TANAKH

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Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Yeshiva Staff
An analysis of the parasha, incorporating innovative approaches as well as traditional commentaries, with particular attention to literary aspects and their religious meaning.
Level: Advanced
Duration: Yearly
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Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake
Rav Yitzchak Etshalom
The flourishing of prophecy in the middle of the 7th century BCE produced four books of Tanakh: Yeshayahu, Mikha, Amos and Hoshea. This course will survey the period and the role of prophets against the background of geopolitical events of the era. Along with a general overview of the rhetoric of the nevi'im, we will study the prophecies of Hoshea and Amos, identifying their audiences and the temporal, as well as timeless, messages that their prophecies impart.
Level: Advanced
Duration: Yearly
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Eikha - The Book of Lamentations
Dr. Yael Ziegler
This series offers a close reading of the book of Eikha within its biblical-historical context. We will discuss the connections between Eikha and other biblical books, examining the major themes associated with the destruction of Jerusalem, such as Israel's sinfulness and human suffering. We will also observe the manner in which Eikha masterfully deploys poetic language to craft an exquisite composition of grief-stricken emotions and profound theological meaning.
Level: Advanced
Duration: Yearly
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Mikdash - The Temple (Semester 11)
Rav Yitzchak Levy
The course examines the importance and role of the Temple in Tanakh, Halakha, Jewish philosophy, and history.
Level: Advanced
Duration: Yearly

TALMUD

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Masekhtot - Iyun
Yeshiva Staff
An analysis of the major issues in the gemara, geared for students who are learning the basic text on their own. This year we will be learning Gemara Bava Kama. (This is a repeat of a previously released set of shiurim.)
Level: Advanced
Duration: Yearly
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Talmudic Aggadot (2)
Rav Dr. Yonatan Feintuch
In our study of aggadeta, we will attempt to uncover the themes and meanings of the aggadot by means of close readings and literary analyses. In addition, we will study the wider talmudic contexts in which the aggadot are embedded, in an attempt to discover the influence of context on aggada and vice versa. This is not a continuation of our previous series on the subject and can be joined by new students.
Level: All
Duration: Yearly
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Introduction to the Study of Talmud
Yeshiva Staff
A structured tutorial on how to learn Gemara, starting from the basics, using text and commentaries. This year we will be learning Megilla. The shiurim were written by Rav Ezra Bick and Rav Michael Siev. (This series is a re-run of shiurim previously given.)
Level: Begin
Duration: Yearly
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Talmudic Methodology
Rav Moshe Taragin
A shiur using different talmudic topics to illustrate the nature of rabbinic legal thinking, emphasizing the analytic methods practiced in modern Yeshivot.
Level: Advanced
Duration: Yearly

HALAKHA

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Avodat Hashem – Foundations of Divine Service (3)
Harav Baruch Gigi
We will study “duties of the heart” (such as faith, love and fear of God, and divine uniqueness) and their connection to our lives as worshippers of God. The framework for our discussion will be an examination of the mitzvot of keriat Shema and prayer, which are cornerstones of the service of God. Our discussions, both halakhic and philosophical, attempt to chart the path leading from the intellect to worship.
Level: Advanced
Duration: Yearly
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Life Cycles (2)
Rav David Brofsky
After studying the laws concerning the wedding ceremony, we will discuss halakhic prenuptial agreements, the sheva berakhot and seven days of celebration, peru u-revu and family planning, and the first year of marriage.
Level: All
Duration: Yearly
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Topics in Halakha (repeat)
Yeshiva Staff
A weekly shiur discussing a specific halakhic question, an analysis of a broad halakhic topic, or the meaning and philosophy behind a particular aspect of the Halakha. This series is coordinated by Rav Mordechai Friedman.
Level: Advanced
Duration: Yearly

PHILOSOPHY

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Talmud Torah: The Mitzva of Torah Study
Rav Tzvi Sinensky
This course will address the gravity, goals, methods and scope of talmud Torah, the relationship between learning and teaching, and important aggadot and later thinkers on the subject. Along the way, we'll examine fascinating subjects such as Torah lishmah, the emotional world of the learner (reverence, joy, toil), breadth versus depth, Torat Eretz Yisrael, the disgraced Torah scholar, and the character of the rebbe-talmid relationship.
Level: Advanced
Duration: Yearly
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The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe
Dr. Ron Wacks
Rav Kalonymus Kalman Shapira of Piaseczna, known especially for his works Chovat haTalmidim and Esh Kodesh, was an innovative and influential Hasidic rebbe who sought to revitalize the inner world of Hasidut and to provide seekers with techniques of spiritual ascent. This series will pay special attention to his trailblazing teachings regarding the role of imagination in divine service, the quieting of thought and employment of emotion in service of the heart, the role of community, the repair of personality and the possibility of renewing prophecy in our times.
Level: Advanced
Duration: Yearly
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Sichot Roshei Yeshiva
Yeshiva Staff
Addresses (sichot) on the weekly parasha by the Roshei Yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion.
Level: Begin
Duration: Yearly

HOLIDAYS

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Holiday Packages
Yeshiva Staff
Special packages sent out before each holiday, with articles on philosophic and halakhic topics, to enhance our appreciation of the holiday.
Level: Begin
Duration: Yearly