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The Renee and Alexander Bohm Memorial Lecture

Posted: 11/04/2019
The Renee and Alexander Bohm Memorial Lecture
Lecture is sponsored by their grandchildren, Elissa Shay Ordan and Daniel J. Ordan Rabbi Menachem Leibtag on Holidays and Theology in the Biblical Calendar: From a 'Holy Land' to a 'Holy People' Many of the practices of the festivals seem odd or out of place. The imagery of being "judged" in Tishrei, the practice of saying ya'ale ve-yavo on holidays and Rosh Hodesh, our counting both days and weeks in the omer - all of these take on new significance in light of the agricultural roots of the Jewish festivals and the biblical calendar. In this lecture, Rabbi Leibtag explores those, in order to better appreciate the way the calendar has evolved together with the world, and yet preserves its eternal sanctity. (11/04/2019)
Chanuka and Sukkot

Chanuka and Sukkot
We will conduct a detailed analysis of the significance of the commonalities the festivals of Chanuka and Sukkot.
Thoughts on Sukkot

Thoughts on Sukkot
The Sukkah is often thought of as a mini-Mishkan. What parallels can be drawn between the holiday and the building of the tabernacle?
Thoughts on Sukkot

Thoughts on Sukkot
The purpose of freedom is to build sacred spaces for ourselves and others to share.
Gog of Magog and Zechariah 14: Haftarot of Sukkot

Gog of Magog and Zechariah 14: Haftarot of Sukkot
The great battles described in Ezekiel 38-39 and Zechariah 14 came to symbolize apocalyptic war in Jewish tradition. What is the meaning of these biblical prophecies and why do we read them on Sukkot?
Introduction to Kohelet: Confronting Religious Challenges

Introduction to Kohelet: Confronting Religious Challenges
The Sages nearly censored Kohelet out of Tanakh due to their concerns over its often contradictory messages regarding life and wisdom. How did they ultimately reconcile themselves to its theological influence? Part of The Stanley Rudoff Memorial High Holy Day Lecture Series.
Themes of Sukkot

Themes of Sukkot
We will look at the major themes of the holiday of Sukkot.
Major Themes of Sukkot

Major Themes of Sukkot
We will discuss the major themes of the holiday of Sukkot.
Major Prayers of the Jewish Festivals (part 1 of 3 sessions)

Major Prayers of the Jewish Festivals (part 1 of 3 sessions)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. The class will focus on the festival amidah and hallel and the prayers for rain and dew.
Hallel: Song and Expression

Hallel: Song and Expression