Jewish Studies

Peter Haas
Tuesdays, October 5 - November 9|10 - 11:30 a.m. ET

This course will look at some of the most complex issues in medical ethics and how they have been understood in the rabbinic tradition.

Steve Klein
Wednesdays, October 6 - October 27|1:30-3 p.m. ET

When the State of Israel was established in 1948, its founders envisioned a democratic, pluralistic society that would develop “for the benefit of all its inhabitants.” Yet, as with many visions, there is always a gap between the dream and reality.

Mondays, October 11 - May 2 | (No class 1/17; 4/18)|10 a.m. - noon OR 7-9 p.m. ET

The WHOLE Bible in ONE Year
Study all twenty-four books of the Jewish Bible with master teachers. This unique approach explores the major themes, broad context, and key events of each book. 

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Hannah Hashkes
Wednesdays, October 13 - November 3|10-11:30 a.m. ET
Brian Amkraut
Tuesdays, October 26 - November 16 |7-9 p.m. ET

Using textual and archaeological primary resources, this short class examines the history of a small sliver of land in the Eastern Mediterranean whose role in world religion, culture, economics, and geopolitics appears quite disproportionate to its total acreage.

Donna Rumenik
Thursdays, November 4 - December 2 (no class Nov. 25)|10-11:30 a.m. ET

Millions of men, women, and children were put into forced labor to benefit industry and agriculture in Hitler’s Germany and German-occupied territories.

Ezra Blaustein
Thursdays, November 11 - December 9 (No class 11/25)|7-8:30 p.m. ET

Jewish history has always been marked by encounters with other religions. Jewish law (halakhah) has had to grapple with balancing the proscriptions of the Bible and early rabbis with the necessities of interreligious interaction in the diaspora.

Hannah Hashkes
Wednesdays, November 17 - December 15 |10-11:30 a.m. ET

Join us in a new series to explore the Talmud as the bridge between the Hebrew Bible and Judaism as we know it today. Hanukkah is a favorite holiday of modern Jews, but appears only briefly in the Talmud, as part of a larger discussion of candle lighting. The rabbis argued: Do we add one candle each day, or remove one?