Text Study Classes – Adult Education 2022 A


Instructor:  Dr. Harvey Raben

Description: Beit Midrash students will explore and study selections from Seder Moed (Talmudic material discussing Jewish Festivals) and will include both information as to how festivals were/are to be celebrated as well as interesting rabbinic stories and tangents.  Students will gain an appreciation of the Talmudic system of questioning and a deeper understanding of traditional Jewish learning.  We will continue to follow the general rhythm of Daf-Yomi (a world wide practice of studying one page of Talmud per day) by highlighting the “best” of that week’s scheduled learning.  We will be focusing on Masechet Megillah, referring to the upcoming holiday of Purim  No prior background necessary, texts studies primarily in English. 

Time: Sundays, 11 – 12:30 pm

Dates: 1/9 – 5/15

Location: Online

Investment: Donation suggested

Instructor:  Mark Long

Description:  He founded no dynasty, established no enduring kingdom, and gave rise to no messianic expectations, but Israel’s first anointed king, Saul of the tribe of Benjamin, continues to haunt Jewish memory as a figure both heroic and deeply flawed.  Was he truly rejected by HaShem, or was he simply the victim of mental instability, bad luck, and bad press?  We will look for answers in the Biblical account (almost the whole of I Samuel, plus portions of II Samuel and Judges), and participants will therefore need access to a Tanakh in English translation.  Although some modern studies will be summarized or cited, there should be no need to purchase additional texts. 

Time:  Sundays, 9:30-10:50 am

Dates:  2/6 –5/1 (no class 3/13, 3/20 and 4/17)

Location: Online

Investment:  Donation suggested

Links to texts:

  1. https://www.sefaria.org/I_Samuel
  2. https://www.sefaria.org/II_Samuel


Instructor: Alex Friedman

Description: Often the words in the prayerbook can feel more like an obstacle to meaningful prayer than an aid to it. Each week, we will work to enliven both the texts and our prayers through study, conversation, and practice. Openness is required, but Hebrew knowledge is not.

Time: Wednesdays, 1-2 pm

Dates: 2/9 – 4/27 (no class 3/16, 4/20)

Location: Online

Investment: Donation suggested


Instructor: Dr Harvey Raben

Description:  Join us as we learn from Simi Peter’s book; Learning to read Midrash.  What is Midrash and how do we understand it as we interpret Biblical text?  We will explore 2 genres of Midrash, the parable and the Midrashic story.  This will give us a framework of interpretation as we encounter Biblical text.

Time: Thursdays, 12 – 1 pm

Dates: 1/20, 2/17, 3/24, 4/28 and 5/19

Location: Online

Investment: Donation suggested