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God Who Suffers With: Divine Presence Amidst Pain

Posted: 07/30/2020
God Who Suffers With: Divine Presence Amidst Pain
Jewish tradition has often mourned the destruction of the Temple by tying loss to collective transgression, evoked most poignantly through the liturgy’s lament mipnei hatatenu, “on account of our sins.”  But the Babylonian Talmud’s longest and most reflection on the destruction puts little emphasis on communal wrongdoing, and indict instead the brutality of state violence and Roman conquest.  In this session, we’ll examine stories that grapple with Roman power and violence to explore how they imagine divine presence amidst pain, how they invite us to consider God not as one who stands apart, but one who suffers with.
On Suffering and Metaphors: Limits and Opportunities

Posted: 07/30/2020
On Suffering and Metaphors: Limits and Opportunities
The book of Eichah is saturated with metaphors that serve to capture a range of emotions in the wake of the destruction. The rabbis of the Midrash also draw on metaphor to grapple with the impact of loss, drastic change, guilt and anger. In this class, we will immerse ourselves in these metaphors, and consider the power and failings of using metaphor to navigate suffering. 
The Impossibility of Mourning: Zoharic Thoughts on the Interminability of Tisha b’Av

Posted: 07/30/2020
The Impossibility of Mourning: Zoharic Thoughts on the Interminability of Tisha b’Av
“From the day the Temple was destroyed…” – with this phrase, Jewish tradition repeatedly insists that the Temple’s destruction irreparably damaged the cosmos, even the divine itself. We commemorate Tisha B’Av with many of the customs of mourning in our personal lives. Why can we not ever complete this mourning? Do we ever complete mourning in our personal lives? We will study some texts from the kabbalistic masterpiece, the Zohar, on what Tisha B’Av can teach us about mourning … and vice versa.
Megillat Eicha followed by “A Cry in the Night, Eicha as a Lamentation”

Posted: 07/30/2020
Megillat Eicha followed by “A Cry in the Night, Eicha as a Lamentation”
Introduction to Megillat Eicha by Rabbi David Silber Reading of Megillat Eicha by Drisha Kollel students Lecture by Rabbi David Silber
Kinot, Tisha B’Av 5780

Posted: 07/30/2020
Kinot, Tisha B’Av 5780
A discussion of selected kinot (dirges) from the Tisha B'Av liturgy. Led by Rabbi Daniel Reifman and Rabbanit Aliza Sperling, this will be a chance to look closely at the themes of mourning and destruction central to Tisha B'Av and to connect them to our contemporary lives
Despair and Consolation in the Prophecies of Jeremiah – SERIES

Posted: 03/24/2020
Despair and Consolation in the Prophecies of Jeremiah – SERIES
Class Series, Spring 2020.  A study of the character of Jeremiah, the harbinger of exile and devastation, who remains faithful to the people and his mission. We will look at selected prophecies including those of consolation to gain a deeper understanding of the message of the book.
Preparing for Tisha B’Av – Studies and Reflections: Select Kinot, Overview

Posted: 08/04/2019
Preparing for Tisha B’Av – Studies and Reflections: Select Kinot, Overview
Part 3 - "Select Kinot" is part of the podcast series titled, “Preparing for Tisha B’Av - Studies and Reflections”
Preparing for Tisha B’Av – Studies and Reflections: Select Kinot, Arzei Halevanon

Posted: 08/04/2019
Preparing for Tisha B’Av – Studies and Reflections: Select Kinot, Arzei Halevanon
Part 3 - "Select Kinot" is part of the podcast series titled, “Preparing for Tisha B’Av - Studies and Reflections” Rabbi Silber discusses the poem about the 10 martyrs,  ארזי הלבנון אדירי התורה
Preparing for Tisha B’Av – Studies and Reflections: Select Kinot, Works of Eliezer Hakalir (2)

Posted: 08/04/2019
Preparing for Tisha B’Av – Studies and Reflections: Select Kinot, Works of Eliezer Hakalir (2)
Part 3 - "Select Kinot" is part of the podcast series titled, “Preparing for Tisha B’Av - Studies and Reflections” Rabbi Silber discusses the work of Eliezer Hakalir קול ברמה השמיעו לבכה מזה ועל מה זה הקרנו כה
Preparing for Tisha B’Av – Studies and Reflections: Select Kinot, Zion

Posted: 08/04/2019
Preparing for Tisha B’Av – Studies and Reflections: Select Kinot, Zion
Part 3 - "Select Kinot" is part of the podcast series titled, “Preparing for Tisha B’Av - Studies and Reflections” Rabbi Silber discusses the kinot about Zion by Rabbi Yehuda Halevi - and others - that are often found at the end of the kinot collections.
Preparing for Tisha B’Av – Studies and Reflections: Select Kinot, Works of Eliezer Hakalir (1)

Posted: 08/04/2019
Preparing for Tisha B’Av – Studies and Reflections: Select Kinot, Works of Eliezer Hakalir (1)
Part 3 - "Select Kinot" is part of the podcast series titled, “Preparing for Tisha B’Av - Studies and Reflections” Rabbi Silber discusses the work of Eliezer Hakalir איכה  את אשר כבר עשוהו. תבע מני לגבות נשיהו
Reflections on Eicha, Chapter 5

Posted: 07/28/2019
Reflections on Eicha, Chapter 5
Part 2: of Preparing for Tisha B’Av - Studies and Reflections The 5 chapters of Eikha
The Three Weeks – Bein hametzarim, Within the Straits – culminate in Tisha B’Av, a day of communal mourning and contemplation, and encourage us to think deeply about what is missing in our personal and communal lives.
Part 1: Introduction to Tisha B’Av and the 3 weeks
Part 2: The 5 chapters of Eikha
Part 3: Selected Kinot
Reflections on Eicha, Chapter 4

Posted: 07/28/2019
Reflections on Eicha, Chapter 4
Part 2: of Preparing for Tisha B’Av - Studies and Reflections The 5 chapters of Eicha
The Three Weeks – Bein hametzarim, Within the Straits – culminate in Tisha B’Av, a day of communal mourning and contemplation, and encourage us to think deeply about what is missing in our personal and communal lives.
Part 1: Introduction to Tisha B’Av and the 3 weeks
Part 2: The 5 chapters of Eicha
Part 3: Selected Kinot
Reflections on Eicha, Chapter 3

Posted: 07/28/2019
Reflections on Eicha, Chapter 3
Part 2: of Preparing for Tisha B’Av - Studies and Reflections The 5 chapters of Eicha
The Three Weeks – Bein hametzarim, Within the Straits – culminate in Tisha B’Av, a day of communal mourning and contemplation, and encourage us to think deeply about what is missing in our personal and communal lives.
Part 1: Introduction to Tisha B’Av and the 3 weeks
Part 2: The 5 chapters of Eicha
Part 3: Selected Kinot
Reflections on Eicha, Chapter 2

Posted: 07/28/2019
Reflections on Eicha, Chapter 2
Part 2: of Preparing for Tisha B’Av - Studies and Reflections The 5 chapters of Eicha
The Three Weeks – Bein hametzarim, Within the Straits – culminate in Tisha B’Av, a day of communal mourning and contemplation, and encourage us to think deeply about what is missing in our personal and communal lives.
Part 1: Introduction to Tisha B’Av and the 3 weeks
Part 2: The 5 chapters of Eicha
Part 3: Selected Kinot
Reflections on Eicha, Chapter 1

Posted: 07/28/2019
Reflections on Eicha, Chapter 1
Part 2: of Preparing for Tisha B’Av - Studies and Reflections The 5 chapters of Eicha
The Three Weeks – Bein hametzarim, Within the Straits – culminate in Tisha B’Av, a day of communal mourning and contemplation, and encourage us to think deeply about what is missing in our personal and communal lives.
Part 1: Introduction to Tisha B’Av and the 3 weeks
Part 2: The 5 chapters of Eicha
Part 3: Selected Kinot
Preparing for Tisha B’Av – Studies and Reflections: Introduction for the 3 Weeks (2)

Posted: 07/19/2019
Preparing for Tisha B’Av – Studies and Reflections: Introduction for the 3 Weeks (2)
The Three Weeks – Bein hametzarim, Within the Straits – culminate in Tisha B’Av, a day of communal mourning and contemplation, and encourage us to think deeply about what is missing in our personal and communal lives.
In this spirit, Drisha presents a podcast series titled, “Preparing for Tisha B’Av - Studies and Reflections”
Preparing for Tisha B’Av – Studies and Reflections: Introduction to the 3 Weeks (1)

Posted: 07/19/2019
Preparing for Tisha B’Av – Studies and Reflections: Introduction to the 3 Weeks (1)
The Three Weeks – Bein hametzarim, Within the Straits – culminate in Tisha B’Av, a day of communal mourning and contemplation, and encourage us to think deeply about what is missing in our personal and communal lives.
In this spirit, Drisha presents a podcast series titled, “Preparing for Tisha B’Av - Studies and Reflections”
In the Margins of Catastrophe: The Prequel and Postscript to the Book of Eicha

Posted: 06/25/2019
In the Margins of Catastrophe: The Prequel and Postscript to the Book of Eicha
In this class, our character of choice is the city of Jerusalem. Rather than studying Megillat Eicha, the classic text of destruction, we  instead look at the before and after. We begin with the historical background and context to the fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C.E., examining the 'Jerusalem myth', the notion that had taken hold over the previous centuries that the city could never fall, and then move to the post-script, studying the midrashic commentary to Eicha, which subverts, undermines, and rewrites the Megilla to replace themes of destruction and despair with ones of comfort and continuity.
Perceiving Tragedy Through the Lens of the Book of Eicha

Posted: 07/27/2015
Perceiving Tragedy Through the Lens of the Book of Eicha
Tisha B'Av is both a fast day and a day of mourning, but has different observances than other fast days. We will look at some of the reasons why.
Rabbi Akiva and an Ethic of Pain

Posted: 07/27/2015
Rabbi Akiva and an Ethic of Pain
Questions From the Long Night: Selections from the Responsa of Rav Ephrayim Oshry

Posted: 07/27/2015
Questions From the Long Night: Selections from the Responsa of Rav Ephrayim Oshry
Silence and Speech in the Presence of Suffering

Posted: 07/27/2015
Silence and Speech in the Presence of Suffering
The Rock Whose Ways are Great: Blessing God in Times of Tragedy

Posted: 11/01/2012
The Rock Whose Ways are Great: Blessing God in Times of Tragedy
An exploration of midrashic tales of dismay and righteous responses to tragic fates.
Eicha (part 1 of a 5-session course)

Posted: 10/07/2010
Eicha (part 1 of a 5-session course)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. We will engage in a close reading of Lamentations and examine how it has been understood over the ages.  
The Midrashim on the Book of Lamentations

Posted: 10/28/2010
The Midrashim on the Book of Lamentations
We will examine the midrashim on the Book of Lamentations.
She Sits as a Widow: Studying the Book of Eicha (Lamentations)

Posted: 07/14/2010
She Sits as a Widow: Studying the Book of Eicha (Lamentations)
We will engage in a literary-theological study of the Book of Lamentations, read in the synagogue on Tisha B'Av night. We will attempt to understand the structure and meaning of each chapter and the book as a whole and its relation to other books of the Bible. We will make use of classical commentaries and modern studies of the Bible.