Class Schedule Jerusalem
Learn and Tour Course
-Shulie Mishkin, Dr. Yael Ziegler and Shani Taragin Day: Monday Hours: 08:45-10:15, Jerusalem
The course will include two or three classes a m
Learn and Tour Course
"Remember the law of Moses My Servant" (Malachi 3:22):
Scripture, Scribes and Rabbis
in the Second Temple Period.
onth taught in the Matan building on Monday mornings 8:45-10:15 am by Dr. Yael Ziegler and Shani Taragin, and one tour amonth led by Shulie Mishkin on Mondays.
Taharat Hamishpacha and Certification
-Shani Taragin Day: Monday Hours: 08:45-10:45, Jerusalem
:We will study the development of hilchot nidda, and tevila through sources in Torah, Mishna, Gemara, Rishonim, and Achronim. We will examine topics including: differences between nidda d'oraita and d'rabannan, the onset of the status of nidda, the cessation of niddut, behavior before and during the nidda period. In addition to a comprehensive analysis of theoretical and practical halachic ramifications of the above, we will encounter numerous medical, physiological, and psychological issues and their interplay with family purity law. We will also address theory and methodology of teaching and preparing brides through the laws of taharat hamishpacha beyond the technical content.
These shiurim will focus on the practical and personal issues which must be incorporated
when teaching a kallah. (e.g. birth control, dam betulin, dam chimud) and recommended advice to be imparted to her as well). This course will offer official certification as a madrichat kallot. A written exam will serve as a pre-requisite for certification following full participation in the classes
-Yardena Cope - Yossef Day: Tuesday Hours: 08:50-10:00, Jerusalem
In this intermediate Gemara class we will
study several sugyot from the last chapter of
Massekhet Pesachim. We will focus on the
Pshat and a great deal on Rashi and Rashbam
learning the skill often associated with Nehama
Leibowitz style study of Torah, "what is the
question troubling this commentator?". We
will also note the many maasim of Amoraim
cited and how the law is interpreted in light of
their actions. Lastly we will study some of the
Mishnayot and their Talmudic interpretations
and see how they shaped the Seder Night.
From the murmuring deep: Studies in
-Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg Day: Tuesday Hours: 10:25-11:55, Jerusalem
From the written words of Torah, depths of
meaning unfold. As we study midrashic and
hassidic reflections on these words, we will
listen for their resonance in the depths of human experience. Between language and silence, the murmur becomes audible. (Weekly, excluding a few sessions TBA) Portion of the Week
Second Semester:Ezra/Nechemiah: Revolution and Restoration
-Yosefa Wruble Day: Tuesday Hours: 12:15-13:15, Jerusalem
The aliyah from Bavel and the rebuilding of
Jerusalem as the center of Jewish life was not
an easy process. The study of this book will
enable us to better understand the reality of the second temple period as well as shed light on related challenges faced by the modern state of Israel. Bible
First semester: Shir haShirim: For the Love of God
-Ypsefa Wruble Day: Tuesday Hours: 12:15-13:15, Jerusalem
We will explore both the literal and metaphoric
levels of this beautiful story. Through the
study of the literal, we will learn to appreciate
the depth of the metaphor: the love story
between God and His people. We will also
explore different exegetical approaches taken
throughout the ages to understanding both
levels of Shir haShirim. Bible
The Divided Kingdom and the Story of Elijah
-Dr. Yael Ziegler Day: Wednesday Hours: 09:00-10:00, Jerusalem
This course will explore the division of the
kingdom and its disastrous effects. We will
focus particularly on the kingship of Ahab:
his potential for magnificent success and his
dreadful mistakes. In this context, we will also examine the extraordinary personality of Elijah and his enduring impact on this book and on Jewish history. Throughout this course, we will employ literary and exegetical tools as well as Midrashic texts to mine these narratives Bible
Sifrei Vayikra and Bamidbar
-Shani Taragin Day: Wednesday Hours: 10:25-11:35, Jerusalem
We will study the structure of Sefer Vayikra
as the amorphous terms of "kedusha," "tumah,"
and "tahara" are clarified within the context
of Mikdash (sanctuary). We will explore
man's relationship with God in time and
space beyond the mikdash as we continue to
learn the first chapters of Sefer Bamidbar.
Our journey will traverse new textual and
exegetical terrain through the narratives
of Bnei Yisrael as they commence their
sojourn in the wilderness as a "machaneh" (encampment) surrounding the mikdash. Bible
Second Semester: The Journey to Canaan (Numbers 20-36)
-Atara Snowbell Day: Wednesday Hours: 11:50-12:50, Jerusalem
This course will follow the amazing journey of the "second generation," after the generation
that experienced the Exodus from Egypt has died in the desert. We will follow the progress
from doubting God to the spiritual and political
independence required of a nation worthy of inheriting the land, and analyze the unique
narratives relating to the final year in the wilderness. Bible
First Semester: Between God and Humanity
-Nechama Barash Day: Wednesday Hours: 11:50-12:50, Jerusalem
This course will focus on close readings of passages from Bereshit Rabbah. We will follow the rabbis' examination of the Genesis stories, exploring how the ruptures in the Biblical text
give rise to the practice of midrash, and how the sages grapple with questions of faith and doubt, the problem of evil, the meaning of creation, and the relationship between God and humanity.
IN REACH OF ETERNITY – THE RISE AND FALL OF SOLOMON’S KINGDOM
-Rabbi Alan Haber Day: Thursday Hours: 10:15-11:30, Jerusalem
King Solomon is known as the wisest of all men, and under his leadership the people of Israel came within grasp of fulfilling their historic destiny and achieving perfection. In this course we will examine the period of his reign, which was probably the highest point to date in our national history. We’ll seek to understand King Solomon’s political, economic and spiritual genius, and also become acquainted with the Temple that he built.
As we marvel at the splendor and glory of what was, we’ll ask ourselves a crucial question with much relevance to our contemporary lives: “what went wrong?”.
Our method of literary analysis makes this course suitable for advanced as well as beginning students. While our primary text will be the book of Melachim Aleph, we will also consult other Biblical and rabbinic texts.
This course will run for a single semester, with another course to follow in the spring semester.
*There will be no class on Thursday, October 31 Bible