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Prayer and the Prayerbook: The Siddur as a Guide to Prayerful Reflection

The Siddur contains sections drawn from both the Bible and rabbinic compositions based upon biblical narratives and verse. Our initial focus will be on the Psalms, which are the introduction to prayer, and are intended to broaden our thinking about this religious activity.

15583h 9m
Oct 10, 2021
Prayer and the Prayerbook: The Siddur as a Guide to Prayerful Reflection

The Siddur contains sections drawn from both the Bible and rabbinic compositions based upon biblical narratives and verse. Our initial focus will be on the Psalms, which are the introduction to prayer, and are intended to broaden our thinking about this religious activity.

16549h 15m
Oct 10, 2021
The Struggles of Jacob

This course undertakes a close reading of Genesis chapters 27-32, Jacob’s exile and return. We will also examine the ways in which others have interpreted this foundational drama.

16796h 10m
Oct 10, 2021
The Struggles of Jacob

This course undertakes a close reading of Genesis chapters 27-32, Jacob’s exile and return. We will also examine the ways in which others have interpreted this foundational drama.

15935h 27m
Oct 10, 2021
Admission of Guilt: Confession and Repentance

Confession, viddui, plays a central role in the Yom Kippur service. We will study four great biblical narratives in order to gain a deeper understanding of the role of confession in a redeemed life.

16642h 37m
Aug 26, 2021
Admission of Guilt: Confession and Repentance

Confession, viddui, plays a central role in the Yom Kippur service. We will study four great biblical narratives in order to gain a deeper understanding of the role of confession in a redeemed life.

15909h 47m
Aug 26, 2021
Admission of Guilt: Confession and Repentance

Confession, viddui, plays a central role in the Yom Kippur service. We will study four great biblical narratives in order to gain a deeper understanding of the role of confession in a redeemed life.

15504h 27m
Aug 26, 2021
Admission of Guilt: Confession and Repentance

Confession, viddui, plays a central role in the Yom Kippur service. We will study four great biblical narratives in order to gain a deeper understanding of the role of confession in a redeemed life.

16780h 51m
Aug 26, 2021
Tisha B’Av and its Liturgy: Opportunities For Reflection

An examination of the character and fabric of the day as seen through the standard liturgy and biblical readings of Tisha B\'Av.

11337h 4m
Jul 27, 2021
Isaac and Rebecca: Partners in Succession

Isaac and Rebecca are the inheritors of the covenantal blessing. Our 5 session class will focus on Genesis 22-26 and engage in a series of close readings to better understand their place within the covenantal narrative.

16636h 26m
Jun 08, 2021
Isaac and Rebecca: Partners in Succession

Isaac and Rebecca are the inheritors of the covenantal blessing. Our 5 session class will focus on Genesis 22-26 and engage in a series of close readings to better understand their place within the covenantal narrative.

15533h 51m
Jun 08, 2021
Isaac and Rebecca: Partners in Succession

Isaac and Rebecca are the inheritors of the covenantal blessing. Our 5 session class will focus on Genesis 22-26 and engage in a series of close readings to better understand their place within the covenantal narrative.

15966h 29m
Jun 08, 2021
Isaac and Rebecca: Partners in Succession

Isaac and Rebecca are the inheritors of the covenantal blessing. Our 5 session class will focus on Genesis 22-26 and engage in a series of close readings to better understand their place within the covenantal narrative.

15572h 51m
Jun 08, 2021
Isaac and Rebecca: Partners in Succession

Isaac and Rebecca are the inheritors of the covenantal blessing. Our 5 session class will focus on Genesis 22-26 and engage in a series of close readings to better understand their place within the covenantal narrative.

15686h 7m
Jun 08, 2021
Altar Ego: Isaac, Abraham, and Sarah in the Biblical Narrative

This series offers an analysis of the roles Isaac plays in the Torah, including the Akeidah. It offers a close reading of the text and an examination of the understandings of Isaac through the prism of rabbinic sources.

16093h 17m
Apr 15, 2021
Altar Ego: Isaac, Abraham, and Sarah in the Biblical Narrative

This series offers an analysis of the roles Isaac plays in the Torah, including the Akeidah. It offers a close reading of the text and an examination of the understandings of Isaac through the prism of rabbinic sources.

15368h 21m
Apr 15, 2021
Altar Ego: Isaac, Abraham, and Sarah in the Biblical Narrative

This series offers an analysis of the roles Isaac plays in the Torah, including the Akeidah. It offers a close reading of the text and an examination of the understandings of Isaac through the prism of rabbinic sources.

25997h 55m
Apr 15, 2021
Altar Ego: Isaac, Abraham, and Sarah in the Biblical Narrative

This series offers an analysis of the roles Isaac plays in the Torah, including the Akeidah. It offers a close reading of the text and an examination of the understandings of Isaac through the prism of rabbinic sources.

15200h 33m
Apr 15, 2021
Altar Ego: Isaac, Abraham, and Sarah in the Biblical Narrative

This series offers an analysis of the roles Isaac plays in the Torah, including the Akeidah. It offers a close reading of the text and an examination of the understandings of Isaac through the prism of rabbinic sources.

24484h 17m
Apr 15, 2021
Death and Afterlife in the Rabbinic and Kabbalistic Imagination

Jewish death rituals are famous for their existential profundity and psychological insight concerning our most difficult times. Less well-known is the vast treasury of myths about death and the afterlife that undergird those rituals. These myths go back to the beginnings of Judaism, flower in rabbinic literature, and reach their fullest elaboration in kabbalah. We will study a selection of these rabbinic and kabbalistic myths, particularly those in the Zohar, the central work of kabbalah. Shakespeare may have declared that death is the “undiscovered country,” but we will study the journeys of the Jewish imagination deep into its innermost provinces. The only requirement for this course is that you be willing to employ your imagination, your mind, and your soul to engage with this overwhelming, and often shattering, feature of the human condition.

16349h 22m
Apr 12, 2021
Death and Afterlife in the Rabbinic and Kabbalistic Imagination

Jewish death rituals are famous for their existential profundity and psychological insight concerning our most difficult times. Less well-known is the vast treasury of myths about death and the afterlife that undergird those rituals. These myths go back to the beginnings of Judaism, flower in rabbinic literature, and reach their fullest elaboration in kabbalah. We will study a selection of these rabbinic and kabbalistic myths, particularly those in the Zohar, the central work of kabbalah. Shakespeare may have declared that death is the “undiscovered country,” but we will study the journeys of the Jewish imagination deep into its innermost provinces. The only requirement for this course is that you be willing to employ your imagination, your mind, and your soul to engage with this overwhelming, and often shattering, feature of the human condition.

16105h 59m
Apr 12, 2021
Death and Afterlife in the Rabbinic and Kabbalistic Imagination

Jewish death rituals are famous for their existential profundity and psychological insight concerning our most difficult times. Less well-known is the vast treasury of myths about death and the afterlife that undergird those rituals. These myths go back to the beginnings of Judaism, flower in rabbinic literature, and reach their fullest elaboration in kabbalah. We will study a selection of these rabbinic and kabbalistic myths, particularly those in the Zohar, the central work of kabbalah. Shakespeare may have declared that death is the “undiscovered country,” but we will study the journeys of the Jewish imagination deep into its innermost provinces. The only requirement for this course is that you be willing to employ your imagination, your mind, and your soul to engage with this overwhelming, and often shattering, feature of the human condition.

17619h 22m
Apr 12, 2021
Death and Afterlife in the Rabbinic and Kabbalistic Imagination

Jewish death rituals are famous for their existential profundity and psychological insight concerning our most difficult times. Less well-known is the vast treasury of myths about death and the afterlife that undergird those rituals. These myths go back to the beginnings of Judaism, flower in rabbinic literature, and reach their fullest elaboration in kabbalah. We will study a selection of these rabbinic and kabbalistic myths, particularly those in the Zohar, the central work of kabbalah. Shakespeare may have declared that death is the “undiscovered country,” but we will study the journeys of the Jewish imagination deep into its innermost provinces. The only requirement for this course is that you be willing to employ your imagination, your mind, and your soul to engage with this overwhelming, and often shattering, feature of the human condition.

17258h 9m
Apr 12, 2021
Seder Telling

Today our seder nights are guided by the liturgical prompts of the Haggadah, but it wasn’t always this way. Our tradition records that in the times of the Mishnah, Rabbis gathered in Lod and Bnai Brak on the Seder night to tell the story of the Exodus. Unscripted, in their own words. Join us and listen in as a gathering of scholars and rabbis re-enact this seder, at our event: Seder Telling. Presented in partnership with: Brandeis Hillel, Congregation Darchei Noam, Congregation Ohr Hatorah, Netivot Shalom, Romemu, Torat Chayim, Valley Beit Midrash, and Yeshivat Maharat.

15131h 36m
Mar 24, 2021
Ayeka: Searching for God in Megillat Esther

Megillat Esther, more than any book of the Bible, lends itself to multiple readings. The session will suggest two readings of the Megilla, in contrast to the reading of the “hidden God.” In one reading God is wholly absent, in the other fully present. We will reflect upon the ethical and theological implications of each.

14738h 54m
Feb 21, 2021
King Solomon and His Demons

A study of the complexities of Solomon as seen through an analysis of statements and stories in the Talmud Bavli.

13064h 17m
Feb 03, 2021
King Solomon and His Demons

A study of the complexities of Solomon as seen through an analysis of statements and stories in the Talmud Bavli.

13660h 30m
Feb 03, 2021
King Solomon and His Demons

A study of the complexities of Solomon as seen through an analysis of statements and stories in the Talmud Bavli.

13504h 43m
Feb 03, 2021
King Solomon and His Demons

A study of the complexities of Solomon as seen through an analysis of statements and stories in the Talmud Bavli.

13049h 21m
Feb 03, 2021
King Solomon and His Demons

A study of the complexities of Solomon as seen through an analysis of statements and stories in the Talmud Bavli.

13571h 44m
Feb 03, 2021