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Eve and Sarah: Biblical Women as Forbidden Fruit Taught by Judy Klitsner

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March 17, 2009 - 7:30pm

In a close examination of the narratives of Eve and Sarah, we will highlight a disturbing motif of women's exclusion by God and man. We will then reexamine these same texts to look for signs of repair.

Beit Midrash of the JCC in Manhattan (334 Amsterdam at 76th St)
$5 per class or $25 for the series

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The Madness of Ben Zoma: A Crisis of Liminality Taught by Yael Unterman

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March 3, 2009 - 7:30pm

Ben Zoma is one of the players in the mysterious Talmudic "Four entered the Pardes" story. We are informed that he "goes insane", but what was the nature of this insanity? What boundaries did he blur, and how did he end up standing near the Temple Mount staring abstractedly at the sky? And what can we learn from his story?
 
Tuesdays, February 17-March 31
7:30-9:00 p.m.
Beit Midrash of the JCC in Manhattan (334 Amsterdam at 76th St)
$5 per class or $25 for the series
 

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Once a Jew, Always a Jew? Taught by Shmuel Kadosh

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February 24, 2009 - 7:30pm

Can a Jew forfeit his or her Jewishness?  It is an oft repeated maxim that a Jew, no matter how sinful, is still considered a Jew.  However, this was not always the case.  In the early medieval period, a fierce debate raged about the Jewish status of those who apostatized.  Some considered conversion to another faith a complete revocation of the apostate's Jewish identity.  Others wanted to keep the apostate within the community, as a "sinful Jew."  In this class, we will examine the medieval debate about Jewish identity and its echos in contemporary discourse.

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"Irrelevant, Dull, Oppressive, and Insipid": So Why Be Jewish? Taught by Rabbi David Levin-Kruss

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February 17, 2009 - 7:30pm

Abraham Joshua Heschel famously dismissed much of modern religion with these words. By going back to the reasons for being Jewish, this session examines what binds us and how, ironically, those very ties are also what separate us.
Beit Midrash of the JCC in Manhattan (334 Amsterdam at 76th St)
$5 per class or $25 for the series

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The Physical, the Spiritual, and the World As It Is: The Hasidic Idea of Avodah She-B'Gashmiut Taught by Rabbi Ben Skydell

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January 27, 2009 - 7:30pm

One of the central contributions of Hasidut to Jewish practice is the concept of Avodah She-B'Gashmiut, or, "Worship through the Physical World."  In this class, we will explore this concept, its origins, practice, and development throughout the history of Hasidic thought.

Rabbi Ben Skydell is an instructor of Talmud and Jewish Philosphy at the North Shore Hebrew Academy High School in Great Neck, NY. He also teaches Jewish Thought at Yeshivat Hadar and Drisha.  His semicha is from RIETS-Yeshiva University.

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Noah and Jonah: Escaping the Self, Repairing the World taught by Taught by Judy Klitsner

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January 20, 2009 - 7:30pm

Noah and Jonah both face existential peril following missed opportunities to mend the world. We will look for signs of tikkun within the prophets, and note the nexus between repair of the self and tikkun olam.

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Service of the Heart: The Foundation of the Amidah Taught by Rabbi Elie Kaunfer

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January 13, 2009 - 7:30pm

The Talmud famously debates the origin of the Amidah, the central Jewish prayer. Is it modeled on sacrifice, or on actions of the Avot (patriarchs)? Join us as we take a fresh look at this Talmudic passage, examine its Biblical sources, and ponder the meaning of "service" in our prayer life.

JCC of Manhattan.
Cost: $5/session or $15 for the entire course.

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Leadership and Community: The Case of Elijah the Prophet, taught by Dr. Devora Steinmetz

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December 16, 2008 - 7:30pm

Leadership is a term often used yet rarely defined.  This exciting Beit Midrash series will mine Jewish law, tradition and legend, searching for what it means to succeed or fail as a leader.

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