In this course Rabbi Brovender will analyze the Tractate Bava Kama, starting with the eighth chapter. This gemara shiur will meet three times weekly.add this shiurView this course
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 David and Goliath to better understand the story itself and also to grow our skills in Torah study. The course is ideal for newcomers to Biblical text.add this shiurView this course
In this course we will develop Talmud-learning skills through the study of the fourth chapter in Tractate Brachot. We will learn how to read the text with the help of the commentators to reach a better understanding of what the rabbis were trying to teach us.
We will begin by familiarizing ourselves with what the gemara IS and where it comes from and it's place in our tradition. After that we will focus on building essential skills and Aramaic know-how to allow participants to eventually learn on their own.
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This 8-part series will examine the fundamentals of giyur (conversion). We will first look at the historical foundations of conversion, tracing perceptions and laws of conversion from the Talmud to the great medieval commentators, and through modern times. We will discuss what an Orthodox giyur entails in modern times, while reviewing both the philosophical and Halakhic (legal) foundations of Judaism that ensure a successful conversion. We will also briefly discuss some of the sociological issues inherent within conversion, and hear from a convert about her experiences both before and after becoming Jewish. This course is designed for people contemplating conversion who would like a better understanding of the process and expectations, but is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the intricacies and experiences of giyur.
Disclaimer: This course is a wonderful opportunity for those considering and preparing for Jewish conversion to study Torah under Orthodox auspices with WebYehsiva.org and Route613. This is NOT online conversion, nor are we a Beit Din (rabbinical court) which conducts conversion. Students who complete the entire series can receive a letter attesting to their participation.
Route 613 - Your Route to GeRut, provides a comprehensive conversion program for approximately 60 conversion candidates each year. The program is comprised of three weekly classes,
and a variety of extra-curricular activities, including Shabbatonim, chesed activities and trips to places of Jewish interest. We hold shabbatonim for the students two to three times per year to get them to experience Shabbat and community first-hand. By offering an intensive Orthodox conversion curriculum in a group study format, Route 613, directed by Rabbi Maury Kelman, allows students to learn at their own pace in a supportive environment. Approximately 25 candidates successfully complete their Orthodox conversion process annually. Over the past 13 years, approximately 300 students have converted under Rabbi Kelman’s direction, with many of them now raising families, strengthening the Jewish community throughout North America, Israel and beyond.
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We will learn the mitzvah of Kiddush Hashem, sanctification of the name of God. Is this a mitzvah which must be sought out and even accepted voluntarily or is it only a mitzvah when there is no way to escape it? This is a fundamental disagreement between the Medieval Poskim (Halachic Authorities). We will review medieval Poskim, as well as Poskim from the Holocaust period to get a better understanding of how Jewish scholars through these periods in various locations viewed this mitzva.add this shiurView this course
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.
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Tehillim is King David giving us insights into our relationship with Hashem and teaching us to pray. He teaches us how to relate to life's experiences. We will learn what is behind the verses of the psalms, what are the true meanings of the metaphors.
In this course we will find personal meaning and learn to identify with the verses in the book of Tehillim.
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How does the world work? How do finances work? What is our avodat Hashem, service of God? In the Book of Kohelet King Solomon shared his unique wisdom. Through this course we will learn how we can infuse these lessons into our lives in a meaningful way.add this shiurView this course
Would you like to improve your ability to translate and negotiate rabbinic texts? This 8-part series will help you do so.
Each week, the students will be assigned one or more passages from Gemara and rabbinic literature to translate
and send in. During class, we will review the texts carefully and discuss how to figure out the meanings of the
words and phrases. Besides recognizing basic vocabulary, this includes deciphering abbreviations and citations.
Students will also become familiar with reference works, databases, and other useful resources.
The cost for this course is $75.
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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
Did Sarah share her husband’s devotion to God, or was she just a secondary figure along for the ride? What motivated Esther to finally take charge and save the day in Shushan? What do traditional rabbinic scholars think of surprising heroines such as Rachav, Devorah, Yael, and others?
In this course we will engage in close study of the Bible's accounts of these and other women, developing our own insights while examining the insights of a range of classical commentaries spanning the full history of Jewish Bible study and interpretation. Some of these women are famous; some less so. Some are heroic; some perhaps not so heroic. Some are beautiful; all are bold, often taking action in unexpected ways. Together, we will develop our appreciation of the depth and complexity of these women and their contributions.add this shiurView this course
"The Gates of Divine Inspiration" of the Ari"zal. A concise version of the Ari"zal's pathway to Ruach Hakodesh. This class will be theoretical and practical, with short meditations that encompass the ideas in the text.add this shiurView this course
All you Wanted to Know about Bathrooms and were too Embarrassed to Ask:
What smells prohibit reciting blessings and other acts of kedusha?
If the baby’s diaper (nappy) is full, how far away must you be to allow prayer?
Can the baby's diaper (nappy) be changed in the synagogue?
If you merely enter and immediately leave a bathroom, must you wash your hands?
What is the status of food that was in a bathroom?
How can you enter a bathroom if you are carrying a siddur?
We will survey the opinions of the great poskim. Texts are in Hebrew; in class we will translate and explain the texts.add this shiurView this course
The sages taught us that the zealous performance of mitzvot is swift (זריזין מקדימין למצוות).
Why is zeal equated with performing mitzvot at the first opportunity?
How fast are we required to rush to fulfill a mitzva?
Is it better to rush and minimally fulfill a mitzva or to wait until you can do the mitzva better?
Should a brit mila be scheduled in the early morning or later when more guests can attend?
Must Chanukka candles be lit at the beginning of the night, or can you wait and light them later?
We will survey the opinions of the great poskim on these and related matters.
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