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Summer Semester 2018

April 22, 2018 through July 20, 2018

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Analyzing the Talmud: Bava Kama Chapter 9

Analyzing the Talmud: Bava Kama Chapter 9

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

In this course Rabbi Brovender will analyze the Tractate Bava Kama, starting with the ninth chapter, "HaGozel Eitzim". This gemara shiur will meet three times weekly.

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Aramaic Grammar for Tanach & Targum

Aramaic Grammar for Tanach & Targum

Special: Other Topics in Judaism   Monday at 8:00PM
Rabbi Dovid Fink

Introduction to Aramaic as used in Tanach (in Daniel and Ezra) and in Targum Onkelos.   There is a $20 fee for this course.

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Bible Basics Series: Shaul vs David

Bible Basics Series: Shaul vs David

Navi / Ketuvim (Bible: Prophets/Writings)   Monday at 10:00PM
Mrs. Osnat Goldman

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. Each story is so much more than meets the eye. When we know how to read the text properly we reach new layers of meaning. This semester we will learn the story of Shaul's rivalry with David to better understand the story itself and also to grow our skills in Torah study. The course is ideal for newcomers to Biblical text.

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Bible Basics Series: The Fall of Shaul

Bible Basics Series: The Fall of Shaul

Navi / Ketuvim (Bible: Prophets/Writings)   Monday at 10:00PM
Mrs. Osnat Goldman

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. Each story is so much more than meets the eye. When we know how to read the text properly we reach new layers of meaning. This semester we will learn the story of Shaul and his fall from greatness to better understand the story itself and also to grow our skills in Torah study. The course is ideal for newcomers to Biblical text.

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Chasidic Masters Series: Avodah

Chasidic Masters Series: Avodah

Chassidut & Kabbala   Sunday at 1:00PM
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

The idea of serving Hashem (Avodah) through the physical is important in Chasidic thought. Prior to the Chasidic perspective, material necessities were looked at as simply the necessities which enable us to live and then do Mitzvot. In this course we will look at some of the greatest Chasidic masters to understand the idea of serving Hashem through the physical and mundane by having the proper intentions.

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Chasidic Masters Series: Emunah

Chasidic Masters Series: Emunah

Chassidut & Kabbala   Sunday at 1:00PM
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Chasidut is perhaps the only movement which set out to change the Jewish people's ideas about Judaism that succeeded in doing so while remaining loyal to the observance of Torah and mitzvot. The great change of Chasidut is that it asked us to be aware of our relationship to God.  The relationship of the individual to God is Emunah. What does Emunah mean? is it a feeling? is it belief? is it knowledge? All of these possible definitions have validity. We will explore what the various Chasidic teachers taught regarding what is probably the most important question that a Jew needs to answer; where is Hashem in my life?

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Daf Yomi: One Week at a Time

Daf Yomi: One Week at a Time

Mishna/Gemara (Talmud)   Sunday at 10:00PM
Mrs. Rachel Weber Leshaw

Jews around the world all study the same page of Talmud each day as part of the daf yomi program. Join us each week as we review the key topics of the previous week's seven pages of daf yomi, and do a deeper analysis of one of the core issues in the text. We will combine breadth and depth to gain insights into the tractate being studied, and enjoy the benefits of moving through topics at a quicker pace. Whatever your background in Talmud, this class will allow you to connect to the tradition of daf yomi in just one hour a week. New participants are always welcome to join any time.

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Evolution of the Avot

Evolution of the Avot

Chumash (Bible: Torah)   Wednesday at 3:00AM
Rabbi Josh Ross

Our forefathers went through tremendous transitions throughout their lives dealing with both national and personal hardships. Did they ever waver in their faith? Was the promise God made to them that their descendants will be like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore real in their eyes? In this course we will explore the evolution of the Avot, their relationships with God, and what we can learn about ourselves from their experiences.

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Halachot of Income & Charity

Halachot of Income & Charity

Halacha (Jewish Law)   Wednesday at 8:00PM
Rabbi Dovid Fink

What forms of income require tithing (salary, dividends, inheritance, interest, gifts, etc.)?

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Halachot of Smoking: Cigarettes & Other Leaves

Halachot of Smoking: Cigarettes & Other Leaves

Halacha (Jewish Law)   Wednesday at 8:00PM
Rabbi Dovid Fink

The opinions of the leading poskim regarding smoking tobacco and other leaves.

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Halachot of The Blessing on Bread

Halachot of The Blessing on Bread

Halacha (Jewish Law)   Monday at 8:00PM
Rabbi Dovid Fink

What bakery products require the blessing "ha-motsi" (pizza, sweet challa, "mezonot bread," matsa, etc.)? When do you recite an additional blessing on food served during a meal?

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Hilchot Havdalah

Hilchot Havdalah

Halacha (Jewish Law)   Tuesday at 1:00PM
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Shabbat begins with the lighting of candles and ends with lighting a candle during the Havdalah ceremony. Havdalah may seem like a simple task but there are many questions and unique situations that may arise. First of all, if Shabbat ends with three visible stars in the sky on a Saturday night, why do we even need to do Havdalah? What's the latest one can recite Havdalah? Why do we use spices and make the blessing over wine?  Through the halachot from the Gemara down to contemporary poskim we will journey through the issues at hand, the reasons behind the customs, and why making such a statement of separation between Shabbat and the week is so essential.

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Hilchot Kiddush

Hilchot Kiddush

Halacha (Jewish Law)   Tuesday at 1:00PM
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Twice on Shabbat a Jew makes kiddush: once in the evening after Shabbat begins and a second time on Shabbat morning. Does each have a different purpose? Can Kiddush be made over anything other than wine? Who is obligated in Kiddush and can it be said in a different language?  Kiddush is not something to be taken lightly. In this course we will explore the foundations of Kiddush and the halachot from the Gemara down through contemporary poskim.

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Lessons From Gidon

Lessons From Gidon

Navi / Ketuvim (Bible: Prophets/Writings)   Wednesday at 9:00PM
Mrs. Sarah Rudolph

In a story spanning several chapters, Gidon rises from the lowest of the low to emerge victorious against an enemy that had terrorized the Jewish people for years. The process through which he gains the confidence to fight Midian and lead his people is remarkable and contains numerous messages about leadership, faith, and other motifs. We will explore some of these ideas through a careful reading of the text, aided by classical commentaries and midrashic interpretations. As we learn how Gidon came to rise and how his sons came to fall, we will uncover some of the many ways this story of the Prophets is relevant for all time.

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Maharal’s Tiferet Yisrael

Maharal’s Tiferet Yisrael

Chassidut & Kabbala   Monday at 3:00AM
Mr. Mordechai Kaufman

In what way is the Jewish people the Chosen Nation? What does it mean to be "chosen"? Chosen for what? The Maharal's "Tiferet Yisrael" provides a set of answers through its philosophical exposition showing how the Torah rests upon the unique nature of the Jewish people's chosenness.     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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Miriam the Prophetess

Miriam the Prophetess

Chumash (Bible: Torah)   Wednesday at 9:00PM
Mrs. Sarah Rudolph

In recent semesters, we examined the stories of a number of women in "The Bold and the Beautiful." One major heroine who was not discussed in that course is Miriam. While we have little information about her appearance, Miriam certainly proves herself "bold" time and time again. We will examine some of these stories, through the lens of midrashic literature and classical commentaries, to get to know Miriam more deeply. Attention will be paid along the way to differences in methodology between various interpretations, including in particular how midrashim approach the biblical text to uncover its secrets.

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Parasza Cotygodniowa (in Polish)

Parasza Cotygodniowa (in Polish)

Chumash (Bible: Torah)   Wednesday at 9:00PM
Rabbi Yitzhak Rapoport

Studiowanie Parszy, odcinka Tory danego tygodnia. Skupiamy się nad komentarzami wielkich żydowskich mędrców z Polski, np. Reb Elimelecha z Leżajska, Reb Lewiego Icchaka z Berdyczowa, Reb Szlomo HaKohena z Radomska i Reb Jehuda Arie Leib Alter z Góry Kalwarii.

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Perek B’Shana

Perek B’Shana

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

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 goal of studying and completing an entire chapter 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 Sanhedrin, Chapter 1. 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 Megilla please click here.       To find out more about dedication opportunities with WebYeshiva.org please contact office@webyeshiva.org.

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Philosophy of the Rabbis: Pirkei Avot Chapters 4 & 5

Philosophy of the Rabbis: Pirkei Avot Chapters 4 & 5

Machshava (Jewish Thought)   Sunday at 9:00PM
Rabbi Chaim Brovender

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 Pirkei Avot, the Ethics of Our Fathers.   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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Rav Soloveitchik Searches for God

Rav Soloveitchik Searches for God

Machshava (Jewish Thought)   Tuesday at 10:00PM
Rabbi Jeffrey Saks

How can the individual seek out God? What is the mystery of Devekut (cleaving to Him)? How does engagement with the natural and spiritual worlds aid us and fail us in our quest? How does God ultimately find us instead? -- These questions stand at the center of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik's essay "Uvikkashtem miSham" (in English as And From There You Shall Seek), the important sequel and companion text to his monumental Halakhic Man.

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Reading the Rabbinic Mind: Bava Kama Chapter 9

Reading the Rabbinic Mind: Bava Kama Chapter 9

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

We will be learning Masechet Bava Kama this semester, beginning with the ninth chapter, HaGozel Eitzim.  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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The Birthday of Mashiach: Tisha B’Av

The Birthday of Mashiach: Tisha B’Av

Chassidut & Kabbala   Thursday at 9:00PM
Rabbi Avraham Chira

Tisha B'Av, the ninth of Av, is a day of both destruction and resurrection.  It is the day of mourning as well as the 'birthday' of Mashiach. We will explore the paradoxical relationship between loss and redemption, and the necessity for each as the paradigm of growth and transformation in the Universe. This class will examine the rabbinical and kabbalistic writings that guide us to a deeper understanding of suffering, and the ultimate joy that lies beneath Tisha B'Av, the day the spirit of Mashiach enters the world and how we can relate this pattern of growth to our personal lives.

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The Blessings of Yaakov

The Blessings of Yaakov

Chumash (Bible: Torah)   Tuesday at 8:00PM
Rabbi Chaim Brovender

In this course we will learn the story of Yaakov (Jacob) blessing each of his sons at the end of his life. We will study the book of Breishit to understand the relationship between Yaakov and each of his sons.

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The Kabbalah of Counting Omer

The Kabbalah of Counting Omer

Chassidut & Kabbala   Thursday at 9:00PM
Rabbi Avraham Chira

The true organization of information.  A seven week tour of Sefirat haOmer and the countdown to Shavuot.  With both ancient and modern sources we will examine the power of numbers to organize chaos, manage information, and focus the mind on the inherent structure in man and the universe.

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Yosef & Pharoah

Yosef & Pharoah

Chumash (Bible: Torah)   Tuesday at 8:00PM
Rabbi Chaim Brovender

In this course we will learn the story of Yosef (Josef) and how he came to power in Egypt. We will study the book of Breishit to understand the relationship between Yosef and Pharoah, the king of Egypt.

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