish texts offers a unique opportunity for fiction and memoir writers to engage with Jewish thematic material, deepen character and plot, explore nuances of language, and uncover new approaches to craft. This workshop is designed for writers with work in progress, as well as for those seeking to generate new work based on Jewish themes.

5 sessions: April 11, 18, May 2, 9, 16

Price: $ 125.00

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6:00 pm
The Halakhic Controversies Around Yom Hatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim
The Halakhic Controversies Around Yom Hatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim
Nathaniel Helfgot
3 sessions: May 3, 10, 17
banner- dome (sophie)

One of the most interesting areas of contemporary halakhic discourse is the extent that the rise of a sovereign Jewish state should impact the Jewish calendar and its celebrations. Are we empowered in our day and age to create “new” holidays and what should they look like from a halakhic point of view? We will examine the halakhic and meta-halakhic debates surrounding many of the key issues relating to the creation and observance of the modern Jewish holidays of Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day) and Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Liberation Day).

Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm

Price: $ 75.00

7:00 pm
Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals
Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals
Seth Aronson
Tuesdays, 7-9pm
gears

The workshop is designed to help mental health professionals explore Jewish perspectives on issues they likely encounter in their day-to-day work. Focusing during each meeting on a different topic of importance to mental health and wellbeing, participants will bring their own clinical and personal perspectives into conversation with a range of classical and modern Jewish texts. Topics will include dreams, anxiety, the role of listening in the therapeutic process, and more.

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

Go to www.drisha.org/mentalhealthworkshop/ or email jsiev@drisha.org for more information.

5 sessions: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Price: $ 75.00

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6:30 pm
God and Time
God and Time
Sam Lebens
Mondays, 6:30-8pm
banner- clock (jg)

Is God inside of time, or outside of time? What does that question even mean, and what are the classic Jewish responses to this question? Can God change the past, or is the past fixed forever? What have Jewish thinkers throughout the ages, thought about the nature of time, and how might their answers to these questions change our own religious lives?

3 sessions: May 2, 9, 16.

Price: $ 75.00

7:00 pm
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Jewish Sources, Literary Narrative: A Writing Workshop
Amy Gottlieb
Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
writing

The study of traditional Jewish texts offers a unique opportunity for fiction and memoir writers to engage with Jewish thematic material, deepen character and plot, explore nuances of language, and uncover new approaches to craft. This workshop is designed for writers with work in progress, as well as for those seeking to generate new work based on Jewish themes.

5 sessions: April 11, 18, May 2, 9, 16

Price: $ 125.00

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6:00 pm
The Halakhic Controversies Around Yom Hatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim
The Halakhic Controversies Around Yom Hatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim
Nathaniel Helfgot
3 sessions: May 3, 10, 17
banner- dome (sophie)

One of the most interesting areas of contemporary halakhic discourse is the extent that the rise of a sovereign Jewish state should impact the Jewish calendar and its celebrations. Are we empowered in our day and age to create “new” holidays and what should they look like from a halakhic point of view? We will examine the halakhic and meta-halakhic debates surrounding many of the key issues relating to the creation and observance of the modern Jewish holidays of Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day) and Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Liberation Day).

Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm

Price: $ 75.00

7:00 pm
Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals
Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals
Seth Aronson
Tuesdays, 7-9pm
gears

The workshop is designed to help mental health professionals explore Jewish perspectives on issues they likely encounter in their day-to-day work. Focusing during each meeting on a different topic of importance to mental health and wellbeing, participants will bring their own clinical and personal perspectives into conversation with a range of classical and modern Jewish texts. Topics will include dreams, anxiety, the role of listening in the therapeutic process, and more.

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

Go to www.drisha.org/mentalhealthworkshop/ or email jsiev@drisha.org for more information.

5 sessions: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Price: $ 75.00

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7:00 pm
Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals
Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals
Seth Aronson
Tuesdays, 7-9pm
gears

The workshop is designed to help mental health professionals explore Jewish perspectives on issues they likely encounter in their day-to-day work. Focusing during each meeting on a different topic of importance to mental health and wellbeing, participants will bring their own clinical and personal perspectives into conversation with a range of classical and modern Jewish texts. Topics will include dreams, anxiety, the role of listening in the therapeutic process, and more.

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

Go to www.drisha.org/mentalhealthworkshop/ or email jsiev@drisha.org for more information.

5 sessions: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Price: $ 75.00

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31
7:00 pm
Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals
Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals
Seth Aronson
Tuesdays, 7-9pm
gears

The workshop is designed to help mental health professionals explore Jewish perspectives on issues they likely encounter in their day-to-day work. Focusing during each meeting on a different topic of importance to mental health and wellbeing, participants will bring their own clinical and personal perspectives into conversation with a range of classical and modern Jewish texts. Topics will include dreams, anxiety, the role of listening in the therapeutic process, and more.

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

Go to www.drisha.org/mentalhealthworkshop/ or email jsiev@drisha.org for more information.

5 sessions: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Price: $ 75.00

June 2016
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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7:45 pm
The Most Whole Thing: Broken-heartedness as a Religious Experience
The Most Whole Thing: Broken-heartedness as a Religious Experience
Joshua Schwartz
Mondays, 7:45-9:15pm
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The emotional intensity of Chassidic worship was a key feature in many of its earliest, critical descriptions. Many religious leaders, who sought to valorize a more pristine and dignified mode of religiosity, viewed Chassidism’s emotionalism as unseemly. However, its focus on feelings was not unique; rather, it was the most mature and intensified version of a trend that had existed in Jewish religion since time immemorial. We will examine emotional intensity and vulnerability in Jewish religion, with a focus on the broken heart. Attention will be paid to precedents set in the Bible and Talmud, in classical Kabbalah, culminating in more fully developed examples found in Chassidic literature, especially those of Rebbe Nachman of Bratslav.

4-sessions: June 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 100.00

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6:00 pm
Re-Reading Ruth: The Megillah in Light of Sefer Bereishit
Re-Reading Ruth: The Megillah in Light of Sefer Bereishit
Stu Halpern
Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm
megillah

Ruth is one of the most intertextual books of any in the Bible – it constantly references, subtly and not-so-subtly, other books of Tanakh, predominantly Sefer Bereishit. What do these references convey and how may they suggest two approaches to understanding Ruth?

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

Price: $ 125.00

7:45 pm
Hevron, City of the Matriarchs and Patriarchs
Hevron, City of the Matriarchs and Patriarchs
Gavriel Porten
Tuesdays, 7:45-9:15pm
stone arch

Join us as we trace the history of this city and environs, from the first purchase of Jewish land in Israel, through the birthplace of King David, and all the way to modern times. We will tour the city with slides, looking at the related Jewish texts and using the tools of modern scholarship: archeology, the geography of Israel, and the study of material culture.

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

Price: $ 125.00

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6:00 pm
Morality and Halakhah
Morality and Halakhah
Daniel Reifman
Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm
balance

The relationship between morality and halakhah is one of the most fraught issues in contemporary Jewish life. Through an in-depth analysis of the nature of morality and its role within legal systems in general, we will come to appreciate the many functions that moral considerations can and do play within halakhic discourse: a basis for halakhic validity, a challenge to halakhic authority, and an inspiration for halakhic change.

5-sessions: June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27

Price: $ 125.00

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Beyond the Law: An Analysis of Aggadah
Beyond the Law: An Analysis of Aggadah
Dudi Goshen
Wednesdays, 7:45-9:15pm
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Aggadah is often defined broadly as non-legal rabbinic literature. Yet, aggadah encompasses many forms- explication of verses, the retelling of biblical stories, rabbinic stories and parables. We will use both classic and modern strategies in analyzing a variety of aggadic texts and focus on composition, use of language and literary form.

5-sessions: June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27

Price: $ 125.00

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Re-Reading Ruth: The Megillah in Light of Sefer Bereishit
Re-Reading Ruth: The Megillah in Light of Sefer Bereishit
Stu Halpern
Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm
megillah

Ruth is one of the most intertextual books of any in the Bible – it constantly references, subtly and not-so-subtly, other books of Tanakh, predominantly Sefer Bereishit. What do these references convey and how may they suggest two approaches to understanding Ruth?

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

Price: $ 125.00

7:45 pm
Hevron, City of the Matriarchs and Patriarchs
Hevron, City of the Matriarchs and Patriarchs
Gavriel Porten
Tuesdays, 7:45-9:15pm
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Join us as we trace the history of this city and environs, from the first purchase of Jewish land in Israel, through the birthplace of King David, and all the way to modern times. We will tour the city with slides, looking at the related Jewish texts and using the tools of modern scholarship: archeology, the geography of Israel, and the study of material culture.

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

Price: $ 125.00

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Morality and Halakhah
Morality and Halakhah
Daniel Reifman
Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm
balance

The relationship between morality and halakhah is one of the most fraught issues in contemporary Jewish life. Through an in-depth analysis of the nature of morality and its role within legal systems in general, we will come to appreciate the many functions that moral considerations can and do play within halakhic discourse: a basis for halakhic validity, a challenge to halakhic authority, and an inspiration for halakhic change.

5-sessions: June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27

Price: $ 125.00

7:45 pm
Beyond the Law: An Analysis of Aggadah
Beyond the Law: An Analysis of Aggadah
Dudi Goshen
Wednesdays, 7:45-9:15pm
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Aggadah is often defined broadly as non-legal rabbinic literature. Yet, aggadah encompasses many forms- explication of verses, the retelling of biblical stories, rabbinic stories and parables. We will use both classic and modern strategies in analyzing a variety of aggadic texts and focus on composition, use of language and literary form.

5-sessions: June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27

Price: $ 125.00

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The Most Whole Thing: Broken-heartedness as a Religious Experience
The Most Whole Thing: Broken-heartedness as a Religious Experience
Joshua Schwartz
Mondays, 7:45-9:15pm
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The emotional intensity of Chassidic worship was a key feature in many of its earliest, critical descriptions. Many religious leaders, who sought to valorize a more pristine and dignified mode of religiosity, viewed Chassidism’s emotionalism as unseemly. However, its focus on feelings was not unique; rather, it was the most mature and intensified version of a trend that had existed in Jewish religion since time immemorial. We will examine emotional intensity and vulnerability in Jewish religion, with a focus on the broken heart. Attention will be paid to precedents set in the Bible and Talmud, in classical Kabbalah, culminating in more fully developed examples found in Chassidic literature, especially those of Rebbe Nachman of Bratslav.

4-sessions: June 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 100.00

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Re-Reading Ruth: The Megillah in Light of Sefer Bereishit
Re-Reading Ruth: The Megillah in Light of Sefer Bereishit
Stu Halpern
Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm
megillah

Ruth is one of the most intertextual books of any in the Bible – it constantly references, subtly and not-so-subtly, other books of Tanakh, predominantly Sefer Bereishit. What do these references convey and how may they suggest two approaches to understanding Ruth?

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

Price: $ 125.00

7:45 pm
Hevron, City of the Matriarchs and Patriarchs
Hevron, City of the Matriarchs and Patriarchs
Gavriel Porten
Tuesdays, 7:45-9:15pm
stone arch

Join us as we trace the history of this city and environs, from the first purchase of Jewish land in Israel, through the birthplace of King David, and all the way to modern times. We will tour the city with slides, looking at the related Jewish texts and using the tools of modern scholarship: archeology, the geography of Israel, and the study of material culture.

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

Price: $ 125.00

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Morality and Halakhah
Morality and Halakhah
Daniel Reifman
Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm
balance

The relationship between morality and halakhah is one of the most fraught issues in contemporary Jewish life. Through an in-depth analysis of the nature of morality and its role within legal systems in general, we will come to appreciate the many functions that moral considerations can and do play within halakhic discourse: a basis for halakhic validity, a challenge to halakhic authority, and an inspiration for halakhic change.

5-sessions: June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27

Price: $ 125.00

7:45 pm
Beyond the Law: An Analysis of Aggadah
Beyond the Law: An Analysis of Aggadah
Dudi Goshen
Wednesdays, 7:45-9:15pm
class image- books

Aggadah is often defined broadly as non-legal rabbinic literature. Yet, aggadah encompasses many forms- explication of verses, the retelling of biblical stories, rabbinic stories and parables. We will use both classic and modern strategies in analyzing a variety of aggadic texts and focus on composition, use of language and literary form.

5-sessions: June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27

Price: $ 125.00

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The Most Whole Thing: Broken-heartedness as a Religious Experience
The Most Whole Thing: Broken-heartedness as a Religious Experience
Joshua Schwartz
Mondays, 7:45-9:15pm
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The emotional intensity of Chassidic worship was a key feature in many of its earliest, critical descriptions. Many religious leaders, who sought to valorize a more pristine and dignified mode of religiosity, viewed Chassidism’s emotionalism as unseemly. However, its focus on feelings was not unique; rather, it was the most mature and intensified version of a trend that had existed in Jewish religion since time immemorial. We will examine emotional intensity and vulnerability in Jewish religion, with a focus on the broken heart. Attention will be paid to precedents set in the Bible and Talmud, in classical Kabbalah, culminating in more fully developed examples found in Chassidic literature, especially those of Rebbe Nachman of Bratslav.

4-sessions: June 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 100.00

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Re-Reading Ruth: The Megillah in Light of Sefer Bereishit
Re-Reading Ruth: The Megillah in Light of Sefer Bereishit
Stu Halpern
Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm
megillah

Ruth is one of the most intertextual books of any in the Bible – it constantly references, subtly and not-so-subtly, other books of Tanakh, predominantly Sefer Bereishit. What do these references convey and how may they suggest two approaches to understanding Ruth?

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

Price: $ 125.00

7:45 pm
Hevron, City of the Matriarchs and Patriarchs
Hevron, City of the Matriarchs and Patriarchs
Gavriel Porten
Tuesdays, 7:45-9:15pm
stone arch

Join us as we trace the history of this city and environs, from the first purchase of Jewish land in Israel, through the birthplace of King David, and all the way to modern times. We will tour the city with slides, looking at the related Jewish texts and using the tools of modern scholarship: archeology, the geography of Israel, and the study of material culture.

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

Price: $ 125.00

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Morality and Halakhah
Morality and Halakhah
Daniel Reifman
Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm
balance

The relationship between morality and halakhah is one of the most fraught issues in contemporary Jewish life. Through an in-depth analysis of the nature of morality and its role within legal systems in general, we will come to appreciate the many functions that moral considerations can and do play within halakhic discourse: a basis for halakhic validity, a challenge to halakhic authority, and an inspiration for halakhic change.

5-sessions: June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27

Price: $ 125.00

7:45 pm
Beyond the Law: An Analysis of Aggadah
Beyond the Law: An Analysis of Aggadah
Dudi Goshen
Wednesdays, 7:45-9:15pm
class image- books

Aggadah is often defined broadly as non-legal rabbinic literature. Yet, aggadah encompasses many forms- explication of verses, the retelling of biblical stories, rabbinic stories and parables. We will use both classic and modern strategies in analyzing a variety of aggadic texts and focus on composition, use of language and literary form.

5-sessions: June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27

Price: $ 125.00

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7:45 pm
The Most Whole Thing: Broken-heartedness as a Religious Experience
The Most Whole Thing: Broken-heartedness as a Religious Experience
Joshua Schwartz
Mondays, 7:45-9:15pm
class image- stairs

The emotional intensity of Chassidic worship was a key feature in many of its earliest, critical descriptions. Many religious leaders, who sought to valorize a more pristine and dignified mode of religiosity, viewed Chassidism’s emotionalism as unseemly. However, its focus on feelings was not unique; rather, it was the most mature and intensified version of a trend that had existed in Jewish religion since time immemorial. We will examine emotional intensity and vulnerability in Jewish religion, with a focus on the broken heart. Attention will be paid to precedents set in the Bible and Talmud, in classical Kabbalah, culminating in more fully developed examples found in Chassidic literature, especially those of Rebbe Nachman of Bratslav.

4-sessions: June 27, July 11, 18, 25

Price: $ 100.00

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6:00 pm
Re-Reading Ruth: The Megillah in Light of Sefer Bereishit
Re-Reading Ruth: The Megillah in Light of Sefer Bereishit
Stu Halpern
Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm
megillah

Ruth is one of the most intertextual books of any in the Bible – it constantly references, subtly and not-so-subtly, other books of Tanakh, predominantly Sefer Bereishit. What do these references convey and how may they suggest two approaches to understanding Ruth?

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

Price: $ 125.00

7:45 pm
Hevron, City of the Matriarchs and Patriarchs
Hevron, City of the Matriarchs and Patriarchs
Gavriel Porten
Tuesdays, 7:45-9:15pm
stone arch

Join us as we trace the history of this city and environs, from the first purchase of Jewish land in Israel, through the birthplace of King David, and all the way to modern times. We will tour the city with slides, looking at the related Jewish texts and using the tools of modern scholarship: archeology, the geography of Israel, and the study of material culture.

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

Price: $ 125.00

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Morality and Halakhah
Morality and Halakhah
Daniel Reifman
Wednesdays, 6-7:30pm
balance

The relationship between morality and halakhah is one of the most fraught issues in contemporary Jewish life. Through an in-depth analysis of the nature of morality and its role within legal systems in general, we will come to appreciate the many functions that moral considerations can and do play within halakhic discourse: a basis for halakhic validity, a challenge to halakhic authority, and an inspiration for halakhic change.

5-sessions: June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27

Price: $ 125.00

7:45 pm
Beyond the Law: An Analysis of Aggadah
Beyond the Law: An Analysis of Aggadah
Dudi Goshen
Wednesdays, 7:45-9:15pm
class image- books

Aggadah is often defined broadly as non-legal rabbinic literature. Yet, aggadah encompasses many forms- explication of verses, the retelling of biblical stories, rabbinic stories and parables. We will use both classic and modern strategies in analyzing a variety of aggadic texts and focus on composition, use of language and literary form.

5-sessions: June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27

Price: $ 125.00

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

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

Price: $ 0.00

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

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

Price: $ 0.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 31 and November 7 and 14

Price: $ 0.00

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

Click here for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 31 and November 7 and 14

Price: $ 0.00

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

Click here for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 31 and November 7 and 14

Price: $ 0.00

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Light against Darkness: The Miraculous Survival of the Holiday of Channuka
Light against Darkness: The Miraculous Survival of the Holiday of Channuka
Shai Secunda
Monday, December 12, 7-8pm
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The holiday of Hanukkah was one of many celebrations connected to the Hasmoneans, and virtually the only one to have survived antiquity. How can we explain the curious survival of Hanukkah – a holiday that celebrates the re-dedication of a temple later destroyed? Why did Hanukkah’s flickering lights continue to outshine the darkness?

This is the Renee and Alexander Bohm Memorial Lecture.

Price: $ 0.00

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March 2017
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Purim and Passover in Literary and Kabbalistic Perspective: Salvation though the Transformation of Human and Divine Identity
Purim and Passover in Literary and Kabbalistic Perspective: Salvation though the Transformation of Human and Divine Identity
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Two of the great Jewish stories of redemption, those of Purim and Passover, share many features: both take place entirely in the Exile, both focus on leaders (Esther and Moses) who spend crucial parts of their lives with concealed identities, both portray redemptions after periods of the seeming absence or powerlessness of divine Providence. In this 4-session course, we will examine these shared characteristics through close readings and kabbalistic understandings of the biblical texts. We will look at the dramatic transformations of both human and divine identity central to both stories.

4 sessions: February 27, March 6, 27, April 3

Price: $ 100.00

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Purim and Passover in Literary and Kabbalistic Perspective: Salvation though the Transformation of Human and Divine Identity
Purim and Passover in Literary and Kabbalistic Perspective: Salvation though the Transformation of Human and Divine Identity
end of a flame

Two of the great Jewish stories of redemption, those of Purim and Passover, share many features: both take place entirely in the Exile, both focus on leaders (Esther and Moses) who spend crucial parts of their lives with concealed identities, both portray redemptions after periods of the seeming absence or powerlessness of divine Providence. In this 4-session course, we will examine these shared characteristics through close readings and kabbalistic understandings of the biblical texts. We will look at the dramatic transformations of both human and divine identity central to both stories.

4 sessions: February 27, March 6, 27, April 3

Price: $ 100.00

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Purim and Passover in Literary and Kabbalistic Perspective: Salvation though the Transformation of Human and Divine Identity
Purim and Passover in Literary and Kabbalistic Perspective: Salvation though the Transformation of Human and Divine Identity
end of a flame

Two of the great Jewish stories of redemption, those of Purim and Passover, share many features: both take place entirely in the Exile, both focus on leaders (Esther and Moses) who spend crucial parts of their lives with concealed identities, both portray redemptions after periods of the seeming absence or powerlessness of divine Providence. In this 4-session course, we will examine these shared characteristics through close readings and kabbalistic understandings of the biblical texts. We will look at the dramatic transformations of both human and divine identity central to both stories.

4 sessions: February 27, March 6, 27, April 3

Price: $ 100.00

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Purim and Passover in Literary and Kabbalistic Perspective: Salvation though the Transformation of Human and Divine Identity
Purim and Passover in Literary and Kabbalistic Perspective: Salvation though the Transformation of Human and Divine Identity
end of a flame

Two of the great Jewish stories of redemption, those of Purim and Passover, share many features: both take place entirely in the Exile, both focus on leaders (Esther and Moses) who spend crucial parts of their lives with concealed identities, both portray redemptions after periods of the seeming absence or powerlessness of divine Providence. In this 4-session course, we will examine these shared characteristics through close readings and kabbalistic understandings of the biblical texts. We will look at the dramatic transformations of both human and divine identity central to both stories.

4 sessions: February 27, March 6, 27, April 3

Price: $ 100.00

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Scholars, Families and What Comes Between: Torah and Culture
Scholars, Families and What Comes Between: Torah and Culture
Shai Secunda
Thursdays, 7:30-9pm
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Register below for the 3-part series; please click here to register for an individual session.

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

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

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

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

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

3 sessions: May 4, 11, 18.

Price: $ 60.00

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Scholars, Families and What Comes Between: Torah and Culture
Scholars, Families and What Comes Between: Torah and Culture
Shai Secunda
Thursdays, 7:30-9pm
interface of torah and culture- course

Register below for the 3-part series; please click here to register for an individual session.

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

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

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

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

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

3 sessions: May 4, 11, 18.

Price: $ 60.00

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Scholars, Families and What Comes Between: Torah and Culture
Scholars, Families and What Comes Between: Torah and Culture
Shai Secunda
Thursdays, 7:30-9pm
interface of torah and culture- course

Register below for the 3-part series; please click here to register for an individual session.

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

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

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

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

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

3 sessions: May 4, 11, 18.

Price: $ 60.00

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7:00 pm
Music and Meaning in the Tefillah of the Yamim Nora’im
Music and Meaning in the Tefillah of the Yamim Nora’im
Chaim Kranzler and David Silber
Sunday, September 17, 7pm
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Join us as Dr. Chaim Kranzler teaches traditional and unique melodies of the tefillot of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, and Rabbi David Silber discusses the meaning of the tefillot, and how the music brings out some of that meaning.

Part of the Stanley Rudoff Memorial High Holy Days Lecture Series

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Love in the High Holidays
Love in the High Holidays
Elana Stein Hain and Aaron Koller
Wednesday, September 27, 7pm
ahava sculpture- class

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

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

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

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Autonomy: A Talmudic Debate
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Autonomy: A Talmudic Debate
Ayelet Libson
Monday, December 4, 7pm
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Is the value of human life paramount? Who should make decisions about endangering human lives – experts or the individuals whose lives are at stake? This talk focuses on a talmudic passage that presents three models of thinking about these questions, exploring the values that are at stake for the rabbis and showing how this debate continued to reverberate over subsequent generations.

The Renee and Alexander Bohm Memorial Lecture

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