Class Schedule Jerusalem
Learn and Tour Course: Yehoshua-Shoftim: Tribes, Traits and Territories
Shulie Mishkin, Shani Taragin and Yosefa Wruble Day: Monday Hours: 8:40 - 10:20, Jerusalem
This year’s Learn and Tour will explore the books of Joshua and Judges through the lens of the lands of the tribes. We will research the personalities of the twelve sons of Yaakov and their development into the tribes of a nation as they enter the Land of Israel. Each tribe is destined to dwell in a particular territory with the natural resources and topography to suit their respective characters. We will appreciate the relationship between prophetic historiography and geography through learning of the conquest and settlement of the land in the Book of Joshua and the significance of their “nachalot” through the tribal leaders in the Book of Judges. This year’s course will underscore the importance of learning and touring “on site” as we witness how archaeology, geology and topography help us appreciate the textual, midrashic and exegetical interpretations anew.
First Semester by Shani Taragin: Tribes, Traits and Territories of Reuven, Gad, Binyamin, Yosef, Yehuda, Shimon
Second Semester by Yosefa Wruble: Tribes, Traits and Territories of Levi, Yissachar, Zevulun, Dan, Naftali, Asher
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Sefer Dvarim: The Last Lecture (Code & Commentary)
Shani Taragin Day: Wednesday Hours: 10:35 - 11:45, Jerusalem
Although the Bnei Yisrael are in geographic proximity to Eretz Yisrael by the end of Sefer Bamidbar, they are not yet ready to enter the land. Moshe Rabbenu will teach them for the final thirty-seven days of his life the necessary lessons and commandments that must accompany their new military and agrarian-based lifestyle. We will explore the codes and commandments, the structure and content of these final speeches through medieval and contemporary exegesis and sensitivity to literary devices. We will note the socio-religious-political themes and messages and appreciate their relevance today as we once again develop as a Torah-based nation in the Land of Israel. Bible
Victims, Warriors and Prophets: Biblical Women´s Role In Israel´s Self-Concept
Yael Leibowitz Day: Wednesday Hours: 11:55 - 13:00, Jerusalem
This course will focus on the way in which women were understood in ancient Israel and the writings of Tanakh. We will attempt to deal with the clash between the “gender-neutral” ideology presented by Tanakh, and the patriarchal context in which the women lived. Distinctions will be drawn between authority and power, subordination and inferiority, and absolute versus socially constructed hierarchy. Narratives about women will be analyzed both for what they tell us about the individual women, as well as their place within the Israelite thought and self-perception. Bible
`Kings, Prophets and Hurban`
Dr. Yael Ziegler Day: Wednesday Hours: 9:00 - 10:15, Jerusalem
This class will examine the conclusion of the Book of Kings and the political and theological factors that lead to the destruction of the Davidic dynasty, Jerusalem, and the first Temple. We will meet the final kings of the kingdom of Judah alongside the prophets who functioned during this period. This course will pay special attention to the warnings, messages and consolation in the prophecies of Zephaniah, Habakuk, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, who accompanied the nation in this difficult time. Bible
Legal Evolution: DOES HALACHA ADAPT TO MODERN TIMES?
Nechama Barash Day: Thursday Hours: 10:00 - 11:20, Jerusalem
In this course contemporary applications of Halakha - the Jewish legal system - will be studied. Biblical and Talmudic texts will be considered alongside modern Rabbinic responsa, in an attempt to understand the legal and philosophic underpinnings of contemporary Halakhic applications. Topics will be analyzed from both legal and moral perspectives along with the history of Halakha as it evolves over the centuries. Bible
From the murmuring deep: Studies in Parshat Hashavua
Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg Day: Thursday Hours: 11:30 - 13:00, 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.
(a brake between 20.4.17 – 7.6.17) Portion of the Week
Understanding the Amidah
Dr. Dodi Tobin Day: Thursday Hours: 8:45 - 9:55, Jerusalem
First semester - We recite the Amidah (Shmone Esrei) every day, but do we really understand what we are saying and why? How can we make our Amidah transformative? In this class we will delve into the meanings of the Amidah blessings, their basis in Tanakh, and their significance for our personal lives and the life of the nation.
Select Prophecies in the Book of Yirmiyahu (Jeremiah)
Yosefa Wruble Day: Thursday Hours: 8:45 - 9:55, Jerusalem
Second semester - Yirmiyahu is one of the few Hebrew prophets who speaks about the challenges of being a prophet, paradoxically a human being appointed to represent the people before God and God before the people. Through the prism of select prophecies from his book, we will explore Yirmiyahu's personal struggles as well as the challenges facing the entirety of Israel during his lifetime. Bible