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Elul 2017

September 3, 2017 through September 28, 2017

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Agnon’s Days of Awe (September 17)

Agnon’s Days of Awe (September 17)

Special: Other Topics in Judaism   Sunday at 7:00PM

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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Analyzing the Talmud: Yoma

Analyzing the Talmud: Yoma

Mishna/Gemara (Talmud)   Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 5:00AM

In this course Rabbi Brovender will analyze the last chapter of the Tractate Yoma, which discusses the laws of Yom Kippur. This gemara shiur will meet three times weekly.

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Anger Management in Halacha

Anger Management in Halacha

Halacha (Jewish Law)   Monday at 8:00PM

How bad is anger? Are there situations where anger is correct and justified? Surveying the approaches of the great rabbis to anger will enable us to evaluate and deal with anger in real situations.   Sources are in Hebrew. In class we will translate and explain them.

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Getting it Right: The Halachot of Yom Kippur

Getting it Right: The Halachot of Yom Kippur

Halacha (Jewish Law)   Tuesday at 1:00PM

In this course we will study the laws of fasting as well as the prayers of Yom Kippur.

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Love and Fear in the Yamim Noraim

Love and Fear in the Yamim Noraim

Chassidut & Kabbala   Sunday at 1:00PM

The Shem MiShmuel, Rabbi Shmuel Bornsztain, provides ethical, spiritual, and Chassidic insights into the chaggim. In this course we will study the Shem MiShmuel's writings on the chaggim to make our holiday experiences more meaningful.

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Meditation Workshop on the High Holidays

Meditation Workshop on the High Holidays

Chassidut & Kabbala   Thursday at 9:00PM

This Meditation Workshop for the High Holidays will focus on the themes of the Jewish month of Elul and the high holidays; combining learning, meditation and sharing of our experiences of these very special times.

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Rambam’s Hilchot Teshuva

Rambam’s Hilchot Teshuva

Halacha (Jewish Law)   Sunday at 9:00PM

When one makes a mistake, built in to Judaism is the possibility to do teshuva, to return to God. In this course Rabbi Brovender will go through the second chapter of Rambam's laws of Teshuva and explain what is required in order to repent according to Jewish law.

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Reading the Rabbinic Mind: Yoma

Reading the Rabbinic Mind: Yoma

Mishna/Gemara (Talmud)   Tuesday, Thursday at 6:00AM

We will be learning Masechet Yoma this semester, on the topic of Yom Kippur.  We will cover the discussions of the gemara itself, as well as the comments of Rashi and Tosafot.
We will emphasize a methodological approach to studying gemara, aimed at equipping the student with the tools needed to learn gemara on one’s own.

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Strange Customs of Rosh HaShanah

Strange Customs of Rosh HaShanah

Machshava (Jewish Thought)   Monday at 9:00PM

In this course we will discuss and try to understand the origins and meanings behind some of the seemingly strange traditions of Rosh HaShanah. We will include the symbolic foods, the problem of eating nuts, and the custom not to sleep on Rosh Hashanah.

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The Book of Yonah for Beginners

The Book of Yonah for Beginners

Navi / Ketuvim (Bible: Prophets/Writings)   Monday at 10:00PM

In this course we will learn the story of the book of Yonah (Jonah) with a focus on skill development in the areas of grammar and translation. We will use the comments or Rash and Metzudat David to help us better understand the story and find what lessons we can learn from Yonah that is relevant to our lives.

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The Halacha of Gossip

The Halacha of Gossip

Halacha (Jewish Law)   Wednesday at 8:00PM

The rabbis teach us not to spread tales about other people and not to believe bad things of others (Leshon Hara). Are there situations where it is correct to speak up and publicize someone’s bad behavior or to believe that someone is a bad person?   Sources are in Hebrew. In class we will translate and explain them.

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The Image of God as Presented by Maharal

The Image of God as Presented by Maharal

Machshava (Jewish Thought)   Monday at 3:00AM

In this course we will discuss the multifaceted concept of "Tzelem Elohim" as presented in the Maharal's Tiferet Yisrael.

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The Story of Akeidat Yitzchak

The Story of Akeidat Yitzchak

Chumash (Bible: Torah)   Tuesday at 8:00PM

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 Teachings of Rav Kook on Yamim Noraim

The Teachings of Rav Kook on Yamim Noraim

Machshava (Jewish Thought)   Tuesday at 10:00PM

Prepare for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur with Rav Kook’s teachings on the prayers for the High Holy Days. Focusing on his teachings regarding Tefillah (Jewish Prayer), we will mainly be using his siddur commentary Olat Ra'ayah

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