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Parashat Balak
Parashat Balak
Parashat V’Zot HaBracha
Parashat V’Zot HaBracha
sponsored by Morris Friedman in memory of Lily Friedman, z"l
Parashat Nitzavim
Parashat Nitzavim
Colleagues and Warriors: Daily Life in the Beit Midrash
Colleagues and Warriors: Daily Life in the Beit Midrash
Elisha ben Abuya
Elisha ben Abuya
Part of the class "Aggadah: Inside the World of the Rabbis." In this course 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. The topic for this session is Elisha ben Abuya.
Rabbi Akiva and an Ethic of Pain
Rabbi Akiva and an Ethic of Pain
Parashat Korach
Parashat Korach
Thoughts on Megillat Esther
Thoughts on Megillat Esther
Purim doesn't only represent days of rejoicing; it is also a holiday demonstrative of community and caring for the other.
Parashat Vayishlach
Parashat Vayishlach
Parashat Emor
Parashat Emor
Parashat Vayakhel
Parashat Vayakhel
Parashat Chayei Sarah
Parashat Chayei Sarah
Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech
Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech
Parashat Vayeitzei
Parashat Vayeitzei
Parashat Ki Tisa
Parashat Ki Tisa
sponsored in honor of Sophie Shapiro becoming a Bat Mitzvah
Parashat Vayechi
Parashat Vayechi
sponsored in memory of Elga K. Stulman zʺl by Stephen Stulman
Parashat Lech Lecha
Parashat Lech Lecha
sponsored in loving memory of Sophie Hochman, by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
“She Said Well”: The Brief Wondrous Life of Beruriah
“She Said Well”: The Brief Wondrous Life of Beruriah
Beruriah is the only female scholar mentioned by name in the Talmud. She is simultaneously a part of the rabbinic world of Torah study and also an outsider to it. This podcast discusses the texts in which she appears and considesr the challenge of reconciling one's own sensibilities with a broader tradition of learning.
Responsibility and Reprieve in the Book of Jonah
Responsibility and Reprieve in the Book of Jonah
We will study the Book of Jonah, the Haftarah of Yom Kippur, looking at the themes of taking responsibility and not taking responsibility.
Retrieving Ishmael: Torah Readings of Rosh HaShanah (part 1 of a 3-session course)
Retrieving Ishmael: Torah Readings of Rosh HaShanah (part 1 of a 3-session course)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. An in-depth and midrashic analysis of the Torah readings of Rosh HaShanah.  
Aharon and the Golden Calf: Art and Responsibility
Aharon and the Golden Calf: Art and Responsibility
In Exodus 32, Aharon creates a golden sculpture that the people of Israel worship as a god. What responsibility does an artist bear for how others perceive his/her art? Are an artist’s intentions integral to the ultimate meaning of the work? This podcast explores these questions through a study of biblical and rabbinic texts relating to Aharon’s infamous creation.
Parashat Vayishlach: Dinah
Parashat Vayishlach: Dinah
There are four times in Genesis where women in the covenental family are taken by foreign rulers. In this session, we read the Dinah narrative in light of the three earlier stories.
The Rock Whose Ways are Great: Blessing God in Times of Tragedy
The Rock Whose Ways are Great: Blessing God in Times of Tragedy
An exploration of midrashic tales of dismay and righteous responses to tragic fates.
Thoughts on Megillat Ruth
Thoughts on Megillat Ruth
How does Megillat Ruth show that female friendship can be a vehicle for redemption? Sponsored in Loving Memory of our Father, Gabriel Sharon, z"l
The Midrashim on the Book of Lamentations
The Midrashim on the Book of Lamentations
We will examine the midrashim on the Book of Lamentations.
The Mirror Has Two Faces: Images of Vashti and Esther in Megillat Esther
The Mirror Has Two Faces: Images of Vashti and Esther in Megillat Esther
Using midrashim and other forms of exegesis, speaker Wendy Amsellem explores the women’s centrality within the drama of the Purim story, including how they are portrayed separately and as foils to one another.
Israel Unbound: The Legacy of Slavery
Israel Unbound: The Legacy of Slavery
Why do we begin our history as a people with the story of our enslavement? We will explore the role of slavery in the development of our national identity and in our celebration of Passover.