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929 English Launch

929 English Launch

Learn With Us Drisha faculty and alumni are thrilled to be contributing to the global 929 English project. Click here to learn along with the rest of the world engaged in this exciting initiative. (If it defaults to Hebrew, click on the EN at the...

About the Artists

Drisha's Arts Fellowship ran from 2006 to 2014. Click here for information on the Fellowship. Drisha launched the Arts Fellowships Initiative in the fall of 2006 attracting eight women artists – writers and poets, a musician, an actress, a d...
About Us

About Us

A pioneer in advancing Jewish scholarship for women, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education has grown significantly in scope and impact since its founding in 1979. Today, Drisha is a leading center for the study of classical Jewish texts and has profoundly...
Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar

Tuesday, May 29- Friday, July 27 ...Drisha Kollel Tuesday, June 26- Thursday, July 26 ...Dr. Beth Samuels Summer High School Program  
An Evening of Reflection and Celebration

An Evening of Reflection and Celebration

Email inquiry@drisha.org to RSVP.
Arts Fellowship

Arts Fellowship

Drisha's Arts Fellowship ran from 2006 to 2014. We offer many classes, seminars, and workshops; please click here  for our current offerings.   The Arts Fellowship Program aims to revitalize the Jewish community by producing ...
Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals and Chaplains

Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals and Chaplains

“Who Heals the Brokenhearted and Binds up their Wounds” – Harofei lishvurei lev umechabeish le'atzvotam Description: The workshop is designed to help mental health professionals and chaplains explore Jewish perspectives on issues they likely encount...
Beit Midrash in Israel

Beit Midrash in Israel

We are actively working to expand our programming in Israel. This fall, we will have our first full-time Elul program in Jerusalem (September 11-28, 2016 ). Click here  for information on the Elul program in Hebrew. Drisha's Beit Midrash ...
Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Zella Goldfinger Meyer G. Koplow Allen Mansfield Andy Mendes Dana Rubinstein Alan Septimus, President  
Community Beit Midrash

Community Beit Midrash

Co-Sponsored by Drisha, Mechon Hadar, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Yeshivat Maharat, and The Jewish Theological Seminary with support of the Wexner Foundation Graduate Alumni Collaboration Grant. Tuesday, March ...
Community Lecture 6/6/18

Community Lecture 6/6/18

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Confronting Mental Illness

Confronting Mental Illness

This program is part of Drisha's initiative, Dirshu: Confronting Challenges with Mind and Heart Past Dirshu Series: Holiness   - October/November 2015 Hunger: What Can We Do?  - February 2015 Prayer: What Are We Doing?  - March/April 20...
Contact Us

Contact Us

Drisha Institute for Jewish Education 1501 Broadway, suite 505A New York, NY 10036 Tel: 212.595.0307 Fax: 212.595.0679 Email: inquiry@drisha.org  
Countdown to the Yamim Noraim

Countdown to the Yamim Noraim

Every morning from September 23 until erev Yom Kippur, Drisha will be releasing a brief podcast in which Rabbi David Silber teaches about core themes of the tefillot  of the Yamim Noraim . We invite you to sign up  for the daily podcast with the ho...
Dirshu: Confronting Challenges with Mind and Heart

Dirshu: Confronting Challenges with Mind and Heart

  Past Dirshu Series: Confronting Mental Illness  - April/May 2014 Holiness   - October/November 2015 Hunger: What Can We Do?  - February 2015 Prayer: What Are We Doing?  - March/April 2014 Tzeniut - October/November 2016 W...
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Donate

Every dollar you give to Drisha Institute has exponential impact. With your support, we can create a more reflective and committed Jewish community. $36,000 - Sponsor collegiate and young professional programming or provide housing for high school...
Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program

Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program

 Faculty      Classes     Essential Questions Workshop   Activities      Facility     Testimonials      How to Apply      Contact Us      FAQs Tuesday, June 25 - Thursday, July 25, 2019 Every summer, teens from around the world spend five memor...
Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: Activities

Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: Activities

Home      Faculty      Classes     Essential Questions Workshop   Facility     Testimonials      How to Apply Contact Us      FAQs The program below is from Summer 2017. The upcoming program will be similar. Sunday Monday Tuesday ...
Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: Application

Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: Application

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Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: Classes

Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: Classes

Home      Faculty     Essential Questions Workshop     Activities      Facility     Testimonials      How to Apply      Contact Us      FAQs Course Descriptions Daf Yomi:  Masekhet Makkot Ms. Eleorah Sandman Conspiring witnesses, acc...
Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: Contact Us

Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: Contact Us

Home     Faculty      Classes     Essential Questions Workshop     Activities      Facility     Testimonials      How to Apply      FAQs   Shira Hecht-Koller , Director of Communal Engagement and Director, Dr. Beth Samuels High School Pr...
Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: Essential Questions Workshop

Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: Essential Questions Workshop

Home     Faculty      Classes     Activities      Facility      Testimonials      How to Apply      Contact Us      FAQs An essential component of the Drisha summer high school experience is the research-based Essential Questions Workshop, where ...
Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: Facility

Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: Facility

Home      Faculty      Classes     Essential Questions Workshop     Activities      Testimonials      How to Apply      Contact Us      FAQs Drisha high school students live in NYU dorms and residential facilities within which they have their own ...
Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: Faculty

Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: Faculty

Home    Classes     Essential Questions Workshop     Activities      Facility     Testimonials      How to Apply      Contact Us      FAQs Jesse Abelman  has taught in the Yesodot Skill-Building Program at Drisha. He is completing a PhD in Medie...
Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: FAQs

Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: FAQs

Home      Faculty      Classes     Essential Questions Workshop     Activities      Facility     Testimonials How to Apply      Contact Us   “The opportunity to learn things that I normally don’t get to learn at my school made Drisha ...
Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: How to Apply

Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: How to Apply

Home      Faculty      Classes     Essential Questions Workshop     Activities      Facility     Testimonials      Contact Us      FAQs Students Click here to apply. Click here  for the recommendation form. Deadline: Applications are being acc...
Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: Recommendation

Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: Recommendation

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Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: Testimonials

Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program: Testimonials

Home      Faculty      Classes     Essential Questions Workshop     Activities      Facility     How to Apply      Contact Us      FAQs  2017: “I can’t even explain my gratitude for this program. It was such an enriching experience for m...
Dr. Beth Sharon Samuels

Dr. Beth Sharon Samuels

Drisha Scholar, Mathematician Beloved Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister and Friend March 24, 1975 - January 5, 2007 Dr. Beth Sharon Samuels, a”h , was a gifted teacher of Torah and mathematics, inspiring her audiences with her passion for learning a...
Drisha @ B'nai Jeshurun

Drisha @ B'nai Jeshurun

270 West 89 Street, between Broadway and West End Avenue Trei Asar: Minor Prophets of Major Significance taught by Nathaniel Helfgot Mondays, 7:30-8:45pm 11 sessions: February 5-May 7 Click here to register. Drishat Shalom Fellowship for...
Drisha @ Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun

Drisha @ Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun

125 East 85th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues From Slaves to Nation: The Construction of Israel in the Book of Exodus taught by David Silber Tuesdays, 9:30-10:45am 11 sessions: February 6-May 1. Click here to register. Churban:...
Drisha @ Congregation Ramath Orah

Drisha @ Congregation Ramath Orah

550 West 110 Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue Parshanut: Great Figures in Jewish Interpretation of the Torah: An Analysis of Their Approaches Faculty will include Nathaniel Berman, Robert Harris, Marc Herman, Aaron Koller, Sara Labaton,...
Drisha @ Lincoln Square Synagogue

Drisha @ Lincoln Square Synagogue

180 Amsterdam Avenue, between 68 and 69 Streets Sefer Devarim: Prophet, King, Judge, and Priest in the Covenantal Community taught by David Silber Sundays, 10-11:30am 10 sessions: February 4-April 29. Click here to register. Tanakh *A Literary...
Drisha Book Salon & Beit Midrash

Drisha Book Salon & Beit Midrash

Thursday, October 11, 7:00pm To Sleep, Perchance to Dream: Jewish Texts Provoking and Provoked by Aharon Appelfeld’s The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping Sleep is one of the most superfluous things we do as humans. It is nothing, really, a cessation f...
Drisha Kollel

Drisha Kollel

תוכנית לימוד קיץ ב-‘דרישה’ בניו יורק .לימוד כנה, מעמיק, פתוח   בית מדרש 'דרישה' בניו יורק מזמין אותך תלמיד/ת מדרשה וישיבה ובוגר/ת צבא ושירות לאומי לתכנית לימוד אינטנסיבית ומרתקת בקיץ בארה"ב. התכנית מתמקדת בלימוד גמרא בעיון עם חברותות ובש...
Drisha Kollel

Drisha Kollel

Join a community of intensive learning, fellowship, tefila and service. The Kollel is open to college, graduate, and rabbinical students and young professionals, women and men. Apply  for the full two month program: May 29-July 27, 2018 or for ...
Drisha Kollel Faculty

Drisha Kollel Faculty

Click here for the Kollel homepage.  Miriam Gedwiser is a faculty member at Drisha. She has a BA from the University of Chicago in the History and Philosophy of Science and a JD from NYU School of Law. She studied in the Drisha Scholars Circle as...
Drisha Kollel: Open Night Seder

Drisha Kollel: Open Night Seder

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Drisha veChakira Podcasts

Drisha veChakira Podcasts

Three Drisha scholars invite you to join them as they learn in chavruta . In this new podcast series, Tsvi Blanchard , Sam Lebens , and Devora Steinmetz  explore Talmudic texts together, offering their own unique perspectives and striving to understand the ...
Drisha's 37th Anniversary Dinner

Drisha's 37th Anniversary Dinner

Join us for a festive buffet dinner and an evening of workshops showcasing the learning and doing that Drisha inspires. Sunday, May 22, 2016 | 14 Iyar 5776 at Ramaz Upper School, 60 East 78th Street, NYC Dinner Reservations: $360 per person. Click he...
Drishat Shalom Fellowship

Drishat Shalom Fellowship

Students in college, graduate or rabbinical school and young professionals, who seek to join a cohort of dedicated peers to engage in deep, meaningful Torah learning, are invited to apply for the Drishat Shalom Fellowship. Click here  for previous ...
Drishat Shalom Fellowship Application

Drishat Shalom Fellowship Application

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Drishat Shalom: Previous Themes

Drishat Shalom: Previous Themes

Spring 2018: Heresy and Community: Does Believing Matter? We dealt with questions such as: Are there core beliefs of Judaism? If so, what are they? Can one lose one's Jewishness? Who decides? What can we learn from famous banned heretics in Jewish histo...
Elul Learning

Elul Learning

The Stanley Rudoff Memorial High Holy Day Lecture Series All These Vows: The Kol Nidrei Conundrum Yom Kippur opens with this most powerful, albeit peculiar, communal prayer of Kol Nidrei . This year, part 1 of the Stanley Rudoff...
Endings and Beginnings – an evening of singing and reflection with Ebn Leader

Endings and Beginnings – an evening of singing and reflection with Ebn Leader

Please join us on the final night of Chanuka for a melave malka with Rabbi Ebn Leader . As we end Shabbat, enter into the last day of Chanuka, and say goodbye to the year 2016, we will sing, learn, and talk together, opening to the spiritual power of...
Family Morning of Learning

Family Morning of Learning

Sunday, February 8 Sponsored, in part, by Rella Feldman and her family Join Drisha for a cross-generational morning of learning focused on the holiday of Purim. 9:30-10:30am Emerging Identities: Esther of Persia, Individuality and Community  ...
Full Time Programs

Full Time Programs

Drisha's Full-Time Program ran from 1984 to 2014. We offer many classes, seminars, and workshops; please click here  for our current offerings.   Women from all walks of life, of all ages and backgrounds, are attracted to ...
Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

What is GivingTuesday? Black Friday... Cyber Monday... GivingTuesday- a day dedicated to giving back. Tuesday, December 2, 2014, marks the third annual GivingTuesday, a day where charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around ...
Global Day of Jewish Learning

Global Day of Jewish Learning

                      Program date has passed. If you would like to hear about similar programs in the future, please email us at inquiry@drisha.org  to be added to our mailing list. ​   Drisha Institute and Mechon Hadar wer...
Great Chassidic Schools and Masters

Great Chassidic Schools and Masters

Three experts speak about the core teachings of major Chassidic schools and how these teachings can challenge and inspire us today. Wednesday, June 8, 7:00-8:30 PM Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe  - A Yearning for Unity: The Fulcrum of Chabad Chassidut Wednesday, J...
Halakhah, Religion, and the State

Halakhah, Religion, and the State

The relationship between religion and state has come under renewed scrutiny in contemporary American political conversation.  In Israel too this issue continues to be hotly debated, touching as it does on fundamental questions as to the nature of halakhah ...
Holiness

Holiness

Program dates have passed. If you would like to hear about similar programs in the future, please email us at inquiry@drisha.org  to be added to our mailing list. ​ This program is part of Drisha's initiative, Dirshu: Confronting Cha...
Hunger: What Can We Do?

Hunger: What Can We Do?

This program is part of Drisha's initiative, Dirshu: Confronting Challenges with Mind and Heart Past Dirshu Series: Confronting Mental Illness  – April/May 2014 Holiness   - October/November 2015 Prayer: What Are We Doing?  – March/...
Jack Flamholz Memorial Yom Iyun

Jack Flamholz Memorial Yom Iyun

About the Yom Iyun         Schedule          RSVP           About Jack Flamholz, z"l Judaism in America: Intersecting Values and Identities Sunday, November 12, 10am-4pm Please join for a day of learning in memory of Jack Flamholz, z”l. The progr...
Job Openings

Job Openings

 Administrative Assistant Must be organized with attention to detail. Ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects and tasks simultaneously. Qualifications: Excellent Computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Word, ...
Join the Drisha Network

Join the Drisha Network

Wherever you live, you can connect to the Drisha network and be part of a vibrant community of Jewish learning, education, and scholarship. You will be the first to know of new learning initiatives and special events, and news of students, graduates and...
Join us this summer

Join us this summer

Join us for weekday minyanim (traditional mechitza and traditional egalitarian) during our Kollel (May 30 to July 27). Note- no minyanim July 4. 8:15am  Shacharit 2:15pm  Mincha (Monday-Thursday) 8:45pm Ma'ariv on Tuesdays and Thursdays Prepare for pr...
Kollel Application

Kollel Application

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Kollel Recommendation Form

Kollel Recommendation Form

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Learn Gemara with Drisha's Kollel

Learn Gemara with Drisha's Kollel

The Drisha Kollel begins each day with intensive Talmud study, and we are opening the Talmud shiurim to members of the community. If you would like to spend each morning for one month or two learning with us, we invite you to join our study of the sixth...
Letter from David Silber

Letter from David Silber

Dear friend, We will soon begin the holiday of Chanuka by lighting a single candle. Over eight days the light will grow and, as we know from the story of the Hashmonaim, the light that began with one flame can eventually illuminate the entire world. Since ...
Mishnah Bava Metzia

Mishnah Bava Metzia

Bava Metzia  Chapter 4 בבא מציעא פרק ד' Commentary נוסח המשנה המקורי Commentary Halakhic 'Taking Possession' vs. Aggadic 'Statement'- Which Has the Upper Hand? I. Introduction Chapter 4 o...
Mishnah Brachot

Mishnah Brachot

Brachot Chapter 1 ברכות פרק א' Original Mishnah Text Commentary פרוש בעברית נוסח המשנה המקורי Commentary A. Is Our Chapter Well-Ordered? From the very first words of Berakhot Chapter 1...
Mishnah Brachot, Chapter 2

Mishnah Brachot, Chapter 2

Brachot  Chapter 2 ברכות פרק ב' Original Mishnah Text Commentary פרוש בעברית נוסח המשנה המקורי Commentary As opposed to chapter 1 of tractate Berakhot, whose unifying theme la...
Mishnah Brachot, Chapter 3

Mishnah Brachot, Chapter 3

Brachot  Chapter 3 ברכות פרק ג' Original Mishnah Text Commentary פרוש בעברית נוסח המשנה המקורי Commentary A. Connections with Chapter 2 In contrast to the first two chapters of trac...
Mishnah Brachot, Chapter 4

Mishnah Brachot, Chapter 4

Brachot  Chapter 4 ברכות פרק ד' Original Mishnah Text Commentary פרוש בעברית נוסח המשנה המקורי Commentary I. Disorder and Order In The Redaction Of The Mishnah Chapter 4 open...
Mishnah Brachot, Chapter 5

Mishnah Brachot, Chapter 5

Brachot  Chapter 5 ברכות פרק ה' Original Mishnah Text Commentary פרוש בעברית נוסח המשנה המקורי Commentary I. The conceptual and literary Contours of the chapter – a preliminary...
Mishnah Brachot, Chapter 6

Mishnah Brachot, Chapter 6

Brachot  Chapter 6 ברכות פרק ו' Original Mishnah Text Commentary פרוש בעברית נוסח המשנה המקורי Commentary I. The literary shaping of the chapter Our chapter opens a unit that de...
Mishnah Brachot, Chapter 7

Mishnah Brachot, Chapter 7

Brachot  Chapter 7 ברכות פרק ז' Original Mishnah Text Commentary פרוש בעברית נוסח המשנה המקורי Commentary I. The Structure of the Chapter The five mishnayot in our chapter can easi...
Mishnah Brachot, Chapter 8

Mishnah Brachot, Chapter 8

Brachot  Chapter 8 ברכות פרק ח' Original Mishnah Text Commentary פרוש בעברית נוסח המשנה המקורי Commentary I. The Structure of The Chapter The beginning of our chapter bears the followin...
Mishnah Brachot, Chapter 9

Mishnah Brachot, Chapter 9

Brachot  Chapter 9 ברכות פרק ט' Original Mishnah Text Commentary פרוש בעברית נוסח המשנה המקורי Commentary A. Structure of the body of the chapter – Mishnah 1 – Mishnah 5a A ...
Mishnah Brachot, Chapters 1 & 3

Mishnah Brachot, Chapters 1 & 3

Brachot  Comparing Chapter 1 and 3 ברכות השוואה בין פרק א' לפרק ג' Commentary פרוש בעברית Commentary I. Connections Between Chapters 1-3: Shared Motifs After having completed our analysis of...
Mishnah Brachot, Chapters 1 and 3

Mishnah Brachot, Chapters 1 and 3

Brachot Comparing Chapter 1 and 3 ברכות השוואה בין פרק א' לפרק ג' Commentary פרוש בעברית Commentary I. Connections Between Chapters 1-3: Shared Motifs After having completed our analysis of the fi...
Mishnah Brachot, Chapters 4 & 5

Mishnah Brachot, Chapters 4 & 5

Brachot  Comparing Chapter 4 and 5 ברכות השוואה בין פרק ד' לפרק ה' Commentary פרוש בעברית Commentary I. The Connections Between Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 The Tefillah  unit in tractate...
Mishnah Hullin

Mishnah Hullin

Hullin  Chapter 5-12 חולין פרקים ה'-י"ב Commentary נוסח המשנה המקורי Commentary In this lecture I will discuss a particularly prominent and interesting example of a literary tool fre...
Mishnah Maasrot

Mishnah Maasrot

Maasrot  Chapter 1 מעשרות פרק א' Commentary נוסח המשנה המקורי Commentary A. Regarding this chapter I'd like to focus on an interesting phenomenon in Mishnah redaction – inner-mishnaic i...
Mishnah Ohalot

Mishnah Ohalot

Ohalot  Chapter 7 אוהלות פרק ז' Commentary נוסח המשנה המקורי Commentary m. 1 A solid monument (nefesh ) m. 6 One may not set aside a living being &nbs...
Mishnah Pesachim

Mishnah Pesachim

Pesachim פסחים Commentary נוסח המשנה המקורי Commentary Structure and Order in Mishna Pesahim A. At first glance, it seems clear that Pesahim should be included amongst those tractate...
Mishnah Pesachim, Chapter 10

Mishnah Pesachim, Chapter 10

Pesachim  Chapter 10 פסחים פרק י' Commentary נוסח המשנה המקורי Commentary Preparation Questions- Pesahim Chapter 10 Study the mishnayot of the chapter, in order to understand them on a...
Mishnah Project

Mishnah Project

Commentary and Study Guides by Rabbi Dr. Avraham Walfish Commentary Brachot 1 Brachot 2 Brachot 3 Comparing Brachot 1 and 3 Brachot 4 Brachot 5 Comparing Brachot 4 and 5 Brachot 6 Brachot 7 Brachot...
Mishnah Project: Further Readings

Mishnah Project: Further Readings

http://www.academia.edu/938591/Transmitting_Mishnah_The_Shaping_Influence_of_Oral_Tradition http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/english/ten-daat/kosowsky_1.htm http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/english/ten-daat/heinemann-1.htm http://www.zahavy.com/mmt.pdf http://www.uscj.org/LearningandTeaching/DailyStudyMaterials/MishnahYomit/...
Mishnah Rosh HaShanah, Chapter 3

Mishnah Rosh HaShanah, Chapter 3

Rosh Hashanah  Chapter 3 ראש השנה פרק ג' Commentary נוסח המשנה המקורי Commentary m. Rosh Hashana 3:8 “And so it was, when Moshe raised his hand, Israel prevailed…” (Exod. 17:11) Do Mo...
Mishnah Rosh HaShanah, Chapters 1 & 2

Mishnah Rosh HaShanah, Chapters 1 & 2

Rosh Hashanah  Chapter 1 - Chapter 2 The Search for Holy Time ראש השנה פרקים א'-ב' Commentary נוסח המשנה המקורי Commentary A. The Mishna’s Calendar in Contrast to the Calendar of Second Te...
Mishnah Sanhedrin, Chapter 3

Mishnah Sanhedrin, Chapter 3

Sanhedrin  Chapter 3 סנהדרין פרק ג' Commentary נוסח המשנה המקורי Commentary m. 1 …When (bizeman) he brings evidence about them that they are relatives (qerobim) or invalid m....
Mishnah Sukkah, Chapter 2

Mishnah Sukkah, Chapter 2

Sukkah  Chapter 2 סוכה פרק ב' Original Mishnah Text Commentary פרוש בעברית נוסח המשנה המקורי Commentary The Sukkah and the Parable of the Slave: The Riddle of its Solution A. A C...
Mishnah Yoma

Mishnah Yoma

Introduction to Yoma  יומא Commentary פרוש בעברית Commentary 1.   The difficulty in the language of m. Yoma 1:1: The word “mi-beyto ” (“from his house”) We learn i...
Podcasts of "'Sweetening Judgment:' Readings in Rabbi Nahman of Breslov (in Hebrew)"

Podcasts of "'Sweetening Judgment:' Readings in Rabbi Nahman of Breslov (in Hebrew)"

The notion of din - a central motif in Kabbalistic literature - is reformulated and reframed throughout the works of the founder of Breslover Chasidut. What can a sensitive understanding of Rabbi Nahman's symbolic and cryptic teachings reveal to us regarding the ...
Podcasts of "Body and Soul: Understanding the Asceticism of Yom Kippur"

Podcasts of "Body and Soul: Understanding the Asceticism of Yom Kippur"

What is the connection between the restrictions of Yom Kippur and repentance? How do they help us achieve atonement? Taught by Jon Kelsen, Fall 2014. Click here to listen to session 1. Click here to listen to session 2. Click here to listen...
Podcasts of "Book of Esther"

Podcasts of "Book of Esther"

We will explore 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 ...
Podcasts of "Book of Exodus"

Podcasts of "Book of Exodus"

These podcasts are compiled from a series of classes Rabbi Silber gave on the Book of Exodus from spring 2013 to spring 2015. Click here  to listen to session 1 Click here  to listen to session 2 Click here  to listen to session 3 Click here...
Podcasts of "Book of Genesis"

Podcasts of "Book of Genesis"

These podcasts are compiled from a series of classes Rabbi Silber gave on the Book of Genesis from fall 2009 to fall 2012. Click here  to listen to session 1, on chapters 1 and 2 Click here  to listen to session 2, on chapter 2 Click here  t...
Podcasts of "Book of Isaiah"

Podcasts of "Book of Isaiah"

We will examine the first half of the Book of Isaiah, the first of the great classical prophets with an eye to understanding the historical context in which he lived and preached, the literary structure of the book and the theological messages of the...
Podcasts of "Book of Judges"

Podcasts of "Book of Judges"

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. These podcasts are compiled from a series of classes Rabbi...
Podcasts of "Book of Kings"

Podcasts of "Book of Kings"

These podcasts are compiled from a series of classes Rabbi Silber gave on the Book of Kings from spring 2009 to spring 2010. Click here  to listen to session 1 Click here  to listen to session 2 Click here  to listen to session 3 Click here ...
Podcasts of "Book of Numbers"

Podcasts of "Book of Numbers"

The Book of Numbers describes the transition of the first to second generation and the beginning of the conquest of the land of Canaan. We will engage in a close reading of the text in order to more deeply understand the many implications of this transition. Taught...
Podcasts of "Book of Numbers"

Podcasts of "Book of Numbers"

We will engage in a close reading of the Book of Numbers. Taught by David Silber, Fall 2015 & Spring 2016. Click here to listen to session 1  (fall '15). Click here to listen to session 2  (fall '15). Click here to listen to session 3...
Podcasts of "Book of Ruth"

Podcasts of "Book of Ruth"

We will conduct a close reading of the Book of Ruth. Taught by David Silber, spring 2007. Click here  to listen to session 1. Click here  to listen to session 2. Click here  to listen to session 3. Click here  to return to the Online Lea...
Podcasts of "Book of Samuel"

Podcasts of "Book of Samuel"

These podcasts are compiled from a series of classes Rabbi Silber gave on the Book of Samuel from fall 2006 to spring 2009. Click here  to listen to session 1 Click here  to listen to session 2 Click here  to listen to session 3 Click here  t...
Podcasts of "Brother Rival / Sister Enemy: Literary and Kabbalistic Readings of Intimate Antagonism in the Bible"

Podcasts of "Brother Rival / Sister Enemy: Literary and Kabbalistic Readings of Intimate Antagonism in the Bible"

The Bible is filled with tales of enmity between intimates, rivals who are literal or figurative twins. 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...
Podcasts of "Confession and Repentance"

Podcasts of "Confession and Repentance"

We will look at a variety of biblical and rabbinic texts relating to the act of confession and the role of repentance. Taught by David Silber, Fall 2014. Click here to listen to session 1. Click here to listen to session 2. Click here to ...
Podcasts of "Consolation in Jewish Thought and Philosophy"

Podcasts of "Consolation in Jewish Thought and Philosophy"

Consolation is a fundamental longing of the human soul - yet it remains an enigma. Through a study of the notion of consolation, both in Western philosophy (from Plato and Boethius to Leibniz and Nietzsche) and in Judaism (from the Torah, Lamentations...
Podcasts of "Eikha (Lamentations)"

Podcasts of "Eikha (Lamentations)"

We will engage in a close reading of Lamentations and examine how it has been understood over the ages. Part of a Fall 2010 class, "5 Megillot," taught by David Silber. Click here to listen to session 1 . Click here to listen to session 2. ...
Podcasts of "Esther, Queen of Persia or Jewish Queen?"

Podcasts of "Esther, Queen of Persia or Jewish Queen?"

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. Taught by Aaron Koller, Fall 2013. Click here to...
Podcasts of "Ezra-Nehemiah Looking Backward To Move Forward"

Podcasts of "Ezra-Nehemiah Looking Backward To Move Forward"

What aspects of its historical context does Sefer Ezra-Nehemiah seek to address and how does the author do so? Taught by Yael Leibowitz, Fall 2013. Click here to listen to session 1. Click here to listen to session 2. Click here to listen...
Podcasts of "Hearing Aggadic Voices: Ancient Wisdom Learned Anew"

Podcasts of "Hearing Aggadic Voices: Ancient Wisdom Learned Anew"

Talmudic tales speak candidly of the complexities of adult life within a community shaped by a rabbinic value system. Gender relations, status, loyalty, competition, marriage, parenting, and exclusion are probed within an intricately-woven context of...
Podcasts of "Holy Feasts or Sacrifices to the Dead? The Meaning(s) of Jewish Eating"

Podcasts of "Holy Feasts or Sacrifices to the Dead? The Meaning(s) of Jewish Eating"

We will explore the Rabbis attitudes towards food and eating. Among the topics we will discuss are the ethics of meat, the role of asceticism, the meaning of the grotesque and how what we ingest affects how we experience God. Taught by Ben Skydell,...
Podcasts of "Lean Out: Flawed Leadership in the Book of Judges"

Podcasts of "Lean Out: Flawed Leadership in the Book of Judges"

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. We will also reflect on how the Book of Judges lays the groundwork for the...
Podcasts of "Legends of the Cave:  Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark"

Podcasts of "Legends of the Cave: Biblical, Rabbinic, and Kabbalistic Quests for Ancestral, Mystical, and Messianic Truth in the Dark"

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 ...
Podcasts of "Major Prayers of the Jewish Festivals"

Podcasts of "Major Prayers of the Jewish Festivals"

The class will focus on the festival amidah and hallel and the prayers for rain and dew. Taught by David Silber, summer 2009. Click here  to listen to session 1. Click here  to listen to session 2. Click here  to listen to session 3. Click he...
Podcasts of "Midrash and Philosophy"

Podcasts of "Midrash and Philosophy"

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 ...
Podcasts of "Multitasking and Mitzvot"

Podcasts of "Multitasking and Mitzvot"

Are you always busy, juggling a million different commitments? Do you wonder how to set priorities within all the different opportunities and tasks that come your way? We will explore the Talmudic principle of "oseik b'mitzvah" the exemption from certain...
Podcasts of "Nachmanides' Commentary on the Torah"

Podcasts of "Nachmanides' Commentary on the Torah"

We will look at major themes and  motifs of Ramban's classical commentaries on Torah. Taught by David Silber, fall 2011 and spring 2012. Click here  to listen to session 1. Click here  to listen to session 2. Click here  to listen to session 3. ...
Podcasts of "Piyyutim of the High Holidays"

Podcasts of "Piyyutim of the High Holidays"

High holiday services often seem dominated by intricate, often difficult to understand, liturgical poetry (piyyutim ). We will explore different piyyutim, uncovering layers of biblical and midrashic allusions. Taught by Miriam Gedwiser, Fall 2014. Click...
Podcasts of "Prayers of Yom Kippur"

Podcasts of "Prayers of Yom Kippur"

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. Taught by David Silber, fall 2011. Click here  to listen to session 1. Click here  to listen to...
Podcasts of "Rabbinic Love and Matrimony"

Podcasts of "Rabbinic Love and Matrimony"

The rabbinic tradition is not known for its models of equality in relationships.  However, the Talmud presents a number of stories of rabbis and their wives which transcend the boundaries of halakhic conversations and instead go in surprising directions. ...
Podcasts of "Retrieving Ishmael: Torah Readings of Rosh HaShanah"

Podcasts of "Retrieving Ishmael: Torah Readings of Rosh HaShanah"

An in-depth and midrashic analysis of the Torah readings of Rosh HaShanah. Taught by Wendy Amsellem, Fall 2014. Click here to listen to session 1. Click here to listen to session 2. Click here to listen to session 3. Click here  to ...

Podcasts of "Sacred or Profane: Practices of Purim"

We will will review the four mitzvot of Purim - megillah , mishloach manot , matanot le-evyonim (gifts to the poor), and the festive meal, as well as various folk practices that accrued to the holiday overtime (including dressing up, "Purim Torah," and...
Podcasts of "Samson: A Study of Strength and Vulnerability"

Podcasts of "Samson: A Study of Strength and Vulnerability"

Analyzing the character of Samson as he emerges from the biblical text and rabbinic traditions. Taught by David Silber, June 2013. Click here to listen to session 1. Click here to listen to session 2. Click here to listen to session 3. ...
Podcasts of "Servant of God: Moses and His Mission"

Podcasts of "Servant of God: Moses and His Mission"

We will look at Moshe's triumphs and his struggles. Taught by David Silber, fall 2014 and spring 2015. Click here to listen to session 1  (fall '14). Click here to listen to session 2  (fall '14). Click here to listen to session 3  (fall '1...
Podcasts of "Six Character Traits of a Leader

Podcasts of "Six Character Traits of a Leader

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....
Podcasts of "Song of Songs"

Podcasts of "Song of Songs"

We will engage in a close reading of Song of Songs and examine how it has been understood over the ages. Taught by David Silber, Fall 2010. Click here to listen to session 1. Click here to listen to session 2. Click here  to return to t...
Podcasts of "Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis"

Podcasts of "Strangers in a Strange Land: Immigrants and Refugees in the Book of Genesis"

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? We will study both t...
Podcasts of "Such a time as this....": Insights on the Book of Esther

Podcasts of "Such a time as this....": Insights on the Book of Esther

We will conduct a close reading of the Book of Esther and look at global issues that arise in understanding the Book itself as well as its relationship to other biblical texts. We will look at the way it has been understood by rabbinic tradition and th...
Podcasts of "The Bible's Earliest Interpreters Philo and Qumran"

Podcasts of "The Bible's Earliest Interpreters Philo and Qumran"

How was the Torah understood by Jews of the Second Temple Period? What do the surviving texts of the period reveal about ancient modes of biblical interpretation? We will study the works of Philo and the relevant parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls related...
Podcasts of "The Book of Samuel Through the Lens of the Book of Judges"

Podcasts of "The Book of Samuel Through the Lens of the Book of Judges"

We will gain new insight into the Book of Samuel as we examine it through the lens of the Book of Judges. Taught by David Silber, fall 2011 and spring 2012. Click here  to listen to session 1. Click here  to listen to session 2. Click here  t...
Podcasts of "The Desert and the Wilderness: Bamidbar"

Podcasts of "The Desert and the Wilderness: Bamidbar"

Through a close reading of the Book of Numbers, we will study its fundamental themes. Taught by David Silber, Fall 2015 Click here to listen to session 1 . Click here to listen to session 2 . Click here to listen to session 3 . Click here...
Podcasts of "The Once and Future Kings: Saul and David and the Rise of Kingship"

Podcasts of "The Once and Future Kings: Saul and David and the Rise of Kingship"

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 ...
Podcasts of "The Talmudic Readings of Emmanuel Levinas"

Podcasts of "The Talmudic Readings of Emmanuel Levinas"

Shedding new light on classical themes as well as modern themes related to the existential challenges of contemporary Judaism, Emmanuel Levinas offers us the unique occasion to reconsider fundamental philosophical questions related to Judaism. In this...
Podcasts of "Themes of Rosh HaShanah as Reflected in Our Liturgy"

Podcasts of "Themes of Rosh HaShanah as Reflected in Our Liturgy"

Through an examination of the Rosh HaShanah prayer service, we will uncover major themes of the holiday. Taught by David Silber, Fall 2015. Click here to listen to session 1. Click here to listen to session 2. Click here  to return to the ...
Podcasts of "Trouble in the Vineyard: Talmudic Stories of the Sages of Yavneh"

Podcasts of "Trouble in the Vineyard: Talmudic Stories of the Sages of Yavneh"

Stories invite us into the lives- real or imagined- of others, challenging us to use our minds and hearts to enter their struggles, conflicts and achievements. In this series, we will learn four stories about a famous group of sages- Rabban Gamliel, Rabbi...
Podcasts of "What is Torah?"

Podcasts of "What is Torah?"

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? Taught by Aaron Koller, Fall 2012. Click here to listen to session 1. Click here to l...
Podcasts of "Wisdom and the Meaning of Life in Israel and the Ancient Near East"

Podcasts of "Wisdom and the Meaning of Life in Israel and the Ancient Near East"

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...
Podcasts of “'That was no lady, that was my wife!' – Stories of Rabbis and Their Wives"

Podcasts of “'That was no lady, that was my wife!' – Stories of Rabbis and Their Wives"

The women of the Talmud both preserve rabbinic traditions and challenge them. Although usually the Rabbis' wives are invisible and unheard, occasionally we get a peak at their personalities, their concerns, and their relationships with their rabbi husbands....
Podcasts of “'They Cared For Me in Life and They Will Care For Me in Death': Deathbed Stories in the Babylonian Talmud"

Podcasts of “'They Cared For Me in Life and They Will Care For Me in Death': Deathbed Stories in the Babylonian Talmud"

The Babylonian Talmud contains several lengthy narratives detailing the deaths of Torah Sages. Some are carefully orchestrated deathbed scenes, others are more raw and unplanned. In this class we will explore these narratives, noting how they are constructed...
Prayer: What Are We Doing?

Prayer: What Are We Doing?

This program is part of Drisha’s initiative, Dirshu: Confronting Challenges with Mind and Heart Past Dirshu Series: Confronting Mental Illness  – April/May 2014 Holiness   - October/November 2015 Hunger: What Can We Do?  – February...
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Renewing the Old, Sanctifying the New

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Seminars and Workshops

Seminars and Workshops

June Executive Seminar Tuesday, June 14 – Thursday, June 16, 2016 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 sourc...
Songs of My Beloved: A Music Celebration of Shir HaShirim

Songs of My Beloved: A Music Celebration of Shir HaShirim

When : Wednesday, March 25, 7 - 8:30pm What : An evening of Learning and Song facilitated by Rabbi Roly Matalon and Drisha Faculty Where : Drisha, 37 West 65th Street, 5th floor Admission: $10 / $5 for students. Co-Sponsored with Congregation B'...
Summer Seminar

Summer Seminar

Power: Use and Abuse Monday, June 12 – Wednesday, June 14, 2017 . Program canceled 10 am – 4 pm Join us for a three-day seminar as we examine biblical, rabbinic, and contemporary legal texts focused on the concept of political, judicial, and halakh...
Talmud Seder with Drisha's Kollel

Talmud Seder with Drisha's Kollel

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Teaching Talmud in Day Schools

Teaching Talmud in Day Schools

Monday June 29 through Thursday July 2, 2015  a four-day workshop for high school and middle school Talmud teachers Please join us for a workshop exploring key issues in teaching Talmud in day schools. Some of the topics we will address: Teaching s...
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The Elga Stulman Summer Programs

The Elga Stulman Summer Programs

Summer Kollel Drisha's Summer Kollel for college students and recent graduates (graduate and rabbinic students included) is an intensive experience of Jewish text study, community building and spiritual growth. Our coed learning community is characterized b...
The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space

The Quest to Reestablish the Bible’s Sacred Space

This 12-part series, recorded by Rabbi David Silber, was sponsored in memory of Ellen Goodstein Koplow and Joan Silverstein Meyers. The Bible opens with the Creation story (or is it stories?) and the exile of the first man and woman from the sacred ...
The Yeshiva

The Yeshiva

עברית This fall 2018 Drisha launched a new yeshiva in Israel. The yeshiva is an advanced learning institute for women, and offers both one-year and multi-year programs for young women who have completed at least one year in a post-high school beit...
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Tisha B'Av Program

Tisha B'Av Program

9:00 am- shacharit 10am- explanatory/participatory kinnot with Daniel Reifman, Gavriel Bellino, Yocheved Hartman, as well as students from the Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program 1pm- Rute Yair-Nussbaum on “ The Possibility of Re-Connecting: C...
Tzeniut: Can We Talk About It?

Tzeniut: Can We Talk About It?

"כִּי אִם עֲשׂוֹת מִשְׁפָּט וְאַהֲבַת חֶסֶד וְהַצְנֵעַ לֶכֶת עִם אֱ-לֹהֶיךָ " "do justice and love kindness and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8) - Three Monday evenings: October 31, November 7 and November 14 - What does tzeniut really me...
UWS Celebrates Israel

UWS Celebrates Israel

Drisha is excited to be part of the Upper West Side Celebrates Israel again in 2018. Join the celebration! The Upper West Side's synagogues, schools, and Jewish organizations are coming together for a neighborhood-wide celebration of Yom Ha'atzmaut, ...
What Do I Do When…? What Congregational Leaders Need to Know about Mental Illness

What Do I Do When…? What Congregational Leaders Need to Know about Mental Illness

A day of learning and discussion for pulpit rabbis and congregational leaders created through a collaboration of Rethink The Conversation, Sinai and Synapses, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, The Jewish Board, and UJA-Federation of New York. Monday, ...
Why Learn Talmud?

Why Learn Talmud?

This program is part of Drisha’s initiative: Dirshu: Confronting Challenges with Mind and Heart Past Dirshu Series: Confronting Mental Illness  – April/May 2014 Holiness   - October/November 2015 Hunger: What Can We Do?  – F...
Winter Program in Israel

Winter Program in Israel

  .בין התאריכים ו'-ח' באדר א'6-8 בפברואר, תתקיים תוכנית קצרה בכפר הנוער ימין אורד .בלימוד נעסוק בנושא "סביב למשכן יחנו": בנייה, קהילה, שכינה .התוכנית פונה לתלמידים החפצים בלימוד תורה רציני ומעמיק ומתעניינים בסוגיות סוציאליות המעסיקות את הח...
Winter Week of Learning

Winter Week of Learning

Judaism and Christianity Monday, December 25 - Wednesday, December 27, 2017 Jews and Christians have lived together for 2000 years, through theological tension, cooperation, polemics, and violence. What are the theological issues that have defined...
Women's Leadership Initiative Workshop Day

Women's Leadership Initiative Workshop Day

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.  When:  S...
Yeshivat Bein Hazmanim Application

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Yeshivat Bein Hazmanim: <br>Drisha Winter Beit Midrash

Yeshivat Bein Hazmanim:
Drisha Winter Beit Midrash

for college, graduate, and rabbinical students and young professionals, women and men Sunday, December 24-Thursday, December 28 Judaism and Christianity Come learn Torah in an immersive, open environment. We will be learning parts of Avodah Zarah ...