Adult Jewish Education

Jews for Exegesis: Midrash Rabba

April 29, 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

April 30, 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

Pledge 30: The Kuzari

April 30, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Facilitator: Joel Schwartz, jschwartz [at] neh [dot] gov

Three Sunday evenings, 7:00-9:00 PM
April 30, May 7, and May 14

Yehuda Halevi’s Kuzari (published in 1140) is an unusual philosophical work; it is in many respects a critique of philosophy, and it is a work written by someone who was a great poet as well as a great thinker. Along with the Zohar, it is one of the least-read great Jewish books.

Book Discussion: Rachel Braun

April 30, 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Author (and Ohr Kodesh member) Rachel Braun will discuss her book: Embroidery and Sacred Text.  The book presents color photographs of her original Judaic needlework designs, with divrei tefilla and divrei Torah accompanying the embroidered verses.  There is also a chapter on the mathematical structures underlying even-weave design, and 10 new Hebrew and English fonts for embroidery enthusiasts.&

Tuesdays with Lyle

May 2, 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

May 2, 2017 - 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Instructor: Richard Friedman

Twenty Key Jewish Concepts

May 3, 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. 

Ohr Kodesh Book Club

May 3, 2017 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Book Club Discussion
Rashi’s Daughters, Book II: Miriam: A Novel of Love and the Talmud
in Medieval France

Maggie Anton’s Rashi’s Daughters, Book II: Miriam: A Novel of Love and the Talmud in Medieval France will be discussed. 

The OKC Book Club is open to all. Visitors are always welcome. Feel free to bring a dairy or parve lunch to the meeting.  Coffee will be provided. For planning purposes, please let Barry Cantor know if you plan to attend (natbar [at] verizon [dot] net or 301-933-3776).

Biblical Hebrew: Grammar of the Biblical Narrative

May 3, 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.

The Anne F. and Julius Schlenzinger Memorial Law Day Lecture: Congressman Jamie Raskin

May 6, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:30am


Congressman Jamie Raskin
One Nation Under the Constitution: Defending the Rule
of Law in America and Beyond


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