Adult Learning

 

Upcoming Pledge 30 classes:
 

Please click HERE for upcoming classes

To read or download a copy of Pledge 30 booklet please click HERE

 

ON GOING CLASSES:

Talmud - Tractate Sukkah
Instructor: Richard Friedman
Date: Tuesday nights at 8:30 PM

This class focuses on the text of the Talmud -- what it says and how it says it. Discussions are lively, and range from legal details to the theology of commandments.  All questions are fair; no belief is assumed except that study of Torah is worthwhile  We are studying the tractate Sukkah, which discusses how a sukkah is constructed (and why), how we fulfill the mitzva of lulav and etrog, how Hallel is recited, and other subjects.  We are currently in chapter 1.  Texts are in Hebrew/Aramaic and English.  Participants include people who have studied Talmud before and people who have not. 
 

Jews for Exegesis: Midrash Rabba on the Torah Portion
Facilitator: Richard Friedman
Date: Saturdays, shabbat during kiddush

Each week we study a selection from the classic midrash on the weekly parashah. We focus both on how the midrash understands or reinterprets the biblical verses and on what ideas the midrash is trying to convey. Previous experience with midrash is not required; nor is Hebrew fluency, since the texts that we use include a translation. Discussion is simultaneously irreverent and serious. We meet in the far corner of the social hall -- please join us.

Talmud - Tractate B’rakhot
Instructor: Rabbi Lyle Fishman
Date: Sunday at 8:00 AM

Each Sunday from 8:00-8:45 am we meet in my study to investigate the thinking of the Rabbis of the Mishnah and Talmud (200 BCE-500 CE).  In our continuing study of tractate B’rakhot,we have reached chapter 9 (page 58B), where we discover their insights into the natural phenomena of comets, thunder and lightning. We use the Hebrew text of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz and discuss the material in English. New students are welcome.

 Twenty Key Jewish Concepts

Instructor: Rabbi Lyle Fishman
Date: Wednesdays at 10:00 AM

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.  Click the title to listen to the audio recordings

Biblical Hebrew  - Click the title to listen to the audio recordings
Instructor: Rabbi Lyle Fishman
Date: Wednesdays at 2:30 PM

 

The Ohr Kodesh Book Club

Take part in the Ohr Kodesh Book Club. Since 1999, a changing group of members has come together monthly to read and discuss a book with a Jewish theme or connection. Alternating between fiction and non-fiction, we try to select books that are readily available in paperback or in the public library. Notable authors have included Michael Chabon, I. B. Singer, Amos Oz, and Philip Roth. Our nonfiction titles have included histories, biographies and memoirs from a range of perspectives and eras. Meetings are normally held on the third Thursday of each month. Volunteers from among the group host the meetings in their homes and provide light refreshments.

For upcoming titles click the monthly calendar

Location details provided in the OKC Bulletin. For additional information, contact Barry Cantor, 301-933-3776.

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Ohr Kodesh Congregation

8300 Meadowbrook Lane
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (301) 589-3880
Fax:  (301) 495-4801

Email: executivedirector@
ohrkodesh.org

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