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The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- Inclusion
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- Inclusion
The actions of Jacob on his deathbed impart to his children the key to building covenantal community in the covenantal land - inclusivity and openness to multiple voices. This is part 12 of a 12-part series sponsored in memory of Ellen Goodstein Koplow and Joan Silverstein Meyers. To access the full series, please go to www.drisha.org/sacredspace.
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- Falsely Accused?
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- Falsely Accused?
Joseph, in his position of authority in Egypt, accuses the brothers of misdeeds in a way that is both true and false. In responding to Joseph’s charges, the brothers, led by Judah, learn the power of humility and service on behalf of others, keys to reconciliation and rebuilding. This is part 11 of a 12-part series sponsored in memory of Ellen Goodstein Koplow and Joan Silverstein Meyers. To access the full series, please go to www.drisha.org/sacredspace.
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- Not My Brother’s Keeper
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- Not My Brother’s Keeper
Once the covenantal family grows, so do threats to its unity. Brotherly hatred puts the viability of the covenantal family at risk, and threatens to derail the realization of life on the covenantal land. This is part 9 of a 12-part series sponsored in memory of Ellen Goodstein Koplow and Joan Silverstein Meyers. To access the full series, please go to www.drisha.org/sacredspace.
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- The Path to Redemption
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- The Path to Redemption
The episode of Judah and Tamar holds the key to the survival of the patriarchal family. Through his confession, Judah, inspired by Tamar, learns the powerful lesson of responsibility, thereby putting the family on the path to redemption. This is part 10 of a 12-part series sponsored in memory of Ellen Goodstein Koplow and Joan Silverstein Meyers. To access the full series, please go to www.drisha.org/sacredspace.
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- Birth and Rebirth
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- Birth and Rebirth
Jacob’s struggle with the angel is a physical representation of the difficulty inherent in passing along the covenantal blessing to the next generation. For Jacob, this struggle requires him to be reborn, with a reaffirmed sense of mission and purpose, free of the clutches of both Laban and his brother Esau. This is part 8 of a 12-part series sponsored in memory of Ellen Goodstein Koplow and Joan Silverstein Meyers. To access the full series, please go to www.drisha.org/sacredspace.
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- Earning Sacred Space
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- Earning Sacred Space
Jacob promises to build God a house on earth, but then gets mired in the house of Laban. How does his stay in Aram affect Jacob, and how can he come to terms with his earlier experience with the heavenly house of God? This is part 7 of a 12-part series sponsored in memory of Ellen Goodstein Koplow and Joan Silverstein Meyers. To access the full series, please go to www.drisha.org/sacredspace.
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- Raising the Covenantal Child
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- Raising the Covenantal Child
Rebecca’s machinations to ensure that Jacob receives the covenantal blessing from Isaac reveals much about the importance of seeing properly in ensuring the covenantal destiny is made manifest. This is part 6 of a 12-part series sponsored in memory of Ellen Goodstein Koplow and Joan Silverstein Meyers. To access the full series, please go to www.drisha.org/sacredspace.
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- Claiming the Land
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- Claiming the Land
Through the characters of Sarah and Rebecca, the Jewish people’s claims to the land start to take shape, and the covenantal family begins to grow, albeit through struggle and suffering. This is part 5 of a 12-part series sponsored in memory of Ellen Goodstein Koplow and Joan Silverstein Meyers. To access the full series, please go to www.drisha.org/sacredspace.
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- Securing Space
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- Securing Space
Through a comparison of the Abrahamic narratives to the Book of Samuel, it becomes clear that ensuring the continuity of covenant, and the covenantal family, is a struggle not easily met. This is part 4 of a 12-part series sponsored in memory of Ellen Goodstein Koplow and Joan Silverstein Meyers. To access the full series, please go to www.drisha.org/sacredspace.
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- Failed Attempts
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- Failed Attempts
In being introduced to the character of Abraham, we naturally contrast him with the failed attempt at human edifice-building that was the Tower of Babel. Learn how the lessons of the builders of Babylon, and the call of God to Abraham, help pave the way for the creation of the covenantal family. This is part 3 of a 12-part series sponsored in memory of Ellen Goodstein Koplow and Joan Silverstein Meyers. To access the full series, please go to www.drisha.org/sacredspace.
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- Rebuilding
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- Rebuilding
After the world is destroyed by the Flood, Noach is called upon to rebuild it. He, like many survivors of destruction throughout history, is able to continue living by assuming responsibility for others. His successes and failures in his post-Flood existence set the stage for the rest of the Book of Genesis. This is part 2 of a 12-part series sponsored in memory of Ellen Goodstein Koplow and Joan Silverstein Meyers. To access the full series, please go to www.drisha.org/sacredspace.
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- The Loss of Sacred Space
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space- The Loss of Sacred Space
The first man and woman do not last long in the original sacred space, the Garden of Eden. As such, much of the subsequent Biblical stories are best understood by attempts by other human beings to find an alternative to this sacred space. We will examine how Noah and Abraham’s lives are properly understood through the prism of this quest. This is part 1 of a 12-part series sponsored in memory of Ellen Goodstein Koplow and Joan Silverstein Meyers. To access the full series, please go to www.drisha.org/sacredspace.
Parashat Tzav
Parashat Tzav
Purim and Chanuka: Megillah and Hallel
Purim and Chanuka: Megillah and Hallel
A central observance of Chanuka is the recitation of Hallel on all eight days; on Purim Hallel is not recited. We will study the significance of this distinction.
Purim and Chanuka: Text and Temple
Purim and Chanuka: Text and Temple
The observance of Purim centers around the Megillah, which becomes part of the canon. Chanuka, by contrast, focuses on the lighting of the candles, a Temple ritual. We will discuss the implications of each.
Chanuka and Sukkot
Chanuka and Sukkot
We will conduct a detailed analysis of the significance of the commonalities the festivals of Chanuka and Sukkot.
Values Lived: Tzeniut in Our Personal and Communal Spheres
Values Lived: Tzeniut in Our Personal and Communal Spheres
David Silber will lead an inquiry into texts and ideas about tzeniut and invite us to consider how to actualize this value across the many domains of our lives.
Parashat Bereishit
Parashat Bereishit
sponsored in honor of Phyllis and Murray Shapiro by their children and grandchildren.
Parashat Ha’azinu
Parashat Ha’azinu
Selichot, part 1: Lishmoa El HaRina VeEl HaTefilla- Supplication and Prayer
Selichot, part 1: Lishmoa El HaRina VeEl HaTefilla- Supplication and Prayer
Click here for more in this series. The structure of selichot and the Ashkenazi practice of starting selichot on a Saturday night--BeMotza'ei Menucha  
Commandment and Autonomy in the Story of Akeidat Yitzchak
Commandment and Autonomy in the Story of Akeidat Yitzchak
We will look at the themes of commandment and autonomy in the Torah reading of Rosh Hashanah.
Zichronot: Memory, Judgement and Covenant, Understanding the Central Prayer of Rosh Hashanah
Zichronot: Memory, Judgement and Covenant, Understanding the Central Prayer of Rosh Hashanah
In this session, we will look at the themes of memory, judgement, and covenant in Zichronot (verses of remembrance), one of the three blessings we add to musaf on Rosh HaShanah.
Imagining a Different World: The Prayer of Chana
Imagining a Different World: The Prayer of Chana
In this session, we will look at the haftarah of the first day of Rosh HaShanah (I Samuel 1:1-2:10) and use it to gain a better understanding of the holiday.
Parashat Bechukotai
Parashat Bechukotai
The Haggadah
The Haggadah
Rabbi Silber shares his insights into the Passover Haggadah.
Go Forth and Learn: Thoughts on the Haggadah
Go Forth and Learn: Thoughts on the Haggadah
David Silber shares his thoughts on the Passover haggadah.
Parashat Pekudei
Parashat Pekudei
Parashat Vayekhel
Parashat Vayekhel
Parashat Ki Tisa
Parashat Ki Tisa
Parashat Titzaveh
Parashat Titzaveh
Parashat Terumah
Parashat Terumah
Parashat Mishpatim
Parashat Mishpatim
Parashat Yitro
Parashat Yitro
Parashat Vayigash
Parashat Vayigash
Parashat Miketz
Parashat Miketz
Parashat Vayeishev
Parashat Vayeishev
Parashat Vayishlach
Parashat Vayishlach
Parashat Vayeitzei
Parashat Vayeitzei
Parashat Toldot
Parashat Toldot
Parashat Chayei Sarah
Parashat Chayei Sarah
Parashat Vayeira
Parashat Vayeira
Parashat Lech Lecha
Parashat Lech Lecha
Parashat Bereishit
Parashat Bereishit
Parashat V’Zot HaBracha
Parashat V’Zot HaBracha
Themes of Yom Kippur as Reflected in Our Liturgy
Themes of Yom Kippur as Reflected in Our Liturgy
Through an examination of the Yom Kippur prayer service, we will uncover major themes of the holiday.
Themes of Rosh HaShanah as Reflected in Our Liturgy (part 1 of a 2-session class)
Themes of Rosh HaShanah as Reflected in Our Liturgy (part 1 of a 2-session class)
Click here to listen to the second session. Through an examination of the Rosh HaShanah prayer service, we will uncover major themes of the holiday.
Thoughts on Rosh HaShanah
Thoughts on Rosh HaShanah
Parashat Matot-Masei
Parashat Matot-Masei
Perceiving Tragedy Through the Lens of the Book of Eikha
Perceiving Tragedy Through the Lens of the Book of Eikha
Tisha B'Av is both a fast day and a day of mourning, but has different observances than other fast days. We will look at some of the reasons why.
Lean Out: Flawed Leadership in the Book of Judges (part 1 of 7 session course)
Lean Out: Flawed Leadership in the Book of Judges (part 1 of 7 session course)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. We will study the Book of Shoftim (Judges) as a portrayal of flawed leadership. We will focus on Devorah, Gideon, Yiftach, and Shimshon and analyze their strengths and failures.
Thoughts on Passover
Thoughts on Passover
How do temple sacrificial rituals tie into the Seder service?
The Passover Seder
The Passover Seder
Parashat Tzav
Parashat Tzav
Parashat Tzav
Parashat Tzav
Thoughts on the Haggadah
Thoughts on the Haggadah
Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei
Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei
Parashat Ki Tisa
Parashat Ki Tisa
Parashat Titzaveh
Parashat Titzaveh
Parashat Terumah
Parashat Terumah
Parashat Mishpatim
Parashat Mishpatim
Parashat Yitro
Parashat Yitro
Two Creation Stories- Contradictory or Complementary
Two Creation Stories- Contradictory or Complementary
In the Book of Genesis, chapters one and two contain two vastly different accounts of the creation story. Part of the Maidi Katz Memorial Lecture Series.
Parashat Vayeishev
Parashat Vayeishev
Parashat Toldot
Parashat Toldot
Parashat Bereishit
Parashat Bereishit
Thoughts on Sukkot
Thoughts on Sukkot
The Sukkah is often thought of as a mini-Mishkan. What parallels can be drawn between the holiday and the building of the tabernacle?
Parashat Chukat
Parashat Chukat
Parashat Bamidbar
Parashat Bamidbar
Parashat Va’eira
Parashat Va’eira
Parashat Noach
Parashat Noach
Parashat Matot-Masei
Parashat Matot-Masei
Parashat Beha’alotecha
Parashat Beha’alotecha
Parashat Beshalach
Parashat Beshalach
Parashat Vayishlach
Parashat Vayishlach
sponsored by Rachel Fleisher and Jonathan Wachter to commemorate the 10th yartzeit of Rachel's father Alexander Fleisher ben Binyamin v'Bella z"l
Parashat Behar-Bechukotai
Parashat Behar-Bechukotai
A Passover Message
A Passover Message
The Seder ritual employs two interwoven acts - eating and speaking. How do these two central features of the ritual inform each other?
Parashat Titzaveh
Parashat Titzaveh
Parashat Vayigash
Parashat Vayigash
Parashat Vayeitzei
Parashat Vayeitzei
Yaakov’s Return to Canaan
Yaakov’s Return to Canaan
part of Winter Week of Learning 2014
Parashat Miketz
Parashat Miketz
Parashat Vayeishev
Parashat Vayeishev
Parashat Vayishlach
Parashat Vayishlach
Parashat Toldot
Parashat Toldot
Parashat Chayei Sarah
Parashat Chayei Sarah
Parashat Vayeira
Parashat Vayeira
Parashat Lech Lecha
Parashat Lech Lecha
Parashat Noach
Parashat Noach
Confession and Repentance (part 1 of a 3-session course)
Confession and Repentance (part 1 of a 3-session course)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. We will look at a variety of biblical and rabbinic texts relating to the act of confession and the role of repentance.  
Thoughts on Rosh HaShanah
Thoughts on Rosh HaShanah
How do the various calls of the Shofar represent our human vulnerabilities?
The Binder, the Bound, and the Altar: The Akeidah in High Holiday Liturgy
The Binder, the Bound, and the Altar: The Akeidah in High Holiday Liturgy
In this overview of the Zichronot section of our Rosh Hashanah liturgy, we ask - why is remembrance so important to God's yearly judgement?
Parashat Masei
Parashat Masei
Haftarah Shlach
Haftarah Shlach
An analysis and discussion of Haftarah Shlach (Joshua 2:1-24) and how it connects to the parsha (weekly Torah reading).
Parashat Matot
Parashat Matot
The Once and Future Kings: Saul and David and the Rise of Kingship (part 1 of 5 sessions)
The Once and Future Kings: Saul and David and the Rise of Kingship (part 1 of 5 sessions)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. King Saul loves his son-in-law David, but he also wants to kill him. We will explore how Saul and David’s relationship formed and trace their thorny, gripping ups and downs. Through our study of the book of Samuel, we will uncover the author’s perspective on the nature of power and the messy family landscape in which the kingship unfolds.
Parashat Pinchas
Parashat Pinchas
Parashat Bechukotai
Parashat Bechukotai
Parashat Behar
Parashat Behar
Parashat Emor
Parashat Emor
Parashat Acharei Mot
Parashat Acharei Mot
Parashat Metzora
Parashat Metzora
Parashat Shemini
Parashat Shemini
On Ta’anit Esther and Purim
On Ta’anit Esther and Purim
David Silber discusses the significance of Ta'anit Esther and the ways in which we celebrate Purim.
Thoughts on Passover
Thoughts on Passover
What was the intention of the Mishnah in instructing us to read and perform exegesis of the text Arami Oved Avi during the Seder when on first glance it appears so unrelated?
Parashat Vayikra
Parashat Vayikra
Parashat Pekudei
Parashat Pekudei
Parashat Vayakhel
Parashat Vayakhel
Parashat Ki Tisa
Parashat Ki Tisa
Haman: The Snake in the Garden of Eden
Haman: The Snake in the Garden of Eden
We will look at the snake in the Garden of Eden and compare him to Amalek.
Parashat Terumah
Parashat Terumah
Parashat Mishpatim
Parashat Mishpatim
Parashat Shemot: Comparing Verses
Parashat Shemot: Comparing Verses
The first seven verses of Shemot are strikingly similar to lines 8 to 27 of chapter 46 of Genesis. In this session, we will explore the reasons why.
Parashat Vayechi: A Promise Made
Parashat Vayechi: A Promise Made
We begin this session by discussing why Jacob makes Joseph promise to not bury him with his forefathers when he has already said he would. In addition, we discuss the meaning of possessing and the meaning of family.
Parashat Vayigash: The Place of Joseph in Genesis
Parashat Vayigash: The Place of Joseph in Genesis
In this session, we look st the two lengthy speeches given at the beginning of Parashat Vayigash. We will also look at the place of Joseph in the book of Genesis.
Parashat Miketz: Purposeful Ambiguity
Parashat Miketz: Purposeful Ambiguity
In this session, we talk about the concept of "purposeful ambiguity," where the interpretation of a verse or story is indeterminate. In addition, we compare the story of Benjamin "stealing" the cup with the story of Rachel taking her father's idols and trace elements of the Joseph narrative into Megillat Esther.
Parashat Vayeshev: The Story of Joseph
Parashat Vayeshev: The Story of Joseph
In this session we look at the beginning of the story of Joesph.
“So that no person shall understand the language of the other”
“So that no person shall understand the language of the other”
Why does God create different languages in Genesis 11? Is the inability to communicate clearly with one another a punishment or a goad to greater opportunity? Is it possible to unite people whose languages are different? This podcast studies the story of the Tower of Babel and the Book of Esther.
Building Sacred Spaces: The Mishkan
Building Sacred Spaces: The Mishkan
The building of the Mishkan stands out as purposeful work, uniquely motivating the Israelites. How was this hard work different from other examples found in the Torah?
Shabbat Prayer
Shabbat Prayer
In this podcast, Rabbi Silber discusses the Amidah of Shabbat.
Parashat Vayetze
Parashat Vayetze
Parashat Toldot: Isaac, the Covenental Son
Parashat Toldot: Isaac, the Covenental Son
Toldot is the only parsha in which Isaac, the covenental son, appears. In this session, we will focus on Isaac as represented in the chumash and compare it with other related biblical stories.
Parashat Chayei Sarah: Looking at the Haftarah
Parashat Chayei Sarah: Looking at the Haftarah
In this session, we look at Parashat Chayei Sarah and its Haftarah, the start of the Book of Kings, in order to discover why these two seemingly very different sections have been paired.
Parashat Vayeira: Sarah as Abraham’s Sister
Parashat Vayeira: Sarah as Abraham’s Sister
In this session, we focus on the character of Avimelech and examine the reasons Abraham might tell him Sarah is his sister.
Thoughts on Sukkot
Thoughts on Sukkot
The purpose of freedom is to build sacred spaces for ourselves and others to share.
Parashat Lech Lecha: The Battle of Kings
Parashat Lech Lecha: The Battle of Kings
Chapter 14 describes a battle of kings. What is the relevance of this chapter to the rest of the Avram story? In this session, we also briefly discuss the nature of kingship.
Parashat Noach: Migdal Bavel
Parashat Noach: Migdal Bavel
The focus of this session is the story of Migdal Bavel.
Thoughts on Yom Kippur
Thoughts on Yom Kippur
Reflecting upon our past to change our future allows for an educational form of teshuvah.
Thoughts on Rosh HaShana
Thoughts on Rosh HaShana
Rosh HaShana forces us to step back and view ourselves as beings in G-d's world with certain implications of what our roles are therein.
Kol Nidre: An Analysis of Its True Significance
Kol Nidre: An Analysis of Its True Significance
Kol Nidre, a nullification of vows, is one of the prayer highlights of the year. Why? We will explore the nature of Kol Nidre and uncover the great significance of this prayer.
Prayers of Yom Kippur: Me’erev ad erev
Prayers of Yom Kippur: Me’erev ad erev
Through an analysis of the five prayers of Yom Kippur, this podcast explores the concepts of Yom Kippur as they emerge from the service.
Samson: A Study of Strength and Vulnerability (part 1 of a 3-session course)
Samson: A Study of Strength and Vulnerability (part 1 of a 3-session course)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. Analyzing the character of Samson as he emerges from the biblical text and rabbinic traditions.  
Thoughts on Shavuot
Thoughts on Shavuot
Akeidat Yitzhak
Akeidat Yitzhak
Parashat Bamidbar
Parashat Bamidbar
Thoughts on the Passover Haggadah
Thoughts on the Passover Haggadah
A sampling of Rabbi David Silber's insights into Arami Oved Avi, from A Passover Haggadah: Go Forth and Learn (JPS, 2011).
Biblical Texts: Safe Haven or Sacred Space?
Biblical Texts: Safe Haven or Sacred Space?
In this podcast, Rabbi Silber discusses the Torah's vision of the Holy Land. This class was part of the Upper West Side Celebrates Israel, convened by the JCC of Manhattan, funded by the UJA-Federation.
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 Vayakhel-Pekudei
Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei
Parashat Ki Tisa
Parashat Ki Tisa
Parashat Terumah
Parashat Terumah
Parashat Mishpatim
Parashat Mishpatim
Parashat Yitro
Parashat Yitro
Parashat Beshalach
Parashat Beshalach
Parashat Miketz
Parashat Miketz
Parashat Vayeishev
Parashat Vayeishev
Responses to Suffering in the Book of Genesis
Responses to Suffering in the Book of Genesis
The covenant takes four generations to fulfill- the first three generations suffer without ever experiencing the relief of that suffering, which allows the fourth generation to enter the Land of Israel. This shiur was presented as part of an evening of learning dedicated to Hurricane Sandy relief.  
Parashat Vayishlach
Parashat Vayishlach
Parashat Vayeitzei
Parashat Vayeitzei
Parashat Toldot
Parashat Toldot
Familial Blessings in Genesis
Familial Blessings in Genesis
Parashat Chayei Sarah
Parashat Chayei Sarah
Parashat Lech Lecha
Parashat Lech Lecha
Parashat Noach
Parashat Noach
Thoughts on Yom Kippur
Thoughts on Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur differs from Rosh Hashanah in that the day and its prayers focus on human possibility, not solely on God's majesty.
Themes of Rosh HaShanah
Themes of Rosh HaShanah
What does the Torah's very limited description of Rosh HaShanah teach us? Through textual comparison and rabbinic literature much can be inferred about the holiday and its traditions.
Themes of Sukkot
Themes of Sukkot
We will look at the major themes of the holiday of Sukkot.
Thoughts on the Passover Haggadah
Thoughts on the Passover Haggadah
Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei
Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei
Parashat Terumah
Parashat Terumah
Parashat Mishpatim
Parashat Mishpatim
Parashat Yitro
Parashat Yitro
Parashat Beshalach
Parashat Beshalach
Parshanut Personalities: Parashat HaShavua through the Eyes of Commentaries- Ramban
Parshanut Personalities: Parashat HaShavua through the Eyes of Commentaries- Ramban
Come explore the world of parshanut as it is applied to the weekly Torah portion. Each class will focus on the parasha from the perspective of one commentator, his methodology, and historical context. Gain a better understanding of a number of different commentators and a deeper appreciation of learning Tanakh with commentary.
Channukah: The Fire of Renewal and Hope
Channukah: The Fire of Renewal and Hope
An exploration of Channukah's connections to the holiday of Sukkot, the Temple Service, and sacred space.
Parashat Vayeishev
Parashat Vayeishev
Parashat Vayishlach
Parashat Vayishlach
Parashat Vayeitzei
Parashat Vayeitzei
Playing by the Rules: Samson’s Mission
Playing by the Rules: Samson’s Mission
Samson, strong man and lover of Philistine women, is a unique character in the Bible. Is he a hero and an anti-hero? This podcast studies this unusual story and discuss its place within the Book of Judges and the Bible as a whole.
Parashat Chayei Sarah
Parashat Chayei Sarah
Parashat Vayeira
Parashat Vayeira
Parashat Lech Lecha
Parashat Lech Lecha
Parashat Noach
Parashat Noach
Major Themes of Sukkot
Major Themes of Sukkot
We will discuss the major themes of the holiday of Sukkot.
Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech
Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech
Prayers of Yom Kippur (part 1 of 2 sessions)
Prayers of Yom Kippur (part 1 of 2 sessions)
Click here to listen to the other class session. We say more prayers on Yom Kippur than on any other day on the Jewish calendar. We will discuss several unique features in the prayers of Yom Kippur.
Prayers of Rosh HaShanah
Prayers of Rosh HaShanah
We will discuss the prayers of Rosh HaShanah.
Major Themes of Yom Kippur
Major Themes of Yom Kippur
We will discuss the major themes of the holiday of Yom Kippur.
Major Themes of Rosh HaShanah
Major Themes of Rosh HaShanah
We will discuss the major themes of the holiday of Rosh HaShanah.
The Binding of Isaac and Its Place in Genesis
The Binding of Isaac and Its Place in Genesis
Parashat Vayigash
Parashat Vayigash
Parashat Miketz
Parashat Miketz
Parashat Vayeishev
Parashat Vayeishev
Eikha (Lamentations) (part 1 of a 5-session course)
Eikha (Lamentations) (part 1 of a 5-session course)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. We will engage in a close reading of Lamentations and examine how it has been understood over the ages.  
Song of Songs (part 1 of a 2-session class)
Song of Songs (part 1 of a 2-session class)
Click here to listen to the second session. We will engage in a close reading of Song of Songs and examine how it has been understood over the ages.  
Parashat Vayishlach
Parashat Vayishlach
Parashat Vayeitzei
Parashat Vayeitzei
Parashat Toldot
Parashat Toldot
Parashat Lech Lecha
Parashat Lech Lecha
Parashat Noach
Parashat Noach
Creation Narratives in the Book of Exodus
Creation Narratives in the Book of Exodus
Rabbi David Silber looks at several pivotal elements of the creation narrative as it appears in Exodus.
Parashat Bereishit: Rosh Hashanah and Creation
Parashat Bereishit: Rosh Hashanah and Creation
We begin this session by discussing midrashim that connect Rosh Hashanah with creation. We then look at the relationship between the two stories of creation and between the story of creation and the rest of the Book of Genesis.
Book of Judges (part 1 of 24 sessions)
Book of Judges (part 1 of 24 sessions)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. The Book of Shofetim forms a bridge between Joshua’s conquest of the land and the establishment of the monarchy. We will analyze the book with particular attention to the charismatic leaders.
Major Prayers of the Jewish Festivals (part 1 of 3 sessions)
Major Prayers of the Jewish Festivals (part 1 of 3 sessions)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. The class will focus on the festival amidah and hallel and the prayers for rain and dew.
Approaches to Prayer
Approaches to Prayer
We will examine a variety of approaches to the nature of payer and its significance through a study of classical and modern sources.
Hallel: Song and Expression
Hallel: Song and Expression
Haftarah Naso
Haftarah Naso
An analysis and discussion of Haftarah Naso (Judges 13:2-25) and how it connects to the parsha (weekly Torah reading).
Haftarah Emor
Haftarah Emor
An analysis and discussion of Haftarah Emor (Ezekiel 44:15-31)) and how it connects to the parsha (weekly Torah reading).
Haftarah Behar
Haftarah Behar
An analysis and discussion of Haftarah Behar (Jeremiah 32:6-22) and how it connects to the parsha (weekly Torah reading).
Haftarah Bechukotai
Haftarah Bechukotai
An analysis and discussion of Haftarah Bechukotai (Jeremiah 16:19-17:14) and how it connects to the parsha (weekly Torah reading).
Haftarah Bamidbar
Haftarah Bamidbar
An analysis and discussion of Haftarah Bamidbar (Hosea 2:1-22) and how it connects to the parsha (weekly Torah reading).
Yom Kippur and the Divine Attribute of Mercy
Yom Kippur and the Divine Attribute of Mercy
Shattering the Covenant and Reconstituting the Relationship with God
Hannah’s Prayers
Hannah’s Prayers
The Haftarah of Rosh HaShanah, Day 1 - Hannah's Aloneness and Divine Kingship and Human Responsibility 
Moses and Elijah- A Study in Leadership
Moses and Elijah- A Study in Leadership
Recalling Sinai and Passing on the Mantle
The Redemption of Sarah
The Redemption of Sarah
The Torah Reading of Rosh HaShanah, Day 1 - Conflicting Perceptions of Family and Abraham's Vindication of Sarah
The Binding of Isaac and the Banishment of Ishmael
The Binding of Isaac and the Banishment of Ishmael
The Binding of Isaac- The Torah Reading of Rosh HaShanah, Day 2: Part 1
Abraham’s Discovery of the Sacred Place
Abraham’s Discovery of the Sacred Place
The Binding of Isaac- The Torah Reading of Rosh HaShanah, Day 2: Part 2
The Judah and Tamar Episode
The Judah and Tamar Episode
The Book of Ruth, Part 1: Rabbi David Silber explores the intricate relationship of two of Genesis’ most fascinating players, Judah and Tamar.
The Emergence of Kingship
The Emergence of Kingship
The Book of Ruth, Part 2: Judah's Choice and The Levirate Marriage
The Kindness of Ruth
The Kindness of Ruth
The Book of Ruth, part 3: Restoring the Family and The Compassionate Nation
Creation and the Story of of Cain and Abel
Creation and the Story of of Cain and Abel
Through an analysis of the Cain and Abel story, we will examine the foundations of human society as expressed through biblical narrative.
Creation and Birth in Exodus
Creation and Birth in Exodus
Motifs of creation and birth continue to resonate in the narratives of Exodus. We will consider the significance of these motifs for a deeper understanding of the Book of Exodus. Part of Drisha's Winter Week of Learning 2007, dedicated in memory of Judy Tenzer, z”l
Binding of Isaac: Reading for Rosh HaShanah
Binding of Isaac: Reading for Rosh HaShanah
The Akeidah plays a significant Role in the Torah reading and liturgy of Rosh HaShanah. We will examine this story in the context of Abraham's relationship to God and God's Covenant with our ancestors.
Parashat Korach
Parashat Korach
Parashat Shelach
Parashat Shelach
Book of Ruth (part 1 of 3 sessions)
Book of Ruth (part 1 of 3 sessions)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. We will conduct an in-depth reading of the Book of Ruth.
Parashat Beha’alotecha
Parashat Beha’alotecha
Parashat Naso
Parashat Naso
Parashat Vayeishev
Parashat Vayeishev
Parashat Vayishlach
Parashat Vayishlach
Parashat Chayei Sarah
Parashat Chayei Sarah
A Literary Approach to Bible Study
A Literary Approach to Bible Study
We will examine biblical text with an eye toward understanding the implications of the literary approach.