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Parashat HaShavua (May)

David Silber

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

9:30 am

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

Price: $ 75.00

September 2015
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1:00 pm
Sister Wives? Sarah, Hagar, and the Day of Judgment
Sister Wives? Sarah, Hagar, and the Day of Judgment
Miriam Gedwiser
Thursday, September 10, 1:00 -2:30pm
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The banishment of Ishmael and the Binding of Isaac – read on the first and second days of Rosh HaShanah respectively – are often seen as companion stories of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own children for God.  But what of the mothers in these stories, Sarah and Hagar?  In this classwe will examine the two characters, their differences as well as uncanny similarities, in order to understand the root of their opposition to each other.

Price: $ 20.00

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7:30 pm
Reflections on the Yamim Noraim: Are There Limits to Forgiveness?
Reflections on the Yamim Noraim: Are There Limits to Forgiveness?
Jacob J Schacter
Sunday, September 20, 7:30pm
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Part of the Stanley Rudoff Memorial High Holy Day Lecture Series.

Price: $ 0.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

8:00 pm
Kohelet, or: the Assemblyman
Kohelet, or: the Assemblyman
James Kugel
Tuesday, October 13, 8:00 – 9:30pm
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In a previous life, the biblical scholar James Kugel was something of a poet, poetry editor of Harper’s Magazine and a student of the poetry in Tanakh. (In this sense, he was a bit like “Judd Lewis” in his books “On Being a Jew” and “The Kingly Sanctuary.”) This evening, he will read a long poem centered on the book of Kohelet, in which different verses (pesukim) from the biblical book are imaginatively examined and elaborated. Copies of his just published book, “The Assemblyman and Other Poems,” will be available for those who wish to follow along with a written copy of the poem.

Registration: $10; no charge for college students.

Price: $ 10.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

7:00 pm
Where are the Mothers? The Story of Devora, Yael and Sisera’s Mother
Where are the Mothers? The Story of Devora, Yael and Sisera’s Mother
Yael Ziegler
Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 – 8:30pm
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The story of Devora features women who act to save the Israelites from their Canaanite oppressors. What has happened to the men in this story? What is the source of the strength of these extraordinary women? Copies of Dr. Ziegler’s book, Ruth: from Alienation to Monarchy will be available for sale.

Registration: $10; no charge for college students.

Price: $ 10.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 150.00

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10:00 am
Book of Exodus
Book of Exodus
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
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We will continue our close reading of the Book of Exodus beginning with chapter 35.

 

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

Price: $ 200.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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
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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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9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
David Silber
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
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We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading.

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

6:30 pm
Looking Deeper: Creating Moments of Holiness in Our Lives
Looking Deeper: Creating Moments of Holiness in Our Lives
Tsvi Blanchard
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:15pm
fruit- class ended

In this workshop, led by Tsvi Blanchard and Naomi Mark, we will interactively explore how we might experiment with introducing a modern notion of holiness into our lives.  We will start with some classic Jewish paradigms of holiness.  Using these models will allow us to speak to several other key problems:  What is the un-holy? In what sense can human beings transcend nature without being disconnected from it? Are mitzvot necessary for achieving holiness or are there other ways to do so? Through study of Jewish texts, participants will explore specific possibilities for experiencing holiness in important areas of human life: sexuality and reproduction, eating and bodily health, and interacting with our natural environment.

 

This workshop is part of our three-part series on HOLINESS- Wednesdays, October 21 & 28 and November 4.
6:30-7:15 – Choice of Workshop
7:15-7:45 – Tefilat Ma’ariv and Refreshments
7:45-9:15 – Lecture or Panel Conversation.

Go to www.drisha.org/holiness for complete program.

3 sessions: October 21, 28, November 4

Price: $ 0.00

6:30 pm
How to Make Things Holy
How to Make Things Holy
Sam Lebens
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:15pm
oranges- class ended

In this workshop we will look at midrashim about the nature of holiness and think about their real-world implications—how do they teach us to transform the mundane things around us to make them, and ourselves, holy? We will also talk about what it might mean that our tradition asks us to sanctify things—such as Shabbat—that are inherently holy.

This workshop is part of our three-part series on HOLINESS- Wednesdays, October 21 & 28 and November 4.
6:30-7:15 – Choice of Workshop
7:15-7:45 – Tefilat Ma’ariv and Refreshments
7:45-9:15 – Lecture or Panel Conversation.

Go to www.drisha.org/holiness for complete program.

3 sessions: October 21, 28, November 4

Price: $ 0.00

7:45 pm
Rediscovering Centers of Holiness and the Sacred
Rediscovering Centers of Holiness and the Sacred
Tsvi Blanchard
Wednesday, October 21, 7:45-9:15pm
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Modern society seems to have lost both the conception and experience of holiness (kedusha), or at least to have reduced them to sociology, psychology, ethics or an amorphous sense of spirituality. In this lecture I will address the possibility of recapturing a distinct, independent, and religious sense of kedusha. I will also briefly suggest ways in which this sense of holiness might be rediscovered in a variety of important aspects of ordinary life.

This lecture is part of our three-part series on HOLINESS- Wednesdays, October 21 & 28 and November 4.
6:30-7:15 – Choice of Workshop
7:15-7:45 – Tefilat Ma’ariv and Refreshments
7:45-9:15 – Lecture or Panel Conversation.

Go to www.drisha.org/holiness for complete program.

Price: $ 0.00

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

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

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 150.00

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 200.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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
“Love Your Fellow” as an Opening to Prayer (in Hebrew)
“Love Your Fellow” as an Opening to Prayer (in Hebrew)
Dov Zinger
Monday, October 26th
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Rav Dov Zinger, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Mekor Chaim, will lead us in study and an experiential workshop on prayer. Please join us for a meaningful and inspiring culmination of your celebration of Mother’s Day.

Thousands of us watched last summer as Rav Dov spoke at the funeral of Eyal, Gil-ad, and Naftali and urged us to recommit to enact the commandment to love our fellow. We are honored that Rav Dov will spend an evening with us in exploration of the relationship of this commandment to prayer, and we welcome the opportunity to learn more about the important work that his yeshiva and beit midrash are doing in Israel.

Please note that the workshop will be in Hebrew.

7pm

Price: $ 0.00

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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9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
David Silber
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

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

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

7:00 pm
Midrash and Philosophy
Midrash and Philosophy
Sam Lebens
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
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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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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

6:30 pm
Looking Deeper: Creating Moments of Holiness in Our Lives
Looking Deeper: Creating Moments of Holiness in Our Lives
Tsvi Blanchard
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:15pm
fruit- class ended

In this workshop, led by Tsvi Blanchard and Naomi Mark, we will interactively explore how we might experiment with introducing a modern notion of holiness into our lives.  We will start with some classic Jewish paradigms of holiness.  Using these models will allow us to speak to several other key problems:  What is the un-holy? In what sense can human beings transcend nature without being disconnected from it? Are mitzvot necessary for achieving holiness or are there other ways to do so? Through study of Jewish texts, participants will explore specific possibilities for experiencing holiness in important areas of human life: sexuality and reproduction, eating and bodily health, and interacting with our natural environment.

 

This workshop is part of our three-part series on HOLINESS- Wednesdays, October 21 & 28 and November 4.
6:30-7:15 – Choice of Workshop
7:15-7:45 – Tefilat Ma’ariv and Refreshments
7:45-9:15 – Lecture or Panel Conversation.

Go to www.drisha.org/holiness for complete program.

3 sessions: October 21, 28, November 4

Price: $ 0.00

6:30 pm
How to Make Things Holy
How to Make Things Holy
Sam Lebens
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:15pm
oranges- class ended

In this workshop we will look at midrashim about the nature of holiness and think about their real-world implications—how do they teach us to transform the mundane things around us to make them, and ourselves, holy? We will also talk about what it might mean that our tradition asks us to sanctify things—such as Shabbat—that are inherently holy.

This workshop is part of our three-part series on HOLINESS- Wednesdays, October 21 & 28 and November 4.
6:30-7:15 – Choice of Workshop
7:15-7:45 – Tefilat Ma’ariv and Refreshments
7:45-9:15 – Lecture or Panel Conversation.

Go to www.drisha.org/holiness for complete program.

3 sessions: October 21, 28, November 4

Price: $ 0.00

7:45 pm
Cultivating Holiness: Insights and Challenges from the Chassidic Tradition
Cultivating Holiness: Insights and Challenges from the Chassidic Tradition
Ariel Evan Mayse
Wednesday, October 28, 7:45-9:15pm
books- program over

Through study of selected Chassidic texts, we will explore the contemporary relevance of several models of sacred living found in the writings of Chassidic masters, with an eye to conceptions of holy time and space and the ways in which the sacred is expressed through human deeds.

This lecture is part of our three-part series on HOLINESS- Wednesdays, October 21 & 28 and November 4.
6:30-7:15 – Choice of Workshop
7:15-7:45 – Tefilat Ma’ariv and Refreshments
7:45-9:15 – Lecture or Panel Conversation.

Go to www.drisha.org/holiness for complete program.

Price: $ 0.00

29
9:30 am
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
David Silber
Thursdays, 9:30-11:00am
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Through a close reading of the Book of Numbers, we will study its fundamental themes.

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

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 150.00

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 200.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

3
9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
David Silber
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

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

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

7:00 pm
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

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

4
9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

6:30 pm
Looking Deeper: Creating Moments of Holiness in Our Lives
Looking Deeper: Creating Moments of Holiness in Our Lives
Tsvi Blanchard
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:15pm
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In this workshop, led by Tsvi Blanchard and Naomi Mark, we will interactively explore how we might experiment with introducing a modern notion of holiness into our lives.  We will start with some classic Jewish paradigms of holiness.  Using these models will allow us to speak to several other key problems:  What is the un-holy? In what sense can human beings transcend nature without being disconnected from it? Are mitzvot necessary for achieving holiness or are there other ways to do so? Through study of Jewish texts, participants will explore specific possibilities for experiencing holiness in important areas of human life: sexuality and reproduction, eating and bodily health, and interacting with our natural environment.

 

This workshop is part of our three-part series on HOLINESS- Wednesdays, October 21 & 28 and November 4.
6:30-7:15 – Choice of Workshop
7:15-7:45 – Tefilat Ma’ariv and Refreshments
7:45-9:15 – Lecture or Panel Conversation.

Go to www.drisha.org/holiness for complete program.

3 sessions: October 21, 28, November 4

Price: $ 0.00

6:30 pm
How to Make Things Holy
How to Make Things Holy
Sam Lebens
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:15pm
oranges- class ended

In this workshop we will look at midrashim about the nature of holiness and think about their real-world implications—how do they teach us to transform the mundane things around us to make them, and ourselves, holy? We will also talk about what it might mean that our tradition asks us to sanctify things—such as Shabbat—that are inherently holy.

This workshop is part of our three-part series on HOLINESS- Wednesdays, October 21 & 28 and November 4.
6:30-7:15 – Choice of Workshop
7:15-7:45 – Tefilat Ma’ariv and Refreshments
7:45-9:15 – Lecture or Panel Conversation.

Go to www.drisha.org/holiness for complete program.

3 sessions: October 21, 28, November 4

Price: $ 0.00

7:45 pm
The Place of Holiness in Contemporary Jewish Life
The Place of Holiness in Contemporary Jewish Life
Rolando Matalon
Wednesday, November 4, 7:45-9:15pm
man reading outside- class ended

Join two of our community’s foremost teachers of Torah- Rolando Matalon and Erin Leib Smokler- as they discuss the place of holiness in contemporary Jewish life and how they seek to make room for holiness in their teaching and in their work.

This conversation is part of our three-part series on HOLINESS- Wednesdays, October 21 & 28 and November 4.
6:30-7:15 – Choice of Workshop
7:15-7:45 – Tefilat Ma’ariv and Refreshments
7:45-9:15 – Lecture or Panel Conversation.

Go to www.drisha.org/holiness for complete program.

Price: $ 0.00

5
9:30 am
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
David Silber
Thursdays, 9:30-11:00am
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Through a close reading of the Book of Numbers, we will study its fundamental themes.

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

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 150.00

6
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8
10:00 am
Book of Exodus
Book of Exodus
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
class image- camels

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

 

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

Price: $ 200.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

10
9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
David Silber
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

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

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

7:00 pm
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

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

12
9:30 am
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
The Desert and the Wilderness: Sefer Bamidbar
David Silber
Thursdays, 9:30-11:00am
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Through a close reading of the Book of Numbers, we will study its fundamental themes.

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

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 150.00

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14
15
10:00 am
Book of Exodus
Book of Exodus
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
class image- camels

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

 

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

Price: $ 200.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

17
9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
David Silber
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

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

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

7:00 pm
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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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

7:30 pm
Tensions between Western and Jewish Values: Biblical, Legal, and Philosophical Perspectives
Tensions between Western and Jewish Values: Biblical, Legal, and Philosophical Perspectives
David Silber
Wednesday, November 18, 7:30-9pm
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A Panel featuring David Silber, Elana Stein Hain, and Avi Helfand

Sponsored by Chavie Kahn & Heshy Kofman & family on the occasion of the yahrzeit of Rabbi Solomon Kahn z”l.

$10; free for college students

Price: $ 10.00

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

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

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 150.00

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 200.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

24
9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
David Silber
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

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

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

7:00 pm
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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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

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

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

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

7:00 pm
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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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

7:30 pm
Guiding Lights: Illuminating the Distinctions of the Chanukia and the Menorah
Guiding Lights: Illuminating the Distinctions of the Chanukia and the Menorah
Menachem Leibtag
Wednesday, December 2, 7:30-8:30pm
bohm-channukah

Does the ‘chanukia’ simply model the Menorah of the Mishkan -with an extra candle? Our session will begin by comparing the ‘Menorah’ to the other vessels of the Mishkan, in an attempt to ​better understand what it symbolizes. Afterward, we will turn to the prophet Chagai and the book of Macabees to appreciate why the Menorah became the national symbol of the Second Temple period – which will shed light on our Rabbinic tradition of lighting a ‘chanukia’ on Chanuka.

The Renee and Alexander Bohm Memorial Lecture

Price: $ 0.00

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

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

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 200.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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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9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
David Silber
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

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

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

7:00 pm
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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9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

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

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

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 225.00

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Book of Exodus
Book of Exodus
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
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We will continue our close reading of the Book of Exodus beginning with chapter 35.

 

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

Price: $ 200.00

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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
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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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9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
David Silber
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

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

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

7:00 pm
Midrash and Philosophy
Midrash and Philosophy
Sam Lebens
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30pm
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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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Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
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We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

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

Price: $ 250.00

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

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

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 225.00

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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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10:00 am
From Prophets to Sages: John Hyrcanus and a Heavenly Voice
From Prophets to Sages: John Hyrcanus and a Heavenly Voice
Vered Noam
Tuesday, December 22, 10am-12:30pm
drisha sunset

This class is part of Drisha’s Winter Week of Learning. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information on the full program.
Collegiate Track available. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information.

Price: $ 25.00

1:30 pm
Hokhma and Sophia: Extremes Meet?
Hokhma and Sophia: Extremes Meet?
Hindy Najman
Tuesday, December 22, 1:30-4pm
class image- books

This class is part of Drisha’s Winter Week of Learning. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information on the full program.
Collegiate Track available. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information.

Price: $ 25.00

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10:00 am
Dead Sea Scrolls within the Babylonian Talmud? The Rift with the Pharisees
Dead Sea Scrolls within the Babylonian Talmud? The Rift with the Pharisees
Vered Noam
Wednesday, December 23, 10am-12:30pm
dead sea scrolls

This class is part of Drisha’s Winter Week of Learning. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information on the full program.
Collegiate Track available. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information.

Price: $ 25.00

1:30 pm
Translating Cultures across Linguistic Divides: The Making of the Septuagint
Translating Cultures across Linguistic Divides: The Making of the Septuagint
Hindy Najman
Wednesday, December 23, 1:30-4pm
Septuagint

This class is part of Drisha’s Winter Week of Learning. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information on the full program.
Collegiate Track available. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information.

Price: $ 25.00

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Unity, Schism and Foreign Culture: The War of Hyrcanus and Aristobulus and the Murder of Onias
Unity, Schism and Foreign Culture: The War of Hyrcanus and Aristobulus and the Murder of Onias
Vered Noam
Thursday, December 24, 10am-12:30pm
stone arch

This class is part of Drisha’s Winter Week of Learning. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information on the full program.
Collegiate Track available. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information.

Price: $ 25.00

1:30 pm
Becoming a Sage and Efficacious Prayer in the Ancient Jewish Diaspora
Becoming a Sage and Efficacious Prayer in the Ancient Jewish Diaspora
Hindy Najman
Thursday, December 24, 1:30-4pm
man reading outside

This class is part of Drisha’s Winter Week of Learning. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information on the full program.
Collegiate Track available. Go to www.drisha.org/winterweek for more information.

Price: $ 25.00

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10:00 am
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
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Can we learn to live together? We will continue our close reading of the Book of Numbers beginning with chapter 25.

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

Price: $ 175.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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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Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
David Silber
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

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

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

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

Co-taught with Nathaniel Berman and David Silber

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

Price: $ 275.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 275.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 175.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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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Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
David Silber
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

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

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

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

Co-taught with Nathaniel Berman and David Silber

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

Price: $ 275.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 180.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 275.00

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Women’s Leadership Institute Workshop Day
Women’s Leadership Institute Workshop Day
Drisha Faculty
Sunday, February 7, 8:45am - 8pm
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This event is co-sponsored by Drisha and JOFA and is generously supported by a grant from the Wexner Foundation. Join us for a day of skill-building workshops and networking for Orthodox Women Clergy, Educators, and Communal Workers. This will be a unique opportunity to meet and network with colleagues and to learn from expert presenters. Go to www.drisha.org/womensleadershipinstitute/ for more information.

Price: $ 36.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 175.00

12:15 pm
Biblical Studies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Two Models of the Struggle for Survival
Biblical Studies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Two Models of the Struggle for Survival
Nomi Schneck
Sunday, February 7, 12:15–1:45pm
Metropolitan_Museum_of_Art- program over

Did Abraham condone or condemn Sara’s treatment of Hagar? How did Esther manage to convince Achashverosh to turn against his trusted advisor? And what is the connection between these two stories? Join Drisha at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to explore the artistic rendering and recontextualization of these biblical narratives. We will study the biblical art within its historical context and alongside classical rabbinic and medieval commentaries.

Tuition: $20 + museum entry

Class is full. Please email inquiry@drisha.org to be added to the waiting list.

Price: $ 20.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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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9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
David Silber
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

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

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

7:00 pm
Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
books- program over

Co-Sponsored by Drisha Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical SchoolMechon Hadar, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Yeshivat Maharat.

7-8pm – open beit midrash chavruta learning

8-9pm – Wendy Amsellem (Drisha) – Colleagues and Warriors: Daily Life in the Beit Midrash

5 sessions: February 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8

Price: $ 0.00

10
9:30 am
Biblical Hebrew II
Biblical Hebrew II
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- hebrew

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

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

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

Co-taught with Nathaniel Berman and David Silber

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

Price: $ 275.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 180.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 275.00

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14
15
16
9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
David Silber
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

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

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

7:00 pm
Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
books- program over

Co-Sponsored by Drisha Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical SchoolMechon Hadar, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Yeshivat Maharat.

7-8pm – open beit midrash chavruta learning

8-9pm – Wendy Amsellem (Drisha) – Colleagues and Warriors: Daily Life in the Beit Midrash

5 sessions: February 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8

Price: $ 0.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

18
9:30 am
Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark
Nathaniel Berman and David Silber
Thursdays, 9:30-11am
end of a flame

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

Co-taught with Nathaniel Berman and David Silber

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

Price: $ 275.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 180.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 275.00

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20
21
10:00 am
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
class image- camels

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

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

Price: $ 175.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

23
9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
David Silber
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

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

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

7:00 pm
Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
books- program over

Co-Sponsored by Drisha Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical SchoolMechon Hadar, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Yeshivat Maharat.

7-8pm – open beit midrash chavruta learning

8-9pm – Wendy Amsellem (Drisha) – Colleagues and Warriors: Daily Life in the Beit Midrash

5 sessions: February 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8

Price: $ 0.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

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

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

Co-taught with Nathaniel Berman and David Silber

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

Price: $ 275.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 180.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 275.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 175.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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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1
9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
David Silber
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

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

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

7:00 pm
Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
books- program over

Co-Sponsored by Drisha Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical SchoolMechon Hadar, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Yeshivat Maharat.

7-8pm – open beit midrash chavruta learning

8-9pm – Wendy Amsellem (Drisha) – Colleagues and Warriors: Daily Life in the Beit Midrash

5 sessions: February 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8

Price: $ 0.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

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

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

Co-taught with Nathaniel Berman and David Silber

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

Price: $ 275.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 180.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 275.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 175.00

12:15 pm
Biblical Studies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Development of Moshe
Biblical Studies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Development of Moshe
Nomi Schneck
Sunday, March 6, 12:15–1:45pm
Metropolitan_Museum_of_Art- program over

How did an Egyptian boy growing up in Pharaoh’s house turn against his past and lead the Israelites out of Egypt? What qualities throughout his lifetime earned him the role of the receiver of the Torah? And how has his story been told through stained glass, canvas, ceramics, and ivory? Join Drisha at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to explore the artistic rendering and recontextualization of some of the biblical stories relating to Moshe. We will study the biblical art within its historical context and alongside classical rabbinic and medieval commentaries.

Tuition: $20 + museum entry

Class is full. Please email inquiry@drisha.org to be added to the waiting list.

Price: $ 20.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

8
9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
David Silber
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

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

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

7:00 pm
Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
Community Beit Midrash (series 1)
books- program over

Co-Sponsored by Drisha Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical SchoolMechon Hadar, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Yeshivat Maharat.

7-8pm – open beit midrash chavruta learning

8-9pm – Wendy Amsellem (Drisha) – Colleagues and Warriors: Daily Life in the Beit Midrash

5 sessions: February 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8

Price: $ 0.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

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

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

Co-taught with Nathaniel Berman and David Silber

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

Price: $ 275.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 180.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 275.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 175.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

15
9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
David Silber
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

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

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

7:00 pm
Community Beit Midrash (series 2)
Community Beit Midrash (series 2)
books- program over

Co-Sponsored by Drisha Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical SchoolMechon Hadar, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Yeshivat Maharat.

7-8pm – open beit midrash chavruta learning 

8-9pm – lecture with Yaffa Epstein (Pardes) – Between Purim and Pesach: How Story Telling Shapes Communal Memory
This series will explore the relationship between the holidays of Purim and Pesach, and explore the nexus of redemption, memory, and storytelling. We will look at how the power of narrative has shaped us as a people.

3 sessions: March 15, 22, 29

Price: $ 0.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

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

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

Co-taught with Nathaniel Berman and David Silber

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

Price: $ 275.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 180.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 275.00

7:00 pm
7 Adar: An Evening of Learning in Appreciation of Chevra Kadisha
7 Adar: An Evening of Learning in Appreciation of Chevra Kadisha
Isaac Pollak and David Silber
Thursday, March 17, 7pm
yahrzeit candle- program ended

7pm: David Silber on “The Death of Moshe Rabbeinu”
7:30pm Isaac Pollak on “Ester and Her Wish to be Buried with Her Scarf and Her Ring: Fascinating Medieval Burial Practices”

Price: $ 0.00

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19
20
10:00 am
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
class image- camels

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

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

Price: $ 175.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

22
9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
David Silber
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

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

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

7:00 pm
Community Beit Midrash (series 2)
Community Beit Midrash (series 2)
books- program over

Co-Sponsored by Drisha Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical SchoolMechon Hadar, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Yeshivat Maharat.

7-8pm – open beit midrash chavruta learning 

8-9pm – lecture with Yaffa Epstein (Pardes) – Between Purim and Pesach: How Story Telling Shapes Communal Memory
This series will explore the relationship between the holidays of Purim and Pesach, and explore the nexus of redemption, memory, and storytelling. We will look at how the power of narrative has shaped us as a people.

3 sessions: March 15, 22, 29

Price: $ 0.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 180.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 175.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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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9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
David Silber
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

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

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

7:00 pm
Community Beit Midrash (series 2)
Community Beit Midrash (series 2)
books- program over

Co-Sponsored by Drisha Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical SchoolMechon Hadar, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Yeshivat Maharat.

7-8pm – open beit midrash chavruta learning 

8-9pm – lecture with Yaffa Epstein (Pardes) – Between Purim and Pesach: How Story Telling Shapes Communal Memory
This series will explore the relationship between the holidays of Purim and Pesach, and explore the nexus of redemption, memory, and storytelling. We will look at how the power of narrative has shaped us as a people.

3 sessions: March 15, 22, 29

Price: $ 0.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 180.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 275.00

7:00 pm
“And You Should Tell”: Retelling the Chassidic Tale
“And You Should Tell”: Retelling the Chassidic Tale
Joshua Halberstam
Thursday, March 31, 7-8pm
Matzah-shmurah- event passed

On Pesach, retelling the story is a commandment, a sacred performance.  The retelling of a Chassidic Tale also became a ritual performance in its own right. The Chassidic tale was, in fact, one of the prime means by which the Chassidic movement spread across Eastern Europe. and remains  perhaps the best entry into Chassidic teaching. Unfortunately, most of us are only familiar with the Chassidic tale as a fleeting anecdote or pithy insight, and not with the complex narrative that more accurately reflects the genuine Chassidic literary genre. Translating these tales from the Yiddish presents formidable challenges, but the vitality and relevance of these tales helps transcend these linguistic and cultural divides. And not surprisingly, many of the most engaging of these Chassidic stories revolve around the storytelling themes of the Pesach holiday.

Copies of The Blind Angel: New Old Chassidic Tales will be available for sale at the event.

Suggested donation: $10

Price: $ 0.00

April 2016
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10:00 am
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
Zealots, Renegades, Malcontents, and Murderers: Book of Numbers, Chapters 25-36
David Silber
Sundays, 10-11:30am
class image- camels

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

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

Price: $ 175.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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
The Influence of the Spanish Inquisition on Abarbanel’s Commentary to the Haggada
The Influence of the Spanish Inquisition on Abarbanel’s Commentary to the Haggada
Avigail Poupko Rock
Monday, April 4, 7-8:15pm
Abarbanel

We are commanded, on the seder night, to picture ourselves as if we had left Egypt. Learn how Don Isaac Abarbanel, in writing his haggada commentary, connected the exodus to the circumstances of his own time.

Suggested donation: $10

Price: $ 0.00

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9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
David Silber
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

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

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

7:00 pm
Community Beit Midrash, final session
Community Beit Midrash, final session
Community Beit Midrash, 3
Tuesdays, 7 - 9pm
class image- drishat shalom learning

Co-Sponsored by Drisha Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical SchoolMechon Hadar, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Yeshivat Maharat.

7-8pm – open beit midrash chavruta learning

8-9pm – lecture with David Silber (Drisha) – Go Forth and Learn: Thoughts on the Haggadah

Price: $ 0.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 250.00

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

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

Co-taught with Nathaniel Berman and David Silber

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

Price: $ 275.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 180.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 275.00

7:30 pm
Only Ten Plagues, or More?
Only Ten Plagues, or More?
Alex Israel
Thursday, April 7, 7:30–8:30pm
locusts

The Annual Rapoport Family Memorial Lecture

The Hagaddah suggests that ten plagues afflicted Egypt, and fifty plagues afflicted them at the Sea. (It even suggests there were fifty, not ten, plagues in Egypt!) Is the number of plagues important? What can the varied enumerations and structures of the plagues as found in Tanakh and rabbinic literature teach us about their desired objective and effect?

Price: $ 0.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 175.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

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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9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
David Silber
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

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

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 300.00

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

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

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

 

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

Price: $ 575.00

10:30 am
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis
Wendy Amsellem
Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm
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We will explore the stories of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. These narratives provide insight into the social networks of the Rabbis, their concerns, passions and struggles. Topics will include honor, shame, temptation, memory, loyalty, and love.

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

Price: $ 250.00

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Songs of the Seder
Songs of the Seder
David Arnow
Wednesday, April 13, 6:30-8pm
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We will explore the history and meaning of Dayyenu, Echad Mi Yodea and Chad Gadya.

Suggested donation: $10

Price: $ 0.00

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Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Exploring the Weekly Parsha
Esther Hidary
Thursdays, 10:15-11:15am
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In this engaging and interactive class, we will analyze the weekly parsha and discuss how it connects to modern issues and current events. Using close readings, intertextual clues, and traditional and modern commentaries, we will search beneath the surface of the text to uncover the profound subtleties and timeless messages of the Torah.

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

Price: $ 180.00

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Book of Esther
Book of Esther
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
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This course explores the role of the Book of Esther in Tanakh, with emphasis on lexical and thematic parallels to other biblical stories. Drawing upon observations both ancient and modern, the course pays special attention to the tribe of Benjamin and its relationship to royalty, seeking to uncover hidden meanings in the text of the Megillah.

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

Price: $ 275.00

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Love’s Gifts: Reading Song of Songs
Love’s Gifts: Reading Song of Songs
Nathaniel Helfgot
Mondays, 6:30-8pm
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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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God and Time
God and Time
Sam Lebens
Mondays, 6:30-8pm
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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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Parashat HaShavua (May)
Parashat HaShavua (May)
David Silber
3 sessions: May 9, 16, 23
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We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading.

Tuesdays, 9:30-11am

Price: $ 75.00

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
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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
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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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Biblical Hebrew Readings
Biblical Hebrew Readings
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
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This course is intended to develop students’ ability to study and understand the Bible in its original language. We will focus on readings in biblical texts with some discussion of the more challenging grammatical forms. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

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

Price: $ 125.00

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Biblical Hebrew Readings
Biblical Hebrew Readings
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
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This course is intended to develop students’ ability to study and understand the Bible in its original language. We will focus on readings in biblical texts with some discussion of the more challenging grammatical forms. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

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

Price: $ 125.00

6:30 pm
God and Time
God and Time
Sam Lebens
Mondays, 6:30-8pm
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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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Book Launch- Sage Advice: Pirkei Avot
Book Launch- Sage Advice: Pirkei Avot
Yitz Greenberg
Monday, May 9, 7pm
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Hear renowned theologian Yitz Greenberg discuss his new commentary on Pirkei Avot and learn some of the mishnayot with him in a whole new light.

Copies of Sage Advice will be available for purchase at the event.

Suggested donation: $10

Price: $ 0.00

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Parashat HaShavua (May)
Parashat HaShavua (May)
David Silber
3 sessions: May 9, 16, 23
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We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading.

Tuesdays, 9:30-11am

Price: $ 75.00

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
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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
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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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Biblical Hebrew Readings
Biblical Hebrew Readings
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
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This course is intended to develop students’ ability to study and understand the Bible in its original language. We will focus on readings in biblical texts with some discussion of the more challenging grammatical forms. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

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

Price: $ 125.00

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Reviving Beruriah: Opportunities and Challenges in Girls’ Education in Israel
Reviving Beruriah: Opportunities and Challenges in Girls’ Education in Israel
Meir Ekstein
Sunday, May 15, 1pm
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There are great opportunities in Israel for huge leaps forward in Jewish education for girls in ways unimaginable here. There is, however, a desire to hold onto tradition, impeding the possibility of making strides forward.

This class is part of The Upper West Side Celebrates Israel, convened by The JCC in Manhattan in collaboration with and funded by UJA-Federation of New York. Go to www.drisha.org/uwsisrael/ for more information.

Price: $ 0.00

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Biblical Hebrew Readings
Biblical Hebrew Readings
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
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This course is intended to develop students’ ability to study and understand the Bible in its original language. We will focus on readings in biblical texts with some discussion of the more challenging grammatical forms. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

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

Price: $ 125.00

6:30 pm
God and Time
God and Time
Sam Lebens
Mondays, 6:30-8pm
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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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Parashat HaShavua (May)
Parashat HaShavua (May)
David Silber
3 sessions: May 9, 16, 23
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We will analyze and discuss an issue, theme or text in the weekly Torah reading.

Tuesdays, 9:30-11am

Price: $ 75.00

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
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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
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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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Is There Such a Thing as Written Torah?
Is There Such a Thing as Written Torah?
Benjamin Sommer
Tuesday, May 17, 7-8pm
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A lecture and discussion with Benjamin Sommer about his book Revelation and Authority: Sinai in Jewish Scripture and Tradition (Finalist, National Jewish Book Award; Finalist, Jordan Schnitzer Award from AJS;, and a recommended book in religion at Publishers Weekly).

Co-sponsored with Jewish Book Council. Guests must register at www.jewishbookcouncil.org/events/unpacking-the-book-scholarship

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Biblical Hebrew Readings
Biblical Hebrew Readings
Yitzhak Berger
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
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This course is intended to develop students’ ability to study and understand the Bible in its original language. We will focus on readings in biblical texts with some discussion of the more challenging grammatical forms. Intended for students who have completed a year of biblical Hebrew or who have some proficiency in reading and translation.

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

Price: $ 125.00

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37th Anniversary Dinner
37th Anniversary Dinner
Drisha Faculty
Sunday, May 22, 5pm
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Join us for a festive buffet dinner and an evening of workshops showcasing the learning and doing that Drisha inspires.

Go to www.drisha.org/dinner for details

Price: $ 360.00

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June Kollel
June Kollel
Drisha Faculty
Tuesday, May 24 – Friday, June 24
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Drisha’s June Kollel is an intensive experience of Jewish text study, community building and spiritual growth. Our coed learning community is characterized by its rigor, integrity, and pursuit of meaning. It is open to college students and recent graduates (graduate and rabbinical students included).

Go to www.drisha.org/junekollel for more information or contact drishasummerprograms@gmail.com.

Admittance by application only. 

Price: $ 0.00

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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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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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A Yearning for Unity: The Fulcrum of Chabad Chassidut
A Yearning for Unity: The Fulcrum of Chabad Chassidut
Shlomo Yaffe
Wednesday, June 8, 7-8:30pm
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Throughout the literature of the Chabad movement, from its first written expression in the Likutei Amarim of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi to the writings of the most recent rebbe, a singular vision remains constant: the essential unity of God within the chaotic multiplicity that characterize our limited perception of reality. The teaching of Chabad emphasizes that even what appear to us as fragmentation and darkness is, in its essence, unity and light. Ein od milvado—“there is nothing but God.” We are called upon to transmute our experiences to reflect this reality. In this session, we will explore this calling, focusing on texts from the first Rebbe of Chabad, the Baal haTanya, with commentary from the subsequent six generations.

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June Executive Seminar: Tablets and Broken Tablets: Studies of Rupture, Reconciliation, and Redemption
June Executive Seminar: Tablets and Broken Tablets: Studies of Rupture, Reconciliation, and Redemption
David Silber
Tuesday, June 14-Thursday, June 16, 9:30-5
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Join us for a 3-day seminar on Tablets and Broken Tablets: Studies of Rupture, Reconciliation, and Redemption, where we will examine biblical, rabbinic,  kabbalistic, and Chasidic sources that reflect on these states of connectedness and disconnectedness. Topics will include: The Golden Calf and the Broken Covenant; Moses and the Power of Prayer; and, the Divine Attributes of Mercy and Knowing.

Space is limited.

Price: $ 500.00

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June Executive Seminar: Tablets and Broken Tablets: Studies of Rupture, Reconciliation, and Redemption
June Executive Seminar: Tablets and Broken Tablets: Studies of Rupture, Reconciliation, and Redemption
David Silber
Tuesday, June 14-Thursday, June 16, 9:30-5
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Join us for a 3-day seminar on Tablets and Broken Tablets: Studies of Rupture, Reconciliation, and Redemption, where we will examine biblical, rabbinic,  kabbalistic, and Chasidic sources that reflect on these states of connectedness and disconnectedness. Topics will include: The Golden Calf and the Broken Covenant; Moses and the Power of Prayer; and, the Divine Attributes of Mercy and Knowing.

Space is limited.

Price: $ 500.00

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The Founding of Polish Chassidut: Rav Elimelech of Lizhensk
The Founding of Polish Chassidut: Rav Elimelech of Lizhensk
Zeev Kitsis
Wednesday, June 15, 7-8:30pm
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Rav Elimelech of Lizhensk, a founder of Polish chassidut, is also one of the most original and complex of the early chassidic thinkers. Among the tensions explored in his thought – and embodied in his life – is that between love and criticism. He was, in a sense, a “specialist in rebuke,” and yet his prescription of this form of spiritual guidance coexists in his thought alongside an expansive notion of love. In this session, we will explore this interplay between love and rebuke as well as Rav Elimelech’s conception of the “tzadik,” which he describes in his work Noam Elimelech, and for which he is perhaps best known. Finally, we will touch upon the deep influence of Rav Elimelech on his successors in Polish chassidut, in particular the Kotzker Rebbi.

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June Executive Seminar: Tablets and Broken Tablets: Studies of Rupture, Reconciliation, and Redemption
June Executive Seminar: Tablets and Broken Tablets: Studies of Rupture, Reconciliation, and Redemption
David Silber
Tuesday, June 14-Thursday, June 16, 9:30-5
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Join us for a 3-day seminar on Tablets and Broken Tablets: Studies of Rupture, Reconciliation, and Redemption, where we will examine biblical, rabbinic,  kabbalistic, and Chasidic sources that reflect on these states of connectedness and disconnectedness. Topics will include: The Golden Calf and the Broken Covenant; Moses and the Power of Prayer; and, the Divine Attributes of Mercy and Knowing.

Space is limited.

Price: $ 500.00

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Intensity and Embrace: The Mystical Life in the Sfat Emet & the School of Ger
Intensity and Embrace: The Mystical Life in the Sfat Emet & the School of Ger
Ariel Evan Mayse
Wednesday, June 22, 7-8:30pm
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Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh Leib Alter of Ger, better known by the title of his classic work Sfat Emet, was one of the greatest and most creative chassidic masters of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. At once highly traditional and strikingly modern, the Sfat Emet articulated a powerful mystical theology that speaks to the spiritual needs of the individual seeker situated within the community as a whole. His teachings reflect a careful synthesis between the mystical beckonings of the Infinite, on one hand, and the mandate that humankind perform their primary spiritual work here, in the realm of the mundane and corporeal. In addition to exploring these core ideas, we will touch upon some of the salient processes involved in the creation of chassidic books, such as the relationship between Hebrew and Yiddish and between oral and textual traditions as well as the transmission of ideas from teachers to students. We will see how the recent discovery of new manuscripts of Rabbi Alter’s teachings has changed the way we study chassidic texts.

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July College Kollel
July College Kollel
Drisha Faculty
Monday, June 27-Friday, July 29
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Due to the generosity of a donor, Drisha is offering special fellowships to female college students and recent graduates to participate in the July College Kollel. Kollel students will join with the women of the July Beit Midrash to study Talmud in the mornings, and Tanakh, Halakhah, and Jewish Thought in the afternoons. There will be additional evening classes and activities for the Kollel participants.

Go to www.drisha.org/julykollel for more information or contact drishasummerprograms@gmail.com.

By application only. 

 

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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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July Beit Midrash
July Beit Midrash
Drisha Faculty
Tuesday, June 28 – Friday, July 29
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Drisha’s July Beit Midrash is an exceptional learning experience for women of all ages and backgrounds from around the world who want to explore topics in Jewish learning and improve their textual skills. Courses include Talmud, Prayer, TanakhHalakhah, and Philosophy.

Go to www.drisha.org/julybeitmidrash for more information or email inquiry@drisha.org for a program registration form (including skill self-assessment).

Tuition: $1,200. Program can be registered for part-time.

Price: $ 1,200.00

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Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
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Once a criminal has been convicted, what is the proper procedure for executing him? How do we make sure that even the most hardened convicts get a place in the world to come? What does stoning look like in the minds of the rabbis? We will study the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin, which considers both the procedure for and the ethical implications of capital punishment. The class will focus on building skills for independent learning, with class time split between havruta (partner learning) and shiur (frontal teaching). While no experience with Talmud is assumed, the ability to read unvocalized Hebrew is required.

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 125.00

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 200.00

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 200.00

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

29
9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

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

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

Price: $ 200.00

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

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

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

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

Price: $ 200.00

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

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

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

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

Price: $ 200.00

3:30 pm
Yoma: Holiness, Purity, and Repentance
Yoma: Holiness, Purity, and Repentance
Gavriel Porten
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm
mishnah yoma banner- blurred on angle

Yom Kippur is described as the holiest day of the year. The mishnayot of Tractate Yoma trace the story of this very special day whilst the Second Temple was still standing and after its destruction. We will study this tractate of Mishnah and delve deeper into it with the help of archeological finds and historical sources.

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

Price: $ 200.00

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

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

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

Price: $ 125.00

11:15 am
Psalms from the Siddur
Psalms from the Siddur
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
man reading outside

We will conduct a poetic analysis of Psalms that appear in the liturgy, toward the goal of appreciating their deeper meaning and enhancing the experience of prayer. Some knowledge of Hebrew required, but students may utilize an English translation alongside the Hebrew.

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

Price: $ 125.00

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 200.00

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 200.00

July 2016
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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3
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5
9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6
Rachel Rosenthal
Mondays-Fridays, 9am-12:30pm
Shackles

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

9:30 am
Parashat HaShavua
Parashat HaShavua
David Silber
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
class image- torah reading

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

9 sessions: January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

Price: $ 225.00

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

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

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

Price: $ 125.00

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 200.00

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 200.00

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

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

*NOTE DATE CHANGE

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

Price: $ 150.00

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

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

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

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

Price: $ 200.00

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

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

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

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

Price: $ 200.00

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

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

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

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

Price: $ 200.00

3:30 pm
Yoma: Holiness, Purity, and Repentance
Yoma: Holiness, Purity, and Repentance
Gavriel Porten
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-5pm
mishnah yoma banner- blurred on angle

Yom Kippur is described as the holiest day of the year. The mishnayot of Tractate Yoma trace the story of this very special day whilst the Second Temple was still standing and after its destruction. We will study this tractate of Mishnah and delve deeper into it with the help of archeological finds and historical sources.

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

Price: $ 200.00

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

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

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

Price: $ 125.00

11:15 am
Psalms from the Siddur
Psalms from the Siddur
Yitzhak Berger
Thursdays, 11:15am-12:45pm
man reading outside

We will conduct a poetic analysis of Psalms that appear in the liturgy, toward the goal of appreciating their deeper meaning and enhancing the experience of prayer. Some knowledge of Hebrew required, but students may utilize an English translation alongside the Hebrew.

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

Price: $ 125.00

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 200.00

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 200.00

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

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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

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

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

For women.

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

Price: $ 600.00

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9:00 am
Talmud I: Crime, Punishment, and Redemption- Sanhedrin, Chapter 6