Open Torah

Open Torah

The Weekly Torah Portion and Yearly Cycle

with the Readers, Visitors and Staff of the National Library of Israel

 

Every Wednesday, 13:40-14:00 in the Kolb Room.
The lesson and discussion are held in Hebrew.



Speakers

21.8.19 – Dr. David Cohen-Zemach – "Material and Spirit in Moses' World"

28.8.19 – Dr. Gabriel Wasserman – Parashat Re'eh

4.9.19 – Dr. Tamar Shadmi – "Law and justice poems on the walls of East European community rabbinic courts"

11.9.19 – Rabbi Dr. Zvi Leshem –"From Shame to Shining: Teshuva in the Writings of Rav Shagar zt”l"

18.9.19 – Erella No'ah Yedgar – Parashat Ki Tavo

25.9.19 – Dr. Tirza Kelman – Nitzavim/ Rosh Hashana

 

 

If you would like to present or have any questions, please contact Zack Rothbart: zachary.rothbart@nli.org.il; 054-9474067.
 

2 November – Rabbi Dr. Zvi Leshem – Parashat Noah
9 November – Nissim Sabato – Parashat Lech Lecha
16 November – Matan Barzilai – Parashat Vayeira

23 November – Tziyona Baruch Getahun – Parashat Hayei Sara
30 November – Dr. Ezra Chwat – Parashat Toldot
7 December – Daniel Lipson – Parashat Vayetzei
14 December – Rabbi Guy Avihod – Parashat Vayishlah

21 December – Dr. Raquel Ukeles – Parashat Vayeshev

28 December – Prof. Elchanan Reiner – Parashat Miketz / Hanuka

4 January – Rabbi Dr. Zvi Leshem – Parashat Vayigash
11 January – Rabbi Dr. Aviad Stollman– Parashat Vayekhi
18 January – Dr. Michael Gross – Parashat Shemot
25 January – Dr. Yochai  Ben-Ghedalia – Parashat Va'era
1 February – Nissim Sabato – Parashat Bo

26.4 – Dr. Ezra Chwat - "The Meaning of the Flag's Colors: Blue and White in the Zohar

3.5 – Zachary Rothbart – "The Establishment of Yom HaAtzmaut as a Religious Holiday"

10.5 – Nissim Sabato – Parashat Emor
17.5 – Matan Barzilai – Parashat Behar-Behukotai
24.5 – Dr. Gila Flam – Parashat Bamidbar

29.5 – Dori Haneman – Parashat Naso/ Shavuot
7.6 – Dr. Milka Levy-Rubin – "The Ten Commandments"

14.6 – Rabbi Dr. Zvi Leshem – Parashat Shlakh Lekha

21.6 – Daniel Lipson – Parashat Korakh

28.6 – Rabbi Eliezer Lerner – Parashat Hukat
5.7 – Tsiyona Barukh Getahun – Parashat Balak

12.7 – Dr. Uri Melammed – Parashat Pinhas

19.7 – Dr. Daniella Talmon-Heller – "Moses, the Israelites and the Land of Canaan: The Quranic Version"

26.7 – Dr. Gila Flam – Parashat Devarim / Shabbat Hazon

02.8– Rabbi Guy Avihod – Parashat V'ethanan

09.8 – Dr. Ezra Chwat – Parashat Ekev

16.8 – Dr. Gabriel Wasserman – The Book of Daniel

23.8 – Rabbi Dr. Zvi Leshem – Parashat Shoftim

27.9 – Dr. Michael Gross – Between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur

2.10 – Rabbi Dr. Zvi Leshem – Sukkot

18.10  – Dr. Gila Flam– Parashat Noakh

25.10 – Rabbi Yehiel Goldhaber – "The Implications of Changing Abraham's Name"

01.11  – Dr. Ezra Chwat – Vayera

08.11  – Rabbi Daniel Gutenmacher – Hayei Sara

15.11  – Zachary Rothbart – Parashat Toldot

22.11  – Mordecha Vaintrob – Parashat Vayetze: Why is this a 'Closed' Parasha?

06.12  – Nissim Sabato – Parashat Vayeshev

31.1 – Dr. Gila Flam – Tu B'Shvat/ Parashat Yitro
7.2 – Dr. Shirley Graetz – Parashat Mishpatim/Shabbat Shekalim
14.2– Leor Jacobi – Parashat Teruma

21.2  – Rabbi Dr. Zvi Leshem – Parashat Tetzve/ Shabbat Zachor
27.2 – Chaya Meier Herr – "For Purim" – Will take place in the Edelstein Room

7.3 – Dr. Miri Kahana – "Targum Jonathan on Parashat Para's Haftorah"
14.3 – Dr. Michael Gross – Parashat Vayikra / Shabbat HaHodesh

21.3 –  Dr.  Emmanuel Schieber – Parashat Tzav

26.3 –  Rabbi Ari Chwat – For Passover

11.4 –  Prof. Martin Lockshin – Parashat Tazria-Metzora

16.4 –  Rabbi Dr. Zvi Leshem – "The Holiness of the Land of Israel and Yom Ha'atzmaut in Hasidut"

25.4 –  Dr. Gabriel Wasserman – Parashat Emor

2.5 –  Dr. Yochai Ben-Ghedalia – Parashat Behar/Log B'Omer [Berman Hall]

9.5 –  Channa Lockshin-Bob – Parashat B'Hukotai/Jerusalem Day [Berman Hall]

16.5 –  Yael Mali, author of  "Reflected in art: artistic interpretations of weekly Torah portions" – Ruth the Zionist
23.5 –  Daniel Lipson – Parashat Naso

30.5 –  Rabbi Dr. Zvi Leshem – The Menorah: Who Is It?

6.6 –  Nissim Sabato – Parashat Shlakh
13.6 –  Ariel Seri-Levi – Parashat Korah and Parashat Dathan and Abiram

20.6 –  Prof. Martin Lockshin – Parashat Korah and Parashat Dathan and Abiram

27.6 –  Dr. Emmanuel Schieber – Parashat Balak

4.7 –  Dr. Zohar Maor – From the Zealotry of Pinkhas to the Modesty Regulations of Gur Hassidim: A Study of "Beit Yisrael"

11.7 –  Hayim Shemesh – "Commentary on 3:22"

25.7 –  Rabbi Dr. Zvi Leshem – Tu B'Av: The Great Rectification

1.8 –  Aviad Markovitz – (Dis-)Inheriting Our Fathers' Land: Rethinking the Rashba's Ban Against Philosophy

15.8 –  Dr. Yoel Finkelman – Parashat Shoftim

22.8 –  Dr. Gila Flam – Parashat Ki Tetze

29.8 –  Nissim Sabato – Parashat Ki Tavo

5.9 –  Rabbi Dr. Zvi Leshem – Parashat Nitzavim: Circumcision of the Heart and the Teshuva Process

13.9 – Rabbi Joshua Gerstein – Parashat Vayelekh and Shabbat Shuva

16.9 – Dr. Clinton Bailey – The Bedouin Origins of Sukkot

3.10 – Dr. David Cohen-Zemach – The Story of Creation as the Starting Point of the Torah

10.10 – Asa Keisar – "The Torah's attitude toward shedding the blood of animals"

17.10 – Dr. Gabriel Wasserman – Parashat Leck Lekha

24.10 – Dr. Yochai Ben-Ghedalia – The Binding of Ishmael; the Binding of Isaac

31.10 – Dr. Ezra Chwat – Parashat Chayei Sara

7.11 – Dr. Emmanuel Schieber – Toldot: Why did Esau Marry Ishmael's Daughter?

14.11 – Rabbi Dr. Zvi Leshem – Parashat Vayetze:  "When One's Bashert Suddenly Appears"

21.11 – Dr. Moshe Goultschin – Parashat Vayishlakh

28.11 – Dr. Raquel Ukeles – "Crosspollination between Jewish and Islamic Traditions: The Story of Joseph"

5.12 – Rabbi Yechiel Goldhaber – "Types and categories of Hanukkah candles"

12.12 – Dr.  Rivka Shveiky – Parashat Vayigash

19.12 – Nissim Sabato – Parashat Vayekhi

26.12 – Channa Lockshin-Bob – Parashat Shemot

02.01 – Rabbi Dr. Zvi Leshem – "Vaera: The Name of God as a Vehicle for Knowledge of the Divine"

09.01 – Mordecha Vaintrob – Parashat Hashkem

16.01 – Dr. Ezra Chwat – Tu B'Shvat

23.01 – Daniel Lipson – Parashat Yitro

30.01 – Dr. Gila Flam– Parashat Mishpatim: The Oral Torah and the Written Torah

06.02 – Prof. Bracha Yaniv – The presentation of Temple utensils in the European synagogue

13.02 – Prof. Martin Lockshin – All that touches the altar is sanctified

20.02 – Dr. Aliza Moreno – Parashat Ki Tisa

27.02 – Dr. Emmanuel Schieber – The significance of the Tabernacle before and after the sin of the golden calf

06.03 – Matan Barzilai – Parashat Pekudei

13.03 – Dr. Gabriel Wasserman – Parashat Vayikra/Shabbat Zakhor

18.03 – Ayala Paz – Womanly wisdom – Esther's short sentence that saved her people

27.03 – Dr. Tirza Kalman – Parashat Shemini / Shabbat Para

03.04 – Erella No'ah Yedgar – The Exodus Story in Nechama Leibowitz's Teachings

10.04 – Channa Lockshin-Bob – On Passover

17.04 – Daniel Lipson – On Passover

01.05 – Rabbi Dr. Zvi Leshem – "Shoah and Faith: Hassidic Thought and the Holocaust"

06.05 –Monday. Prof. Rabbi Dalia Marx – "It Is My Appointed Time, But Only If You Say So": Between the Biblical Festivals and the Israeli "High Holy days"

29.05 – Dr. Aliza Moreno – Parashat Bamidbar
15.05.19 – Michal Lashansky – Parashat Behar

22.05.19 – Rabbi Yechiel Goldhaber – "For Log B'Omer: On Halakha in the Zohar"

29.05.19 – Rabbi Dr. Zvi Leshem –  Bamidbar: darkness or light?

05.06.19 – Nissim Sabato – Parashat Naso / Shavuot

12.06.19 – Dr. Aliza Moreno – Parashat  Behaalotecha

19.06.19 – Dr. Gabriel Wasserman – "Completion of the Book of Job"

26.06.19 – Dr. Emmanuel Schieber – Parashat Korakh

03.07.19 – Prof. Martin Lockshin – "Sanctifying God’s Name and Moses’ Sin"

10.07.19 – Prof. Oded Israeli – Parashat Balak

17.07.19 – Dr. Zohar Maor – 'The Question of the 17th of Tammuz in our Time'
24.7.19 – Daniel Lipson –  Parashat Matot

31.7.19 – Channa Lockshin-Bob – Tisha B'Av

7.8.19 – Dr. Ezra Chwat – Parashat Masei

14.8.19 – Dr. Gila Flam – Ve'ethanan / Shabbat Nachamu