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"Jewish Stuff" Class

Wednesdays at noon, W11 Small Dining Room, with lunch
Beginning Sept 14

What is the story regarding all our “Jewish stuff”? Rabbi Fisher will help you get up close and personal with Judaism's many ritual objects, including mezuzah, tallit, tefillin, Shabbat candles, kippot, Sukkot lulav/etrog. Learn where these objects came from within our textual tradition; explore what personal meaning can be found in using them; and experience the practical side of doing the ritual. Come to all sessions, or each also stands on its own.

Sept 14: Mezuzah
Sept 21: Shabbat/havdalah candles
Sept 28: Tallit
Oct 12: Lulav/etrog
Oct 19: Tefillin
Oct 26: Kippah, part 1
Nov 2: Kippah, part 2
 
For more information, email Rabbi Fisher here: rabbif@mit.edu

MIT Hillel's Orthodox Educator, Talia Weisberg, teaches three classes throughout the week.

Halacha Class: Hilchos Secular College

Wednesdays at noon, W11 Community Room, with lunch
Beginning Sept 12

Join Talia for lunch as we explore some questions Orthodox students might face at MIT, as a secular institution: Is there anything I can eat in Next House Dining? Should I be concerned about yichud in the kosher suite? Is it Shabbosdik to go to an event on Friday night? In this class, we will look at practical Jewish questions that come up in everyday MIT life and consider their halachic and hashkafic dimensions.

Intermediate Talmud Class: Aggadeta of the Chorban

Mondays at 5:15pm, W11 Small Dining Room, with dinner
Beginning Sept 12
 
Masechet Gittin primarily discusses the process of writing and transmitting divorce documents, but also includes compelling stories about the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash. We will study these aggadot (Talmudic narratives) in order to build our Gemara skills and deepen our understanding of this difficult part of our Jewish past. All sources will be provided in the original text and English translation.
 
Parsha Class: Ramban's Commentaries

Thursdays at 5:15pm, W11 Small Dining Room, with dinner
Beginning Sept 8

Talia will teach Ramban on the weekly parsha. We will study the weekly parsha and relevant holidays through the writings of the Ramban (Nachmanides). Ramban’s deep yet easily digestible thoughts on Torah will be provided in understandable Hebrew and English translation.

For more information, email Talia here: taliaw@mit.edu


Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF): JLF is a 10-week experiential, conversational seminar for students looking to deepen their understanding of Judaism on their own terms. We’re interested in asking big questions. You know, the big stuff — like Who am I? What communities am I a part of? What is worth committing myself to, and why? And we don’t purport to have any of the big answers...certainly not for anyone else. New classes get created each semester.

MIT Hillel

Phone: 617-253-2982
Email: hillel@mit.edu

MIT Hillel
Muriel and Norman B. Leventhal
Center for Jewish Life

40 Massachusetts Ave, Building W11
Cambridge, MA 02139

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