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Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis (part 1 of an 11-session course)
Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis (part 1 of an 11-session course)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. What can we learn about immigrants and refugees from the experiences of the founding generations living in places that were not their own? We will study both the Biblical text and medieval and classic rabbinic commentaries.
Jonah in the Garden of Eden
Jonah in the Garden of Eden
Based on a wide range on newly identified inner-biblical connections, this course presents a novel reading of the book of Jonah, whereby the prophet seeks to escape his divine mission in favor of the idyllic environment of the Garden of Eden.
Divine Providence and Human Initiative: Abraham’s Servant Encounters Rebecca
Divine Providence and Human Initiative: Abraham’s Servant Encounters Rebecca
An evening lecture honoring the publication of The Stories of Abraham by Dr. Yonatan Grossman. Commemorating the 10th yahrzeit of Dr. Noam Shudofsky.
Two Creation Stories- Contradictory or Complementary
Two Creation Stories- Contradictory or Complementary
In the Book of Genesis, chapters one and two contain two vastly different accounts of the creation story. Part of the Maidi Katz Memorial Lecture Series.
Leadership in the Bible
Leadership in the Bible
The class will focus on insights from stories in the book of Genesis that will make you a better decision-maker at home and at work.
(Re)conceiving Abraham: The Contested Legacy of the First Patriarch
(Re)conceiving Abraham: The Contested Legacy of the First Patriarch
For thousands of years, the question "Who is Abraham" has received multiple and radically divergent responses. This podcast discusses some of these answers as we encounter various textual portraits of the founding father of three great faiths, and pose the additional question: How can his story inform our own?
When Bad Things Happen to Good Biblical Characters: The Opposing Cases of Abraham and Job
When Bad Things Happen to Good Biblical Characters: The Opposing Cases of Abraham and Job
The Torah reading of the Akeidah is extremely difficult to understand, much like the Book of Job. What are these stories of personal tragedy inflicted on righteous individuals by a righteous God actually saying?
Retrieving Ishmael: Torah Readings of Rosh HaShanah (part 1 of a 3-session course)
Retrieving Ishmael: Torah Readings of Rosh HaShanah (part 1 of a 3-session course)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. An in-depth and midrashic analysis of the Torah readings of Rosh HaShanah.  
Abraham and the Absoluteness of God
Abraham and the Absoluteness of God
An exploration of the ways in which Jewish practices have affected, and have been affected by, Judaism's surrounding cultures.
Akeidat Yitzhak
Akeidat Yitzhak
When Oppression is Codified: Eliezer, Sodom and the Subversion of a System
When Oppression is Codified: Eliezer, Sodom and the Subversion of a System
What was the sin of the people of Sodom and what does it have to do with us? In this podcast, we look at the rabbinic version of the story. This shiur was presented as part of an evening of learning dedicated to Hurricane Sandy relief.
Responses to Suffering in the Book of Genesis
Responses to Suffering in the Book of Genesis
The covenant takes four generations to fulfill- the first three generations suffer without ever experiencing the relief of that suffering, which allows the fourth generation to enter the Land of Israel. This shiur was presented as part of an evening of learning dedicated to Hurricane Sandy relief.  
“And a man came upon him”- Mystery Men in Genesis
“And a man came upon him”- Mystery Men in Genesis
Familial Blessings in Genesis
Familial Blessings in Genesis
The Binding of Isaac and Its Place in Genesis
The Binding of Isaac and Its Place in Genesis
The Redemption of Sarah
The Redemption of Sarah
The Torah Reading of Rosh HaShanah, Day 1 - Conflicting Perceptions of Family and Abraham's Vindication of Sarah
The Binding of Isaac and the Banishment of Ishmael
The Binding of Isaac and the Banishment of Ishmael
The Binding of Isaac- The Torah Reading of Rosh HaShanah, Day 2: Part 1
Abraham’s Discovery of the Sacred Place
Abraham’s Discovery of the Sacred Place
The Binding of Isaac- The Torah Reading of Rosh HaShanah, Day 2: Part 2
Creation and the Story of of Cain and Abel
Creation and the Story of of Cain and Abel
Through an analysis of the Cain and Abel story, we will examine the foundations of human society as expressed through biblical narrative.
Binding of Isaac: Reading for Rosh HaShanah
Binding of Isaac: Reading for Rosh HaShanah
The Akeidah plays a significant Role in the Torah reading and liturgy of Rosh HaShanah. We will examine this story in the context of Abraham's relationship to God and God's Covenant with our ancestors.
Jacob’s Dysfunctional Family
Jacob’s Dysfunctional Family
Jacob's familial narrative is filled with destructive choices, inspiring much midrashic interpretation. Though midrash is often dismissed as purely imaginative, where can we find its roots in the original text?