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The Second semester will begin on Sunday | 13.2

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.

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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. November 1 | 8:30 – 13:30 – 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. December 13 | 8:30 – 13:30 – Shivat Zion#1 Rebuilding in Judea: Har HaZeitim, Nebi Samuel, Ramat Rachel
  3. January 10 | 8:30 – 15:30 – Shivat Zion #2 Making a Home in Bavel: Babylonian Jewry Museum, new Bet HaTfuzot
  4. March 7 | 8:30 – 18:30 – Those Who Stayed Behind: Visit to the Shomronim and Har Gerizim
  5. May 9 | 8:30 – 13:30 – Shivat Zion today: Hurban: Yad Vashem and Chamber of the Holocaust  
  6. June 13 | 8:30 – 17:00 – Shivat Zion today: A State in the Making: Castel, Latrun, Machon Ayalon or maybe Herzl Museum
Times
Monday
ד’ בחשוון תשפ"ב - י"ז בסיון תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

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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 בסיון תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

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Dr. Yael Ziegler
is the Rosh Batei Midrash and Academic Director of Matan. She received her BA from Stern College and an MA and Ph.D. in Tanakh at Bar Ilan University. Dr. Ziegler teaches Tanakh at Herzog College and has lectured widely on various Tanakh topics in Israel, the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and Europe. Dr. Ziegler is the author of Promises to Keep: The Oath in Biblical Narrative, Lamentations: Faith in a Turbulent World, and Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy, which has been translated into Hebrew.

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 בסיוון תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan Jerusalem

Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

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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 בסיוון תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan Jerusalem

Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

Price: 500 ILS
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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.

Explorations in Haftorah – Prophetic Bridges between Torah and Today

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 בסיוון תשפ"ב
February 13, 2022 - June 16, 2022

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Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

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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 בסיוון תשפ"ב
October 10, 2021 - June 16, 2022

Matan Jerusalem

Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

Price: 500 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.

How to Heal Our Fractured World: an interactive study group focused on the works and ideas of Rabbi Sacks z”l

Dr. Tanya White

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Monday Yearlong

This weekly study group will be focusing on the oeuvre of Rabbi Sacks zt”l, who, Tanya personally learnt under and was deeply influenced by. Through engaging with the central ideas and works of Rabbi Sack’s, the class will journey towards a deeper, more authentic, richer and more inspired vision of Judaism that was his indomitable legacy. Join us on our exploration of amongst other things – covenant and pluralism, universalism and particularity, the import of Halakhic boundaries and the imperative of inter-faith relations. Share in the dialogue on Rabbi Sack’s understanding of contemporary societal challenges and the novel resolutions he proposes. Be moved and transformed by his unmatched ability to make Judaism fresh and the Torah relevant for our modern and postmodern religious consciousness.

Matan Jerusalem

Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

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Dr. Tanya White
Dr. Tanya White is an international lecturer, writer and educator with a focus on Tanach and Contemporary Jewish Thought. She is Senior lecturer at Matan Institute for Torah Studies and a guest lecturer at other institutes including Pardes and LSJS. Tanya holds a doctorate in Jewish Philosophy from Bar Ilan University and is the recipient of Schupf Fellowship for outstanding students. A collection of her articles, blogs and published material can be viewed on her blog-page: www.contemplatingtorah.wordpress.com

Who Are You, Jerusalem? Personalities in the City

Shulie Mishkin & Rivi Frankel

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Monday Yearlong

Tours are open to women & men

Learning & touring with tour guides Shulie Mishkin & Rivi Frankel Jerusalem has been home to many fascinating residents and visitors throughout the ages. Together we will explore different periods through the biography and perspective of these amazing individuals.

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Parsha and Prayer

Leah Silver

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Tuesday Semester 1

synthesizes concepts of tefilla with ideas from parshat hashavua for a well-rounded opportunity l’ovdo b’chol levavchem – ‘To worship with all your heart’. The shiur is accompanied by text based source sheets (primary through contemporary sources) and is very explanatory and potentially participatory.

Matan Jerusalem

Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

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Leah Silver
enjoys learning and teaching Tanakh and Torah Sheba'al Peh. She is a long time educator with experience learning with all ages and in many different formats. Leah has studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum, Stern College, Drisha and especially Matan for women. She currently teaches at Nishmat Tochnit Alisa and a Facebook Live series for Matan on Parsha & Prayer.

From Abram to Abraham: A Journey of Faith

Dr. Yael Ziegler

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Wednesday Yearlong

This course will explore the stories in Bereishit that follow Abraham’s life and destiny following his name change and the promise of the birth of Yitzchak (chapters 18-25). We will utilize rabbinic and medieval exegesis alongside literary techniques to mine these chapters for their theological and moral messages

Matan Jerusalem

Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

Price: 910 ILS
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Matan Jerusalem
Dr. Yael Ziegler
is the Rosh Batei Midrash and Academic Director of Matan. She received her BA from Stern College and an MA and Ph.D. in Tanakh at Bar Ilan University. Dr. Ziegler teaches Tanakh at Herzog College and has lectured widely on various Tanakh topics in Israel, the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and Europe. Dr. Ziegler is the author of Promises to Keep: The Oath in Biblical Narrative, Lamentations: Faith in a Turbulent World, and Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy, which has been translated into Hebrew.

Shimshon, Shmuel, Shaul- from Anarchy to Monarchy

Rabbanit Shani Taragin

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Wednesday Yearlong
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Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

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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.

Shemot: Becoming the Storytelling Nation

Rachel Sharansky Danziger

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Wednesday Yearlong

The Book of Shmot leads the Isralites from slavery to freedom, from wordless groaning – to a covenant with God. But how can the people who enter the story too broken to speak up against their master acquire the dignity – and competence – we might expect from God’s covenanted partners? How can God expect them to outgrow not merely their slavery – but also their not-so-recent state of mind? This course will explore the myriad pathways of growth that the Biblical storytelling in Shmot offers in answer to these questions, and the way storytelling itself becomes such a pathway in turn.

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Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

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Personalities in the Talmud

Rabbanit Nechama Goldman Barash

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Wednesday Yearlong
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Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

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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.

Semester 1: Reflections on Parshat Hashavua – “Write for yourselves this Song”: Torah as Poetry?

Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

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Wednesday Semester 1

In what sense can the Torah be read as shira (poetry)?  With the help of midrashic, hassidic and literary sources we will explore poetic dimensions of the biblical text. Is it by poetic means that religious faith and human depth are evoked 

Matan Jerusalem

Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

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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: Tehillim: A Psalm for Every Season

Dr. Yosefa (Fogel) Wruble

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Thursday Semester 1

This semester-long course will cover a diverse group of psalms that provide a taste of the array of spiritual situations faced by the psalmist and illustrate their eternal relevance despite external barriers between the ancient and modern world.

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Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

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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 : Tehillim: David’s Lifetime and Legacy

Rivi Frankel

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Thursday Semester 2
Matan Jerusalem

Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

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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.

Through the Minds of the Parshanim

Simi Peters

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Thursday Yearlong

Parshanut Hamikra: Understanding how Bible Commentary Works

This course will explore the minds of the great Bible commentators, to understand not only what they say, but why. The goal is to become better readers of Tanach, with a heightened appreciation for the methodology of the parshanim.

Matan Jerusalem

Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

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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.

Semester 1: Reflections on Parshat Hashavua – “Write for yourselves this Song” (Deut. 31:19): Torah as Poetry?

Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

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Thursday Semester 1

In what sense can the Torah be read as shira (poetry)?  With the help of midrashic, hassidic and literary sources we will explore poetic dimensions of the biblical text. Is it by poetic means that religious faith and human depth are evoked 

Matan Jerusalem

Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

Price: 500 ILS
Add to cart
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.