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Current courses by topic: Text and Thought

36 courses in 4 subcategories:

Biblical Interpretations (12 courses)

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

L310-NS Instructors: Grist Starting: 01/27/2019 Location: Congregation Netivot Shalom

This semester, we'll dig deeper as we discover the growing role of angels in the Bible, focusing on passages from Isaiah, Ezekiel and Zechariah. A new angel category appears in Isaiah: the seraph, and both ...

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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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Karaite, Rabbanite, or Other: Affiliation in an Evolving Religious Landscape

H200-JCL Instructors: Lichaa Starting: 03/17/2019 Location: Jewish Community Library

Shawn Lichaa will bring examples from Karaite Jewish literature and liturgy to show how a minority Jewish movement dealt with external pressures while trying to preserve its unique heritage. Karaite Judaism is characterized by its ...

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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-CBE Instructors: Morrison Starting: 03/07/2019 Location: Congregation Beth 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 three section course utilizes methods for ...

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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 ...

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Violence and Non-violent Resistance in Jewish Tradition

T300-CBS Instructors: Simon Starting: 02/05/2019 Location: Congregation Beth Sholom

This class is a four-part study of violence and non-violent resistance by Jews in different periods of Jewish history. The first session looks at some of the uses of violence in the Torah and rabbinic ...

Classic Texts (19 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 ...

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Israel and Texts

I120B-CBE Instructors: Morrison Starting: 01/16/2019 Location: Congregation Beth El

This course explores how Judaism became the text-centered religion that it is today, and how history informed Jewish practice. We'll investigate how the Bible was created and ways to read it, and how the history ...

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Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Israel and Texts (Online only)

I100B-OL Instructors: Adar Starting: 01/20/2019 Location: Lehrhaus Judaica

This is an online-only class. If you cannot attend in-person sessions at Congregation Beth El on Wednesday evenings, join us online on Sunday afternoons from 3:30 - 5 Pacific Time (6:30 - 8pm Eastern Time.) ...

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Karaite, Rabbanite, or Other: Affiliation in an Evolving Religious Landscape

H200-JCL Instructors: Lichaa Starting: 03/17/2019 Location: Jewish Community Library

Shawn Lichaa will bring examples from Karaite Jewish literature and liturgy to show how a minority Jewish movement dealt with external pressures while trying to preserve its unique heritage. Karaite Judaism is characterized by its ...

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: 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-CBE Instructors: Morrison Starting: 03/07/2019 Location: Congregation Beth 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 three section course utilizes methods for ...

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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 - East Bay

PC600-BJ Instructors: Matt Starting: 10/09/2018 Location: JCC East Bay

Lehrhaus 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 1 ...

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The Zohar Circle - PJCC

PC600-PJ Instructors: Derby Starting: 10/08/2018 Location: Peninsula Jewish Community Center

Lehrhaus 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 1 ...

The Zohar Circle - San Francisco

PC650-SF Instructors: Rosen Starting: 10/15/2018 Location: JCCSF

Lehrhaus 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 1 ...

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 ...

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Violence and Non-violent Resistance in Jewish Tradition

T300-CBS Instructors: Simon Starting: 02/05/2019 Location: Congregation Beth Sholom

This class is a four-part study of violence and non-violent resistance by Jews in different periods of Jewish history. The first session looks at some of the uses of violence in the Torah and rabbinic ...

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Zohar Off the Page - A Visual and Hands-On Exploration

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

When you enter the world of the Zohar, as Daniel Matt teaches, you must “engage the text and join the search for meaning. Follow the words to what lies beyond and within; open the gates ...

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 (4 courses)

The Zohar Circle - East Bay

PC600-BJ Instructors: Matt Starting: 10/09/2018 Location: JCC East Bay

Lehrhaus 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 1 ...

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The Zohar Circle - PJCC

PC600-PJ Instructors: Derby Starting: 10/08/2018 Location: Peninsula Jewish Community Center

Lehrhaus 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 1 ...

The Zohar Circle - San Francisco

PC650-SF Instructors: Rosen Starting: 10/15/2018 Location: JCCSF

Lehrhaus 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 1 ...

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 ...