A unique partnership between the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies and Protestant Theological University in Amsterdam has created the first ever summer school focusing on Jerusalem. The week-long seminar, with Schechter faculty taking part, has attracted students from across the Netherlands.
Dr. Shula Laderman, discusses the strange story of the talking donkey. Her commentary is accompanied by a painting from the renowned artist Avner Moriah. What happens when a sorcerer, a king and a donkey take center stage?
Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch, delves into Korach’s message. What is wrong with saying that everyone is holy? Couldn’t Korach actually be advocating for equality and human rights?
Dr. Einat Ramon, talks about the place of women in this important field. Political and spiritual leaders like Ada Fishman Maimon and Yemima Avital brought new perspectives to theological writing.
At the Bethlehem Exhibit Leor in Tel Aviv Grady alludes to the city of Bethlehem mentioned in the book of Ruth by means of a photograph of the city.
Is Judaism exclusive or ownerless? Celebrating Revelation on Shavuot highlights the conflict that can be found between the values of choseneness and egalitarianism. Rabbi Ilana Foss, Schechter development and new media associate, discusses how Schechter’s mission embraces this tension.
When it comes to educating students, teacher often ask which is more persuasive: the carrot or the stick? Was the the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai really frightening or a was it a loving moment?
Is Parashat Bamidbar a period of rebellion and complaints or is it, as stated in Jeremiah, God and Israel’s honeymoon period? Dr. David Frankel, Senior Lecturer in Bible at The Schechter Institutes, suggests that the parasha and the entire book of Bamidbar (Numbers), with its depictions of the Israelites in the wilderness, teaches us an important lesson. We are not entrapped by our past memory and history. We can forge our destiny by by deciding how we want to see our future.
Dr. Gila Vachman, explores Miriam’s identity and leadership and its association with water. What was the connection between the death of Miriam and the absence of water?