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See below for our Winter/Zman Choref 2017 classes.
This havruta-based class is in the study of the primary canonical Rabbinic text: the Babylonian Talmud, and is intended for students with strong Hebrew language skills and varying skills in Aramaic. The class focuses on extensive support in developing reading skills and engaging more abstract conceptual and theological questions through close textual analysis. This semester we will be focusing on the first and second chapters of Masekhet Makkot which center upon two components of the judicial system- false testimony and manslaughter. Through these topics we’ll have an opportunity to explore the fundamental themes of intent, punishment, and forgiveness.
Tuition: $2,000*, reduced student tuition $1,000
Join Elie Kaunfer and Shai Held as they look at the story of the Exodus from two vantage points. In the first half of the class, we'll delve into one of the most-read but least-understood Jewish texts: The Passover Haggadah. By examining the background sources and different versions, we will develop a deeper understanding of the Haggadah: its structure, meaning and purpose. In the second half of the class, we'll open the Biblical text to read closely and think deeply about the Exodus. What does it mean to be free or enslaved? What are the dynamics of slavery and freedom that still animate our lives and what does the story demand of us?
Monday 3:30-5:30pm and Wednesday afternoons 4:00-5:30pm (twice a week)
Jan. 16 – Mar. 29
In the classical Rabbinic compendium of commentary on the Bible, the מקראות גדולות, the greatest Torah scholars of the generations argue with each other over the meaning and significance of the text. We will survey the classical medieval commentators on Humash – Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Rashbam, Ramban, and others – to study their methodologies in interpretation, their intellectual backgrounds, and what they can uniquely contribute to our understanding of the Torah.
Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons 4:00-5:15pm (twice a week)
Jan. 17 - Mar. 16
Together, we will study sections of the weekly parashah through two commentaries that reflect two very different worldviews, Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler (Michtav M'Eliyahu) and Rabbi Shalom Noah Berezovsky (the Netivot Shalom). Though each was a luminary in his own community, rarely if ever are their two approaches studied in relationship to each other. As Rabbi Dessler brings the torah of the Lithuanian Mussar movement and Rabbi Berezovsky the torah of the Chassidic tradition, we will encounter many moments where their difference of perspective is stark - but we will find similarities as well.
*Some scholarships available for students and those in need of financial assistance.