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Fall 2017 at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (behind the Israel Museum)

October 2017 – February 2018

Eight lectures per series

Discounts for early registration or for more than one series

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Duddy Kravitz, Lost Europe and Living in that “Next Door Place:” Canada and Its Jewish Writers
With Dr. Shana Rosenblatt Mauer, lecturer at Herzog College. Her research and teaching focus on topics in Modern Jewish Literature, particularly transgressive Holocaust narratives and the work of Russian-American Jewish writers.

Mondays: 10:30-12:00
Oct. 16, Oct. 30, Nov. 13, Nov. 27, Dec. 11, Dec. 25, Jan. 8, Jan. 22

We will look at the forefathers of Canadian Jewish literature (A.M. Klein, Irving Layton, Leonard Cohen and Mordecai Richler), and writers who provide a literary snapshot of the psychological upheaval, nostalgia and bittersweet humor associated with the process of acclimating to life in, not just Montreal, but also Winnipeg, Toronto and Vancouver (J.I. Segal, Ted Allan, Adele Wiseman, Eva Hoffman and David Bezmozgis). We will also read works that address the Holocaust and the conversation on “inherited trauma,” by Chava Rosenfarb, Arye Lev Stollman and Anne Michaels. Lastly, we will return to Montreal with Segal Samuel’s inventive novel, The Mystics of Mile End.

Way Before Hollywood: Wonder Women in the Bible
With Esther Lapian, a teacher and teacher educator in the field of Bible studies and the pedagogy of teaching Jewish texts, in Israel and abroad.

Tuesdays: 10:30-12:00
Nov. 7, Nov. 21, Dec. 5, Dec. 19, Jan. 2, Jan. 16, Jan. 30, Feb. 6

Israel has produced some extraordinary Wonder Women- some of cinematic fame, and some of Biblical renown. In this course we will return to stories surrounding several outstanding female personalities in the Bible- many of whom are misunderstood or maligned- from a new, more nuanced perspective. Seeking to understand the complexities of character, we uncover intricate agendas hidden between the lines of the Biblical narratives. Our female heroines include: Rebecca, our matriarch – manipulative or visionary? Rachel and Leah – collaborators or competitors? Hannah – dissident or saint? Avigayil – mercenary or merciful?

Seeing Women through Art
With Dr. Shula Laderman, a senior lecturer in Judaism and the Arts at the Schechter Institute. She is the author of Images of Cosmology in Jewish and Byzantine Art- God’s Blueprint of Creation and co-author with Avner Moriah of The Illuminated Torah.

Wednesdays: 12:30-14:00
Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, Nov. 29, Dec. 13, Dec. 27, Jan. 10, Jan. 24

In this course we will examine Jewish, Christian, and general works of art in an attempt to understand the changing attitudes toward women as they are reflected in the art of different periods. We will look at portrayals of single, married, and widowed women, which were based primarily on the way they are depicted in the Bible, and how they are treated in biblical exegeses in order to acquire some insight regarding the changing approaches to women in society throughout history.

Foundations of Jewish Ethics
With Dr. Elliott Malamet, cofounder of Torah in Motion. He lectures in literature at the Hebrew University and in Jewish Thought at Yeshivat Machanaim.

Tuesdays: 12:30-14:00
Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Oct. 31, Nov. 28, Dec. 12, Dec. 26, Jan. 9, Jan. 23

This course will explore the central concepts, dilemmas and theories that underlie Jewish ethics. Among questions to be discussed: Are moral values objective? Can ethics be determined by human reason alone? Is belief in God imperative for an ethical life (can we be good without God?) How do we navigate Torah passages that seem irrational and even immoral? What are the rights and responsibilities of the individual and how do we balance self-interest with our duties to others? How do Jewish ethics deal with the moral challenges of modernity?

Jewish Leadership in Talmudic Times: Teachers, Students, and the Populace
With Dr. Paul Mandel,
senior lecturer in Midrash and Aggadah at the Schechter Institute and at the Rothberg School at the Hebrew University. He is the author of The Origins of Midrash: From Teaching to Text.

Tuesdays: 10:30-12:00
Oct. 24, Oct. 31, Nov. 14, Nov. 28, Dec. 12, Dec. 26, Jan. 9, Jan. 23

What was the role of the teacher and legal instructor in ancient Jewish society? What really went on in the bet midrash? How did the roles of ḥacham (“rabbi”) and his disciple, the talmid ḥacham, evolve? We will read legal anecdotes and aggadic tales which describe the grandeur as well as the foibles of the ḥachamim in their relations with their colleagues, their disciples and the people at large. We will compare the ḥachamim with their predecessors (Ezra, the Pharisees, the Qumran sect) and investigate the role of the Torah as a study text and how the law was taught in different periods.


650 NIS for one series

375 NIS for each additional series

20% discount with registration by October 3rd, 2017

(Only one discount per student)

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