TANAKH

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Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Harav Yaakov Medan
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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Eikha - The Book of Lamentations (2)
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. This series continues from 5778, we recommend you consult our archives and join us for this coming year!
Level: Advanced
Duration: Yearly
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Mikdash - The Temple (Semester 12)
Rav Yitzchak Levy
The course examines the importance and role of the Temple in Tanakh, Halakha, Jewish philosophy, and history.
Level: Advanced
Duration: Yearly
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Amos and Hoshea: Before the Earthquake (2)
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. This series of shiurim began in 5778, we recommend you consult our archives and join us!
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 Gittin. (This is a repeat of a previously released set of shiurim.)
Level: Advanced
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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Deracheha - Women and Mitzvot
Deracheha Staff; Laurie Novick, Director
Guided, source-based study of halachot pertaining to women, from a woman's perspective. This year's topics include learning Torah, individual prayer, tzitzit, tefilin, Rosh Chodesh, and head-covering. This series is presented in conjunction with Deracheha, http://womenandmitzvot.org, a new halachic education website sponsored by Yeshivat Har Etzion in partnership with the VBM and Beit Midrash Migdal Oz.
Level: All
Duration: Yearly
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Laws of Conversion and Circumcision
Rav David Brofsky
We will begin by studying the laws of brit mila, including the nature of the father’s obligation, who may be circumcised and who may perform the brit mila, the details of the procedure including modern innovations and challenges, and the special blessings said at the ceremony. We will then discuss topics relating to personal status change and conversion, including Chazal's attitude towards giyur and gerim, motivations for giyur, each of the components of giyur (mila, tevila, kabalat mitzvot), the role of beit din, and modern conversion challenges.
Level: All
Duration: Yearly
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Halakhic Responses to Israeli History
Rav Aviad Tabory
The birth of the State of Israel and its continuing growth in the face of many challenges has presented halakhists with questions that have not been addressed in two thousand years. This series explores a number of fascinating issues that aroused controversy both in Israeli society and in the beit midrash.
Level: All
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Halakha in the Age of Social Media
Rav Yonatan Ziring
The interconnected world created by communication technology in general and social media in specific is radically different than the past. The changes that have come with these technological advances have effected widely divergent areas of halakha. The goal of this course is to shed light on the way halakha has responded to this new world.
Level: Advanced

PHILOSOPHY

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Topics in Hashkafa
Rav Assaf Bednarsh
This series explores basic topics in Jewish philosophy. For each topic, we will present and develop the full range of opinions within traditional Jewish thought. We will attempt to elucidate the logical basis of each opinion and clarify the relative strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches. The sources we draw on will range from Tanakh and Chazal through contemporary thinkers.
Level: All
Duration: Yearly
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The Path of the Piaseczner Rebbe (2)
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. This continues our series begun in 5778, we recommend you consult our archives and join us!
Level: Advanced
Duration: Yearly
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Before Sinai: Jewish Values and Jewish Law (2)
Rav Dr. Judah Goldberg
The first year of this series focused on the first two values of Berit Avot – Jewish peoplehood and the Land of Israel. This sequel series will continue on to the latter two values of ethical living and of pursuing a rich spiritual life. It will also examine Berit Avot's significance in the Jewish calendar, throughout Tanakh, and for modern educational challenges.
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