In our four-part series, we will learn various mitzvot about monetary issues and halachic guidelines as proscribed in Choshen Mishpat. The goal of the course is to promote awareness of how monetary halachot commonly apply in our daily lives and sensitize us to how to properly deal with others. Topics include: What is the best way to give Tzedaka? May tuition payment count as maaser kesafim? I damaged an item – Do I pay full retail price or the owner’s cost price? May I charge my cellphone in shul without asking permission? May I borrow money from the Tzedaka box? Am I responsible for an uncashed check? Be’ezrat Hashem, this course will enhance our monetary-halachic knowledge and strengthen our observance of what really matters – the mitzvot which we meticulously perform!
The Geonim navigated and led the Jewish people through an era that witnessed monumental political and religious developments that impacted Judaism on a global scale. The rise of Islam and the subsequent conquest brought 98% of world Jewry under Muslim rule. Within the Jewish world, the Geonim were responsible for the dissemination of the written version of Gemarah--still in its infancy. In addition, they waged a fierce battle against the dynamic, intellectually appealing, and politically powerful Karaite sect. In these sessions, participants will have the opportunity to analyze primary and secondary sources that shed light on the attitude of early Jewish tribes in Arabia to Mohammed, his teachings, and the spread of Islam. The classes will also offer insight into the complex network of Yeshivot designed by the Geonim for the purpose of spreading Gemarah, the position of the exilarch in the Geonic world, and the appeal of Karaism. Students will emerge with a deeper appreciation for a period in Jewish history that is often overlooked. __________________________________________________________________________________________ Join us as art historian Abigail Meyer returns to explore the Jewish visual arts of the late antiquity and diaspora. Visual lectures will survey the iconography, history and significance of works of painting, sculpture, architecture, and material culture.
This course, in which we will study character development & refinement, will be based on the famous Iggeret Ha'Ramban. One of our greatest scholars, Biblical commentators and Torah luminaries, the Ramban (1194, Spain - 1270, Israel) penned this letter to his son shortly before his death. In it, the Ramban instructs his son regarding the necessary and proper middot for service of G-d and man. Our course will learn through this letter, delving into the middot the Ramban encourages us all to attain and cultivate within ourselves.
Together, we will delve into several stories of women in Tanakh and the Women's Health-related challenges they encountered. Examples include Sorah's struggle with infertility and Rivka's complicated twin pregnancy. The shiurim will be text-based and focus on an analysis of the pesukim and their associated meforshim through the lens of contemporary Obstetrics and Gynecology. No prior knowledge of medicine required and all texts will be translated during the course of the shiur.
Many are familiar with the concept "principles of faith" from the famous 13 principles set out by the Rambam in the 12th century. It was later, in the 15th century, that Rabbi Yosef Elbo wrote his ground-breaking book Sefer Haikrim, outlining the three fundamentals on which all of Jewish Faith is built. This course will delve into these pillars, understanding the life and life's work of this important Jewish philosopher.
In this series we will study various Tehillim that are particularly appropriate for the time of the Three Weeks. Class 1: Introduction to the Power of Tehillim: The Study of Tehillim Mizmor 1 and Mizmor 150 Class 2: The Glorious Summertime in Yerushalayim: Living the Dream. Mizmor 122 Class 3: When we don't know where to go next....Moshe's timeless songs for the Jews in the desert and for all those who feel that they are wandering in the wilderness. Mizmor 90 and 91 Class 4: Using Tehillim to transform our Exile to Geulah: A comparison of Mizmor 137 and 126
Shalvie grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa and received her BSc in Maths and Finance from the University of South Africa. Shalvie has taught in high schools in Johannesburg, as well as at many seminaries in Israel. Shalvie is a Yoetzet Halacha who currently lives in London. She is a senior educator for Aish UK and teaches in Hasmonean Girls High School.
Mrs. Michal Horowitz holds a Bachelor of Science from combined studies at York University, Toronto, and Brooklyn College, NY. She holds a Master of Science from Brooklyn College, NY. She offers weekly shiurim from her home community of the Five Towns, NY, and her zoom shiurim reach audiences around the world. Michal has been a featured speaker for the last five years at the YU RIETS Shavuos Yarchei Kallah program. At the OU Women’s Initiative, she inaugurated the Torat Imecha Parsha program presenting weekly Parsha shiurim on Sefer Bereishit. Michal taught Sefer Yehoshua, Sefer Tehillim 36-41, and Sefer Divrei Hayamim II to over 5,000 women across the globe as part of the Torat Imecha Nach Yomi cycle I program. She taught Torat Imecha Nach Yomi Sefer Tehillim 1-41 for cycle II. Michal presented Rosh Chodesh, Selichot Night and Nach Yomi Siyum shiurim and taught in-depth courses at the ALIT Virtual Summer Learning Programs of 2020, 2021 and 2022. Michal’s weekly Parsha audio shiur, “Contemporary Parshanim,” can be found on the OU’s AllParsha App. She has been a guest lecturer and scholar in residence in schools and communities, both nationally and internationally. Michal has over 1,500 shiurim online, which can be found on OUTorah.org, YUTorah.org and TorahAnyTime.com. Michal lives in Woodmere, NY with her husband and children. Her personal story of resilience and overcoming challenges can be found on the “Rolling With the Punches” Podcast, Episode 14.
Mrs. Rivka Maron attended Michlalah Jerusalem College where she received her undergraduate degree in Holocaust studies. She received a master’s degree in medieval Jewish history from the Bernard Revel Graduate School, Yeshivah University. Rivka is currently a doctoral student (ABD) at University of Maryland College Park where she is working on her dissertation, studying Rabbi Samuel Aboab and the Jews of Early Modern Venice. She teaches Jewish history at Bais Yaakov of Baltimore and at Women’s Institute of Torah Learning and College (WITS).
Abigail H. Meyer is the Researcher of Judaica at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts where she is responsible for the scholarship and research, acquisitions and expansion of its Judaica collection, and programming to draw greater attention to objects and art relating to Jewish history, cultural heritage and experience. In a cross-collection dialogue of Jewish visual art, Abigail takes a deep dive into ritual objects and material culture at the Met to tell the story of Jewish cultural exchange throughout time and place and curating an exhibition of Judaica featuring the MET’s holdings. Previously the Head of Department of Ceremonial Objects and Fine Art at the leading boutique auction house specializing in Judaica in New York City for nearly two decades, Abigail continues her work with rare Hebrew books and manuscripts. As a freelance curator, she creates exhibitions for, and advises on, several Judaica and Jewish art initiatives, crafts museum tours and lectures on Jewish art history, material culture and decorative arts. Abigail also consults for museums, universities, research institutions and private collectors as an independent fine-arts professional.
Mrs. Rivka Segal is a leader in adult Jewish education who has taught Torah to women and girls of all ages for more than thirty years. Before making aliyah from Baltimore, MD, taught in Bais Yaakov High School and Maalot Baltimore and was the director of the Rebbitzen Frieda K. Hirmes Women’s Institute of Torah. After moving to Israel in 2005, she founded the L’Ayla Women’s Initiative in Jerusalem. She is a sought-after speaker, known for her creativity and ability to excite and engage audiences of all ages. For the past fifteen years, she has made Tehillim come alive for thousands of people. She is currently in the process of completing a five-volume series entitled Living Tehillim. To date, three volumes have been published. To find out more about the “Living Tehillim” initiative or to contact Mrs. Segal, visit her website at www.livingtehillim.com.
Rabbanit Shani Taragin received her B.A. and M.A. in Tanakh and Talmud from Bar-Ilan University and is a graduate of Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Program for certification as a halachic advisor (yoetzet halacha) in issues of family purity law. She is the educational director of Matan Eshkolot – Tanakh teachers’ education program and of the Morot l’Halacha program in Matan Renana.
Rabbanit Shani serves on the advisory committee for the Mizrachi Olami Shalhevet program for shlichim and lectures throughout Israel and North America on topics of Tanakh, Jewish Education, and Jewish Law. She is a senior lecturer in Matan and is the curriculum coordinator for the Matan – Bnei Akiva program (MTVA). In addition, Rabbanit Shani is a Ra’mit Tanakh in Midreshet Lindenbaum and teaches at Migdal Oz, the Women’s Beit Medrash of Efrat and Gush Etzion and in Matan Ramat Shiloh.
She has presented many shiurim at the OU Women’s Initiative, including, introductory shiurim to each sefer of the Torat Imecha Nach Yomi Program, Weekend of Inspiration and Selichot Night Shiurim, ALIT Summer Learning Program courses in Israel and in the USA, and Rosh Chodesh shiurim.
Together with her husband, Reuven, she serves as Rosh Beit Medrash for the Beit Medrash Program in Machaneh Moshava Pennsylvania during the summer and as Educational Director of Mizrachi Olami-RZA. Shani lives with her family in Alon Shvut, Gush Etzion-Israel.
Hindi Posy, MD, JD is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist with a subspecialty in high-risk obstetrics. Dr. Posy is the Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and the Associate Program Director for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Harbor-UCLA as well as the chair of the Harbor-UCLA Medical-legal Committee. Her husband, Rabbi Adir Posy, is the National Director of Synagogue Initiatives at the Orthodox Union (OU) and the Associate Rabbi at Beth Jacob Congregation in Los Angeles, where Dr. Posy has served as a Rebbetzin since 2010. Dr. Posy is also on faculty at YULA High School, Girls Division, where she teaches a variety of seminars, including Women’s Health in Tanach and Living as a Frum Woman in the Secular Professional World.
Dr. Posy grew up in Los Angeles, attending local Jewish day and high schools. She then studied at Michlalah Yerushalayim, where she completed the Certificate of Teaching program there. Dr. Posy earned her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Johns Hopkins University and a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr. Posy then completed a law degree at Southwestern Law School, after which she passed the California State Bar.
Dr. Posy has won several teaching awards and has been an invited speaker locally and nationally on Jewish, medical and legal topics. She is also active as a medical-legal consultant and expert witness in obstetrics. Dr. Posy loves being involved in the Jewish community and gives shiurim regularly and volunteers as assistant coach for her boys’ sports teams. Most of all, Dr. Posy loves being a mom to her nine sons.
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