Ancient Responses to Modern Challenges

Ancient Responses to Modern Challenges

Program: Hebrew College Me’ah Select
Instructor:
Dr. Susie Tanchel  (Read Bio)
Dates: 5 Thursdays, 2/9, 2/16, 3/2, 3/9 & 3/16
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $190, generous financial aid is available
Location: Zoom
Hosted by: Hebrew College

Many parts of life have shifted since biblical times and yet parts of the human condition have remained the same. Like our ancestors before us, for example, we need to take initiative in some moments and innovate in others, we need to balance responsibility with authenticity, and we need to persuade people of our message and respond to tragedies. During this course, we will explore these topics by reading and discussing selected texts from different part of the Bible including Genesis, minor prophets, and the Book of Job, in order to discover what wisdom and guidance we can learn for our own lives. No prior knowledge of Hebrew is required. Please bring an open mind and heart.

Hebrew College Me’ah Select courses offer in-depth academically oriented adult learning experiences led by outstanding faculty.

Hasidic Narratives of Spiritual Growth, Loss, and Renewal

Hasidic Narratives of Spiritual Growth, Loss, and Renewal

Program: Hebrew College Me’ah Select
Instructor:
Rabbi Or Rose (Read Bio)
Dates: 6 Thursdays, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 & 3/30
Time: 7-9:00 p.m.
Cost: $228, generous financial aid is available
Location: Zoom
Hosted by: Hebrew College

In this course we will examine a variety of stories composed by Eastern European Jewish mystical leaders and their followers. These tales provide us with a window into the spiritual and cultural world of various teachers, preachers, and seekers, as they encounter the beauties, mysteries, and challenges of daily life. Our study will include materials by and about the Ba’al Shem Tov (d. 1760), Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev (d. 1809), Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav (d. 1810), and other lesser-known figures (historical and fictional). As part of our learning, we will compare these narratives to other forms of Hasidic writing—homilies, conduct literature, letters, etc.—and make use of various scholarly studies.

Hebrew College Me’ah Select courses offer in-depth academically oriented adult learning experiences led by outstanding faculty.

Sages & Dreamers: The Lives of the Rabbis of the Talmud

Sages & Dreamers: The Lives of the Rabbis of the Talmud

Program: Hebrew College Me’ah Select
Instructor:
Rabbi Neal Gold (Read Bio)
Dates: 10 Wednesdays, 3/1, 3/8, 3/22, 3/29, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17 & 5/24
Time: 7-9:00 p.m.
Cost: $380, generous financial aid is available
Location: Zoom
Hosted by: Hebrew College

Why does Judaism look the way it does? Why don’t we offer sacrifices today? Why did the Rabbis and the early Christians part ways? We’ll study the primary sources of the Talmud and Midrash to explore the extraordinary people who inherited biblical religion and transformed it into Judaism as we know it. Each class will be devoted to a specific sage—Rabbi Akiva, Beruriah, Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai, et al.

Hebrew College Me’ah Select courses offer in-depth academically oriented adult learning experiences led by outstanding faculty.

Daf Yomi (Space still available; fee pro-rated)

Daf Yomi

Program: Hebrew College Me’ah Select
Instructor:
Layah Lipsker (Read Bio)
Dates: 26 Sessions, Bi-weekly on Mondays & Thursdays, 1/9, 1/12, 1/19, 1/23, 1/26, 1/30, 2/2, 2/6, 2/9, 2/13, 2/16, 2/23, 2/27, 3/2, 3/6, 3/9, 3/13, 3/16, 3/20, 3/23, 3/27, 3/30, NO April, 5/1, 5/4, 5/8 & 5/11
Time: 9-9:45 a.m.
Cost: $380, generous financial aid is available
Location: Zoom
Hosted by: Hebrew College

Daf Yomi is an international program to study the entire Talmud in unison, one page at a time. Jews around the world from all backgrounds and affiliations join by following a fixed schedule. This course is for people interested in the fascinating world of Talmud, whose varied discussions have broad and universal resonance.  Our twice weekly sessions will keep us on the Daf Yomi schedule but we will focus on contemporary relevance of the texts for modern Jewish life. No Hebrew reading is necessary, all texts will be studied in English. This Daf Yomi course will meet twice per week for 45 minutes each time over 13 weeks.

Hebrew College Me’ah Select courses offer in-depth academically oriented adult learning experiences led by outstanding faculty.

Understanding the Ethiopian Jewish Israeli Community through Stories, Arts, and People

Understanding the Ethiopian Jewish Israeli Community through Stories, Arts, and People

Program: Hebrew College Me’ah Select
Instructor: Dr. Shula Mola (Read Bio)
Dates: 5 Wednesdays, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22 & 3/29
Time: 7- 9:00 pm
Cost: $190, generous financial aid is available
Location: Zoom
Hosted by: The Cambridge Collaborative

The Ethiopian Jewish community has lived in Israel for four decades. Many are familiar with the story of the community through two major events signed into memory as rescue of people needing salvation and heroism of the State of Israel. In this class, we will look at the story of the Beta Israel community from different perspectives. First, we will get to know the story of the community through the stories of the Beta Israel people. We will look closely at the social, religious, and cultural processes that rendered the Ethiopian Jews as a “black” community within a “white” dominant society of Jews. Second, we will discuss the challenges of race and racialization, at local and global levels. We will explore different approaches of the Beta Israel community to address racism. The class will use first-person research narratives, texts, artwork, films, and guest voices as our class text.

Hebrew College Me’ah Select courses offer in-depth academically oriented adult learning experiences led by outstanding faculty.