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Class Schedule 2021-22

FIRST TWO WEEKS FREE

The Academic Calendar for 2021/22 will begin on Sunday | 10.10

Classes will be taught in hybrid fashion – in person and on zoom – you will be able to decide how to participate based on what works best for you.

Classes will be recorded and available for viewing. Open to women and men | According to the guidelines of the Green Pass

Full Schedule | Class Schedule in Hebrew

Interested in recordings of courses from this year (20/21) – no problem!
Call us at *9862 or email info@matan.org.il

Please join us and grow in Torah learning

With great joy we welcome back those students who choose to attend classes in person. All classes will take place in accordance with government guidelines. In order to facilitate a smooth implementation of these guidelines we ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to the first class of the semester. Please come prepared with your tav yarok documentation and a picture ID. For those without a tav yarok, please bring documentation of a negative PCR test done within 72 hours of the class.
Masks must be worn properly at all times in the classrooms, hallways and restrooms.
We wish all of our students a year of health and great joy in limmud Torah at Matan.
Be’vracha,
Chaya and Yael

Learn and Tour: From Ruins to Return

Rabbanit Shani Taragin & Rivi Frankel

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Monday 9:00-10:30 Yearlong

 Learn and Tour: From Ruins to Return – שיבת ציון: בימים ההם, בזמן הזה

We live in remarkable times of return to our homeland after two-thousand years of longing and dreaming of the re-fulfillment of prophecies of “Shivat Tzion” – the restoration of settlement and sovereignty following destruction. This year’s course will provide us with the opportunity to explore messages of the prophets and national-religious leaders of the past as we appreciate the parallels of challenges and opportunities in the present.

First Semester – (taught by Rivi Frankel) – The prophecies of Chaggai and Zecharya will be taught in their historical context of return to the Land of Israel after seventy years of Babylonian exile and the challenges of rebuilding the Beit HaMikdash and re-establishment of political sovereignty. We will examine the content and style of their nevuot and explore the visions that materialized and those yet to be fulfilled.

Second Semester – (taught by Shani Taragin) – We will explore the prophecies of Malachi and the historiographical messages of Ezra-Nechemia as they revive Jewish settlement and religious life in Yerushalayim. As we study the religious, economic, political and social tensions of the time, themes of Jewish identity, interpretation of history, theocracy, and Temple-based worship will trigger messages for our time as well.

TIYULIM (with Shulie Mishkin):

  1. Last 100 Years of Bayit Rishon: Ketef Hinnom graves, graves from Jaffa Gate to Har Zion including Kever David, Broad Wall, Israelite Tower, Kotel excavations (if possible)
  2. Shivat Zion#1 Rebuilding in Judea: Har HaZeitim, Nebi Samuel, Ramat Rachel
  3. Shivat Zion #2 Making a Home in Bavel: Babylonian Jewry Museum, new Bet HaTfuzot
  4. Those Who Stayed Behind: Visit to the Shomronim and Har Gerizim
  5. Shivat Zion today: Hurban: Yad Vashem and Chamber of the Holocaust  

6. Shivat Zion today: A State in the Making: Castel, Latrun, Machon Ayalon or maybe Herzl Museum

Times
Monday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan Jerusalem

Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

Price: 1450 ILS
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Matan Jerusalem

Abraham: Father of a Nation

Dr. Yael Ziegler

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Wednesday 9:00-10:10 Yearlong

This course will explore the stories in Bereishit that revolve around Avraham (chapters 12-25). We will utilize rabbinic and medieval exegesis alongside literary techniques to mine these chapters for their theological and moral messages.

Times
Wednesday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan Jerusalem

Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan Jerusalem
Dr. Yael Ziegler
is a lecturer in Tanakh at Matan and at Herzog College. She grew up in Philadelphia and completed her B.A. at Stern College of Yeshiva University in New York. After making Aliyah in 1991, she completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Tanakh at Bar Ilan University. Dr. Ziegler teaches Tanakh around the world, including in the USA, Canada, England, Switzerland, South Africa and Australia. She is the author of Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy and Promises to Keep and her book on Megilat Eicha is due to be published in 2019.

Temple studies: Mikdash and Meaning – Jerusalem

Yael Leibowitz

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Wednesday 10:20-11:35 Till Pesach

This course will look at the institution of the temple in Ancient Israel, and it’s evolution from its inception, through its final destruction in the First Century C.E. We will look at the the symbolism and significance of the temple in the development of Jewish thought, and the central place it holds in our modern collective imagination.

Times
Wednesday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - כ"ח באדר ב' תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - March 31, 2022

Matan Jerusalem

Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

Price: 790 ILS
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Matan Jerusalem
Yael Leibowitz
has her M.A. in Judaic Studies from Columbia University. Prior to making Aliyah, Yael taught Tanakh in the Upper School of Ramaz, and then went on to join the Judaic Studies faculty at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. She has taught Continuing Education courses at Drisha Institute for Jewish Education and served as Resident Scholar at the Jewish Center of Manhattan. She is currently teaching at Matan and Pardes as she continues her studies at Bar Ilan.
Rabbanit Shani Taragin, Educational Director

Sefer Shoftim: Tribal Trials and Tribulations

Rabbanit Shani Taragin

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Wednesday 10:20-11:35 Yearlong

The Book of Judges tells of the prophetic perspective of the disunited confederation of tribes following the conquests of Yehoshua. At times the tribes succeed in warding off external enemies, and other times are overly passive. Sometimes the tribes turn against one another in civil war, highlighting the national rifts and polarization. In our weekly shiurim, we will explore the narrative, military strategies, leading personalities and geographical significance as we elicit religious messages from these dynamic stories. We will incorporate classical medieval parshanut and midrashim together with contemporary literary analysis to yield new insights, demonstrating how relevant the prophetic messages are in charting our religious history.

Times
Wednesday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan Jerusalem

Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan Jerusalem
Rabbanit Shani Taragin
is a distinguished alumna of the Matan Beit Midrash program. She received her M.A. in Tanakh and Talmud from Bar Ilan University and is certified as a Halakhic Advisor.  Shani is the Educational Director of Matan’s Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute for Tanakh and Jewish Studies and of the Morot L’Halakha program in Matan HaSharon and she is the curriculum coordinator for the Bnei Akiva-Matan Program (MTVA). In addition Shani teaches courses at Matan and other advanced women's Torah Institutes in Israel.

The Myriad Interpretations of Parshat Hashavua

Rabbanit Nechama Goldman Barash

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Wednesday 11:45-13:00 Yearlong

The Myriad Interpretations of Parshat Hashavua

Using the weekly cycle of Torah or Haftorah readings, each week we will explore some of the most intriguing stories and commandments in the Torah. In addition to closely reading the textual narratives, we will use parallel midrashic and modern interpretations to understand how these narratives continue to resonate, influence and inspire us over thousands of years.

Times
Wednesday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan Jerusalem

Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan Jerusalem
Rabbanit Nechama Goldman Barash
is a graduate of Hilkhata, Matan's Advanced Halakhic Institute and is a certified Meshivat Halakha. In addition she is a Yoetzet Halakha, and a graduate of Matan’s Advanced Talmud Institute. She has an M.A. in Talmud from Bar-Ilan University. She is a graduate of Nishmat’s Yoetzet Halakha program as well as qualifying as a sex educator through Yahel and the Eden Center. She teaches contemporary Halakha and Talmud at Matan and Pardes, as well as teaching in Torah V'Avodah (TVA), a Bnei Akiva gap year program based in Matan. She is an active member of Beit Hillel and participates in interfaith dialogue through Roots, based in Gush Etzion.

Parshat Hashavua: Intimacy and Otherness (zoom)

Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

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Wednesday 17:00-18:30 Semester

In studying the Parsha of the week, we will explore texts that evoke the tension between ahava and yir’ah – love and fear – that marks human relations, as well as relations between the human and the divine. Our source materials will be midrashic, hassidic, and psychoanalytic.

Times
Wednesday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - כ”ה בשבט תשפ”ב
October 10, 2021 - January 27, 2021

Matan Jerusalem

Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

Price: 500 ILS
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Matan Jerusalem
Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
teaches Parshat HaShavua at Matan and other Jerusalem venues. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Cambridge University. She is an internationally sought after Bible teacher, and has published five well acclaimed books. She travels widely lecturing in Jewish, academic and psychoanalytic venues.

Semester 1 : Songs of the Soul: Selections of Biblical Poetry

Dr. Yosefa (Fogel) Wruble

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Thursday 9:00-10:10 1st Semester

This semester we will explore various poetic expressions in Tanakh.  We will take a deeper look at the textual aspects of biblical poetry and understand how they are used to enrich our relationship with others and God through passages from Shir Hashirim and Tehillim.  

Times
Thursday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - כ”ה בשבט תשפ”ב
October 10, 2021 - January 27, 2021

Matan Jerusalem

Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

Price: 500 ILS
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Matan Jerusalem
Dr. Yosefa (Fogel) Wruble
holds a B.A. from Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University in Judaic Studies and creative writing; she has a teaching degree in Tanakh from Herzog College and is a graduate of Matan's Tanakh Scholars' Program.  Her Masters and doctoral studies have been completed at Bar-Ilan University's Bible department.  She is also a madrichat kallot trained by Matan and Merkaz Eden.

Semester 2 : Sefer Kohelet- Voices of Influence

Rivi Frankel

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Thursday 9:00-10:10 2nd Semester

This semester we will explore various poetic expressions in Tanakh.  We will take a deeper look at the textual aspects of biblical poetry and understand how they are used to enrich our relationship with others and God through passages from Shir Hashirim and Tehillim.  

Times
Thursday
י"ב באדר א' תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
February 13, 2022 - June 16, 2022

Matan Jerusalem

Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

Price: 500 ILS
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Matan Jerusalem
Rivi Frankel
Rivi Frankel is the Administrative Director of Matan's Bellows Eshkolot Fellowship. She has a B.S in Management and an MA in Jewish Educationand is a graducate of the Matan Bellows Eshkolot Fellowship. She is also a licensed tour guide through the Ministry of Tourism. Rivi teaches in Matan and in Midreshet Emunah v'omanut as well as guiding various educational groups throughout Israel.

What Does It Really Mean? Midrash as a Window on Tanakh

Simi Peters

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Thursday 10:20-11:35 Yearlong

In this course, we will explore what Midrash is and how it works, through close reading of midrashic texts from different genres, including parables, midrashic stories, and midrashim which draw comparisons between different biblical texts.  Among the questions we will address are:  Is there a method to Midrash?  Is Midrash fact or fiction?  How has Midrash shaped the collective Jewish mind?

Times
Thursday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan Jerusalem

Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan Jerusalem
Simi Peters
Simi Peters teaches Tanakh, Midrash, and Parshanut (Biblical Exegesis) at Nishmat and Matan in Jerusalem, as well as lecturing on these topics internationally. The author of Learning to Read Midrash (Urim Publications), Simi has been involved in adult Jewish education, educational consulting, and teacher education since making aliya 40 years ago. She specializes in providing access to a wide variety of classic Jewish texts for students at all levels of Jewish literacy and experience. Simi has a Master’s Degree in Linguistics from the Graduate Center of CUNY, and is an alumna of the prestigious Jerusalem Fellows program.

Parshat Hashavua: Intimacy and Otherness (at matan)

Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

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Thursday 11:45-13:15 Semester

In studying the Parsha of the week, we will explore texts that evoke the tension between ahava and yir’ah – love and fear – that marks human relations, as well as relations between the human and the divine. Our source materials will be midrashic, hassidic, and psychoanalytic.

Times
Thursday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - כ”ה בשבט תשפ”ב
October 10, 2021 - January 27, 2021

Matan Jerusalem

Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

Price: 500 ILS
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Matan Jerusalem
Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
teaches Parshat HaShavua at Matan and other Jerusalem venues. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Cambridge University. She is an internationally sought after Bible teacher, and has published five well acclaimed books. She travels widely lecturing in Jewish, academic and psychoanalytic venues.

48 Ways to Wisdom: Pirkei Avot

Gina Junger

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Monday 9:00-10:00 Yearlong

The Mishnah in Pirkei Avot says: “Torah is acquired by means of 48 qualities”. We will study each one of these character traits in depth – for example: attentive listening, awe, joy, judging favorably, knowing one’s place – and see how they help us in our study and understanding of Torah as well as in our everyday life.

Times
Monday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan HaSharon

The Mindy Greenberg Institute
4 HaPalmach, Raanana

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan HaSharon
Gina Junger
made Aliya from the U.S. in 1983. She studied at Bar Ilan University. Gina has been involved in adult education since 1988 and for the past 22 years she has been lecturing in Jewish studies at Matan. She is currently giving Torah classes in the Ra'anana and Netanya branches of Matan.

Temple Studies: Mikdash and Meaning – Raanana

Yael Leibowitz

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Monday 10:15-11:30 Till Pesach

This course will look at the institution of the Temple in Ancient Israel, and its evolution from its inception, through its final destruction in the First Century C.E. We will look at the symbolism and significance of the Temple in the development of Jewish thought, and the central place it holds in our modern collective imagination.

Times
Monday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan HaSharon

The Mindy Greenberg Institute
4 HaPalmach, Raanana

Price: 790 ILS
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Matan HaSharon
Yael Leibowitz
has her M.A. in Judaic Studies from Columbia University. Prior to making Aliyah, Yael taught Tanakh in the Upper School of Ramaz, and then went on to join the Judaic Studies faculty at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. She has taught Continuing Education courses at Drisha Institute for Jewish Education and served as Resident Scholar at the Jewish Center of Manhattan. She is currently teaching at Matan and Pardes as she continues her studies at Bar Ilan.

Talmudic Tales: A Guide to Love, Loss and Devotion

Karen Miller Jackson

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Monday 11:45-13:00 Yearlong

The Talmud is not only a work of Jewish law, but also contains many stories and biographies of the Sages (aggadot). These narratives are the basis for Jewish thought and ideas and provide models of establishing a virtuous character. They include tales of love, devotion to Torah, friendship, suffering, leadership, attitudes toward the non-Jewish world and witchcraft. We will learn about why these narratives are interwoven into the Talmud and how they contain powerful messages for our world today.

Times
Monday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan HaSharon

The Mindy Greenberg Institute
4 HaPalmach, Raanana

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan HaSharon
Karen Miller Jackson
is a Jewish educator and writer, who studies and teaches at Matan HaSharon and recently completed Matan HaSharon’s Morot l’Halakha program. She has an MA in Talmud and Midrash from NYU.

‘Od Yosef Chai’: Uncovering the Yosef Narratives as a Living Legacy – Raanana

Tanya White

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Tuesday 9:00-10:10 Yearlong

On the last leg of our Bereshit journey, this course will follow the trials and tribulations of Joseph and his family. Through the prism of Biblical text, traditional commentators, ancient and modern philosophers, contemporary psychologists and social commentators, this course will take us on an unforgettable journey through Joseph’s life and legacy as it emerges in the biblical narrative.  It will address a variety of topics that arise from the text such as family dynamics, identity psychology, building resilience and the role of eschatology for religion. We will unpack the modern lessons delivered through the ancient text, uncovering its rich and profound relevance for our personal and national lives today.

 

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Tuesday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan HaSharon

The Mindy Greenberg Institute
4 HaPalmach, Raanana

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan HaSharon
Tanya White
Tanya White lectures in Philosophy and Tanach throughout Israel and abroad. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Jewish Philosophy at Bar Ilan University. She is a graduate of the Matan Hasharon Scholars programme. Her search for an authentic and honest approach to Torah and contemporary issues through the prism of Jewish thought can be viewed on her blog-page www.contemplatingtorah.wordpress.com.

Fall and Rise of Giants

Dr. Chana Tannenbaum

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Tuesday 10:20-11:35 Yearlong

All human beings sin. When viewing Biblical stories through the prism of sin and repentance, we gain new information and perspectives on these events. In this course we will study personalities and stories, some familiar, some more obscure – all through the lens of mistakes and their corrections – to discover new lessons and deeper understanding of these cases.

Times
Tuesday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan HaSharon

The Mindy Greenberg Institute
4 HaPalmach, Raanana

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan HaSharon
Dr. Chana Tannenbaum
has been a sought after Jewish educator for over thirty years. She was the recipient of the Baumel award as the most outstanding faculty member at Yeshiva University where she earned her doctorate in Jewish Education and Administration. Since making aliyah with her family in 1997 to Nof Ayalon, she has taught in Bar Ilan University, Michlelet Herzog and Matan.

A Balancing Act: Prophets Jonah, Elijah, and Elisha

Ellie Ausubel

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Tuesday 11:45-13:00 Yearlong

Where is the line between high expectations and unrealistic demands? When is giving in giving up and when is it being flexible?  As parents, grandparents, employers or community leaders, these are questions with which we often struggle. Rediscover Elijah, and his protégés, who struggle to balance these questions as they lead the Jewish people in a time of religious angst and turmoil.  We will rethink the role of prophecy as we examine the text closely and explore the midrashic literature.

Times
Tuesday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan HaSharon

The Mindy Greenberg Institute
4 HaPalmach, Raanana

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan HaSharon
Ellie Ausubel
Elisheva grew up in Rochester, NY and made Aliya to Raanana many years ago. She is a member of the faculty at Midreshet Torathessed where she teaches Tanach and Halacha. As a graduate of Matan's Morot L'Halacha Program, Ellie enjoys teaching kallot and serving as a resource for women in the broader community. In addition, she lectures for various adult education programs.

Between Utopia and Reality: The Shemittah Year in Jewish Thought and Practice

Rabbi Eitan Ben David

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Tuesday 11:45-13:00 Yearlong

This course will provide practical guidelines for observing the laws of the Shemittah year in one’s home, garden and the public square. Through this journey into the world of Shemittah, we will examine the tension between the Torah’s idyllic vision of Shemittah and its practical implementation today.

This course will provide a foundation in Mitzvot Hateluyot Ba’aretz and cover contemporary topics such as the Pruzbol and Rabbinic authority, the history and politics of Heter Mechira, Jewish perspectives on economic disparity and social justice, Jewish environmental values, and the very real challenges of living in the age of redemption.

 

Times
Tuesday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan HaSharon

The Mindy Greenberg Institute
4 HaPalmach, Raanana

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan HaSharon
Rabbi Eitan Ben David
is the Rabbi of Kehillat Shivtei Yisrael. Rav Ben David served in several rabbinic posts including in Lincoln Square Synagogue, the Yeshiva of Cape Town, SAR High School, and West Side Sephardic Synagogue.

Jewish Women through the Ages- from the Tanakh to Modern Times

Gina Junger

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Tuesday 20:30-21:30 Bi-weekly

This course will explore female characters in the Tanach, Talmud, and throughout history. Using midrashic literature and contemporary sources, we will learn about their important contributions to Jewish life and their lasting impact.

First semester

Oct. 12

Oct.26

Nov. 9

Nov.23

Dec.7

Dec.21

Jan.4

Jan.18

Semester break

Second semester

Feb.15

March1

March 15

March 29

Pessach break

April 26

May 10

May 24

June 7

Times
Tuesday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan HaSharon

The Mindy Greenberg Institute
4 HaPalmach, Raanana

Price: 455 ILS
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Matan HaSharon
Gina Junger
made Aliya from the U.S. in 1983. She studied at Bar Ilan University. Gina has been involved in adult education since 1988 and for the past 22 years she has been lecturing in Jewish studies at Matan. She is currently giving Torah classes in the Ra'anana and Netanya branches of Matan.

Coming Face to Face with Text: A Workshop in Reading Philosophy Texts

Tanya White

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Thursday 9:00-10:30 Yearlong

The class will only take place at Matan HaSharon, not on Zoom

A weekly study group where a contemporary Jewish philosophy text will be analyzed, discussed and critically assessed in an intimate group setting, harboring invigorating discussion and constructive dialogue. The aim of the workshop is to refine critical and analytical skills as well as to engender a deep and edifying religious approach to complex and challenging issues and thinkers.  Our vision is to create a space for open, stimulating and thought-provoking dialogue on the central and urgent questions facing Judaism today.

Due to the limited space and nature of the workshop, it will require a solid commitment  to weekly reading and attendance.

Times
Thursday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan HaSharon

The Mindy Greenberg Institute
4 HaPalmach, Raanana

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan HaSharon
Tanya White
Tanya White lectures in Philosophy and Tanach throughout Israel and abroad. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Jewish Philosophy at Bar Ilan University. She is a graduate of the Matan Hasharon Scholars programme. Her search for an authentic and honest approach to Torah and contemporary issues through the prism of Jewish thought can be viewed on her blog-page www.contemplatingtorah.wordpress.com.

Controversial Teshuvot

Rabbi Johnny Solomon

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Sunday 9:00-10:10 Yearlong

In this course we will survey some of the most fascinating and controversial teshuvot that have been penned over the past 1000 years, and while doing so, we will learn about the lives of different poskim, events in Jewish history, and how halacha is decided.

Times
Sunday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan Beit Shemesh

Kehillat Menorat HaMaor, Nahal Maor St 6, Bet Shemesh

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan Beit Shemesh
Rabbanit Shani Taragin, Educational Director

Sefer Shoftim: Judging the Judges

Rabbanit Shani Taragin

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Sunday 10:20-11:35 Yearlong

As we revisit the end of initial settlement and conquest of the Land of Israel, we will focus on the anarchy that ensues following the death of Yehoshua. National disunity and infiltration of foreign influences lead to a lack of proper leadership, and tribal polarization to the waning of strong political and military success. Instead, parochial leaders arise, achieving ephemeral successes and lack of centralized government. We will focus on these leaders as microcosmic expressions of the entire people and generation. We will “judge” the military and religious “judges” through the eyes of the prophet, as we employ classical and modern exegesis to better understand the religious messages of proper leadership and justice for Am Yisrael.

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Sunday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan Beit Shemesh

Kehillat Menorat HaMaor, Nahal Maor St 6, Bet Shemesh

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan Beit Shemesh
Rabbanit Shani Taragin
is a distinguished alumna of the Matan Beit Midrash program. She received her M.A. in Tanakh and Talmud from Bar Ilan University and is certified as a Halakhic Advisor.  Shani is the Educational Director of Matan’s Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute for Tanakh and Jewish Studies and of the Morot L’Halakha program in Matan HaSharon and she is the curriculum coordinator for the Bnei Akiva-Matan Program (MTVA). In addition Shani teaches courses at Matan and other advanced women's Torah Institutes in Israel.

Sefer Shemot – Covenant & Complexity

Rabbi Menachem Leibtag

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Sunday 11:45-13:00 Yearlong

The class will only take place at Zoom

Our thematic study of Sefer Shemot will focus on the concept of ‘covenant’, i.e. how the events of the Exodus lead up to “brit Sinai”, and how the Mishkan reflects its key themes.  Once we identify the underlying theme of Sefer Shemot (in light of its roots in Sefer Breishit), we will return to a more detailed study of its numerous narratives and legal sections, to demonstrate how they relate to that theme.

Times
Sunday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan Beit Shemesh

Rbs branch

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan Beit Shemesh
Rabbi Menachem Leibtag
founder of the Tanakh Study Center www.tanach.org, is an internationally acclaimed Bible scholar and pioneer of Jewish education on the internet. His essays on Parshat Ha’Shavua reflect his vibrant thematic-analytical approach, blending the methods of modern scholarship with traditional approaches.  As a Rebbe at Yeshivat Har Etzion, where he founded the Yeshiva's Virtual Beit Midrash, he is best known for his ability to teach students how to study Tanakh.   Rabbi Leibtag also teaches at Yeshivat Shaalavim, Midreshet Lindenbaum, and Matan and routinely lectures around the globe, primarily as a scholar in residence in communities in North America.

Garden of Eden: Human Drives and Human Frailty

Rachel Hershberg

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Tuesday 8:30-9:30 Yearlong

The story of the Garden of Eden, with man and woman’s Creation, sin, confrontation with God, punishment, and exile constitutes an archetypal prototype for us to understand the essentials of human existence. Our course will dive deep into the text, the ideas, and the commentaries, and we will also remember to ask the most basic, yet ignored questions, like, “What is up with a talking snake?”

Times
Tuesday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan Beit Shemesh

Beit Knesset Netzach Menashe
18 Reuven St. Beit Shemesh

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan Beit Shemesh
Rachel Hershberg
Rachel Hershberg just loves learning and teaching Tanakh and Jewish philosophy. Originally from Palo Alto, California, she graduated from Columbia University in New York with a degree in World Religions. A recent participant in the Eshkolot and Lapidot Fellowships, she has taught at She'arim College of Jewish Studies for Women and Amudim Seminary, and is co-director of the Women's Online Beit Midrash. She is married +4 and lives in Beit Shemesh.
Dr. Dodi Fishman Tobin           , Dean of Students

Chasidic Insights into Parshat Hashavua

Dr. Dodi Tobin

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Thursday 9:00-10:10 Yearlong

The teachings of the Torah provide eternal guidance for how to live sanctified lives as individuals and as a nation.  In this course, the weekly parsha will be our springboard to delve into fundamental lessons in living, taught by chasidic masters such as the  Netivot Shalom and the Aish Kodesh, and other contemporary Religious Zionist thinkers. Our study will aim to enhance our spiritual lives in the here and now, and provide inspirational divrei Torah to share at our Shabbat tables.

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Thursday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan Beit Shemesh

Beit Knesset Netzach Menashe
18 Reuven St. Beit Shemesh

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan Beit Shemesh
Dr. Dodi Tobin
The Dean of Students of Matan's Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute for Tanakh and Jewish Studies, and the coordinator of the Matan Advanced Tanakh Summer Institute. Dodi earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, an M.A. in Bible from Bar Ilan University, a B.A. in Psychology from Barnard College, and is a graduate of Matan’s Master’s Program in Bible and Biblical Exegesis.

The Yosef Story

Dr. Nava Finkelman

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Thursday 10:20-11:35 Yearlong

The story of יוסף and his brothers is the longest story in the Torah, and also many people’s favorite. In this course we will explore the final 14 chapters of ספר בראשית. Our main goal is to gain a greater appreciation for the absolutely fantastic way in which this story was written, and, perhaps, to gain a better understanding of the messages it teaches us.

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Thursday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan Beit Shemesh

Beit Knesset Netzach Menashe
18 Reuven St. Beit Shemesh

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan Beit Shemesh
Dr. Nava Finkelman
is a graduate of the Matan Tanakh program. She holds an M.A. in Tanakh from Bar Ilan University and an M.A. in Psychology and Occupational Therapy. Nava has taught in Midreshet Lindenbaum, Midreshet HaRova and Midreshet Yeud. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Tanakh at Bar Ilan.

The Navi and the Melech

Rabbanit Leah Herzog

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Tuesday 8:30-9:40 Yearlong
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Tuesday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan Chashmonaim

In memory of Sam and Agi Sturm
Beit Knesset HaRimon
Rimon St. Chashmonaim

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan Chashmonaim
Rabbanit Leah Herzog
Leah Herzog is an educator, writer and psychologist who currently teaches at MATAN, as well as international zoom classes, and is a museum educator at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem. She earned her Teacher’s Certification from Michlalah, the Jerusalem College for Women. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Psychology from Barnard College, when she was also inducted into the Phi Betta Kappa society. Leah earned her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and continued her doctoral work in the same field; she also received certification from the Administrator Development Academy at the University of Cincinnati. Leah has taught Tanach and psychology to high school students and adults for over 30 years; in addition, Leah chaired Tanach Department at Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School . Before her aliya in 2019, Leah taught Tanach and was the co-director of Israel Guidance at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls in Teaneck, NJ for 13 years. Leah is also a writer, a Sefaria Educator, a certified mentor and an expert in Project-Based Learning in the Jewish studies classroom. She also liaises with the human networks around people with impairments, as well as supporting and educating regarding infertility and pregnancy loss. She lives in Givat Ze’ev with her husband, Rabbi Avi Herzog and has two adult children.

Holocaust Studies

Shifra Malina Waxman

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Tuesday 9:45-10:50 Yearlong
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Tuesday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan Chashmonaim

In memory of Sam and Agi Sturm
Beit Knesset HaRimon
Rimon St. Chashmonaim

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan Chashmonaim

Sefer Bereshit: From Yitzchak to Yaakov: The Vicissitudes of Identity

Tanya White

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Tuesday 11:10-12:20 Yearlong
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Tuesday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan Chashmonaim

In memory of Sam and Agi Sturm
Beit Knesset HaRimon
Rimon St. Chashmonaim

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan Chashmonaim
Tanya White
Tanya White lectures in Philosophy and Tanach throughout Israel and abroad. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Jewish Philosophy at Bar Ilan University. She is a graduate of the Matan Hasharon Scholars programme. Her search for an authentic and honest approach to Torah and contemporary issues through the prism of Jewish thought can be viewed on her blog-page www.contemplatingtorah.wordpress.com.

Of Blessed Memory: In Search of Chazal

Catriella Freedman

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Wednesday 8:45-9:45 Yearlong

Through close textual analysis and discussion, this course will delve into the personalities, history, historiography, and intellectual life of the sages who shaped our understanding of Oral Law, Talmud, and Halakha.

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Wednesday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan Zichron Yaakov

Beit Knesset Neve Habaron
Reuven Street 34

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan Zichron Yaakov
Catriella Freedman
is the director of PJ Our Way, a program in North America that distributes monthly more than 20,000 Jewish books to kids ages 9-12. Catriella holds a BA in religion from Princeton University and an MA in Jewish studies from Harvard University, where she received the Derek Bok Award for graduate instruction. She’s studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum and Drisha and has lectured widely on subjects ranging from Maimonides to Jewish peoplehood. Catriella is the author of the Melton curriculum Foundations for Jewish Family Living and Beit Hatfutsot’s My Family Story curriculum. She and her husband have raised four kids in Zichron Ya’akov.

‘Od Yosef Chai’: Uncovering the Joseph Narratives as a Living Legacy – Zichron

Tanya White

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Wednesday 10:00-11:15 Yearlong

On the last leg of our Bereshit journey, this course will follow the trials and tribulations of Joseph and his family. Through the prism of Biblical text, traditional commentators, ancient and modern philosophers, contemporary psychologists and social commentators, this course will take us on an unforgettable journey through Joseph’s life and legacy as it emerges in the biblical narrative.  It will address a variety of topics that arise from the text such as family dynamics, identity psychology, building resilience and the role of eschatology for religion. We will unpack the modern lessons delivered through the ancient text, uncovering its rich and profound relevance for our personal and national lives today.

 

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Wednesday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan Zichron Yaakov

Beit Knesset Neve Habaron
Reuven Street 34

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan Zichron Yaakov
Tanya White
Tanya White lectures in Philosophy and Tanach throughout Israel and abroad. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Jewish Philosophy at Bar Ilan University. She is a graduate of the Matan Hasharon Scholars programme. Her search for an authentic and honest approach to Torah and contemporary issues through the prism of Jewish thought can be viewed on her blog-page www.contemplatingtorah.wordpress.com.

Tefilasophya – Jewish Philosophy of Prayer

Yafit Clymar

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Monday 8:30 Yearlong

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“What is the place of prayer today in the modern, cynical world? Is it possible to be a religious person and not pray or a secular person who prays? What is the phenomenon of prayer and how can it be logically understood? Who is it for? Is it the outpouring of the soul, or a function of the mind? Is it a conscious or unconscious action? Is it communication with God or with the self within?

Join Rabbanit Yafit Clymer as she explores these questions through the writings of some of the great Jewish spiritual thinkers of the modern age including the Baal Shem Tov, Rebbe Nachman, Rav Kook, Reb Hillel Zeitlin, Rabbi Soloveitchik, Rabbi Joshua Heschel, and more.

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Monday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בתמוז תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan Modiin

The classes take place at private homes

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan Modiin
Yafit Clymar
has a B.A. in History and Education from Hebrew University and she studied education at Machon Kerem. She has a joint M.A. in Bible from Haifa University and Matan Jerusalem.  She teaches at Matan HaSharon and Hashmonaim and is a facilitator in the Matan Bat Mitzvah program.