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Special: Other Topics in Judaism

1648: The Machloket in Europe

This shiur will begin with a study of the Chmielnicki massacres (1648-9) also known by their Hebrew years as "tach-vetat". This pogrom killed tens of thousands of Jews across Europe.
As a result, the Jews of Europe (perhaps more so than the Jews of Spain and Africa) were sure that the coming of the Messiah was imminent. When Natan of Azza proclaimed Shabbatai Tzvi to be the true Messiah he was accepted by Jews all over the world, but especially in Europe. Even after his death, the Sabbatian movement continued, leading Rabbi Yaakov Emden to declare that Rabbi Yonatan Eybshitz was himself a Sabbatian. This controversy shook Europe even further. In the following generation when the chasidic movement began, one of the main reasons for the Vilna Gaon's opposition was that he feared another Sabbatian movement. Ultimately the theological dispute between chasidim and mitgnagdim divided the Jews of Europe, and splintered Ashkenazi Jewry.
We will look at these key events and the people involved through the eyes of Jewish Rabbis who wrote about the tragedies, the destruction, the hope, the theology and the heresy.
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A History of Halacha in 100 Objects

In a blatant rip-off of the popular BBC series (History of the World in 100 Objects - www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld), Rabbi Jeffrey Saks will explore topics in Jewish law and lore through the prism of our material and physical objects - ritual items, tashmishei kedusha and mitzva, art, etc.  - to gain insight into halachic practice and Jewish culture. Each session will stand on its own as we travel around the  Jewish world and its history.
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A Kabbalistic Understanding of Lag BaOmer (April 25)

In this special class, Rabbi Chira will delve into the meaning behind "Lag BaOmer" and what makes it spiritually unique.
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A Visit to Rashi’s Workshop

A closer look at Rashi's commentary both methodologically and historically. Why is Rashi the most studied and famous Bible Commentator? We will discuss the Jewish-Christian Debate  as well as important values in Rashi's Bible Commentary. How much did Rashi really write and what, if anything, was added?  
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A-Ag-Agn-Agno-Agnon and Rebbe Nachman (January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2 & 9, 2014)

Midrash Agnon – English study sessions with R. Jeffrey Saks on Agnon’s writings.

Exploring the connection between the Nobel laureate and Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, along with other important influences on Agnon’s writing.

Live at Agnon House and online world-wide via WebYeshiva.org/Agnon – Sundays at 7:00pm Israel time. Participate in the course live in Agnon's own house in Talpiot, Jerusalem, or via the simultaneous, interactive, online broadcast via WebYeshiva.org. (Sessions will be recorded and archived for those unable to join in "real time"). The course will cost $45. To pay, please choose from the options below.



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Aggada: Topics in Judaism

Yeshivot tend to emphasize the halakhic sections of Talmud more than the non- legal portions of Talmud.  This shiur will focus on this unduly neglected aggadic material, a rich treasure trove of ethical and spiritual insight.  We shall utilize traditional commentaries to find profound readings of the stories, ethical maxims, and psychological advice found in Chazal.  
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Agnon’s Days of Awe (September 17)

Aside from S.Y. Agnon’s best selling volume "Yamim Noraim" ("Days of Awe" – An anthology of Torah sources on Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur), the Nobel laureate featured the High Holy Days in many of his most enigmatic tales. In preparation for the High Holy Days we will look at some of these short stories from a literary perspective, while unraveling the "intertexts" of classical Jewish sources from which Agnon drew, and explore the resonances between text and mastertext.
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Agnon’s Days of Awe: Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur in Agnon’s Stories, September 18 & 25

Agnon's Days of Awe with Rabbi Jeffrey Saks of WebYeshiva.org and co-sponsored by Lincoln Square Synagogue, NY.

Aside from S.Y. Agnon's best selling volume "Yamim Noraim" ("Days of Awe" - An anthology of Torah sources on Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur) the Nobel laureate featured the High Holy Days in many of his most enigmatic tales. In this two-part series we will look at some of these short stories from a literary perspective, while unraveling the "intertexts" of classical Jewish sources from which Agnon drew, and explore the resonances between text and mastertext. 
Stories will be read in English translation, with references to the original Hebrew text - but Hebrew fluency is not required to participate.
 
Participate in the course live in Agnon's own house in Talpiot, Jerusalem, or via the simultaneous, interactive, online broadcast at WebYeshiva.org (sessions will be recorded and archived for those unable to join in "real time").
 
Sundays, September 18 and 25 at 5:30 pm (Jerusalem time).

      

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Agnon’s Eretz Yisrael

This 3-part mini-series brought to you by Agnon House, WebYeshiva.org and Lincoln Square Synagogue, NY
Join us as we explore a different Agnon story each week, unravelling the magic of the Land of Israel as depicted in Nobel laureate S.Y. Agnon's lyrical weaving of history and mystery into a modern midrash on the link between the Jewish people and Eretz Yisrael in the modern world.
Sundays, March 4th, 11th & 18th, 2012 at 7:00 PM Israel Time
Join us live at Agnon House, 16 Klausner Street, Jerusalem
NIS40 each session or NIS100 for the entire series (student discount NIS50)
Register with Beit Agnon: 02-671-6498 or agnon-h@zahav.net.il
OR
Participate via simultaneous live, interactive video conference at www.WebYeshiva.org/Agnon - $18 registration required (Sessions recorded and archived for those unable to join in "real time")
PLEASE NOTE: This class will take place at 7:00 PM Israel Time, so although the class will meet at 12:00PM US Eastern on March 4, the subsequent meetings will take place at 1:00 PM US Eastern (March 11 and March 18).  
 

   

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Agnon: Two Scholars Who Were in Our Town (Nov 2-23)

In this mini-series we will explore Nobel laureate S.Y. Agnon's story “Shnei Talmidei Hakahamim Shehayu Be’Irenu” (Two Scholars Who Were in Our Town), which is a nostalgic, elegiac, yet also ironic recounting of a time when “Torah was beloved by Israel and the entire glory of a man was Torah, when our town was privileged to be counted among the most notable towns in the land on account of its scholars.” And yet, as the plot unwinds and insults are traded in the Beit Midrash, the reader is led to the tragic denouement. And here we see Agnon’s power as a tragedian on an almost Greek scale. With his typical irony at work, the narrator pines for an earlier, more ideal time which turns out to have been rife with flaws and tragic personalities of its own. This draws the reader to question – was it always ever thus? The story is now available for the first time in English in a new translation from the Toby Press. The cost of this course is $40.
 
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Agnon’s Home Town (October 6, 13, 20, 27 and November 3)

Midrash Agnon – English study sessions with R. Jeffrey Saks on Agnon’s writings. Stories of the Old World and Agnon’s ancestral Buczacz as depicted in his ‘Ir uMelo’ah. Live at Agnon House and online world-wide via WebYeshiva.org/Agnon – Sundays at 7:00pm Israel time. Participate in the course live in Agnon's own house in Talpiot, Jerusalem, or via the simultaneous, interactive, online broadcast via WebYeshiva.org. (Sessions will be recorded and archived for those unable to join in "real time"). The course will cost $40. To pay, please choose from the options below.
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Agnon's Home Town $40.00 USDA-Ag-Agn-Agno-Agnon and Rebbe Nachman $45.00 USDBoth Series $80.00 USD
The cost of series for those participating at Beit Agnon is NIS40/per lecture or NIS160 for full 5-part series.
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Agunot & Jewish Divorce

Through text-based study we will undergo a thoughtful exploration of many of the sources dealing with Jewish divorce in Jewish Law. Via unfiltered examination of the earliest Talmudic literature, continuing through the various periods of the responsa, up to modern-day Israel, an understanding will be reached of the halakhic legalities of jewish divorce, the untenable position of the victim of get-refusal "the agunah" and the possible solutions to the problem. In the final stages, special emphasis will be placed on prenuptial agreements for the prevention of get-refusal.

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An American Rabbi in Israel (April 23)

Join Rabbi Goldstein as he shares his experiences as an American Rabbi transitioning to life in Israel.
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Aramaic Grammar

Aramaic was the language of the Talmud. We will survey the principle elements of Aramaic grammar, concentrating on texts from the Babylonian Talmud. Language of instruction: English. This mini-course presumes that the participants can read elementary Hebrew. A link to source materials will be provided to all participants. Although the sources will be displayed on screen during class, participants are encouraged to print them on paper to facilitate taking notes during class. This 5-part series will run from January 8 through February 5. The course is free-of-charge with a suggested donation of $36. To make a donation please click here.
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Are We There Yet? The Rambam’s View of the Meaning of the Messianic Era (May 3)

We will use text selections from the Rambam's Mishne Torah (primarily Hilchot Melachim but also Hilchot Yesodei HaTorah) in order to understand his concept of the Messianic Era and also what it implies for the individual Jew and the entire Jewish people in the here and now.
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Ask the Rosh Yeshiva

The shiur will take place the first Saturday night (Eastern time)/Sunday morning (Israel time) of each month. Questions will be submitted in advance; however, during the second half of the shiur rosh yeshiva Rabbi Brovender will accept questions from the students in attendance.
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Ask Your Father,Keep the Torah of Your Mother-Minhag Structure

By tracing the halachic use of two verses, we will find out what makes a minhag (custom), and what its force is in the halachic system, and when minhagim continue or cease to obligate us.

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Beginner Guide to Jewish Prayer

Why do we pray what we pray? In this course we will take an in-depth look at the brachot of the Shmonah Esrei and how they relate to each other.
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Between Nostalgia and Nightmare: Agnon’s Stories of the Old World… and the New

Join us for a series on S.Y. Agnon, Nobel Prize Laureate for Modern Hebrew literature. We will enjoy Agnon's stories from a literary perspective, while unraveling the "intertexts" of classical Jewish sources from which Agnon builds his stories and explore the resonances between text and mastertext. Stories will be read in English translation, with references to the original Hebrew text - but Hebrew fluency is not required to participate.

Participate in the course live in Agnon's own house in Talpiot, Jerusalem, or via the simultaneous, interactive, online broadcast via WebYeshiva.org (sessions will be recorded and archived for those unable to join in "real time"). We recommend buying A Book That Was Lost: Thirty-Five Stories by S.Y. Agnon (The Toby Press). [Click here for Kindle edition]

Series 1 – The Old World
4 Sundays at 7:30 PM (Jerusalem time) / November 4, 11, 18 & 25
Each week we'll explore a different short story of the ancestral world of Eastern Europe, examining what Agnon's nostalgic treatment of the past is saying about our present.

Series 2 – The New World
4 Sundays at 7:30 PM (Jerusalem time) / December 30, January 6, 13 &20
Each week we'll enter the surrealistic realm of Agnon's collection of modern, nightmarish tales in his Sefer HaMa'asim (Book of Deeds) collection, which examine the breakdown of tradition and the shock of the modern world.

Participate at the Agnon House, 16 Klausner St., Talpiot, Jerusalem
Cost: 40 NIS per session (120 NIS for each 4-part series). Student discount: half price.
OR Participate online from anywhere in the world via the synchronous, interactive video conference at WebYeshiva.org/Agnon (registration required - cost: $10 per session or $36 for each series).
Agnon House
For more information contact:
office@WebYeshiva.org / Tel. 02.5671719
OR Agnon House / agnon-h@zahav.net.il / Tel. 02.6716498

Agnon's Stories of the World
1 Class $10.00 USD2 Classes $20.00 USD3 Classes $30.00 USD1 Full Series (4 classes) $36.00 USDFull Series + 1 Class $46.00 USDFull Series + 2 Classes $56.00 USDFull Series + 3 Classes $66.00 USD2 Full Series (8 Classes) $72.00 USD

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Blueprint of High Holiday Prayers (September 1)

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kipppur hold the key to the next year. What are we striving for? What are we praying for? How do the prayers our sages compose express those ideas? In the shiur we strive to understand the structure of the prayers to make the most out of our Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur experiences.
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Blueprint of the Haggada Part 1

The Pesach Haggada is not just a series of stories and verses strung together - it contains a precise logic and order. Each element is there for a reason and plays a very specific role in the structure and flow of the Haggada.  In this class we will examine all of the particular aspects of the Haggada and try to answer the questions, "why is it there?" and "what does it mean?"  We will also look at the story of Yetziat Mitzraim, and by way of Midrash, attempt to uncover the "behind the scenes" story embedded in the pesukim.

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Blueprint of the Haggada Part 2

The Pesach Haggada is not just a series of stories and verses strung together - it contains a precise logic and order. Each element is there for a reason and plays a very specific role in the structure and flow of the Haggada. In this class we will examine all of the particular aspects of the Haggada and try to answer the questions, why is it there? and what does it mean; We will also look at the story of Yetziat Mitzraim, and by way of Midrash, attempt to uncover the behind the scenes story embedded in the pesukim.

WebYeshiva.org, in conjuction with The Council of Young Israel Rabbis in Israel, is proud to offer sign language translation for the deaf and hard-of-hearing for this class, with translator, Mrs. Miriam Solomon. If you are interested in a sign language translation of any of our other shiurim, please contact our office to arrange: office@webyeshiva.org

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Blueprint of the High Holiday Prayers Part 1

Rosh Hashana Yom Kipppur hold the key to the next year. What are we striving for? What are we praying for? How do the prayers our sages compose express those ideas? In the shiur we strive to understand the structure of the prayer

In other words, we are doing reverse engineering. Instead of explaining the davening, we are doing what davening was like before the siddur was composed. We are putting our thoughts together of what we want to pray , and then seeing how the words our sages put together fit those goals immaculately and more than we can possibly think of ourselves.

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Blueprints of the Haggada (March 30 2014)

In this class Rabbi Geller will explore the story of the Haggada that we tell on Seder Night.
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Carlebach Yahrzeit Series: From The Heart (Nov 17)

Leah Golumb was a student and close friend of Reb Shlomo. She will speak about her experiences learning with him and his efforts to bring the world a step closer to redemption.
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Carlebach Yahrzeit Series: Teachings, Nigunim & Legacy (Nov 16)

Join Rabbi Shlomo Katz for an evening of learning, singing, and storytelling as he commemorates the Carlebach legacy.
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Communication with Your Children

This class is no longer in session. To access the archives, please see below. This lecture with renowned educator Dr. David Pelcovitz took place on Sunday May 15, at 8.00 PM. Practical strategies for improving communication with you child or adolescent will be reviewed filtered through the prism of Jewish and psychological thought.  Approaches to fostering improved communication in the face of resistance from the child will be discussed.
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Controversial Issues in Orthodox Judaism

Thurs, July 26, 8:30pm EST / Fri, July 27, 3:30am ISRAEL A one-time, special session with Ms. Allison Josephs: A large part of Jewish observance is about having compassion and being non-judgmental. However, there are certain Jewish laws, specifically those concerning homosexuality and conversion, that seem to contradict these principles. This lecture will explore how we can resolve these ideas which are seemingly at odds with one another.
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Cooking Through the Jewish Calendar

"They tried to kill us. They didn't succeed. Let's eat!" From Abraham to Esther, serving meals to guests has been one of the cornerstones of our heritage. Holidays and other occasions are celebrated around bountiful tables, and the Shabbat meals are the highlight of each week.

Join Chef Marc Gottlieb for a live one-hour class as he demonstrates various techniques and dishes for menus that connect with the seasons and holidays of the Jewish calendar.

Classes are given monthly. Each class is $15.

 

Cooking through Jewish Calendar  course requires a minimum of 12 paying students per class. If 12 students do not pay for Cooking through the Jewish Calendar course, all students who have paid will be eligible for a full refund.

 

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Counting of the Omer (April 21, 28, May 5)

Learn about the counting of the Omer, the 49 days we count betwen Passover and Shavuot.
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Day of Remembrance for Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism (April 14)

Join Rabbi Brovender for a special class honoring the Israeli fallen soldiers and victims of terror who have made our Jewish homeland a reality.
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Days of Awe: Agnon’s Tales of the High Holy Days (Sept 25)

Prepare for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur with Nobel laureate S.Y. Agnon’s tales of the Yamim Noraim.
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Elul: The Gates Are Open

Elul-The Gates Are Open....A full day of classes to prepare for the Yamim Noraim in partnership between Shir Hadash and WebYeshiva.org.   Thursday September 22 Broadcast live from Shir Hadash 3 Chopin Street, Lower level, Jerusalem   9:30 am Doors open   10:00-10:45 AM  Teshuva: Returning to God, Returning to Eretz Yisrael Sharona Margolin Halickman   11:00-11:45 AM  Soul Journey: Unpacking the Hidden theme of the Book of Jonah Rabbi Robert Rhodes   12:00-12:45 PM  Who wants Life? The powerful words of Elul and Tishrei Chaya Passow   1:00 PM Lunch   1:45-2:30 PM  Viduy: Confessing Sin and Confirming Achievement Rabbi Jeffrey Saks   2:45-3:30 PM Teshuva M'Ahava-Embracing our Humanity Rabbi Sam Shor   3:45-4:30 PM From Elul to Tishrei: An Ongoing Love Story Peta Pellach
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Forgiving Others and Being Forgiven

It is well known that there are three different aspects to Teshuva: between man and God (bein adam l'Makom), between man and man (bein adam l'chaveiro), and between man and self (bein adam l'atzmo). In some senses, it is "easier" to do teshuva for sins between man and God, for these sins, we are told, are atoned for at Yom Kippur. Sins committed between man and man, however, are not atoned for at Yom Kippur unless forgiveness is first granted by the offended party. As such, in this class we will look at some of the issues involved in doing teshuva bein adam l'chaveiro and how teshuva bein adam l'atzmo is a foundation for this.  Please note: this shiur is for women only.

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From Disgrace to Glory: Analysis of the Seder and Haggada Structure

We will aim to enrich the Seder experience by carefully studying its structure and underlying symbolism. We will weave together study of the mishna and select sugyot in Pesachim with analysis of the Torah and Haggada text.

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From High Holidays to Sukkot (September 15)

The Hebrew month of Tishrei begins with the High Holidays, a time of redemption, forgiveness and growth for the Jewish people. We repair relationships with one another, with God, and internally with ourselves. The month begins with Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, and continues with Yom Kippur, on which we pray for forgiveness from each other and God. Following these holy days, we move outside into the Sukkah for the week for the holiday of Sukkot. This class will discuss the transitions and connections between these holidays.
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From Slavery to Freedom: Selections from the Haggada, March 27-April 5

After so many years living as slaves, a position they could not leave freely, the Jewish People made the transition to freedom itself. In this course, explore the depths of the haggadah and discover how the story of Yetziat Mitzrayim, of leaving Egypt embodies that momentous journey every step of the way.
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Gender and Relationships in Torah

We will look study several Halachic sugyot which shed light on Chazal's attitudes towards gender and sexuality. We will specifically look at how contemporary Poskim relate to changing attitudes in this realm.
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Grapes in the Bible (December 29)

Insights to metaphors about vines, grapes wine and other Flora in the bible in honor of Tu B'Shvat.  
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Great Personalities in Jewish History

In this course we will look at the lives and views of some of the less well known Rishonim. We will look at life for Jews in Spain, Provence, Germany, North Africa and Israel. We will learn some of the writings of the Rabbis on topics as diverse as kabbalah, theology, history and philosophy. We will examine how their writings and thought have impacted on their contemporaries and on later Judaism (in some cases until the present day). A partial list of the Rabbis we will study: Donash ben Laprut (10th century Spanish poet and grammarian), Avraham Ibn Daud (12th century Spanish historian, astronomer and philosopher), Rav Yitzchak the Blind (12th century Provencal kabbalist), Profiat Duran (14th century Catalonian grammarian and possibly a converso), Rav Moshe Taku (13th century Bohemian anti-philosopher) and Rav Chasdai Crescas (14th century Spanish philosopher and rationalist).
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Hagar’s Son: Jewish Life in Arab Lands from the Middle East to the Maghreb

In 1948 nearly 1 million Jews lived in Arab and Muslim lands, with indigenous communities stretching back millennia; today there are just over 7,000 Jews there.  We will begin by exploring our Sages' words about Ishmael and his offspring.  We will examine the Quranic roots of Antisemitism to understand how these continue to shape Arab and Muslim attitudes today. We will investigate this history by looking at four communities, including the oldest, the most populous, the most damaged, and one that still has a sizeable Jewish presence.

Mondays, November 7-December 5


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Hidden Heroes of the Haggada: The Role of Women in the Exodus

A study of Jewish women and their role in getting the Jewish People from Egypt to Eretz Yisrael. We will look at some of the midrashim that discuss how we all would have been lost without the Jewish women and their role in Egypt, the sin of the Golden Calf, and more.
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Historical Events that Fell on the Yamim Noraim

Bar Kokhba did it, Sandy Koufax did it, and you can too! Life tosses us curve balls but at the end of the day we can learn a lot about how events during the Yamim Noraim shape our future and deepen our faith, even in the face of hardship.
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Holocaust Remembrance Day (April 4)

Rabbi Geller will teach a special class about remembering the victims of the Holocaust.
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How Jewish is the Jewish State?

In 5708 (1948), the course of Jewish history was changed. Or was it? The controversy over Israel’s Jewish nature began before the State was even born. Was declaring Israel as the Jewish State merely a compromise to the religious right, or was it an event of religious and historical significance for the Jewish people – religious and secular alike – throughout the world? The cost of this seminar is $35 USD.
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Israel Independence Day (April 15 US/16 Israel)

Celebrate Israel Independence Day with Rabbi Brovender and WebYeshiva.org.
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Jerusalem: The Multi Faceted City

In this course we will trace the topic of Jerusalem through Tanach and Midrash to find common themes.   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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Jerusalem: Then and Now, May 31

This class is no longer in session. To access the archives, see below. This shiur is dedicated Le-Iluy Nishmat Baruch Shraga z"l ben Shlomo Yehuda (Benjamin Schwartz) Join Rabbi Chaim Brovender in a special class that delves into the history of our capital city, Jerusalem, on the eve of Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem day. This class took place Tuesday, May 31 at 8:00PM Israel/1:00PM US Eastern Time.
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Jewish Business Ethics Part 1

This class will investigate the fundamentals of Jewish Business Ethics and present the Jewish approach to resolving the ethical dilemmas in the modern marketplace. The following are some of the topics that will be discussed: Basic principles and values of Jewish Business Ethics Marketing -- projecting a positive image without misleading the consumer Worker relations -- ethical practices for employers in hiring and firing, and for employees in presenting themselves and quitting. Fair competition -- where to draw the line in competing for customers and for workers; permitted and forbidden comparisons with competing firms. Privacy -- collecting customer information; surveillance of employees While the course is not a halacha course per se, the main source for learning our ethical obligations in economic life will be specific laws. The basis for this methodology will itself be explained in the introductory lecture. Thus the course will involve the in-depth study of basic source material from the Talmud and later authorities. The source sheets are in Hebrew but during class I will translate them as I read them, so the course is definitely accessible to students with no background in Hebrew. We will try as much as possible to apply the principles we learn to real-life contemporary case studies, and in fact a number of lectures will begin from a contemporary case study, carefully chosen to present a truly ambiguous and challenging dilemma, and only afterwards will we examine the sources that bear on the case.
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Jewish Business Ethics Part 2

This class will investigate the fundamentals of Jewish Business Ethics and present the Jewish approach to resolving the ethical dilemmas in the modern marketplace. The following are some of the topics that will be discussed:

  • Basic principles and values of Jewish Business Ethics
  • Marketing -- projecting a positive image without misleading the consumer
  • Worker relations -- ethical practices for employers in hiring and firing, and for employees in presenting themselves and quitting.
  • Fair competition -- where to draw the line in competing for customers and for workers; permitted and forbidden comparisons with competing firms.
  • Privacy -- collecting customer information; surveillance of employees
  • While the course is not a halacha course per se, the main source for learning our ethical obligations in economic life will be specific laws. The basis for this methodology will itself be explained in the introductory lecture. Thus the course will involve the in-depth study of basic source material from the Talmud and later authorities. The source sheets are in Hebrew but during class I will translate them as I read them, so the course is definitely accessible to students with no background in Hebrew.

    We will try as much as possible to apply the principles we learn to real-life contemporary case studies, and in fact a number of lectures will begin from a contemporary case study, carefully chosen to present a truly ambiguous and challenging dilemma, and only afterwards will we examine the sources that bear on the case.

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    Jewish Business Ethics Part 3

    This class will investigate the fundamentals of Jewish Business Ethics and present the Jewish approach to resolving the ethical dilemmas in the modern marketplace. The following are some of the topics that will be discussed: Basic principles and values of Jewish Business Ethics Marketing -- projecting a positive image without misleading the consumer Worker relations -- ethical practices for employers in hiring and firing, and for employees in presenting themselves and quitting. Fair competition -- where to draw the line in competing for customers and for workers; permitted and forbidden comparisons with competing firms. Privacy -- collecting customer information; surveillance of employees While the course is not a halacha course per se, the main source for learning our ethical obligations in economic life will be specific laws. The basis for this methodology will itself be explained in the introductory lecture. Thus the course will involve the in-depth study of basic source material from the Talmud and later authorities. The source sheets are in Hebrew but during class I will translate them as I read them, so the course is definitely accessible to students with no background in Hebrew. We will try as much as possible to apply the principles we learn to real-life contemporary case studies, and in fact a number of lectures will begin from a contemporary case study, carefully chosen to present a truly ambiguous and challenging dilemma, and only afterwards will we examine the sources that bear on the case. 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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    Jewish Business Ethics Part 4

    This class will investigate the fundamentals of Jewish Business Ethics and present the Jewish approach to resolving the ethical dilemmas in the modern marketplace. The following are some of the topics that will be discussed:
    Basic principles and values of Jewish Business Ethics
    Marketing -- projecting a positive image without misleading the consumer
    Worker relations -- ethical practices for employers in hiring and firing, and for employees in presenting themselves and quitting.
    Fair competition -- where to draw the line in competing for customers and for workers; permitted and forbidden comparisons with competing firms.
    Privacy -- collecting customer information; surveillance of employees

    While the course is not a halacha course per se, the main source for learning our ethical obligations in economic life will be specific laws. The basis for this methodology will itself be explained in the introductory lecture. Thus the course will involve the in-depth study of basic source material from the Talmud and later authorities. The source sheets are in Hebrew but during class I will translate them as I read them, so the course is definitely accessible to students with no background in Hebrew.

    We will try as much as possible to apply the principles we learn to real-life contemporary case studies, and in fact a number of lectures will begin from a contemporary case study, carefully chosen to present a truly ambiguous and challenging dilemma, and only afterwards will we examine the sources that bear on the case. PLEASE NOTE: This class requires a minimum of 10 paying students in order to ensure its continuation this zman.

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    Jewish Nationhood and Homeland Reflected in our Daily Prayer (April 30, May 7)

    The season between Pesach and Shavuot confronts us with a group of new national holidays (Yom HaShoah, Yom Ha'Atzmaut, Yom Yerushalayim) that are marked in the State of Israel and in Jewish communities abroad as well. It would appear that our daily siddur does not offer us too much in the way of prayers to recite for these occasions. But is this really so? What values and attitudes towards Jewish national life are reflected in our daily prayers? In this two-session minicourse we will uncover answers to this question.
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    Jews, Judaism, and Modernity Part 1

    An overview of major topics in Modern Jewish history, including Emancipation and Enlightenment, and their impacts on Jewish life, culture, and observance; Zionism and the State; Modern anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. This ambitious agenda will be pursued through an encounter with primary sources, and with thinking about how our lives as contemporary, religious Jews are affected by the events of the past 250 years.

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    Jews, Judaism, and Modernity Part 2

    An overview of major topics in Modern Jewish history, including Emancipation and Enlightenment, and their impacts on Jewish life, culture, and observance; Zionism and the State; Modern anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. This ambitious agenda will be pursued through an encounter with primary sources, and with thinking about how our lives as contemporary, religious Jews is affected by the events of the past 250 years.
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    Jonah: A Book for Our Times (September 3, 10, 17)

    How to relate to the story of Jonah (Yona), a story about redemption and forgiveness, in our time.
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    Keeping the Jewish Spirit Alive During the Holocaust (April 19)

    Join Rabbi Geller on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, in discovering the brilliant innovations of Jews during the Holocaust which allowed them to maintain their Jewish spirit, to keep the holidays, laws and traditions, even under Nazi oppression.

    This shiur is dedicated to Rabbi Alexander Klein z"l, a pioneer in researching the topic of how Judaism survived the Holocaust.

    In memory of Regina Zuckerberg, of blessed memory.

     

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    Kinot and Tisha BAv Shiurim in memory of Rabbi Jay Miller, zl

       

    Join Rabbi Brovender and Rabbi Blau this Tisha B'Av, July 30th, for three sessions of explanatory Kinot and shiurim in memory of Rabbi Jay Miller, z"l

       

    Sponsored by his former students

      9:15 am Israel time 7:15 am London time 4:15 pm Melbourne time Explanatory Kinot Service with Rabbi Brovender 12:00 pm Israel time 10:00 am London time 7:00 pm Melbourne time Aggadot Hachurban with Rabbi Blau 10:30 am New York time 7:30 am LA time 5:30 pm Israel time 3:30 pm London time Second Explanatory Kinot Service with Rabbi Brovender All texts and materials will be provided online by WebYeshiva Both sessions are free and open to WebYeshiva students and to the public
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    Kriyat HaTorah Technique

    The Pesukim of the Torah are infused with meaning by virtue of their words and by virtue of the vocalization and cantillations (Ta’amei Ha’Mikra) of those words no less. How we read the words that are written dramatically affects their meaning as words and sentences.   This is a refresher course on the finer points of correct pronunciation as well as associated halachot for the Ba’al Kore. While the content of the course will be based/predicated upon the Ashkenazi table of te'amim and minhag of reading, in general it is 'nusach neutral' and will not be teaching the vocalization/cantillation of the notes themselves.  
    The objective of the course is to provide the regular Ba’al Kore with the tools to enhance his precision in proper textual reading, irrespective of nusach and minhag, by elucidating on the following three primary areas. We will:   (1)   Review the rules and interaction of the notes (Ta’amei HaMikra – the rules will be based on the Ashkenazi table of te’amim and minhag, however, they are fundamental in nature)   (2)   Review the rules of proper grammatical pronunciation in the biblical text (universal, irrespective of nusach and minhag)   (3)   Review the basic Halachot governing and guiding the Ba’al Kore with regards to his reading; his obligations, conduct, how to handle various situations with regards to the reading.
      Participants will receive one-on-one feedback from a master Ba'al Kore to improve precision and technique. May 29, June 5, June 19, June 26 The cost of this course is $50 USD.  
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    Learning and the Land: Caesarea (April 29)

    Explore the ancient city of Caesarea, from the Roman port to the modern golf course.

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    Learning and the Land: Chevron – Mid-Winter Course

    In this shiur, we will learn an historical overview of the holy city of Chevron, from it's distinct landmarks, to the many personalities that made this city their home. We will virtually visit different sites, and discuss the history and stories behind them. Sunday January 2nd, 2011 at 10.00pm Israel time / 3.00pm US Eastern time
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    Learning and the Land: Mitzpe Ramon (May 11)

    Join Rabbi Geller in exploring the crater, spice routes and the Navatiansof Mitzpe Ramon.

     

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    Learning and the Land: Petach Tikva, Mother of the Settlements (Jan 1 & 8)

    Discover the rich history of Petach Tikva, known as the Mother of the Settlements; from its distinct landmarks, to the many personalities that made this city their home. We will virtually visit different sites, and discuss the history and stories behind them.

    Sundays, January 1 and 8

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    Learning for Joel Nowicki, Dec 4

     
    Studying Mussar can be an uplifting experience. Please join us for a special class dedicated to the health of Joel Chaim Nowicki, Yoel Chaim ben Chana Henia, our student, classmate and friend. Rabbi Chaim Brovender, Rosh Yeshiva of WebYeshiva.org will teach Likutei Halachot of Rabbi Nosson of Breslov at WebYeshiva.org. Those in Poland are invited to join us at the Jewish Community of Warsaw, Biały Budynek Twarda, 6 (next to Nożyk  Synagogue), where Rabbi Brovender's class will be streamed live via WebYeshiva.org. The class will take place on Sunday, December 4 at 5:00pm Poland time (6:00pm Israel, 4:00pm London, 11:00am New York, 8:00am Los Angeles).
     

    Special thank you to Miriam Gonczarska for her efforts in organizing this event.

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    Life, History and Torah of the Rabbis

    In the first century, Rabbis Hillel and Shammai founded two schools, each based on different philosophies. From these separate schools of thought came a great many brilliant minds. In this course we will discuss the history and the background that helped mold these Rabbis and the future of the Jewish people. In addition to learning about Hillel and Shammai, we will also discuss Rabbi Yehoshua, Rabbi Eliezer,  Rabban Gamliel, and others.
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    Love your Neighbor: Ahavat Yisrael Project for Women

    Gedolim agree that one of the most important areas to focus on in our troubled times is Ahavat Yisrael. It is the antidote to the sinat chinam that destroyed the Beit HaMikdash and sent us into exile.

    According to Chazal, just as the Redemption from Egypt happened in the merit of the righteous women, so too the Final Redemption will also occur through the efforts of the righteous women. Upon the encouragement of Rav Noach Weinberg, zt"l, women all around the world are getting together in groups to work to help save the Jewish people. Now through WebYeshiva you can help strengthen this worldwide movement by joining the group online, and committing to working on Ahavat Yisrael and sharing it with others.

    This is an interactive workshop at WebYeshiva, for women only.

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    Maimonides Confrontation With Mysticism

    This course will deal with one of the deepest, longest-lasting and explosive tensions within historical Judaism, that between the mystical and the rational. Maimonides was highly critical of the proto-Kabalistic elements of the Judaism of his day, which he saw as corrupted and paganized, and he responded by rethinking Judaism as a universal and naturalistic system designed to lead the Jew towards God through a practical system of psychological and societal improvement. Understanding these two versions of Judaism has profound implications for how we live our lives today. Thursdays, 7:30pm, Dallas time, beginning April 4, 2013 [10 weeks]
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    Mamaloshen 2015: Yiddish for Beginners

    Yiddish means, literally, "Jewish". No wonder this was the language spoken by Ashkenazi Jews in many parts of the world. In this course we will learn the fundamentals of Yiddish: the alphabet, key verbs (and conjugation patterns), key nouns, important phrases and essential grammar. At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to read Yiddish texts, understanding a great part of it and being able to find in the dictionary unknown words.
     
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    Medical Ethics

    Abortion, Visiting the Sick, Medical Treatment on Shabbat and Yom Tov,Euthanasia, Suicide, Smoking, Alternative Medicine, Post-mortem dissection, Defining Death and Transplantation Issues, or other topics suggested by the participants.
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    Midrash Agnon

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Join us for a 5-part series on S.Y Agnon, Nobel Prize Laureate for Modern Hebrew literature. We will enjoy Agnon's stories from a literary perspective, while unraveling the "intertexts" of classical Jewish sources from which Agnon builds his stories and explore the resonances between text and mastertext. Stories will be read in English translation, with references to the original Hebrew text - but Hebrew fluency is not required to participate.

    Agnon's writing explores an array of questions to sensitive readers - theological, cultural, spiritual - such as: the viability of Judaism in the Diaspora, the continuity of tradition in the face of modernity, the challenge and meaning of the return to Eretz Yisrael.

    Participate in the course live in Agnon's own house in Talpiot, Jerusalem, or via the simultaneous, interactive, online broadcast via WebYeshiva.org (sessions will be recorded and archived for those unable to join in "real time"). We recommend buying A Book That Was Lost: Thirty-Five Stories by S.Y. Agnon (The Toby Press), available for online purchase here.

    5 Sundays at 7:30 PM Jerusalem time, February 6-March 6, 2010

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    Midrash Agnon: A Guest for the Night

    Join us for a 3-part lecture series on S.Y. Agnon’s epic novel A Guest for the Night – a nostalgic tale of the old world on the eve of destruction. The work was considered “perhaps his greatest achievement” by the Nobel Committee.  
    Please note this course has a fee of $20.
    The class will meet December 4, 11, and 18, 2016, and will be broadcast live from Beit Agnon in Jerusalem.
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    Midrash Agnon: A Simple Story (Feb 12, 19, March 5)

    Join us for a 3-part lecture series on S.Y. Agnon’s novel A Simple Story – set in small town Jewish Galicia, a scene of bitter-sweet romance, revealing the profound psychological and social insights of the Nobel laureate’s finest fiction.  
    Please note this course has a fee of $20.
    The class will meet February 12, 19, and March 5, 2017, and will be broadcast live from Beit Agnon in Jerusalem.
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    Midrash Agnon: Forevermore (Ad Olam)

       A cloistered scholar works for twenty years attempting to unravel the secrets of an ancient    city, now reduced to dust and ashes. What sacrifice will he pay in the present in order to  recover the past? What does this allegory mean for today’s readers and contemporary Jewish  history?   This class will be held 4 Sundays at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM / October 25, November 1, 8, 15 To participate in the course live from Agnon's own house in Talpiot, Jerusalem (Agnon House, 16 Klausner Street, Talpiot, Jerusalem 93388), call 02-6716498. To participate via the simultaneous, interactive, online broadcast here via WebYeshiva.org please fill out the form below. All sessions will be recorded and archived for those unable to join in "real time." Registration for this miniseries on WebYeshiva.org is $36
    For more information email office@webyeshiva.org      
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    Midrash Agnon: In the Heart of the Seas, Nov 27, Dec 4 & 11

    S.Y. Agnon's novella "In the Heart of the Seas" (Bilvav Yamim) is a legend of love for the Land of Israel as a group sets out from 19th century Buczacz on Aliya, accompanied by a mysterious and miraculous man of spirit. This midrashic and lyrical weaving of history and mystery will be explored in our 3-part mini-series on Nobel laureate S.Y. Agnon's novella with Rabbi Jeffrey Saks.

    Sundays, Novmber 27th, December 4th and 11th at 7:00 PM Jerusalem time.

    Participate in the course live in Agnon's own house in Talpiot, Jerusalem, or via the simultaneous, interactive, online broadcast via WebYeshiva.org. (Sessions will be recorded and archived for those unable to join in "real time").
    For more information email office@webyeshiva.org

    To register and participate live at the Agnon House:  02-6716498
    Agnon House, 16 Klausner Street, Talpiot, Jerusalem 93388
     
    The Hebrew text of the story appears in Agnon's volume Eilu veEilu. The English translation (by I.M. Lask) is available online at Google Books and for sale in various online retailers.

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    Midrash Agnon: In the Prime of Her Life

    S.Y. Agnon's novella "In the Prime of Her Life" (Bidmei Yameha) is a tale of love lost and found, and the profound way the older generation shapes the life of its children, as told through the perspective of a young female narrator. This biblical and lyrical weaving of a modern and complex Hebrew love story will be explored in our 3-part mini-series on the Nobel laureate's novella with Rabbi Jeffrey Saks.

    We will enjoy the story from a literary perspective, while unraveling the "intertexts" of classical Jewish sources from which Agnon builds his writing. "In the Prime of Her Life" will be read in English translation, with references to the original Hebrew text - but Hebrew fluency is not required to participate.

    Sundays, May 12, 19 and 26 at 7:00-8:30 PM Jerusalem time.

    Participate in the course live in Agnon's own house in Talpiot, Jerusalem, or via the simultaneous, interactive, online broadcast via WebYeshiva.org. (Sessions will be recorded and archived for those unable to join in "real time").

    For more information email office@webyeshiva.org

    The Hebrew text of the story appears in Agnon's volume Al Kapot HaManul. The English translation is available in Eight Great Hebrew Short Novels (Toby Press). Electronic copies will be available for those who register for the course.

    Cost: $25 for the series.

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    Midrash Agnon: Out of the Historic Catastrophe (May 15, 22, 29)

    As we head into the 50th anniversary of Agnon’s receiving the Nobel Prize, we will explore the themes he struck in his famous speech in Stockholm, working back to see how they reflected themes in his writings. Each week a different theme will be examined through the prism of a single short story.
    The cost of the course is $20.
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    Midrash Agnon: Stories of the Land of Israel

    3-part lecture series on S.Y. Agnon’s stories of Eretz Yisrael. “And in came Rabbi Shmuel Yosef, the son of Rabbi Shalom Mordechai haLevi of blessed memory, who was versed in the legends of the Land of Israel, those legends in which the name of the Holy One, blessed be he, is hallowed; and when he commenced lauding the Land, people could see as it were the name of the living God engraved on the tip of his tongue.” —In the Heart of the Seas   Online participation: $20/course. Please click here to pay   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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    Midrash Agnon: The Dramatized Ego

    A careful reading of different short stories by the Nobel laureate, exploring the complex connections between S.Y. Agnon the man, the author, and the narrator he created. Each week will examine a different story (new translations will be made available). With R. Jeffrey Saks – 5 Sundays in a row starting January 25, 2015 at 7:30pm Live at Beit Agnon and online everywhere from WebYeshiva.org/Agnon Cost: Live attendance at Agnon House: NIS35/session or NIS150 for 5-part series. Online registration: $35/course.
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    Midrash Agnon: The Old World and the New

    In S.Y. Agnon’s Nobel-winning stories we encounter the Jewish world in transition between the past and the present, tradition and modernity, and the Diaspora and Eretz Yisrael. What do his stories mean for today’s readers and contemporary Jewish history?   Each session explores a different short story (texts will be provided in English and Hebrew).   4 Sundays in a row February 14 – March 6, 2016 Live at Beit Agnon and online everywhere from WebYeshiva.org/Agnon   Cost: $36
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    Midrash and Aggada Part 1

    For many, both Midrash and Aggada are a black box when they try to figure out what their ultimate purpose is. Are Midrashim arbitrary expansions of Biblical narrative? What are these aggadot supposed to teach us? Why is a story more viscerally compelling than a systematic moral code?  There is method to Midrash and Aggada, and this course will seek to uncover it. PLEASE NOTE: This class needs a minimum of 10 registered and paying students in order to ensure its continuation.
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    Midrash and Aggada Part 2

    For many, both Midrash and Aggada are a black box when they try to figure out what their ultimate purpose is. Are Midrashim arbitrary expansions of Biblical narrative? What are these aggadot supposed to teach us? Why is a story more viscerally compelling than a systematic moral code? There is method to Midrash and Aggada, and this course will seek to uncover it.

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    Midrash and Aggada: Judgement to Mercy

    For many, both Midrash and Aggada are a black box when they try to figure out what their ultimate purpose is.  Are Midrashim arbitrary expansions of Biblical narrative  What are these aggadot supposed to teach us Why is a story more viscerally compelling than a systematic moral code  There is method to Midrash and Aggada, and this course will seek to uncover it. 

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    Midrash Esther Rabba

    The introduction to Midrash Esther Rabba known as the Petichta does not parse the narrative of Megillat Esther. Instead, it deals with the themes of the Megillah. Whereas the frivolity associated with Purim generally eclipses what would have been the darkest of moments in Jewish history, the midrash hits the themes of exile and oppression full on. In Midrash Esther Rabba, the meta-psycho-historical Jewish condition gets profound and explicit exposure as does the variant traumas of exile. The poetics of the Midrash are also breathtaking.

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    Mini Series: Forgiveness, September 8, 15 & 22

    It is well known that there are three different aspects to Teshuva: between man and God (bein adam l'Makom), between man and man (bein adam l'chaveiro), and between man and self (bein adam l'atzmo). In some senses, it is "easier" to do teshuva for sins between man and God, for these sins, we are told, are atoned for at Yom Kippur. Sins committed between man and man, however, are not atoned for at Yom Kippur unless forgiveness is first granted by the offended party. As such, in this class we will look at some of the issues involved in doing teshuva bein adam l'chaveiro and how teshuva bein adam l'atzmo is a foundation for this. 

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    Mini Series: Learning and the Land: Meron, Akko & Kibbutz Gesher Hayeshena, May 1

    This class is no longer in session. To access the archives, please see below.

    In this series, we will learn the history behind the ancient cities of Meron and Akko, and the special story of Kibbutz Gesher Hayeshena,where one of the first battles of the War of Independence in 1948 took place.

    This class took place on Sundays at 9.00pm Israel time / 2.00pm US Eastern time
    April 3rd & 10th
    May 1st


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    Mini Series: On Becoming a Baal Teshuva

    This class is no longer in session. To access the archives, please see below. Join Allison Josephs, founder of jewinthecity.com, as she shares the story of her journey of spiritual growth. Part 1: "Why I Did It," (experiencing an existential crisis in childhood pushed me to find purpose before it was too late). Part 2: "How I Did It" (how do you persevere when faced with obstacles preventing spiritual growth?). Part 3: "How I Kept It" (so many ba'alei teshuva revert to their old ways eventually - how do you make teshuva last?). The series will take place on Monday, May 23rd & 30th and June 6th. While this mini series is complimentary, there is a suggested donation of $10 for the session.
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    Mini Series: Sfirat Haomer

    This class is no longer in session. To access the archives, see below. In this series, we will learn about the spiritual significance of sefirat haomer, the counting of the omer, the period between Pesach and Shavuot. What are we counting? Why is this considered a mourning period? What are the halachot specific to the sefira period? This class took place Sundays at 8.00pm Israel time / 1.00pm US Eastern time. April 3rd & 10th, and May 1st & 8th.   
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    Mini Series: Who Are the Jews? May 3, 10, & 17

    This class is no longer in session. To access the archives, please see below.

    Join Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Cheif Rabbi of Poland, for an interesting and exciting class, offering a new perspective on who the Jewish People are and how the Jewish faith has survived.

    Who are the Jews?  Jews have been around nearly 4,000 years.  Many other groups have come and gone and Jews are still here.  What are the basics of belief and basic practices that have given the Jews the ability to transcend time and the fate of others?

    An examination of halacha and its role in Jewish survival.  What is halacha?  How is it practiced today?  How is it old and how is it new? How is it transmitted? Simply put the hows and whys of Jewish spiritual survival.

    May 3, 10 and 17 at 9:30PM Israel time/2:30PM US Eastern Time/8:30PM Poland Time


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    Mini-Series: Ruth & Eicha Rabba

    Both The Midrash of Eicha, The Book of Lamentations, and The Book of Ruth are poignant elucidations of two very poetic and evocative works in the Tanach. As much as they uncover gems in these heart affecting narratives, the sages reveal how they understand commitment, caring, suffering, sin, teshuva, destruction and rebuilding. They remind us that there is more to these stories than meets the eye. We're going to go deep, so please join us. This course will be divided into two 5-week sessions, with each Megilla being focused on separately. There will be a one week break between sessions. While this couse is complimentary, there is a suggested donation of $20 for each session.

    This class is dedicated to a Refuah Shelaima (full recovery) for Stella Frankl, Tzuriya Kochevet Bat Sarah.

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    Mini-Series:Pidyon Shvuyim-Redemption of Captives

    The Minimum suggested Donation for this series is $100.

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    Join Rabbi Chaim Brovender and Ambassador Dore Gold for a three part, live, online discussion of the Jewish sources for the mitzva of Pidyon Shevuyim - the redemption of captives - and its implications in the current, political state of affairs in Israel and the Jewish world. The current struggle in Israel for the release of Gilad Schalit, captured by Palestinians in Gaza three-and-a-half years ago, is based on this mitzva. Maimonides writes in the Mishneh Torah that the mitzva of pidyon shevuyim takes precedence even over supporting the poor or clothing them (Hilchot Matanot Aniyim 8:10). The Shulchan Aruch also states that, "every moment that one delays in freeing captives, in cases where it is possible to expedite their freedom, is considered to be tantamount to murder"(Yoreh Deah 252:3 The session dates are as follows: First Session Sunday, December 27th With Rabbi Chaim Brovender A look at the Biblical and Rabbinic sources for Pidyon Shevuyim - The Redemption of Captives 9 PM Israel time 7 PM London time 2 PM Eastern time 11 AM Pacific time Second Session Wednesday, December 30th With Rabbi Chaim Brovender A Deeper Investigation of the Commandment to Redeem Jewish Captives and its Restrictions 9 PM Israel time 7 PM London time 2 PM Eastern time 11 AM Pacific time Third Session Sunday, January 3rd A Discussion with Rabbi Chaim Brovender and Ambassador Dore Gold Do Jewish Sources Impact on Israeli Public and Foreign Policy? 9 PM Israel time 7 PM London time 2 PM Eastern time 11 AM Pacific time All texts and materials will be provided online by WebYeshiva.
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    Mitzvot Between People

    Values that are considered quintessentially Jewish have their roots in Torah, and particularly from the Talmud. This course will examine how mitzvot such as Hachnasat Orchim (welcoming guests), Ona'at Devarim (grieving someone with language), Tochehcah (rebuking bad behavior) and what it means to love your neighbor, and what is the difference between Tikkun Olam, Tikkun Ha'olam, and Darchei Shalom (ways of peace). These, and time permitting, other curiosities will look at these values from a variety of perspectives.
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    Monthly Agnon Book Club

    Welcome to the Agnon Book Club with WebYeshiva.org and the Agnon House in Jerusalem. We'll have four sessions (once a month) each exploring one of Nobel laureate S.Y. Agnon's novels. Feel free to read the novels in advance of each session, or use our discussion to help orient yourself in advance of your own reading (or just come and enjoy the talks on these monumental works of modern Hebrew literature and discover their roots in classical Jewish sources). Live at the Agnon House in Jerusalem or online at WebYeshiva.org To register for the in-person session at Beit Agnon register with them: 02-671-6498
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    No Magic: Scientific Reasoning in Torah (May 8-22)

    In the present day, many people read tanakh and come away with the impression that this is a book that has a problem with science.  Not only is it riddled with accounts of miraculous occurrences that fly in the face of our usual sense of what is possible, it also describes the very creation of the world in terms that are difficult to square with what astrophysicists and paleontologists argue is the most persuasive interpretation of known data. Can science and Torah both be right, or do we have to side with one interpretation and stick with it?  Jeremy England, who is an assistant professor in the physics department at MIT, became an observant Jew in adulthood, long after being trained to think as a scientist.  In this special three-part series, Prof. England will describe some of his own thoughts on the supposed tension between scientific reasoning and biblical religion.  Starting with a general discussion of what science is as a way of knowing and how this fits into his personal view of the world informed by Torah, the classes will then take up specific passages in chumash for close reading, focusing specifically on explicating the Torah's understanding of scientific reasoning and the role it can play in Avodat Hashem.
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    Notes on Megillat Esther, March 15 & 22

    Learn some fascinating ideas behind Megillat Esther. Gather some stories to share with your family and friends at your Purim Seuda.
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    Parshat Hashavua: Bechukotai – Devarim

    This shiur is dedicated Le-Iluy Nishmat Baruch Shraga z"l ben Shlomo Yehuda (Benjamin Schwartz)

    Learn the Parshat HaShavua (weekly Torah portion) using different classical 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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    Pesach: Freedom for All, April 10

    Shir Hadash presents: Pesach: Freedom for All
     
    A full-day of classes to prepare for Pesach.
    Join us in person at Shir Hadash in Jerusalem, or online at WebYeshiva.org for live participation or recordings.
     
    3 Chopin Street in Jerusalem, Lower level
    Doors Open at 9:45 AM
     
    10:00-10:50   "Miriam, the (un)sung Hero of Pesach" with Peta Pellach
     
    11:00-11:50   "The First Redemption" with Dr Moshe Kuhr
     
    12:00-12:50   "Matza: The Bread of Slavery or the Bread of Freedom" with Sharona Halickman
     
    12:50 pm Lunch break and Mincha
     
    1:40-2:30   "Who Knows Four?" with Rabbi Ahron Adler
     
    2:40-3:30   "Haggadah Insights: Rebbe Nachman at the Seder" with Rabbi Chaim Brovender
     
    3:40-4:30   "What's Plaguing Each of Us?" with Rabbi Sam Shor
     
    4:40-5:30   "Freedom" with Rabbi Ian Pear
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    Prayers of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur

    The Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur prayers have a unique structure and very specific layout, designed to enhance our holiday, bring us closer to teshuva (repentance) and closer to God. In this series we will look at the prayers and try to understand them in order to prepare for the upcoming High Holidays.
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    Praying in a Time of Need

    Praying in time of need is a central theme of the entire Talmudic tractate of Ta'anit. The need for rain in the arid climes of Eretz Yisrael was serious business. Even worse than suffering the deprivation that a drought brings was the fact that God had turned His face from his people Israel. The bringing of rain, the cessation of rain were the most intimate of communications from the Holy One. In such times, to whom does God pay attention, and why? This class will examine these issues and others.
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    Purim: Behind the Mask, March 20

    Shir Hadash presents: Purim-Behind the Mask
    A full-day of classes to prepare for Purim
     
    Join us in person at Shir Hadash in Jerusalem, or online at WebYeshiva.org for live participation or recordings.
    Sun March 20,2016
     
    3 Chopin Street in Jerusalem, Lower level
     
    Doors Open at 9:45 AM
     
    10:00-10:50 -The Hidden Heroism of Hadassah (Esther)-with Peta Pellach
     
    11:00-11:50- Purim equals Giving. Have you ever thought about why? -with Rabbi Robert Rhodes
     
    12:00-12:50-The 'Real' Purim Story-Torah She'Baal Peh on Megilat Esther with Chaya Passow
     
    12:50 LUNCH & MINCHA 40 mins
     
    PM
    1:30-2:20pm-The Eretz Yisrael Component in the Purim Story" with Rabbi Ahron Adler
     
    2:30-3:20pm- Costumes, Clothing and Consciousness with Rabbi Chaim Brovender
     
    3:30-4:20pm-Purim-Ad D'Lo Yada-Embracing the Unknown- with Rabbi Sam Shor
     
    4:30-5:20pm-Purim-When Everything Changes- with Rabbi Ian Pear
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