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Chumash (Bible: Torah)

Abraham

In this course Rabbi Brovender will delve into the story of Abraham through an in-depth learning of the text with the commentaries of Rashi and Ramban.  
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Akeidat Yitzchak

This class will study the story of Akeidat Yitzchak, the binding of Isaac - which is read in synagogue on Rosh Hashana - with the commentaries of Rashi, Ibn - Ezra, Ramban and further Rishonim (medieval commentaries). Skills in exegesis (critical interpretation of different approaches to Pshat - the simple interpretation of the text) will be developed and students will learn to decipher the limits to determining Pshat. Additional references will include Achronim (latter commentaries), Netziv, Meshech Chochma, and others.

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Analyzing the Avot (June 4-July 9)

Why does Avraham leave his birthplace before the divine command to do so? Is the akedah a story about Avraham or Yitzchak? What is Yitzchak's unique role among the patriarchs? How do we understand Yaakov's response to Rachel's frustration with her lack of children? In this six-part series, we will utilize classical commentaries to gain insight into the character of our three patriarchs.
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Bamidbar for Beginners

You are invited to develop your Bible study skills in this course for beginners. We will learn the section of the Book of Bamidbar (Numbers) called Beha'alotecha (chapter 60), with a focus on building reading skills and understanding the text. Beha'alotecha includes some of the following topics: lighting the Menorah in the Temple, the second Pesach offering for those who missed the first, and several stories about life in the desert those forty years. For previous classes with Mrs. Goldman on the same topic click here.
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Bible Basics: Grammar Skills

How can we understand the text of the Torah? In this course we will develop grammar skills which are critical to translating and understanding the Bible. We will begin with text in Parshat Lech Lecha. The course is ideal for newcomers to Biblical text.
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Breishit: Kayin and Hevel

In this course Rabbi Brovender will delve into the story of Kayin and Hevel, the first sibling rivalry, as told in the book of Breishit (Genesis).
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Breishit: The House of Kayin

In this course Rabbi Brovender will delve into the story of Kayin and Hevel, the first sibling rivalry, as told in the book of Breishit (Genesis). Please click here to view Breishit: Kayin and Hevel
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Breishit: The Story of Noach

In this course Rabbi Brovender will delve into the story of Noach and the flood through an in-depth learning of the text.
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Breishit: The Story of Noach (Elul 2014)

In this course Rabbi Brovender will delve into the story of Noach and the flood through an in-depth learning of the text. For previous classes on this topic please click here.
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Continuing with Text

Continuing from the previous semester, we will take the next steps in learning skills for translating biblical Hebrew. We will look at a variety of texts to develop a better understanding of biblical grammar, and begin learning how to read and understand Rashi, a key commentator on the text.

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Creation: Day 3

Join Rabbi Brovender as he takes you on a journey to the past to uncover the depths of the story of the creation of the world, as told in the book of Bereishit- Genesis. This semester we will learn about the third day of creation, the day the water was separated from the dry land and God created plants.
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Creation: Day 4

Join Rabbi Brovender as he takes you on a journey to the past to uncover the depths of the story of the creation of the world, as told in the book of Bereishit- Genesis. This semester we will learn about the fourth day of creation, the day that God created the moon, sun, and starts to differentiate between night and day.
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Creation: Shabbat

Join Rabbi Brovender as he takes you on a journey to the past to uncover the depths of the story of the creation of the world, as told in the book of Bereishit- Genesis. This semester we will learn about Shabbat, and continue in to the stories of Genesis.
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Exodus: Book of Shmot for Beginners

Develop your Bible-study skills in this course for beginners. We will learn the story of the Book of Shemot (Exodus) to build on skills of reading and understanding the text. For previous classes with Mrs. Goldman on this topic, please click here.
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Expanding Commentary Skills in Chumash:Yaakov and Lavan

Learn the story of Yaakov and Lavan in Parshat Vayetze while expanding your Torah-learning skills with commentaries including, Rashi, Siftei Chachamim and Ramban.
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Expanding Horizons: The Blessings of Yaakov and Eisav

In this class we will focus on developing the textual skills required to read and understand the text of the Chumash (Bible) with commentary. We will deepen our understanding of the blessings of Yaakov and Eisav, and try to relate to the concepts to our own lives.

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Finding Pshat in the Drash

How you even wondered where the Midrash drew its conclusions from?  This class plans to uncover a deep level from the text itself as well as what the Rabbinic tradition saw in it.
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Ideas of Teshuva in Tanach: Biblical Repentance

This class looks at several topics dealing with teshuva; including Biblical characters who both did and didn't do teshuva, how the Torah addresses it, and more.  Perhaps more important than the textual analysis is the goal in uncovering what the Rabbis saw that triggered some of their perplexing comments.
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In the Beginning…

This shiur will start at the beginning, and look at Bereshit, along with some commentaries (mostly Rashi and the Ramban) in an attempt to discover and discuss some of the basic issues and concepts taught by the creation story. We will be closely reading the Torah text, as well as the meforshim, in order to understand what messages the creation story does and does not communicate to us, and topics such as issues with modern science, good and evil, God's relationship with the world, gender roles, the purpose of the Jewish people in history, and more. The class will be appropriate for all levels.

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Introduction to the Book of Shemot

Develop your Bible-study skills in this course for beginners. We will learn the story of the Book of Shemot (Exodus) to build on skills of reading and understanding the text. For previous classes with Mrs. Goldman on this topic, please click here.
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Korach and His Rebels

This class will study Korach and his rebellion with the commentaries of Rashi, Ibn - Ezra, Ramban, the Netziv and additional Rishonim to explore the story of Korach, why did he rebel, and what were the consequences.
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Mini-Series: The Story of the Meraglim (Spies)

This course is no longer is session. For archives, please see below. Join us for a five week course, exploring the intricacies of the story of the meraglim (the spies in the Bible sent to view the land of Israel by Moshe Rabenu) using the commentaries of Rashi, Ibn - Ezra, Ramban and further Rishonim (medieval commentaries). Skills in exegesis (critical interpretation of different approaches to Pshat - the simple interpretation of the text) will be developed and students will learn to decipher the limits to determining Pshat. Additional references will include Achronim (latter commentaries), Netziv, Meshech Chochmah, and others. This course will be divided into two 5-week sessions, with the Story of the Meraglim in the first session. There will be a one week break between sessions. While this couse is complimentary, there is a suggested donation of $20 for each session.
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Noach and the Flood

This class will study the Chumash Breishit, Parshat Noach, with the commentaries of Rashi, Ibn - Ezra, Ramban, the Netziv and additional Rishonim to explore the story of Noah, the flood and the aftermath.

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Not Just Torat Kohanim- Social Justice in Sefer Vayikra

Sefer Vayikra has the reputation of being the least relevant Chumash, filled with sacrifices. But in the midst of all the ritual there are many commandments "Bein Adam L' chavero" (between people). In fact, in this book we can find the blueprint for a just and kind society. Through an in depth, Peshat based, literary analysis we will understand how a society of holiness should be built.
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Parsha With an Open Heart (Oct 17, Nov 14, 21, Dec 12, 19)

This class will study the Parshat HaShavua (weekly Torah portion) with an open heart and an open eye. The course is an inspiring medley of commentary from various sources to weave a dynamic and meaningful perspective of daily Torah.
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Parshat HaShavua

Learn Parashat Hashavua with the Divrei Torah of Reb Shlomo Carlebach zts"l. This course will be broadcast live from Rabbi Shlomo Katz's home in Neve Daniel.
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Parshat Hashavua 5774 (Elul 2014)

Learn Parashat Hashavua with the Divrei Torah of Reb Shlomo Carlebach zts". This course will be broadcast live from Rabbi Shlomo Katz's home in Neve Daniel. For previous Parshiyot please click here.
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Parshat Hashavua 5774 (Fall 2014)

Learn Parashat Hashavua with the Divrei Torah of Reb Shlomo Carlebach zts". This course will be broadcast live from Rabbi Shlomo Katz's home in Neve Daniel. For previous Parshiyot please click here.
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Parshat Hashavua 5774 (March 31, April 7)

Learn Parashat Hashavua with the Divrei Torah of Reb Shlomo Carlebach zts". This course will be broadcast live from Rabbi Shlomo Katz's home in Neve Daniel. For previous Parshiyot please click here.
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Parshat Hashavua 5774 (Summer 2014)

Learn Parashat Hashavua with the Divrei Torah of Reb Shlomo Carlebach zts". This course will be broadcast live from Rabbi Shlomo Katz's home in Neve Daniel. For previous Parshiyot please click here.
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Parshat Hashavua 5774 (Winter 2013)

Learn Parashat Hashavua with the Divrei Torah of Reb Shlomo Carlebach zts". This course will be broadcast live from Rabbi Shlomo Katz's home in Neve Daniel.

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Parshat Hashavua 5775

Learn Parashat Hashavua with the Divrei Torah of Reb Shlomo Carlebach zts". This course will be broadcast live from Rabbi Shlomo Katz's home in Efrat. For previous Parshiyot please click here.
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Parshat Hashavua 5776

Learn Parashat Hashavua with the Divrei Torah of Reb Shlomo Carlebach z"tl. This course will be broadcast live from Rabbi Shlomo Katz's home in Efrat. For previous Parshiyot please click here.
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Parshat Hashavua 5777

Learn Parashat Hashavua with the Divrei Torah of Reb Shlomo Carlebach z"tl. This course will be broadcast live from Rabbi Shlomo Katz's home in Efrat at www.facebook.com/webyeshiva. One does not need to have a facebook account to watch the shiur.
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Parshat Hashavua: Emor – Devarim

This class will study the Parshat HaShavua (weekly Torah portion) using Chassidic meforshim (commentators) as well as others to convey an interesting and deep understanding of our times through the study of the weekly Torah parsha.
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Parshat Hashavua: Ki Tavo – Haazinu

This class will study the Parshat HaShavua (weekly Torah portion) using Chassidic meforshim (commentators) as well as others to convey an interesting and deep understanding of our times through the study of the weekly Torah parsha.

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Parshat Hashavua: Lech Lecha – Shmot

This class will study the Parshat HaShavua (weekly Torah portion) using Chassidic meforshim (commentators) as well as others to convey an interesting and deep understanding of our times through the study of the weekly Torah parsha.

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Parshat Hashavua: Mishpatim – Tzav

This class will study the Parshat HaShavua (weekly Torah portion) using Chassidic meforshim (commentators) as well as others to convey an interesting and deep understanding of our times through the study of the weekly Torah parsha.

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Parshat Hashavua: Netzavim – Haazinu

This class will study the Parshat HaShavua (weekly Torah portion) using  Chassidic meforshim (commentators) as well as others to  convey an interesting and deep understanding of our times through the study of the weekly Torah parsha.

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Parshat Hashavua: Netzavim – Vayelech

An in-depth class covering approximately the first section of the weekly portion each week. The class will be based on commentaries such as Rashi, the Ramban, the Malbim and the Meam Loez. This class is a great opportunity to expand Chumash (Bible) skills and understanding.

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Parshat Hashavua: Noach – Vayigash

This class will study the Parshat HaShavua (weekly Torah portion) using Chassidic meforshim (commentators) as well as others to convey an interesting and deep understanding of our times through the study of the weekly Torah parsha. Please note that this class requires a minimum of 7 paying students in order to proceed. If this number is not reached, the class may be discontinued.
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Parshat Hashavua: Vaera – Vayikra

This class will study the Parshat HaShavua (weekly Torah portion) using Chassidic meforshim (commentators) as well as others to convey an interesting and deep understanding of our times through the study of the weekly Torah parsha. PLEASE NOTE: This class requires a minimum of 10 paying students in order to ensure its continuation this zman.

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Personal Development and Jewish Thought in the Torah

This course will explore key themes in Avodat Hashem, through the prism of the Parsha - as expounded upon in the Talmud, Midrash and Medieval Chumash commentaries on the Chumash. Adapted from the sources of Rabbi Avigdor Nebenzhal, from his five volume commentary on the Chumash.
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Rav Tzadok HaCohen on Parshat Shavua

This series will look at Rav Tzadok of Lublin's commentary on the parsha, and compare his ideas and understandings to those of his teacher, Mei Shiloach (Rabbi Mordechai Yosef Leiner), and other Chasidic Masters (e.g. Baal HaTanya).
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Relating to God, Relating to Each Other

A Jew's relationship with God is often compared by the sages to the relationship between a father and child, while at others times it is compared to that of a husband and wife. This course will look at some of the relationships in the parshiot we read during the High Holidays to gain an insight to our relationship with God. In particular we will look at the behavior of the Avot and Emmahot, and the relationships between husband and wife, and parents and children as expounded upon in the Talmud, Midrash and commentaries on the Chumash.

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Sefer Breishit: Joseph

This class will study the story of Joseph with the commentaries of Rashi, Ibn - Ezra, Ramban and further Rishonim (medieval commentaries). Skills in exegesis (critical interpretation of different approaches to Pshat - the simple interpretation of the text) will be developed and students will learn to decipher the limits to determining Pshat. Additional references will include Achronim (latter commentaries), Netziv, Meshech Chochmah, and others.
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Sefer Breishit: Joseph Part 2 (continued)

This class will study the story of Joseph with the commentaries of Rashi, Ibn - Ezra, Ramban and further Rishonim (medieval commentaries).  Skills in exegesis (critical interpretation of different approaches to Pshat - the simple interpretation of the text) will be developed and students will learn to decipher the limits to determining Pshat.  Additional references will include Achronim (latter commentaries), Netziv, Meshech Chochmah, and others.

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Sefer Shmot: Chapters 1-5

This class will study the Chumash, Sefer Shmot, with the commentaries of Rashi, Ibn - Ezra, Ramban and further Rishonim (medieval commentaries). Skills in exegesis (critical interpretation of different approaches to Pshat - the simple interpretation of the text) will be developed and students will learn to decipher the limits to determining Pshat. Additional references will include Achronim (latter commentaries), Netziv, Meshech Chochmah, and others.
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Sefer Shmot: Introduction

In this class we look at Sefer Shmot with some of the classic commentaries, such as Rashi, Ramban, and Ibn Ezra, as well as later commentaries such as the Emek Davar (the Netziv) and the Meshech Chochma. We attempt to uncover at the pshat of the text while asking ourselves what exactly is the pshat? What does the term "pshat" refer to? How do each of these commentaries understand the pshat of the text? Please note that this class requires a minimum of 7 paying students in order to proceed. If this number is not reached, the class may be discontinued.
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Sefer Shmot: The Ten Plagues

This class will study the Makot (Ten Plagues) with the commentaries of Rashi, Ibn - Ezra, Ramban and further Rishonim (medieval commentaries). Skills in exegesis (critical interpretation of different approaches to Pshat - the simple interpretation of the text) will be developed and students will learn to decipher the limits to determining Pshat. Additional references will include Achronim (latter commentaries), Netziv, Meshech Chochmah, and others.
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Serving and Guarding in the Garden of Eden: Genesis Chapter 2

In this course we will explore the story of creation as retold in the second chapter of Genesis, with a focus on the Garden of Eden and creation of Man.
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Starting from Square One: Building Hebrew Text Skills

In this course we will develop the necessary skills for reading and understanding Jewish texts in Hebrew. To do this, we will look at excerpts from the Bible and learn to read and understand them using the commentaries. This course is meant for beginners who wish to grow.
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Teshuva in Makot Choshech and Bechorot

This class will study the last two Makot (Plagues) - that of Choshech (Darkness) and Bechorot (Killing of the Firstborn) - with the commentaries of Rashi, Ibn - Ezra, Ramban and further Rishonim (medieval commentaries).   We will examine the aspects of Teshuva contained within these two plagues, and how it can applied to our avoda around Elul and the Yamim Noraim. Skills in exegesis (critical interpretation of different approaches to Pshat - the simple interpretation of the text) will be developed and students will learn to decipher the limits to determining Pshat.   Additional references will include Achronim (latter commentaries), Netziv, Meshech Chochmah, and others.

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The Bamidbar Narratives Chassidic Style

Even though it is the first two books of the Torah that steal most of the glory, the narratives in Bamidbar have some of the most enigmatic messages. Why was Moshe punished so severely? Why was Korach's challenge to Moshe considered so evil? What's with Bilam and the talking donkey? As always, the Chassidic Masters create a meta-narrative that challenges sometimes conventional understanding, but enhances our appreciation for Torah's seventy faces.
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The Bold and the Beautiful: A Study of Women in Tanach

Did Sarah share her husband’s devotion to God, or was she just a secondary figure along for the ride? What motivated Esther to finally take charge and save the day in Shushan? What do traditional rabbinic scholars think of surprising heroines such as Rachav, Devorah, Yael, and others? In this course we will engage in close study of the Bible's accounts of these and other women, developing our own insights while examining the insights of a range of classical commentaries spanning the full history of Jewish Bible study and interpretation. Some of these women are famous; some less so. Some are heroic; some perhaps not so heroic. Some are beautiful; all are bold, often taking action in unexpected ways. Together, we will develop our appreciation of the depth and complexity of these women and their contributions.
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The Characters of Bamidbar

Take a 9-week journey examining the unique characters of Sefer Bamidbar (Numbers). Learn in-depth about Calev, Bilam, Pinchas, Elazar, Cazbi, Korach and others through the eyes of Chazal. This course will mainly focus on various midrashim and gemara to try to understand the personalities of these famous biblical figures.
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The Descent To Egypt

A study for beginners of Jacob's sons' descent to Egypt, which ultimately led to the enslavement of the Jewish People by the Egyptions and their Exudus as a nation. This course will begin with Parshat Miketz (chapter 42 of the Book of Bereishit) and will focus on skill development to better read and understand the text.
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The Legacy of the Twelve Tribes

This series will follow the sons of Yaakov from birth and trace their tribal legacy throughout Tanach. We will follow famous leaders and prophets of the different tribes, discovering the character traits and life patterns that characterize them and their descendants.
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The Life & Times of Yitzchak Avinu

This class will study the the life of Yitzchak Avinu with the commentaries of Rashi, Ibn - Ezra, Ramban and further Rishonim (medieval commentaries). Skills in exegesis (critical interpretation of different approaches to Pshat - the simple interpretation of the text) will be developed and students will learn to decipher the limits to determining Pshat. Additional references will include Achronim (latter commentaries), Netziv, Meshech Chochmah, and others.

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The Story of Akeidat Yitzchak

In this class will analyze the story of Akeidat Yitzchak, the binding of Isaac, which is read in synagogue on Rosh Hashana. The story is a challenging one so we will have to look deep to understand what happened, why, and what we can learn from it. How is the story relevant to Rosh Hashana?
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The Story of Creation: Day 1

Join Rabbi Brovender as he takes you on a journey to the past to uncover the depths of the story of the creation of the world, as told in the book of Bereishit- Genesis.

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The Story of Creation: Day 2

Join Rabbi Brovender as he takes you on a journey to the past to uncover the depths of the story of the creation of the world, as told in the book of Bereishit- Genesis. This semester we will learn about the second day of creation, the day the Skies and Sea were separated.
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The Story of Noach

In this course Rabbi Brovender will delve into the story of Noach and the flood through an in-depth learning of the text.
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The Story of Noach: After the Flood (Fall 2014)

In this course Rabbi Brovender will delve into the story of Noach and the flood through an in-depth learning of the text. For previous classes on this topic please click here.
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The Value of Biblical Fiction

Jewish fiction goes back to medieval times, and comes in varying shapes and sizes. Through an intensive discussion of his own two works, Murderer in the Mikdash and Cassandra Misreads the Book of Samuel (and other Untold Tales of the Prophets), Rabbi Rothstein will give his perspective on what fiction does and how it can contribute to a well-lived Jewish life.

 

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The Weekly Torah Portion

This course will be an weekly study on the Torah portion to be read that week (Parshat Hashavua).
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The Women of Rosh HaShana

Sarah, Chanah, Hagar and others are at the heart of texts that are connected not only to Rosh Hashanah liturgy, but Rosh Hashanah itself. We will look at texts from Tanach, the Midrash, Talmud, and later commentaries as well.
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Understanding Rashi (Jan 24, 31, Feb 7, 14)

This a mini-series course (4 sessions). It will study Rashi's Torah commentary. It will introduce the student to rules for interpreting Rashi and how to plumb the depth of his commentary. The series is geared towards students who have learned Rashi (whether in English or in Hebrew). A basic knowledge of Torah Hebrew is helpful.
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Weekly Lessons from the Parsha

An exploration and discussion of the weekly Parsha with select commentaries and Midrashim. What lessons can we learn from the Torah portion each week and how can we apply them to our lives?
 
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Weekly Torah Portion: Parshat Hashavua

This is a class on the weekly Torah portion, looking at traditional commentaries (primarily medieval philosophers). We will look at how the Rishonim understood the concepts and philosophy of the weekly Torah portion and find the relevance of the Torah and Rishonim to 21st century life.

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Who Wrote the Commentaries on the Chumash?

In this series we will look at the history, personalities and thought of the major commentators printed in the 'Mikra'ot Gedolot' Chumash. Where and when did they live? What were their goals in writing their commentaries? We will look at Onkelos, Yonatan ben Uzziel, Masorites, Ibn Ezra, Rashi, Ramban, Baal HaTurim, Seforno and others.
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Yaakov & Yosef

Delve into the complicated relationship of our forefather Yaakov (Jacob), and his favored son, Yosef (Joseph). In this course we will study the book of Breishit to learn the story of Yaakov and his children, Yosef in particular.   Torah learning on WebYeshiva.org in Spring Semester 2017 is dedicated in the memory of Yehezkel and Sarah Lemel z”l by their loving family.     יחזקאל בן אשר למל ושאשא יוכבד ז”ל ושרה מניה פייגע בת יום טוב וטשארנה רבקה ז”ל Click here to learn about their inspiring stories and passion for Torah education and Israel.      To find out more about dedication opportunities with WebYeshiva.org please contact office@webyeshiva.org.
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