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Living with the Unknown: Sota, ‘Egla ‘Arufa, and the Berakhot uQlalot

Posted: 07/17/2020
Living with the Unknown: Sota, ‘Egla ‘Arufa, and the Berakhot uQlalot
What made the sages include the Egla Arufa ritual in Masechet Sota instead of a section of the Talmud focused on criminal law and civil society?  This class with Dr. Devora Steinmetz analyzes some of the other rituals discussed in Masechet Sota, particularly the recitation of the berakhot uqlalot (blessings and curses) of Deuteronomy 27, in order to unearth the literary and thematic connections between them and to discover what they can teach us about individual and communal responsibility.
The End of Humility -משמת רבי בטלה ענוה ויראת חטא

Posted: 07/24/2020
The End of Humility -משמת רבי בטלה ענוה ויראת חטא
משמת רבי בטלה ענוה ויראת חטא – The End of Humility Perek Egla Arufa – Shiur Klali, Drisha Summer Kollel The Mishnah and Gemara at the end of our Perek discuss the devolution and end of various qualities and experiences:  
This is Torah and this is it’s reward? Rabbi Akiva’s end

Posted: 05/13/2020
This is Torah and this is it’s reward? Rabbi Akiva’s end
The period of Sefirat ha-omer between Pesach and Shavuot is associated in rabbinic lore with Rabbi Akiva, and specifically the death of his students in a plague. We will study aggadot about the the master teacher Rabbi Akiva himself - his humble beginnings, his family, his intellectual and emotional power, and his tragic end.  
Rabbi Akiva the Comforter

Posted: 05/06/2020
Rabbi Akiva the Comforter
The period of Sefirat ha-omer between Pesach and Shavuot is associated in rabbinic lore with Rabbi Akiva, and specifically the death of his students in a plague.  We will study aggadot about the the master teacher Rabbi Akiva himself - his humble beginnings, his family, his intellectual and emotional power, and his tragic end.
The Rock-Headed Rabbi: Rabbi Akiva’s beginnings

Posted: 04/29/2020
The Rock-Headed Rabbi: Rabbi Akiva’s beginnings
The period of Sefirat ha-omer between Pesach and Shavuot is associated in rabbinic lore with Rabbi Akiva, and specifically the death of his students in a plague.  We will study aggadot about the the master teacher Rabbi Akiva himself - his humble beginnings, his family, his intellectual and emotional power, and his tragic end.
Abortion: A Study of Biblical Case Law

Posted: 02/19/2020
Abortion: A Study of Biblical Case Law
Is a fetus a human being with legal standing? The case of two men fighting who accidentally strike a pregnant woman, Ex 21, has been the focal point of this question since Antiquity. BY exploring how this case has been interpreted and how the rabbis view fetal life in aggadic and legal texts, we will be able to shed light on the tensions inherent in attempting to value human life in all its stages.
Sage Advice: Pirkei Avot

Posted: 06/01/2016
Sage Advice: Pirkei Avot
Hear renowned theologian Yitz Greenberg discuss his new commentary on Pirkei Avot and learn some of the mishnayot with him in a whole new light.
Reading Mishnah (Lecture 1 of 10)

Posted: 14/03/2017
Reading Mishnah (Lecture 1 of 10)
Click here to listen to more podcasts in this series or for more Mishnah resources. An analysis of the structure and meaning of tractate Rosh Hashana. This lecture was originally presented as a Ki Mitzion Torah podcast.
Commandment and Control in Marriage: The Poetics of Mishnah Kiddushin Chapter 1

Posted: 14/03/2017
Commandment and Control in Marriage: The Poetics of Mishnah Kiddushin Chapter 1
What can we learn about this chapter, and Mishnah in general, from a careful structural analysis? This lecture was delivered as part of A Day of Learning in Commemoration of the Tenth Yahrzeit of Rifka Rosenwein, z"l.
Mishnah and Memory: An Educational Exploration

Posted: 28/01/2017
Mishnah and Memory: An Educational Exploration
How should we think about Mishnah study if we take it seriously as an oral text? This lecture was delivered as part of A Day of Learning in Commemoration of the Tenth Yahrzeit of Rifka Rosenwein, z"l.
From Cases to Concepts: R. Jose’s views on property rights as reflected in the Mishnah, Tosefta, and Talmudim

Posted: 07/07/2014
From Cases to Concepts: R. Jose’s views on property rights as reflected in the Mishnah, Tosefta, and Talmudim
How does the Mishnah approach cases where one person's actions on his own property impact his neighbor? This lecture was delivered as part of A Day of Learning in Commemoration of the Tenth Yahrzeit of Rifka Rosenwein, z"l.
Pirkei Avot: A Second-Century Guide to the Good Life

Posted: 21/07/2016
Pirkei Avot: A Second-Century Guide to the Good Life
While other Mishnayot focus on detailed halakhot (Jewish laws), Pirkei Avot stands out as a collection of rabbinic teachings and sayings on how to lead a proper life. In this overview of the personality traits associated with the good, the bad and the in-between, we pay close attention to the authors of these sayings and the broader context for their opinions. Part of Drisha's Winter Week of Learning 2005, dedicated in memory of Rifka Rosenwein, z”l.
God, Nature, and Community in Mishnaic Thought: A Literary Study of Mishnaic Passages

Posted: 14/03/2017
God, Nature, and Community in Mishnaic Thought: A Literary Study of Mishnaic Passages
This lecture represents the start of a major initiative in the study of mishnah at Drisha, in memory of Rifka Rosenwein, on her first yahrzeit. Created with the support of Rifka's husband, Barry Lichtenberg, it is established with major funding by Judy Heicklen, her havruta of 18 years in the study of mishnah.