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Classes

  • Drishat Shalom Fall 2018: CENSORED! Civil Discourse and the Jewish Tradition.

    Drisha Faculty

    Drishat Shalom Fall 2018: CENSORED! Civil Discourse and the Jewish Tradition.

    Students in college, graduate or rabbinical school and young professionals, who seek to join a cohort of dedicated peers to engage in deep, meaningful Torah learning, are invited to apply for the Drishat Shalom Fellowship.

    Seminar Dates: Wednesdays, October 17, 24, 31 and November 7, 14 from 7 to 9:30 pm.

    Apply before October 7th, applications received thereafter will be considered as space allows.

    Please see the Drishat Shalom page for details

    Price: $

  • Jerusalem

    Dr. Sarit Kattan Gribetz
    May, 2019: 4 Sessions
    Time TBA

    Jerusalem
    Dr. Sarit Kattan Gribetz
    May, 2019: 4 Sessions

    Riverdale location and times TBA

    This course will offer a penetrating and broad look into the history and culture of Jerusalem over the millennia.

    Topics will include (1) the sacredness of Jerusalem to Jews, Christians, and Muslims; (2) Jerusalem as a city of women and as a woman herself; (3) Jerusalem as a travel destination, including pilgrimage accounts, maps, and other sources; (4) Jerusalem as a contested city.

    Time TBA

    Price: $

Lectures

  • The Zohar for Modern Jews

    Dr. Nathaniel Berman
    Wednesdays: 3 sessions
    7:30pm - 9:00pm

    The Zohar for Modern Jews
    Dr. Nathaniel Berman
    Wednesdays: 3 sessions

    Kabbalah for our Turbulent Souls:
    Zoharic Myths of Anger, Shame, and Desire

    The Zohar, the central compendium of kabbalistic myth, is replete with tales of divine, demonic, and human subjects beset by passions, emotions, and longings.  Their confrontations with these forces decisively shape their strengths and weaknesses, indeed their very identities.

    These tales make the Zoharic tradition acutely pertinent to the human condition, in a way that philosophically-oriented versions of Judaism, with their remote and impassive deity, cannot.  We will explore these myths through engagement with primary texts (in translation).  No prior background needed.

    Location: The home of Nahum and Syvia Twersky on the Upper West Side, Manhattan
    697 West End Avenue, 13C (at West 94th Street)

    3 Sessions
    January 30 (This date was postponed due to weather)
    February 6, 20, 27 (added due to weather)

    Dedicate a class in honor or memory of a loved one or in celebration of an occasion here.

    Listen to Lecture 1 – (2/6/2019)
    Listen to Lecture 2 – (2/20/2019)
    Listen to Lecture 3 – (2/27/2019)

    7:30pm - 9:00pm

    Price: $ 75.00

  • Poetic Mythology for our Age of Anger

    Dr. Nathaniel Berman
    Tuesday, January 15, 7:30 pm

    Poetic Mythology for our Age of Anger
    Dr. Nathaniel Berman
    Tuesday, January 15, 7:30 pm

    POETIC MYTHOLOGY FOR OUR AGE OF ANGER: The Wisdom of the Zohar and Its Relevance for the 21st Century

    Celebrate the publication of Dr. Nathaniel Berman’s new book, Divine and Demonic in the Poetic Mythology of the Zohar: The “Other Side” of Kabbalah (Leiden: Brill, 2018)

    Listen to the Lecture

    Price: $ 15.00

  • The 20th Annual Rapoport Memorial Lecture

    Dr. Sarit Kattan Gribetz
    March 28, 7:30pm

    The 20th Annual Rapoport Memorial Lecture
    Dr. Sarit Kattan Gribetz
    March 28, 7:30pm

    How did the Pesach Seder become a Family Affair?

    This lecture will explore biblical, second temple, and rabbinic texts about how Pesach was celebrated in a diversity of ways in antiquity – as it is observed in many different ways in the present as well.  We will think about how Pesach was imagined to originate as a family ritual, how it took a detour as a priestly and scholarly men’s endeavor, and then how it circled back in new ways to the family table.  We will begin, though, at the 2018 Samaritan Passover sacrifice in Nablus, in order to consider as expansively as possible the various trajectories that Pesach celebrations have taken or could have taken since antiquity, and then go back in time to the book of Exodus and beyond.  This lecture will be anchored in historical sources, but it aims to provoke us to think creatively and practically about how ideas related to time, memory, historical reenactment, and intergenerational rituals can be incorporated into contemporary Seders today.

    Located at: Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun
    125 East 85th Street

    Free and open to the public
    (But please RSVP)

    Price: $ 0.00

  • Kingship and the Book of Ruth

    Rabbi David Silber
    Sunday, May 12, 7:30 PM

    Kingship and the Book of Ruth
    Rabbi David Silber
    Sunday, May 12, 7:30 PM

    The book of Ruth begins with the “days of the Judges” and concludes with the birth of David. This session explores the connections between the heroic behavior of the characters in Ruth and the ideal kingship as represented by David.

    Located in a private residence on the Upper West  Side in Manhattan.

    Details shared upon registration.

    Price: $ 25.00

Events

  • Book Salon & Beit Midrash: A Simple Story by S. Y. Agnon

    Dr. Shai Secunda
    Thursday, February 7, 7:00 PM

    Book Salon & Beit Midrash: A Simple Story by S. Y. Agnon
    Dr. Shai Secunda
    Thursday, February 7, 7:00 PM

    Location: A private residence on the Upper West Side, details provided upon registration

    Thursday, February 7 , 7:00 PM – A Simple Story by S. Y. Agnon.

    A Simple Story is one of the celebrated Hebrew novelist, S. Y. Agnon’s, greatest achievements. If the story is at all simple, it is only in the seeming effortlessness of relating a physiological and countercultural tale about bittersweet romance, bourgeous expectations, and madness. Most striking are the allusions to classical Jewish literature found on nearly every page. Rather than representing innocuous, commonly held values, these texts are provocative, destabilizing, and worthy of careful study.

    Click here for more information on the Book Salon & Beit Midrash series.

    Price: $ 15.00

  • Book Salon & Beit Midrash: The Secret Book of Kings by Yochi Brandes

    Dr. Shai Secunda
    Thursday, April 4, 7:00 PM

    Book Salon & Beit Midrash: The Secret Book of Kings by Yochi Brandes
    Dr. Shai Secunda
    Thursday, April 4, 7:00 PM

    Location: A private residence on the Upper West Side, details provided upon registration

    Thursday, April 4 , 7:00 PM

    The Secret Book of Kings, one of celebrated Israeli author, Yochi Brandes’ most successful books to date, tells an untold tale of Israel’s kings, concealed for centuries by King David and his court. The power of Brandes’ story-telling, and the way she weaves her story in relation to the actual Biblical book of Kings, is artful and thought provoking. She asks and answers the oldest Jewish question of all – what lies just beneath the texts of Tanakh.

    Click here for more information on the Book Salon & Beit Midrash series.

    Price: $ 15.00

  • Kingship and the Book of Ruth

    Rabbi David Silber
    Sunday, May 12, 7:30 PM

    Kingship and the Book of Ruth
    Rabbi David Silber
    Sunday, May 12, 7:30 PM

    The book of Ruth begins with the “days of the Judges” and concludes with the birth of David. This session explores the connections between the heroic behavior of the characters in Ruth and the ideal kingship as represented by David.

    Located in a private residence on the Upper West  Side in Manhattan.

    Details shared upon registration.

    Price: $ 25.00

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