Fall Semester 2021

October 4, 2021- January 20, 2022
(No Classes November 25-28, December 24 – January 1)

All courses will be held online. Cost is $150 to audit and $750 for Rabbinic students.

Course Descriptions:
Sundays 11:00 – 12:30 pm (Begins October 10)   
Rabbi Dr. Douglas Goldhamer & Rabbi Shari Chen                                     
Know God- Hear God- Speak with God- Through our Morning Shacharit Prayers       
We have always been fascinated with how the Rabbis created the Shacharit (morning service) for us to communicate with HaShem, and feel his presence, and to hear HaShem’s voice, through our morning prayers. Come and learn with us as we explore ways to connect with HaShem through the prayers of our traditional Shacharit service. (Tefillah in Hebrew means to connect and we are excited to connect with HaShem through prayer.)

Mondays 6:00 –7:30pm (Begins October 4)
Rabbi Shari Chen
Bereshit – An In-depth Study of its Defining Stories

The first book of our Torah Bereshit (Genesis) is full of stories that define us as a people. From the Creation of the world through the story of Joseph, these stories connect us to our Judaic roots, as they teach us about our relationships with God, with one another & with this world that God created, IN THE BEGINNING! We will read primary texts, from the Torah, and then not only study the biblical Hebrew used, but also the significance of the who, what, where, when, and most importantly the why behind each story. We will also explore how these stories have been used in the past and are still currently being used to guide us in Judaic ethics and practices.

Wednesdays 10:30 – 12:00pm (Begins Oct 6)        
Rabbi Michael Davis
Biblical Hebrew

Prerequisite: Two years of Hebrew at Hebrew Seminary or equivalent

Wednesdays 12:30 – 2:00pm (Begins Oct 6)        
Rabbi Michael Davis
“Meaningful Midrash”

One and a half millenia ago, the early rabbis inspired, consoled, and gave guidance through sparks of wisdom that were gathered into the Midrash. This class will glean meaningful texts from this compendium of ancient lore. Meaningful Midrash continues the timeless tradition of Jewish learning, claiming from the past inspiration and instruction for the present moment.

Prerequisite: Two years of Hebrew at Hebrew Seminary or equivalent

Thursdays 11:00 – 1:00pm (Begins October 7)
Rabbi Daniel Vaisrub
An Exploration of the Babylonian Talmud

Together we will study selections from the Babylonian Talmud, the text upon which all modern Judaisms are based. We will translate texts from the original Hebrew and Aramaic, work with different commentaries to probe their meaning, and see how these texts form the foundation for modern Jewish life.

 Thursdays 7:00 – 8:30pm (Begins October 7)
Rabbi Daniel Vaisrub

Join us in learning Judaism’s second holy language: Aramaic. The Targums, the Talmuds, and the Zohar are all written in it, and understanding the Aramaic language is indispensable to being able to read and comprehend Jewish texts of the past two millennia. If you already know Hebrew or Arabic, you will have an easier time of it, but even if you don’t, it is an easy language to learn, and the goal is simple: read, write, and (possibly) speak Aramaic.

The Secrets of Kabbalah Through the Ages: November 2, 9 & 16
Rabbi Dr. Douglas Goldhamer
Register here ($100)

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