Class Schedule Jerusalem
Learn and Tour Course: Megillot and the Masters of the Mishnah
-Shulie Mishkin, Dr. Yael Ziegler and Shani Taragin Day: Monday Hours: 08:45-10:15, Jerusalem
The five megillot are beautiful ancient texts that reveal their relevance anew in each generation. For the Tannaim in the period following the destruction of the Second Temple, many of these books had special meaning. Our course will explore the megillot extensively and will also use each one as a starting point to examine the learning and life of one of the Tannaim. Peshat and drash, history and eternity are all contained in a compact and elegant text.
The course will include two or three classes a month taught in the Matan building on Monday mornings 8:45-10:15 am by Dr. Yael Ziegler and Shani Taragin, with tours led by Shulie Mishkin on Mondays.
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Shoftim: Leading a Divided Nation
-Yosefa Wruble Day: Tuesday Hours: 09:00-10:15, Jerusalem
We will spend the year exploring the book of Shoftim, focusing on its presentation of a nation in transition, trying to find its finest leaders and a suitable model of leadership for a tribal existence. The text, its structure and both ancient and modern commentators will navigate us through this complex period as we watch the young and often misguided nation slowly find its way to the coveted monarchy. Bible Weekly Wisdom from the Parsha
-Rabbi Alan Haber Day: Tuesday Hours: 10:15-11:30, Jerusalem
The weekly parsha may be one of the most insightful and effective educational devices ever instituted. Each week, Jews all over the world read and study the same Torah portion. This links us to each other and to all the generations as we find current meaning in the timeless text. In this course we’ll participate in that process by choosing a section of each week’s parsha (or occasionally, haftara) analyzing the text and its connections to other Torah topics and our contemporary lives Portion of the Week
Through the Looking Glass of Midrash
-Nechama Barash Day: Tuesday Hours: 10:30-11:45, Jerusalem
There are three approaches concerning statements of our Sages. The first is that of most people who take the statements literally… may God have mercy on their foolishness. The second approach also follows the Sages literally …they are even more foolish …The third approach has been impressed by the excellence of the Sages' wisdom…that reflects profound truths (taken from Rambam's introduction to Chelek).
We will spend the semester looking at different midrashic interpretations throughout the Tanakh in order to better understand the profundity and depth of "the excellence of their wisdom". Bible
Kings and Prophets: Elijah, Elisha, and the Fall of the House of Ahab
-Dr. Yael Ziegler Day: Wednesday Hours: 09:00-10:10, Jerusalem
This course will explore the career of Elijah and the transference of his prophetic mantle to Elisha. We will continue to focus on Ahab’s dynasty, its failures and bloody end. We will also examine the personality of Elisha and the manner in which he differs from Elijah even as he inherits his prophetic mandate. Throughout this course, we will employ literary and exegetical tools as well as midrashic texts to mine these narratives for their theological messages.
Sefer Bamidbar: Interplay of Mikdash and Machaneh
-Shani Taragin Day: Wednesday Hours: 10:25-11:35, Jerusalem
We will explore man's relationship with God in time and space beyond the mikdash as we continue to learn the laws and stories of Sefer Bamidbar. Our journey will traverse new textual and exegetical terrain through the narratives of B’nei Yisrael as they commence their sojourn in the wilderness as a "machaneh" (encampment) surrounding the mikdash. We will continue to probe the travails of the people as they struggle to maintain a proper balance between submission to authority and independence of spirit. Bible
Crossing into Canaan: From Journey to Conquest to Settlement
-Atara Snowbell Day: Wednesday Hours: 11:50-13:00, Jerusalem
This course will follow B’nei Yisrael as they prepare to cross the Jordan River and enter the Promised Land. We will analyze the dramatic change of leadership, the initial wars of conquest and the nation's shifting relationship with God as B’nei Yisrael finally begin to settle in their homeland.
To Hearken Unto the Prophets? The Final Era of the Kingdoms of Yehuda and Israel
-Rabbi Alan Haber Day: Thursday Hours: 10:15-11:30, Jerusalem
The last several centuries of the First Temple period provided the backdrop for the great prophets of Israel: Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and the Twelve Minor Prophets. In this course we will study those prophecies in their historical context, following the narrative of the Second Book of Kings (Melachim Bet). Using this framework, we will study significant selections from the books of the Later Prophets (Neviim Acharonim), in correlation with the historical periods in which the prophecies were issued. Other Biblical books will also be consulted. Bible