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Sunday, May 24

1:00pm EDT

From Sefirat HaOmer to Revelation: How the Rabbis Read Biblical Texts
Limited Capacity seats available

What part do human beings play in the revelation of Torah in the world? How do the Rabbis see their role as interpreters of Biblical text? The Torah says to count the omer from the day after the Shabbat yet the Rabbis rule that we count from the day after Pesach. Why do they read the biblical text differently from what seems to the simple pshat? What can we learn from their choice about the continuous unfolding of Torah today? What do the Rabbis understand the process of revelation to be?

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Rahel Berkovits

Rahel Berkovits is a senior faculty member at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where she has been teaching Mishnah, Talmud and halakha for over twenty years. Rahel lectures widely in both Israel and abroad on topics Jewish law. She is the Halakhic Editor and a... Read More →

Sunday May 24, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

I Am Not Just a Statistic
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we see the individual, the person, amidst the overwhelming deluge of statistics that we are bombarded with each day? This is not a modern problem. The Torah itself is very wary of taking a census because of its intrinsic dehumanizing nature. In our session, we will study the opening chapters of the Book of Numbers (BaMidbar), which contains three censuses of the Israelite population. Through a close literary reading of the text, we will examine the “how” of counting and see the methods that the Torah employs to preserve, and even enhance, the dignity of each and everyone who is numbered.

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Meir Schweiger

Senior Faculty, Pardes Institute
Meir Schweiger grew up in “the Bronx” (NY) and has lived in Israel since 1972, when he came on aliya. He has a BA in mathematics and physics from CCNY and an M.Ed in teaching Bible from the Herzog College in Alon Shvut. He did his advanced Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University... Read More →

Sunday May 24, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Shamai and Hillel: The real story why we chose Hillel
Limited Capacity full
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An exploration of the root of their differences and what it means for us today.

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Yosef Benarroch

Rabbi, Adas Yeshurun Herzlia
Currently Rabbi of Adas Yeshurun Synagogue in Winnipeg, was Rabbi of Beth Hamidrash Sefardic synagogue in Vancouver, Rabbi of Sefardic Educational Center in JerusalemDegree in Education University of Manitoba, Studied at Mercaz Harav Yeshiva Israel, Yeshiva Universtity Gruss Kolel... Read More →

Sunday May 24, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT

4:00pm EDT

Weaving Torah into the Narrative of our Lives: A Hands-On Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

If Torah is a well of wisdom for life, how do I begin to dip a bucket down and find ways to make it personally meaningful? In this session you will learn how to read the Torah in a particular way that
create openings for personal exploration and inspiration. This can carry you beyond Shavuot and throughout the year.

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Jane Shapiro

Dr. Jane Shapiro is a founder of Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning (www.orotcenter.org) where she teaches a variety of classes and workshops blending text study with other intentional practices. Jane is a graduate of Princeton University and has a doctorate from the Jewish Theological... Read More →

Sunday May 24, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
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