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Current courses by topic: Text and Thought

24 courses in 4 subcategories:

Biblical Interpretations (9 courses)

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Advanced Biblical Hebrew 3: Angels in the Bible, and Beyond

L310-PHB Instructors: Grist Starting: 04/07/2019 Location: A Private Home in Berkeley

From the Hellenistic to early Rabbinic period (ca 300 BCE-500 CE), the character and roles of angels in early Judaism changed dramatically. Starting with passages from the Book of Enoch to Daniel and on to ...

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Back to the Prophets - The Book of II Kings: Elisha, Syria, and many, many murders

T106B-CCD Instructors: Cohen Starting: 01/10/2019 Location: Contra Costa Jewish Day School

This Winter, we continue our study of Jewish monarchy in the Bible. Balancing the often-bad and occasionally acceptable-to-good rulers of the northern and southern Jewish kingdoms is the evolving institution of the prophets, trying their ...

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Back to the Prophets: The Book of II Kings: A Kingdom Lost, A Kingdom Saved

T106C-CCD Instructors: Cohen Starting: 05/02/2019 Location: Contra Costa Jewish Day School

This Spring, we forge onward in our study of the two Jewish kingdoms in the Bible. In the Northern Kingdom of Israel, a succession of foolish and frankly dim-witted kings progressively misplay their hands in ...

Dr. Avivah Zornberg at Chochmat HaLev

T500-CHL Instructors: Zornberg Starting: 05/12/2019 Location: Chochmat HaLev

Dr. Avivah Zornberg is one of the most dynamic and compelling interpreters of the Bible alive. She weaves together ideas from literature, secular philosophy, psychology and the ancient teachers’ take on the texts. It is ...

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Intermediate Prayerbook/Biblical Hebrew 2A

L200A-PHB Instructors: Grist Starting: 04/07/2019 Location: A Private Home in Berkeley

The third semester of the introductory sequence of Biblical Hebrew grammar, this course covers the more complex features of the language commonly found in Biblical and Siddur (prayerbook) texts. We will continue to introduce features ...

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Intermediate/Advanced Biblical Hebrew 2D

L200D-PHB Instructors: Grist Starting: 04/07/2019 Location: A Private Home in Berkeley

We will complete our overview of the Hebrew verb system, and continue to build Biblical text translation and analysis skills, using Bibleworks software in class. We will also translate sample texts from the Hebrew Bible. ...

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The Origins of the Bible and How to Read It: Genesis and Exodus

H300-CSZ Instructors: Morrison Starting: 04/11/2019 Location: Congregation Sha'ar Zahav

To many contemporary readers, the Bible often feels impenetrable and outdated, principally because of the manner in which Jewish texts have been taught in religious schools for generations. This course will explore methods for reading ...

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The Origins of the Bible and How to Read It: Leviticus and Deuteronomy

H300-CE Instructors: Morrison Starting: 04/09/2019 Location: Congregation Emanu-El

To many contemporary readers, the Bible often feels impenetrable and outdated, principally because of the manner in which Jewish texts have been taught in religious schools for generations. This course will explore methods for reading ...

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The Origins of the Bible and How to Read It: Prophecy and Wisdom Literature

H300-OMJ Instructors: Morrison Starting: 05/01/2019 Location: Osher Marin JCC

To many contemporary readers, the Bible often feels impenetrable and outdated, principally because of the manner in which Jewish texts have been taught in religious schools for generations. This three section course utilizes methods for ...

Classic Texts (12 courses)

Dr. Avivah Zornberg at Chochmat HaLev

T500-CHL Instructors: Zornberg Starting: 05/12/2019 Location: Chochmat HaLev

Dr. Avivah Zornberg is one of the most dynamic and compelling interpreters of the Bible alive. She weaves together ideas from literature, secular philosophy, psychology and the ancient teachers’ take on the texts. It is ...

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle - East Bay

TC850-BJ Instructors: Richman Starting: 10/14/2018 Location: JCC East Bay

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle: Tractate Ta’anit – Acts of God: Religious Responses to Natural Disasters Rabbinic tales of drought, disaster, and charismatic holy men illuminate critical questions about power, ethics, and ecology in Jewish late antiquity. ...

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle - Los Gatos

TC850-APJ Instructors: Clayman Starting: 10/21/2018 Location: Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle: Tractate Ta’anit – Acts of God: Religious Responses to Natural Disasters Rabbinic tales of drought, disaster, and charismatic holy men illuminate critical questions about power, ethics, and ecology in Jewish late antiquity. ...

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle - Marin

TC850-OMJ Instructors: Aranoff Starting: 10/21/2018 Location: Osher Marin JCC

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle: Tractate Ta’anit – Acts of God: Religious Responses to Natural Disasters Rabbinic tales of drought, disaster, and charismatic holy men illuminate critical questions about power, ethics, and ecology in Jewish late antiquity. ...

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle - Palo Alto

TC850-OFJ Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 10/21/2018 Location: Oshman Family JCC

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle: Tractate Ta’anit – Acts of God: Religious Responses to Natural Disasters Rabbinic tales of drought, disaster, and charismatic holy men illuminate critical questions about power, ethics, and ecology in Jewish late antiquity. ...

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle - San Francisco

TC850-SJ Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 10/07/2018 Location: JCCSF

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle: Tractate Ta’anit – Acts of God: Religious Responses to Natural Disasters Rabbinic tales of drought, disaster, and charismatic holy men illuminate critical questions about power, ethics, and ecology in Jewish late antiquity. ...

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Lehrhaus Talmud Circle - Shomrei Torah

TC850-ST Instructors: Wolf-Prusan Starting: 02/03/2019 Location: Congregation Shomrei Torah

Lehrhaus Talmud Circle: Tractate Ta’anit – Acts of God: Religious Responses to Natural Disasters Rabbinic tales of drought, disaster, and charismatic holy men illuminate critical questions about power, ethics, and ecology in Jewish late antiquity. ...

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The Origins of the Bible and How to Read It: Genesis and Exodus

H300-CSZ Instructors: Morrison Starting: 04/11/2019 Location: Congregation Sha'ar Zahav

To many contemporary readers, the Bible often feels impenetrable and outdated, principally because of the manner in which Jewish texts have been taught in religious schools for generations. This course will explore methods for reading ...

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The Origins of the Bible and How to Read It: Leviticus and Deuteronomy

H300-CE Instructors: Morrison Starting: 04/09/2019 Location: Congregation Emanu-El

To many contemporary readers, the Bible often feels impenetrable and outdated, principally because of the manner in which Jewish texts have been taught in religious schools for generations. This course will explore methods for reading ...

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The Origins of the Bible and How to Read It: Prophecy and Wisdom Literature

H300-OMJ Instructors: Morrison Starting: 05/01/2019 Location: Osher Marin JCC

To many contemporary readers, the Bible often feels impenetrable and outdated, principally because of the manner in which Jewish texts have been taught in religious schools for generations. This three section course utilizes methods for ...

The Zohar Circle in Aramaic

PC600-CBE Instructors: Matt Starting: 09/26/2018 Location: Congregation Beth El

The Zohar Circle - continues for a fourth year under the leadership of Professor Daniel C. Matt and utilizing his epic translation and annotation: The Zohar: Pritzker Edition. We will discuss selections from Volume 4 ...

Zohar Off the Page - A Visual and Hands-On Exploration of Kabbalistic Diagrams

PC-650-LJ Instructors: Rosen Starting: 03/04/2019 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

The Zohar asks its readers to continuously diagram the 10 Divine energies (“The Sefirot”) that constitute the cosmos. While the Tree of Life is the most famous of these diagrams, Kabbalah is full of other ...

Comparative Religion (1 course)

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Advanced Biblical Hebrew 3: Angels in the Bible, and Beyond

L310-PHB Instructors: Grist Starting: 04/07/2019 Location: A Private Home in Berkeley

From the Hellenistic to early Rabbinic period (ca 300 BCE-500 CE), the character and roles of angels in early Judaism changed dramatically. Starting with passages from the Book of Enoch to Daniel and on to ...

Kabbalah and Mysticism (2 courses)

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Passover & Personal Transformation: Insights from Kabbalah and Mussar to Enliven Your Passover Seder

P500C-LJ Instructors: Frankel Starting: 04/09/2019 Location: Chochmat HaLev

As we relive the ancient ancestral journey from slavery to freedom on Passover night, we express gratitude for our own freedom and commit ourselves to the liberation of others. We also seek inner freedom--the ability ...

The Zohar Circle in Aramaic

PC600-CBE Instructors: Matt Starting: 09/26/2018 Location: Congregation Beth El

The Zohar Circle - continues for a fourth year under the leadership of Professor Daniel C. Matt and utilizing his epic translation and annotation: The Zohar: Pritzker Edition. We will discuss selections from Volume 4 ...