Adult Jewish Education

Issues in Jewish Political Tradition

November 21, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Lecture: Prof. Lee Levine on "Why Did Jewish Art Flourish in Late Antiquity? Timing and Context"

November 21, 2017 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

The study of ancient Jewish art is a relatively new field fueled by ongoing archaeological discoveries. Only in late antiquity (third to seventh centuries CE) did Jewish art begin to flourish in a dramatic fashion.

By the Byzantine era (fourth to seventh centuries CE), religious symbols, biblical motifs, and even clearly pagan mythological motifs—especially the zodiac signs and the image of Helios—graced many synagogue mosaic floors in ancient Palestine. This lecture will focus on the political, social, and religious reasons for such a dramatic change, and will address the variety of ways in which Jewish communities, which were wholly autonomous and diverse, grappled with such developments.

Talmud Class - Tractate Sukkah

November 21, 2017 - 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Instructor: Richard Friedman

Twenty Key Jewish Concepts

November 22, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:30am

Rabbi Lyle Fishman will teach an ongoing class in key Jewish concepts on Wednesday mornings from 10:00-11:00 AM. He will devote two class sessions to each of 15 - 20 essentials of Judaism. Study will include the ideas of covenant/brit, redemption and reward and punishment, among others.  The class will read short essays on the chosen topics in the volume Contemporary Jewish Religious Thought, edited by Paul Mendes-Flohr and Arthur Cohen, supplemented with primary source material in translation. 

Biblical Hebrew: Grammar of the Biblical Narrative

November 22, 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Classes facilitated by Rabbi Lyle Fishman.

Several Ohr Kodesh members and their friends expressed interest in learning to translate passages from the Bible.  Click here to listen to audio recordings of past sessions.

Jews for Exegesis: Midrash Rabba

November 25, 2017 - 12:15pm - 1:00pm

A weekly look at the Medieval commentator Rashi's understanding of the Torah portion of the week, facilitated by Richard Friedman.  "Jews for Exegesis" meets each Shabbat during kiddush at a designated table in the corner of the Social Hall. No prior knowledge is necessary, so grab a nosh and join in on the discussion.

Talmud Class

November 26, 2017 - 8:00am - 8:45am

Led by Rabbi Lyle Fishman each Sunday, the class uses the Hebrew text of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz and discusses the material in English, and thereby investigates the thinking of the Rabbis of the Mishnah and Talmud (200 BCE-500 CE). New students are welcome.

For more information, contact Rabbi Fishman: RAVLAF [at] OhrKodesh [dot] org

Tuesdays with Lyle

November 28, 2017 - 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Rabbi Lyle Fishman teaches a class on Tuesdays at 12:15 PM at Arnold and Porter, LLC, 601 Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, DC.

(It alternates weeks with another Tuesday class; Issues in Jewish Political Traditions at 10:00 AM at Ohr Kodesh Congregation.)

Talmud Class - Tractate Sukkah

November 21, 2017 - 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Instructor: Richard Friedman

Twenty Key Jewish Concepts

November 22, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:30am

Rabbi Lyle Fishman will teach an ongoing class in key Jewish concepts on Wednesday mornings from 10:00-11:00 AM. He will devote two class sessions to each of 15 - 20 essentials of Judaism. Study will include the ideas of covenant/brit, redemption and reward and punishment, among others.  The class will read short essays on the chosen topics in the volume Contemporary Jewish Religious Thought, edited by Paul Mendes-Flohr and Arthur Cohen, supplemented with primary source material in translation. 

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