Jewish Learning in English – SPRING 2018 Spring Series: March - June 2018


650 NIS for one series with 8 classes, 375 NIS for each additional series
20% discount with early registration (before Feb. 7, 2018)
10% discount for bringing a friend
Returning Students: Bring a new friend and you will receive an additional 10% discount
(Only one discount per student)

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For further information contact: Dr. Etka Liebowitz,, 074-7800673

Their Parents’ Children: Second Generation Holocaust Literature
With Dr. Shana Rosenblatt Mauer, lecturer at Herzog College. Her research and teaching focus on topics in modern Jewish literature.
Alternating Mondays: 10:30-12:00 (March 5, 19; April 9, 23; May 7, 21; June 4, 18)

Defined by Alan Berger as the Second Generation, children of Holocaust survivors have produced a body of literary texts that are often considered to stand on their own as a response to the Holocaust, their parents’ experience and the idiosyncrasies of having grown up in families rooted in trauma. With compassion, fury, curiosity, irony, introspection and slivers of humor, these writers’ narratives most often ask, and in some ways answer, the “what next” in a world where the reliability of human decency has been so thoroughly corroded.  In this course we will consider texts by Art Spiegleman, Thank Rosenbaum, Melvin Bukiet, Saviyon Liebrecht, Arye Lev Stollman, Goldie Morgenthal, Amir Gutfreund and Joseph Kertes.

Revolutionary Zionist Thinkers: From Ahad Ha’am to Mordecai Kaplan
With Prof. Yossi Turner, associate professor of Jewish Philosophy at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies
Alternating Mondays: 10:30-12:00 (March 12, 26; April 16, 30; May 14, 28; June 11, 25)

If you have made Aliyah, settled in Israel, but never

  1. had a chance to study the basics of Zionism – this is the course for you!
  2. had the time to take a course of the basics of Zionism – this course is for you!

To some Zionism means supporting the State of Israel. For others, living in the Land is the main thrust.  For some, Aliyah is a secular statement, for others it is a religious one. We will be reading from the works of prominent, and fascinating Zionist thinkers – Ahad Ha’am, Theodore Herzl, A. D. Gordon and Mordecai Kaplan. Each thinker understood and interpreted Zionism differently. Yet they all shared at least one common denominator. They all believed that the recreation of Jewish life in the Land of Israel was essential for the continued existence of Jews and Judaism in the modern period.

Watch an interview with Prof. Yossi Turner on I24News

More Wondrous Women in the Bible – Compliance and Deception
With Esther Lapian, a teacher and teacher educator in the field of Bible studies and the pedagogy of teaching Jewish texts.
Alternating Tuesdays: 10:30-12:00 (March 13, 27; April 17; May 1, 15, 29; June 12, 26)

Contrary to popular belief, women in the Hebrew Bible exercised great influence on their surroundings. Often, they defied authority — even kings — in order to change the course of events as they saw fit. How did they go about this? What strategies did Biblical women use to exert the influence they wanted — compliance, circumvention, deceit? In this course, we will closely read the stories of several wondrous Biblical women in an attempt to understand how they decided, disagreed and resisted in a patriarchal society. Women examined included the unnamed wife of Lot, Tamar, the Daughter of Pharaoh, Avigayil, the daughter of Yiftach, and others.

Tanach and Talmud: From the Rabbis to Rashi
With Dr. Paul Mandel, senior lecturer in Midrash and Aggadah at the Schechter Institute and at the Rothberg School at the Hebrew University. 
Alternating Tuesdays: 10:30-12:00 (March 6, 20; April 10, 24; May 8, 22; June 5, 19)

We begin by reading selected biblical passages through the eyes of the talmudic authorities (‘the Sages’) in an attempt to understand the various methods employed in interpreting and commenting on biblical narrative (midrash aggadah) and law (midrash halakhah). We will discover conflicting approaches of the talmudic rabbis to the biblical text, reflecting varying views of the relationships between text, ancient history, divine revelation and law. We will then compare the writings of the major medieval biblical commentators—Rashi, Rashbam, Ibn Ezra and Ramban (Nachmanides)—in their approach to the ‘canonical’ talmudic comments. In doing so, we will be made aware of the amazing audacity of these later scholars in their readings of the biblical text, through which new answers to the problems of divine revelation and the Bible are suggested.

Jewish Ethics in the Modern World
With Dr. Elliott Malamet, cofounder of Torah in Motion. He lectures in literature at the Hebrew University and in Jewish Thought at Yeshivat Machanaim.
Wednesdays: 10:30-12:00, (March 7, 14, 21; April 11, 25, May 2, 16, 30)

This course will explore Jewish ethics in light of some of the crucial moral dilemmas of our age. What are the rights and responsibilities of the individual? How do we balance our self-need with our duties to others? How does Judaism cope with rapidly changing technologies and the contemporary emphasis on personal autonomy? Topics to be discussed include abortion; euthanasia; bio-medical ethics; fluid sexual identities and orientations; and much more.


Special Study Series in honor of 70th Anniversary of the State of Israel

Starting after Passover. Details to be announced.


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Second Generation Holocaust LiteratureRevolutionary Zionist ThinkersMore Wondrous Women in the BibleTanach and Talmud: From the Rabbis to RashiJewish Ethics in the Modern World