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We will study one Sefer of Chumash each semester and focus on one parsha at a time. We will have one or more shiurim to explore the major underlying themes to the parsha, how those underlying threads hold the parsha together, and how they weave each parsha into the overall tapestry of the Sefer. By the end of the program, students will have both a strong familiarity with Chumash as a whole as well as an understanding of how to incorporate new information into what they have previously studied. We will devote one full year to Bereishit and then one semester each to Shemot, Vayikra, Bamidbar, and Devarim.
Over the course of the program, we will explore different Sefarim throughout Neviim and Ketuvim. During each session students will study an average of two chapters in chevruta, where they will assign a title to each chapter as well as divide it into subheadings. We will join together for a group wrap-up where we clarify major themes and integrate the chapters into the broader context of the sefer. Students will come out of the program with a sense of the scope of Nach to facilitate continued exploration of Tanach going forward.
The life of a Jew is meant to be lived within the realm of halacha. Our program is designed to teach students extensive practical halacha as well as empower them to know how to study new halachot throughout their lives. We will learn from the Mishnah Brurah about topics including daily living, prayer, brachot, Shabbat, and holiday observance. Students will study an average of two pages of Shulchan Aruch, Rama, and Mishnah Brurah in chevruta and then join together once every two weeks for a clarification of halacha l’ma’aseh from Rabbi Charnoff, with an emphasis on practical application for women, that incorporates the views of modern day Ashkezaic and Sephardic authorities.
The word “hashkafa” is related to lishkof, which means to gaze or to look. One’s hashkafa is the holistic outlook one takes when examining everything in one’s life. By critically examining and internalizing a wide range of key primary texts, a person can truly build an informed and confident personal Jewish outlook. To help students develop their own thoughtful perspective that exists within the framework of Torah, we will study two books each year (one on Mondays and Wednesdays and the other on Tuesdays and Thursdays), including Pirkei Avot, Rambam’s Moreh Nevuchim, Ramchal’s Derech Hashem, and early perspectives of Chassidut, amongst others.