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Parashat Emor
Parashat Emor
Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei
Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei
Maccabees and Martyrdom
Maccabees and Martyrdom
Dying for a cause is considered by many the most noble form of death, and dying for one’s faith has a long and complicated history. The first Jewish martyrdom stories are from the books of Maccabees, and we will look at how this idea is used in that context, and then how it evolved and developed over the following centuries, in early Christianity and into rabbinic Judaism.
Parashat Lech Lecha
Parashat Lech Lecha
Parashat Chukat
Parashat Chukat
Parashat Beha’alotecha
Parashat Beha’alotecha
The Book of Esther
The Book of Esther
Dr. Aaron Koller and Rabbi David Silber in conversation about the Book of Esther. Part of the Family Morning of Learning sponsored, in part, by Rella Feldman and family.
Parashat Naso
Parashat Naso
Parashat Pekudei
Parashat Pekudei
Parashat V’Zot HaBracha
Parashat V’Zot HaBracha
Parashat Devarim
Parashat Devarim
sponsored by Bethia Straus and Paul Quintas in honor of David Jonathan Quintas
Parashat Behar-Bechukotai
Parashat Behar-Bechukotai
Parashat Va’eira
Parashat Va’eira
Parashat Shofetim
Parashat Shofetim
Parashat Balak
Parashat Balak
sponsored by Rachel Rosenthal in honor of her graduation from the Drisha Scholars Circle
Parashat Tzav
Parashat Tzav
Parashat Terumah
Parashat Terumah
Parashat Vayigash
Parashat Vayigash
Parashat Vayeitzei
Parashat Vayeitzei
Esther, Queen of Persia or Jewish Queen? (part 1 of a 4-session course)
Esther, Queen of Persia or Jewish Queen? (part 1 of a 4-session course)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. Becoming a covenantal people involves choosing who will be in the group and who will be out. Not surprisingly this results in an interest in group boundaries and anxiety about blurring those lines.  
What is Torah? (part 1 of a 7-session course)
What is Torah? (part 1 of a 7-session course)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. An investigation of the most fundamental of Jewish concepts – Torah. What are our most ancient and modern conceptions of its wisdom and all it encompasses?  
Is the Torah a Socialist Manifesto
Is the Torah a Socialist Manifesto
Parshanut Personalities: Parashat HaShavua through the Eyes of Commentaries- Rashbam
Parshanut Personalities: Parashat HaShavua through the Eyes of Commentaries- Rashbam
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.
Wisdom and the Meaning of Life in Israel and the Ancient Near East (part 1 of a 2-session class)
Wisdom and the Meaning of Life in Israel and the Ancient Near East (part 1 of a 2-session class)
Click here to listen to the second session. What is life for? The human desire to find order and meaning in the apparent chaos of life is found in all cultures, and left its mark in the literatures of Mesopotamia, Aram, and ancient Egypt. We will explore the possible influences of these texts on our own Biblical wisdom literature.  
New Year, Judgment Day, and Coronation: The Many Faces and Single Nature of Rosh HaShanah
New Year, Judgment Day, and Coronation: The Many Faces and Single Nature of Rosh HaShanah