The Israel Koschitzky Virtual Beit Midrash


The Israel Koschitzky Virtual Beit Midrash

VBM 5775 Curriculum

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Parashat Ha-shavua - the Weekly Torah Reading -
An analysis of the parasha, incorporating innovative approaches as well as traditional commentaries.
       Instructor: Rabbi Shimon Klein
       Level: Advanced
       One hour
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Yechezkel - The Book of Ezekiel
Yechezkel prophesied in exile before, during and after the destruction of the Temple. This course will employ techniques of literary analysis to illuminate the meaning of his prophecies, compare his prophecies to those of his contemporaries, and explore broad religious themes such as reward and punishment, Israel and Diaspora, and how to worship God.
       Instructor: Dr. Tova Ganzel
       Level: Intermediate 
       Half an hour

Geography in the Parasha
Our return to sovereignty in Eretz Yisrael, along with modern archeological research, affords us fascinating new insights into parashat ha-shavua. This series, by an eminent scholar, shares these findings in a manner comprehensible to all. 
       Instructor: Prof. Yoel Elitzur
       Level: Intermediate
       One hour

The Great Biblical Commentators
This course examines the methodologies and contributions of major parshanim from late antiquity (Onkelos) to the twentieth century (Nechama Leibowitz and R. Breuer), with special attention to Rashi, Rashbam, Ibn Ezra and Ramban. (This series is a re-run of shiurim previously given.)        
       Instructor: Dr. Avigail Rock
       Level: Intermediate
       Half an hour


The Philosophy of Shemitta
Through analysis of sources from Tanakh to the present, this series will explore the economic, interpersonal, spiritual, ecological, Zionistic and national themes illuminated by Shemitta observance.
       Instructor: Rav Binyamin Zimmerman.
       Level: All
       One hour

Mishna Shevi'it
An exploration of the laws of the current Shemitta year, focusing on the legal concepts underlying them, based on an analysis of Mishnayot Shevi'it. (This series is a re-run of shiurim previously given.)
       Instructor: Rav Moshe Taragin
       Level: Intermediate
       One hour

Laws of Blessings (2) 
This course moves from a discussion of the general principles governing the laws of berakhot to a focus on birkot ha-nehenin, the blessings recited before eating. Each topic examines both primary sources and practical applications.
       Instructor: Rav David Brofsky
       Level: Intermediate
       One hour

Jewish Philosophy

Sichot of the Roshei Yeshiva
Addresses (sichot) on the weekly parasha by the Roshei Yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion, with a focus on the sichot of Harav Yehuda Amital zt"l.
       Level: all
       Half an hour

Structure and Meaning of the Daily Prayer
We will examine the structure of the daily prayer service, beginning with birkot hashachar and continuiing to the end, in order to understand the meaning of each unit and its place in the overall structure.
       Instructor: Rav Ezra Bick
       Level: All
       One hour

Vilna Gaon (3)
The course will investigate two facets of the Vilna Gaon's ideology: the first, his understanding of Halakha, and the second, his opposition to the Hassidic movement. 
       Instructor: Rav Elyakim Krumbein.
       Level: All
       One hour

Developing a Torah Personality
This series deals with fundamental issues in one's religious growth and self-understanding, such as: religion and ethics, openness and insularity, Torah and secular studies, historical sensitivity and balancing goals. (This series is a re-run of shiurim previously given.).
       Instructor: Harav Aharon Lichtenstein shelit"a.
       Level: All
       One hour

Mikdash (8)
The course will examine the importance and role of the Temple in Tanakh, Halakha, Jewish philosophy, and history.
       Instructor: Rav Yitzchak Levi
       Level: All
       One hour


Gemara Ketubot
An analysis of the major issues in the gemara, geared for students who are learning the basic text on their own. (This series is a re-run of shiurim previously given.)
       Instructors: Yeshiva faculty
       Level: Advanced
       2-4 hours

Introduction to the Study of Talmud
A structured tutorial on how to learn Gemara, starting from the basics, using text and commentaries. (This series is a re-run of shiurim previously given.)
       Level: Beginner
      1-2 hours

Talmudic Methodology
A shiur using different talmudic topics to illustrate the nature of rabbinic legal thinking, emphasizing the analytic methods practiced in modern Yeshivot.
       Instructor: Rav Moshe Taragin
       Level: Intermediate
       One hour


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