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Join women of all ages for inspiring and meaningful Torah-study and an opportunity to hone your text skills. Nishmat offers weekly classes, holiday Yemei Iyun, a Winter Seminar and a Summer Program for English-speakers.

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WINTER SEMINAR
Coming December 2021

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Join women of all ages for inspiring and meaningful Torah-study and an opportunity to hone your text skills. Nishmat offers weekly classes, holiday Yemei Iyun, a Winter Seminar and a Summer Program for English-speakers.

SUMMER PROGRAM Coming Summer 2022
WINTER SEMINAR
Coming December 2021

SPRING SEMESTER

Fall 2021

SUNDAY

9:00-11:00 ET/
16:00-18:00 Israel Time

Introduction to Talmud
Rachel Seidenberg

Aug. 29, 2021-Jan 30, 2022

This class will serve as an introduction to the world of Talmud. We will explore concepts of the Oral Law throughout the class, including development  and relevancy of the Oral Law, relationship to the written Law and fundamental principles of the Oral Law.   We will be studying topics in prayer from the tractate Brachot, with both guided Chavruta time as well as lecture time for understanding and analysis of the text. There will be an emphasis on tools for understanding of the text, terminology and structure of both the Mishna and the Gemara.

Fee: NIS 1440/$415

9:00-11:00 ET/
16:00-18:00 Israel Time

Intermediate Talmud 
Rav Hanan Schlesinger

Aug. 29, 2021-Jan 30, 2022
Murder, Manslaughter and Everything In-between

This class will study the ninth chapter of Talmud Tractate Sanhedrin beginning from the second Mishnah on page 76b. The fascinating and illuminating material found there deals primarily with various gradations of indirect homicide, establishing the connection between a violent act and the death of the victim, intentionality, and the options available to the courts for the punishment of homicide.

 

The two-hour Zoom sessions will be divided between hevruta study of the texts on the one hand, and on the other hand, frontal presentation and class discussion. The frontal presentations will deal both with the skills of critical textual analysis and with the philosophical and theological issues suggested by the texts. 

Fee: NIS 1440/$415

11:45-13:45 ET/
18:45-20:45 Israel Time
Advanced Talmud class
Rav Chaim Tabasky

Aug 29, 2021-Jan 30, 2022
Masechet Bava Metzia – Third Perek

Masechet Bava Metzia – Third Perek

Focusing on the laws of shomrim – trustees of property.

This perek contains many sugyot that are basic to understanding the halachot of ownership, contracts and jurisprudence 

This course is constantly concerned with the development and understanding of the Talmudic sugya, with an emphasis on increasing capacity for independent study. We also access a number of commentaries from the rishonim and poskim to gain a better picture of the complexity of the Talmudic approach and the possibilities of interpretation.

Some background in Talmud study is important, as well as “street knowledge” about halachic topics, and ability to read Hebrew texts (Tanach, Rambam) independently. However, every sugya in gemara is a new world, and no knowledge of the particular subject we are studying will be assumed. 

Fee: NIS 1440/$415

MONDAY

13:15-14:15 ET/
20:15-21:15 Israel Time

Halacha
Rav Da’avid Sperling

Halachot of Shmitah
(Elul Zman)

Hilchot Shabbat

Fall Session:
Aug 30-Dec 27, 2021
Winter Session:
Jan 3-Apr 4, 2022 
Spring Session:
May 2-June 20, 2022

Rav Sperling will be teaching Hilchot Shabbat from the Shulchan Aruch and Mishna Brurah, with an emphasis on acquiring both textual and halachic process skills. Students will learn practical Hilchot Shabbat through the “halachic language” and concepts in the text, which will help deepen their understanding and appreciation for halacha. The class is designed for both those students who have opened the Mishna Brurah in the past, as well as those who want to “learn how to learn”. (Special attention will be given to help every student acquire the ability to read and translate the source texts).

Students are asked to have a Mishna Brurah on Hilchot Shabbat (volume three) at hand during class.

Before the chagim, Rav Sperling will be teaching halachot pertaining to Shmitah.  

Fee:  
Fall SessionNIS 390/$115 
Winter SessionNIS 420/$120 
Spring SessionNIS 210/$60 

TUESDAY

9:00-11:30 Israel Time

Parshanut Hamikra: * Understanding how Bible Commentary Works
Simi Peters

Parshanut Hamikra
Fall Session:
Aug 24-Dec 28, 2021

Winter
Session:
Jan 4-Apr 5, 2022 
Spring Session:
Apr 26-June 4, 2022 

In this course, we will explore the minds of the great Bible commentators, starting with Rashi, to understand not only what they say, but why.  The goal of the course is to make ourselves better readers of Tanakh, with a heightened appreciation for the methodology of the parshanim. 

Fee:  
Fall SessionNIS 825 
Winter SessionNIS 777 
Spring SessionNIS 440 

11:45-12:45 Israel Time

Halacha*
Rav Da’avid Sperling

Halachot of Shmitah
(Elul Zman)

Hilchot Shabbat
Fall Session:
Aug 24-Dec 28, 2021 
Tanach
Winter
Session:
Jan 4-Apr 5, 2022 
Spring Session:
Apr 26-June 4, 2022

Rav Sperling will be teaching Hilchot Shabbat from the Shulchan Aruch and Mishna Brurah, with an emphasis on acquiring both textual and halachic process skills. Students will learn practical Hilchot Shabbat through the “halachic language” and concepts in the text, which will help deepen their understanding and appreciation for halacha. The class is designed for both those students who have opened the Mishna Brurah in the past, as well as those who want to “learn how to learn”. (Special attention will be given to help every student acquire the ability to read and translate the source texts).

Students are asked to have a Mishna Brurah on Hilchot Shabbat (volume three) at hand during class.

Before the chagim, Rav Sperling will be teaching halachot pertaining to Shmitah.  

Fee:  
Fall SessionNIS 450 
Winter SessionNIS 420 
Spring SessionNIS 240 

20:00-21:00 Israel Time
13:00-14:00 ET

Learning to Read Midrash
Simi Peters

Fall Session:
Aug 24-Dec 28, 2021

Winter
Session:
Jan 4-Apr 5, 2022 
Spring Session:
Apr 26-June 4, 2022 

In this course, we will analyze a range of midrashic sources with the goal of :giving participants practical skills for independent midrash study.  We will also address questions such as:  What is Midrash?  What does it tell us about the way Jews think?  Does it subvert or support the biblical text?

Fee:  
Fall SessionNIS 450/$130 
Winter SessionNIS
420/ $120
 
Spring SessionNIS
240/$70
 

WEDNESDAY

7:00-9:00am ET/
14:00-16:00 Israel Time

בין שופטים למלכים:
עיונים בספר שמואל

(in Hebrew)

Rav David Sabato

Aug 25, 2021-Jan 26, 2022

ספר שמואל מוקדש לאחת מהתקופות הסוערות בתולדות ישראל – ייסודה של המלוכה. בשיעור נלמד את חלקו הראשון המתאר את המעבר בין תקופת השופטים לתקופת המלוכה. במהלך הלימוד נכיר את הדמויות המורכבות של המנהיגים ואת המתחים בין עולמם האישי, הדתי והפוליטי. נעמיק ברעיונות הדתיים והמוסריים העל זמניים המסתתרים בסיפוריו המופלאים

Fee: NIS 1080/$310

13:00-15:00 ET/
20:00-22:00 Israel Time

Understanding Hashem’s Ways
Rabbanit Neima Novetsky

Aug 25, 2021-Jan 26, 2022

The course will look at a selection of stories and mitzvot in Tanach which raise deep physiological and theological questions.  “Hashem hardened Paroh’s heart” Do we always have free will or does Hashem sometimes push us in a certain direction, as He seems to have done with Paroh? What does the story suggest about the opportunities for teshuva; are the gates of teshuva always open, or sometimes, can Hashem lock them? What was Hashem’s original plan for mankind? What might the story of the sin in Gan Eden suggest? Tanach is filled with cases of collective punishment and Hashem himself says that he “visits the sins of the parent on the children”. Why, though, is that just? Did Hashem mean for the Torah to present an ideal, or do its laws sometimes make concessions to human foibles? Why, for example, is slavery not banned? We will tackle these topics and more, exploring how biblical commentators and Jewish thinkers throughout the ages have struggled with and attempted to answer these questions

Fee: NIS 1080/$310

Teachers will be teaching new material at the start of each session/semester.
*This class will take place simultaneously at Nishmat and over Zoom.

Spring 2022

SUNDAY

9:00-11:00 ET/
16:00-18:00 Israel Time

Introduction to Talmud
Rachel Seindeberg

February 6-June 19, 2022

This class will serve as an introduction to the world of Talmud. We will explore concepts of the Oral Law throughout the class, including development  and relevancy of the Oral Law, relationship to the written Law and fundamental principles of the Oral Law.   We will be studying topics in prayer from the tractate Brachot, with both guided Chavruta time as well as lecture time for understanding and analysis of the text. There will be an emphasis on tools for understanding of the text, terminology and structure of both the Mishna and the Gemara.

NIS 1280/$365

9:00-11:00 ET/
16:00-18:00 Israel Time

Intermediate Talmud 
Rav Hanan Schlesinger

February 6-June 19, 2022
Murder, Manslaughter and Everything In-between

This class will study the ninth chapter of Talmud Tractate Sanhedrin beginning from the second Mishnah on page 76b. The fascinating and illuminating material found there deals primarily with various gradations of indirect homicide, establishing the connection between a violent act and the death of the victim, intentionality, and the options available to the courts for the punishment of homicide.

The two-hour Zoom sessions will be divided between hevruta study of the texts on the one hand, and on the other hand, frontal presentation and class discussion. The frontal presentations will deal both with the skills of critical textual analysis and with the philosophical and theological issues suggested by the texts. 

NIS 1280/$365

11:45-13:45 ET/
18:45-20:45 Israel Time
Advanced Talmud class
Rav Chaim Tabasky

February 6-June 19, 2022 Masechet Bava Metzia – Third Perek

Bava Matzia – Sixth perek – laws of contracted workers (craftsmen) – disputes in the workplace. 


This course is constantly concerned with the development and understanding of the Talmudic sugya, with an emphasis on increasing capacity for independent study. We also access a number of commentaries from the rishonim and poskim to gain a better picture of the complexity of the Talmudic approach and the possibilities of interpretation.


Some background in Talmud study is important, as well as “street knowledge” about halachic topics, and ability to read Hebrew texts (Tanach, Rambam) independently. However, every sugya in gemara is a new world, and no knowledge of the particular subject we are studying will be assumed. 

NIS 1280/$365

MONDAY

13:15-14:15 ET/
20:15-21:15 Israel Time

Halacha
Rav Da’avid Sperling

Hilchot Shabbat
Winter Session:
Jan 3-Apr 4, 2022 
Spring Session:
May 2-June 20, 2022

Rav Sperling will be teaching Hilchot Shabbat from the Shulchan Aruch and Mishna Brurah, with an emphasis on acquiring both textual and halachic process skills. Students will learn practical Hilchot Shabbat through the “halachic language” and concepts in the text, which will help deepen their understanding and appreciation for halacha. The class is designed for both those students who have opened the Mishna Brurah in the past, as well as those who want to “learn how to learn”. (Special attention will be given to help every student acquire the ability to read and translate the source texts).

Students are asked to have a Mishna Brurah on Hilchot Shabbat (volume three) at hand during class.

Winter Session NIS 420/$120
Spring Session NIS 210/$60

TUESDAY

9:00-11:30 Israel Time

Parshanut Hamikra: * Understanding how Bible Commentary Works
Simi Peters

Parshanut Hamikra
Winter Session:
Jan 4-Apr 5, 2022
Spring Session:
Apr 26-June 4, 2022

In this course, we will explore the minds of the great Bible commentators, starting with Rashi, to understand not only what they say, but why.  The goal of the course is to make ourselves better readers of Tanakh, with a heightened appreciation for the methodology of the parshanim.

Fee:
Winter Session NIS 770
Spring Session NIS 440

11:45-12:45 Israel Time

Halacha*
Rav Da’avid Sperling

Hilchot Shabbat
Winter Session:
Jan 4-Apr 5, 2022
Spring Session:
Apr 26-June 4, 2022

Rav Sperling will be teaching Hilchot Shabbat from the Shulchan Aruch and Mishna Brurah, with an emphasis on acquiring both textual and halachic process skills. Students will learn practical Hilchot Shabbat through the “halachic language” and concepts in the text, which will help deepen their understanding and appreciation for halacha. The class is designed for both those students who have opened the Mishna Brurah in the past, as well as those who want to “learn how to learn”. (Special attention will be given to help every student acquire the ability to read and translate the source texts).

Students are asked to have a Mishna Brurah on Hilchot Shabbat (volume three) at hand during class.

Before the chagim, Rav Sperling will be teaching halachot pertaining to Shmitah.  

Fee:
Winter Session NIS 420
Spring Session NIS 240

20:00-21:00 Israel Time
13:00-14:00 ET

Learning to Read Midrash
Simi Peters

Winter Session:
Jan 4-Apr 5, 2022
Spring Session:
Apr 26-June 4, 2022

In this course, we will analyze a range of midrashic sources with the goal of :giving participants practical skills for independent midrash study.  We will also address questions such as:  What is Midrash?  What does it tell us about the way Jews think?  Does it subvert or support the biblical text?

Winter Session NIS 420/ $120
Spring Session NIS 240/$70

WEDNESDAY

7:00-9:00am ET/
14:00-16:00 Israel Time

בין שופטים למלכים:
עיונים בספר שמואל

(in Hebrew)

Rav David Sabato

February 2-June 22, 2022

ספר שמואל מוקדש לאחת מהתקופות הסוערות בתולדות ישראל – ייסודה של המלוכה. בשיעור נלמד את חלקו הראשון המתאר את המעבר בין תקופת השופטים לתקופת המלוכה. במהלך הלימוד נכיר את הדמויות המורכבות של המנהיגים ואת המתחים בין עולמם האישי, הדתי והפוליטי. נעמיק ברעיונות הדתיים והמוסריים העל זמניים המסתתרים בסיפוריו המופלאים

Fee: 960/$275

13:00-15:00 ET/
20:00-22:00 Israel time

Imperfect leaders
Rabbanit Neima Novetsky

February 2-June 22, 2022

Imperfect Leaders

To what extent should we view our ancestors as perfect role models worthy of emulation, reinterpreting any stories that cast shadows on their reputations and when is it acceptable to criticize their actions and suggest that they, too, had human flaws? This course will look at an array of stories in which our very human leaders appear less than perfect, be it in their interpersonal behavior, relationship to Hashem, or in their political or civil roles. Why does Aharon merit the high priesthood after his role in the sin of the calf? Is Moshes’s killing of the Mitzri an act that should be praised  or condemned? If David commits adultry and murder, why is he the father of Mashiach? As we delve into these stories and others, we will look at how parshanim throughout the centuries have evaluated our leaders, and what they can teach us about overcoming challenge, the corruption of power, and the ever-present opportunity to change and grow

Fee: NIS 960/$275


Teachers will be teaching new material at the start of each session/semester.
*This class will take place simultaneously at Nishmat and over Zoom.

NISHMAT נשמת

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The Jeanie Schottenstein Center For Advanced Torah Study For Women

The Alisa M. Flatow Building
Berel Locker 26A, Pat
Jerusalem, 9328249, Israel
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