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Prepare for Purim and Pesach 2017

February 23, 2017 through March 31, 2017

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Analyzing the Talmud: Ta’anit

Analyzing the Talmud: Ta’anit

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

In this series we will learn an in-depth study  of Gemara Ta'anit and develop our talmudic and analytic skills.

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Bible Basics: Grammar Skills

Bible Basics: Grammar Skills

Chumash (Bible: Torah)   Monday at 10:00PM

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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Gemara  B’Shana 5777

Gemara B’Shana 5777

Mishna/Gemara (Talmud)   Wednesday at 2:15AM

THE BRUCE RITHOLTZ TALMUD PROJECT: A new kind of Gemara shiur, dedicated to the memory of Bruce Ritholtz a”h. The class will undertake the ambitious goal of studying and completing an entire tractate of Talmud each year followed by a siyum to mark its completion at the time of Bruce's yahrtzeit, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The class will be focused on a clear understanding of the text of the Gemara, together with in-depth explorations of selected topics followed by interactive dialogue through social media and email. This year we will be studying tractate Megilla. This class will be broadcast live from Lincoln Square Synagogue (LSS) in New York. LSS is a diverse and vibrant Modern Orthodox Congregation that provides religious, social, and educational services and outreach to the unique Jewish community of the Upper West Side. The synagogue strives to be a model in the integration of Halachic Judaism and contemporary life to the broader Jewish community. lss new     To view last year's shiurim on tractate Ta'anit please click here.

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Halachot of Purim and Pesach

Halachot of Purim and Pesach

Halacha (Jewish Law)   Tuesday at 1:00PM

Purim and Pesach are busy holidays, full of excitement, joy, and memories. In this course we'll take a look at some of the detailed laws to better understand these holidays.

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Midrash Agnon: A Simple Story (Feb 12, 19, March 5)

Midrash Agnon: A Simple Story (Feb 12, 19, March 5)

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

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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Philosophy of the Rabbis: Pirkei Avot Chapter 5

Philosophy of the Rabbis: Pirkei Avot Chapter 5

Machshava (Jewish Thought)   Sunday at 9:00PM

What did the Rabbis think about? How did they think? Join Rabbi Chaim Brovender to delve into the philosophy of the rabbis, as told in the fifth chapter of Pirkei Avot, the Ethics of Our Fathers.

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Purim: Preparing to Read the Megilla

Purim: Preparing to Read the Megilla

Halacha (Jewish Law)   Thursday at 8:00PM

In this course we will focus on the trop Megillat Esther in anticipation of the upcoming Purim.  How do the notes influence the meaning of the text? What can we learn from them? We will look at the verses that repeat and discuss their significance.   We will also take a look at the halachot of the Ba'al Koreh (reader) of Megillat Esther. What if the reader makes a mistake? What are the rules of the brachot? What is considered a "hefsek" (break) and does it invalidate the blessing or the reading?   The class will meet Thursdays February 23 and March 2, 2017.

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Shem Mishmuel on Purim and Pesach

Shem Mishmuel on Purim and Pesach

Chassidut & Kabbala   Sunday at 1:00PM

Join us as we explore and learn the about Purim and Pesach from the perspective of the Shem Mishmuel, Rabbi Shmuel Bornsztain. His work is considered a major work in Hassidic thought.

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Yaakov & Yosef

Yaakov & Yosef

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

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.

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