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Winter Semester 2017

January 1, 2017 through February 24, 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 Electricity on Shabbat

Halachot of Electricity on Shabbat

Halacha (Jewish Law)   Tuesday at 1:00PM

Modernity brought a number of questions up in Jewish law, in particular surrounding the use of electricity on Shabbat. How does Jewish law view use of electricity on shabbat? In this course we will look at some of the earlier sources, such as the Chazon Ish zt"l and Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt"l, as well as some more current poskim including Rav Asher Weiss and Rav Nachum Rabinowitz of Ma'aleh Adumim.

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Inside Mezuza and Tefillin

Inside Mezuza and Tefillin

Halacha (Jewish Law)   Tuesday at 9:00PM

What is written on the scroll of the Mezuza and Tefillin? Who writes it and how is it written? Take an in depth look at the laws of Mezuza and Tefillin with a Sofer Stam.

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Intimacy in the Bible in Light of Kabbala

Intimacy in the Bible in Light of Kabbala

Chassidut & Kabbala   Thursday at 9:00PM

In this course we will examine the conduct and misconduct surrounding intimacy in various episodes in the Torah from the viewpoint of Kabbala. We will see how Kabbala explains these events, and how the events are still playing out in human affairs even to this day.

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Lessons on the Weekly Parsha from Ohr HaChaim

Lessons on the Weekly Parsha from Ohr HaChaim

Chassidut & Kabbala   Sunday at 1:00PM

Join us as we explore and learn the weekly Torah portion from the perspective of the Ohr HaChaim, Ḥayyim ben Moshe ibn Attar.

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Maharal’s Tiferet Yisrael

Maharal’s Tiferet Yisrael

Chassidut & Kabbala   Monday at 3:00AM

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.

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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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Muktseh: Prohibited Objects on Shabbat

Muktseh: Prohibited Objects on Shabbat

Halacha (Jewish Law)   Monday at 8:00PM

Can you handle a pet or other animal on Shabbat? How do you handle medical devices on Shabbat? Are cookbooks muktseh? Can you move an electric fan or light on Shabbat? What do you do if a prohibited object is sitting on your dining room table? We will study the opinions of the great rabbis on these and other matters related to muktseh. Sources are in Hebrew. In class we will translate and explain them.

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Parshat Hashavua 5777

Parshat Hashavua 5777

Chumash (Bible: Torah)   Monday at 8:30PM

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

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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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Rav Kook’s Faith

NEW! Rav Kook’s Faith

Machshava (Jewish Thought)   Tuesday at 10:00PM

What is the role of faith in the life of the Jew? How does faith (emunah) differ from belief? What challenges does modernity pose to emunah and what are the prospects for overcoming them? In this mini-series we will explore the writings of Rav Kook on these topics and gain an insight into the challenges people of faith and people who aspire to faith face and understand more about the teachings of one of the greatest Jewish thinkers of the modern era - Rav Avraham Yitzhak HaKohen Kook zt"l.

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Reading the Rabbinic Mind: Ta’anit

Reading the Rabbinic Mind: Ta’anit

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

We will be learning Masechet Ta'anit this semester.  We will cover the discussions of the gemara itself, as well as the comments of Rashi and Tosafot.
As in the past, 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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Rebbe Nachman’s Masterpiece of Chassidus

Rebbe Nachman’s Masterpiece of Chassidus

Chassidut & Kabbala   Monday at 4:00AM

In this course we will learn Rebbe Nachman's Masterpiece of Chassidut, Likutei Moharan, in which we will explore some of the basic Lurianic Kabbalistic foundations upon which the creative genius of Rebbe Nachman's system of personal Tikun is built having as its ultimate objective nothing less than the perception and connection to Hashem. For the previous classes in this course, please click here.

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Tehillim: Psalms in Depth

Tehillim: Psalms in Depth

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

Does God truly need to hear our praises of Him? What is the true purpose of Tehillim?

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The Seven Prophetesses of Israel

The Seven Prophetesses of Israel

Navi / Ketuvim (Bible: Prophets/Writings)   Monday at 9:00PM

The Talmud in Megilla 141-b lists seven women and their prophecies (Sarah, Miriam, Devorah, Chana, Avigail, Chulda, and Esther). What did the rabbis have to say about these women? How can we understand them through the midrashic explanation in the gemara? What is added by reading their stories in the context on the Tanakh? By the end of this series, we will have a multifaceted appreciation for these seven women, both as individuals who achieved greatness, as well as leaders and role models for personal and national connection to God.

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Trustworthiness: Whom Can You Trust?

Trustworthiness: Whom Can You Trust?

Halacha (Jewish Law)   Wednesday at 8:00PM

The foundation of kashrut is trust. How do you decide whether to believe a merchant regarding his merchandise? Can you trust a non-Jew who says that food is kosher? Can you rely on children? We will study the opinions of the great rabbis in defining trustworthiness. Sources are in Hebrew. In class we will translate and explain them.

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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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