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May 2016 Classes

Biblical Hebrew Readings
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.
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
5 sessions: May 4, 9, 11, 16, and 18.
Tuition: $125
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God and Time
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?
Sam Lebens
Mondays, 6:30-8pm
3 sessions: May 2, 9, and 16.
Tuition: $75
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Parashat HaShavua
We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading. Jon Kelsen will teach the first two classes while Miriam Gedwiser will teach the final session.
Miriam Gedwiser and Jon Kelsen
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
3 sessions: May 3, 10, and 17.
Tuition: $75
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The Halakhic Controversies Around Yom HaAtzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim
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).
Nathaniel Helfgot
Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm
3 sessions: May 3, 10, and 17.
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Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals
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.
Seth Aronson
Tuesdays, 7-9pm
5 sessions: May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.
Go to www.drisha.org/mentalhealthworkshop/ or email jsiev@drisha.org for more information.