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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)

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

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

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

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

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

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.