Requirements for acceptance:
to grow spiritually
to accommodate to the life-style of an Orthodox community
Jewish education or commitment required
Textual Tanach (Bible) Studies
Courses include a chevruta period (studying
with a partner) and guided class session, learning the texts directly
from Hebrew sources. Students will be trained to gain the skills
necessary for reading and comprehension of a basic Torah text.
Chumash (The Five Books
of Moses): The purpose of this course
is to give the student tools for gaining a clearer and deeper understanding
of Chumash (The five books of Moses). Textual analysis using Rashi,
Midrash, and modern commentaries will raise moral and religious
issues involving our ancestors, the relationship between them, and
the dilemmas they face.
The student will get acquainted with
the period of Jewish history described in the books of the early
prophets, with emphasis on the difference between secular history
and the way history is portrayed in the Bible. The student will
practice reading original Hebrew sources, and develop her comprehension
(Psalms): Moshe gave us the five Books
of Law, the Torah. David offered us the five Books of Emotion, the
Tehillim. Few of us ever receive the opportunity to grasp the inner
aspect of this poetry from Heaven. In addition to analyzing the
fundamentals of syntax, our class methodology includes meditation,
writing, and group discussion, which will encourage new intellectual
and emotional insights. The student will gain the tools to continue
this study towards a deeper appreciation of the Tehillim.
Song of Songs:
In this class we will thoroughly analyze
the poetical Hebrew description of Love and Nature with the aid
of classical commentaries. In addition, the student is encouraged
to connect to the text with renewed wellsprings of her own soul.
The learning includes interactive singing, expressing the Song of
Songs in our own melodies.
Ruth - The Scoll of Ruth: Why was Ruth,
a convert from the lowest of people, selected to become the mother
of royalty? This question, together with topics such as: "The
True Nature of Kindness", "Love of the Land of Israel",
and "How to bring about Redemption" will be elucidated
as we tune into the characters' lives through drama and art.
Esther -The Scroll of Esther: This
scroll sensitizes us to seeing G-d behind the mask of His hiding
place. While reading the text, we will touch upon topics such as
"Divine Providence", "The Relationship between Good
and Evil in the World", and "Women and Redemption".
Creative expression such as drama, dance and art will be incorporated
the Bible: This course provides an
in-depth analysis of significant female Biblical personalities,
such as Chava, Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, and Leah. Texts will include
selections from the Torah, accompanied by readings from Midrash
and the Zohar, as well as classical commentaries in Hebrew and English.
The media of drama, creative writing, dance and song will be incorporated
Workshop (Women and Judaism): Through
textual study and by reflecting upon our own lives, we will explore
the role of women in traditional Judaism. This highly interactive
class includes thorough and thoughtful discussions of topics such
as education, prayer, modesty, dating, marriage and family life.
Students will become familiar with
basic principles of Jewish thought from classical sources, as well
as primary Chassidic concepts. Students are strongly encouraged
to apply these principles to help clarify and resolve life's challenges.
Profiles: This course offers an intellectual
journey through Jewish history as seen through the eyes of key figures
of the period, including Rashi, Ramban, and Rabbi Akiva.
Insights on The Weekly Torah Portion: Basic principles in
Chassidisim will be connected with the weekly parasha. Expanding
on Rashi, and on the Baal Shem Tov and his students, each session
will focus on and develop key concepts based on the weekly Torah
Oral Law): The Oral Law is indispensable for accurate understanding
of the Torah. In this course, we will explore what constitutes the
written and oral components of the Torah, examining what characterizes
each body of writing and their dynamic interrelationship.
Since the beginning of the Exile, the
laws connected with cultivating the land of Israel have been pushed
into the background. With our return, we now have the responsibility
to know and practice the laws of planting, tithes, orlah, and kelaim.
By this merit, our sages promise, the ultimate redemption will be
forthcoming. In addition to learning the "how" of these
mitzvot, the student will come to appreciate the process of the
development of halacha from the written Torah.
The Way of G-d: This classic work of the 18th century master
Kabbalist and Talmudist, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (The Ramchal),
enables the exploration of such topics as why Hashem created the
world; the principles of Hashem's Providence over human affairs;
the suffering of the righteous vs. the success of the wicked; the
relationship between the soul and the body; and the relationship
between Israel and the nations. Emphasis is placed on resolving
some of the most basic contradictions and dualities that we tend
to encounter as Jews, thus giving the student the clarity to strengthen
The Heart of Chabad: Tanya is unique
among Chassidic writings in that it presents the worldview of Chassidism
in a systematic way. Additionally, it offers extremely practical
teachings about how to proceed through the difficulties and resistance
one encounters on a spiritual path. The course will present the
student with an in-depth interpretation of the text together with
guidance in applying the concepts of Tanya to the challenges of
The Teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslev: We
will address the following questions relating to our spiritual journey:
"What should we do to make our prayers acceptable?" "What
is the way to come to perfect repentance?" "How can one
accept that everything that happens is for good?" "How
can one taste the Inner Light of the Torah?" and "What
is the pathway to inner peace and Universal Peace?"
This course will give a glimpse of Rav Kook's all-encompassing
universal approach. Themes explored will include: "The Inner
Connection Between the Jewish People and the Land of Israel",
The Vision of Vegetarianism", "Art & Aesthetics",
"Relationship between Jew and Non-Jew", "Lower &
Higher Teshuva". Readings will be selected mainly
from Orot, Orot Hatshuva, and Orot Hakodesh.
(Beginning and Advanced levels)
A variety of teaching materials will be used to practice reading,
writing, listening comprehension, and conversation throughout chevruta
Creativity and Self-Discovery
(Joint program for Beginning and Advanced levels)
Based on techniques rooted in our own Jewish tradition, this
course may seem a more viable alternative for one who is already
familiar with Eastern and Western meditative traditions. Guided
by a well-qualified instructor, the student is encouraged to enter
upon the path of the inner spiritual experience. The goal for both
beginning and seasoned meditators alike is to be ever mindful of
how all the teachings of Torah, mitzvot and prayers connect us directly
Movement: We develop flexibility and strength, health and
awareness through exercises focusing on the harmony and unity of
body, breath, and mind. We learn about the sephirot to know ourselves
made in G-d's image as vessels for light and knowledge. We connect
heaven and earth, the neshima (breath) and the neshama (soul). Through
this connection we grow in tefila (prayer) and mitzvot, clinging
to the Tree of Life, growing in peace and joy.
Writing Workshop: Creative writing
is a tool for connecting to one's self, to one's world and to our
Creator. The workshop combines techniques such as mind maps, brainstorming,
meditation, memory scanning and opening the heart in order to develop
one's creative, spiritual and perceptual abilities. Each class combines
segments of theory, practice, and analysis of our works in a warm,
encouraging and non-competitive atmosphere. The students are guided
to explore and accept their inner thoughts and feelings and transform
them into creative writing.
the Hebrew Alphabet: The 22 sacred letters are the raw material
of Creation. They are primal spiritual forces that combine endlessly
just as the elements of chemistry. We study the form, name, numerical
value, and dimensions hidden beneath the surface of the letters.
As building blocks of holiness in the world, their study returns
us to the roots of Torah. We also learn the technique of how to
hold a calligraphy pen and form the letters properly, deepening
our connection with the beauty of the art of writing Hebrew letters.
Workshop: Music meditation is a technique
based on ancient Jewish tradition. It promotes deep integration
of sacred texts, inspires avodah (spiritual service), and generates
a heightened sense of well-being and connection to G-d. Using sources
from Chumash, Tehillim, Talmud, Chassidut and Kabbalah, students
are encouraged to create their own melodies in a supportive setting.
Workshop: Long ago, travelers to the Land of Israel willingly
endangered their lives just to be able to step foot on the Holy
Land. They would bow down and kiss its very ground. Through working
the land, a Jew is able to connect with the Creator, and work as
a partner with G-d in transforming thorns and thistles into a paradise
of lush greenery, bountiful with flowers, fruits, vegetables and
all kinds of herbs. A unique spiritual force enters one's body and
soul while out in the fields of the Judean Hills. Here our Patriarchs
lived, traveled, experienced joys and hardships, and had visions
and insights into the future. We, too, can attain higher awareness
by simply reaching out to the earth.
Herbal Workshop: The purpose of
this workshop is to integrate Eastern, Western and Native American
herbology with the ancient wisdom of the Torah. The course includes
textual learning of Jewish sources on herbs and healing, as well
as general knowledge of the use of herbs. Moreover, the workshop
includes practice in the growing and gathering of herbs, and in
preparation of infusions, oils and tinctures.