If you are in middle school or high school, come learn with us this summer. If you are a college student and beyond, check out our summer Kollel in New York City, our vibrant Beit Midrash programming in Israel, and, of course, for year-round study, Yeshivat Drisha.

May 5 - June 2, 2024
On Zoom

Join Rabbi David Silber as he continues his ongoing series covering the First Two Books of Tanakh!
A careful study of the story of the Exodus, including the ten plagues, the journey out of Egypt, and the Song of the Sea all as preludes to the challenging path to freedom.

May 6 - June 3, 2024
On Zoom

Dedicated to those held hostage

Shevi kasheh mikkulam… “Captivity is the worst of them all.”
Chazal long ago observed the horrors of captivity, and the unparalleled importance of Pidyon Shevuyim, the mitzvah to redeem captives. In this course, we will examine the sources which center on these issues—from the gemara to the Medieval and early-modern Talmudic commentators.
We will start with the fourth chapter of tractate Gittin, Mishnah 6, which discusses the obligation to ransom captives, its rationale, and its parameters. Through our analysis of this topic which unfortunately has become unbearably relevant, we will see how this issue has been discussed and dealt with throughout the generations.

May our learning be a merit to those still held hostage and may they be released and returned home immediately.

Class meets May 6, 13, 20; and June 3 (no class May 27).
Nobody is turned away for inability to pay; contact to inquire about financial aid.

May 5 - June 9, 2024
On Zoom

Becoming a Bat Mitzvah marks the transition to the status of adult within Jewish Law and gaining the responsibilities that follow from being obligated in mitzvot. Taught by Dr. Shana Strauch Shick, this five-week* course is an opportunity to think through this life transition under the guidance of an expert in Jewish law.

This course focuses on specific mitzvot that are performed regularly (Tefilla, Zimun, etc), as well as those that come up throughout the year (Fasting, Megilla, Matza). Each class begins with an introduction of the topic followed by roughly thirty minutes of time to study the sources with a chavruta and then further discussion. Background in gemara texts is not required.

* Class meets May 5, 19, & 26; June 2 & 9.

May 8 - May 22, 2024
On Zoom

Shavuot is a captivating holiday with dual significance. On one hand, it holds a legal aspect, emphasizing the giving of the Torah through the reading of the Ten Commandments. On the other hand, it embraces a human dimension through the Book of Ruth, a narrative centered around the harvest and the acts of kindness within the community. This course will emphasize the complementary nature of both aspects. First, we’ll examine various models of revelation and the different aspects of the Ten Commandments. Then, we will shift our focus to realization, delving into the practical challenges when living a Torah-guided life in society, as seen in the Book of Ruth.
Through these texts, the course will address questions such as: What does it look like practically for a society to live accordingly to Torah law? What needs to shift and what accommodations need to be made? What messages do we get from both the law and narrative sections of Torah?

May 9 - May 30, 2024
On Zoom
Humans spend an incredible amount of our lives sleeping, and when we don’t get enough of it – challenges abound. How do classical Jewish texts conceptualize sleep? Is good sleep a value? Do we cherish it the way we cherish other life-nourishing and pleasant elements of our lives like food and clothing? Or does it represent a human limitation that we should attempt to overcome? What resources does our tradition provide for times in our lives when sleep feels difficult due to small children, anxiety, hormones, workload, etc? Join Rabbanit Leah Sarna for a tour of classical Jewish texts about sleep as we explore these questions.
May 9 - May 30, 2024
On Zoom

Our recurring weekly parashah class returns for Sefira Zman!