Alit
Tuesdays & Thursdays
JULY 6, 8, 13 and 15
Tanach
9:30 - 10:30 AM EDT
Mrs. Sarah Lipman
Mrs. Sarah Lipman
Founder and CTO, Power 2B; Judaic Studies Teacher, Machon LA; Adult Educator
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Mrs. Sarah Lipman Founder and CTO, Power 2B; Judaic Studies Teacher, Machon LA; Adult Educator
Mrs. Sarah Lipman is the Founder and CTO of Power2B, and inventor of its 3D touchscreen technology. In two decades as a User Interaction professional, primarily in mobile and telecoms, she has authored numerous patents and published pieces, innovating new technologies years ahead of the state of the art. Sarah is a sought-after speaker and panelist at international industry events, including Mobile World Congress (MWC), MobileMonday Global Summit, the Israel Mobile Association and the Jerusalem College of Technology, and is the winner of the Mobile User Experience Competition (Professional Category) 2008. She was a NCWIT Hero in 2011, and a member of IWEI (Israel Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative), a project of the U.S. State Department. Sarah has been profiled prominently in the American and international press – in Forbes, Mishpacha, The Jerusalem Post and Yated Ne’eman, among others. While living in Jerusalem for 16 years, she founded the Kishor Women's Professional Network and The Jerusalem Hub (both now projects of Temech), for which work she received the prestigious Boneh Yerushalayim award in December 2010. Sarah has been giving shiurim on Chumash, Navi, Tefillah and Jewish thought since 1990. Now residing in Los Angeles, she teaches Chumash and the history of Jerusalem at Bais Yaakov Machon Los Angeles (girls’ high school.) At the OU Women’s Initiative, Sarah is teaching Sefer Mishlei for the Torat Imecha Nach Yomi program. She is active in communal affairs, serves as a mentor to mid- and top-level executives in the UX-design and education industries, and is an advisor on Tech Ed and the impact of technology on youth for several local schools.
x Tanach The Infinite Value of the Individual: Themes of Sefer Bereshit Through the Commentary of Rav SR Hirsch

Using a close reading of selections across Bereshit, according to the Commentary of Rav S.R. Hirsch, to follow the threads of a most fundamental theme in the Creation of the world and the progression of human history and connecting this learning to how we see ourselves and others.   

  1. Creation of the Human — נשמה טהורה / Life Breath of God  
  1. Nimrod and the Culture of the Tower of Babel: The Denial of Individual Value 
  1.  The Dawn of Avraham: ויקרא בשם ה׳ 

Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov: leading the way in the reeducation of humanity 

  1.  Yaakov and his Twelve Sons: What could possibly go wrong?  

“Shema Yisrael”: From a family to a nation of individuals  

The Infinite Value of the Individual: Themes of Sefer Bereshit Through the Commentary of Rav SR Hirsch
Tikkun Hamiddot
10:45 - 11:45 AM EDT
Mrs. Michal Horowitz
Mrs. Michal Horowitz
Adult Torah Educator;
Noted Lecturer
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Mrs. Michal Horowitz Adult Torah Educator;
Noted Lecturer

Mrs. Michal Horowitz holds a Bachelor of Science from combined studies at York University, Toronto, and Brooklyn College, NY. She holds a Master of Science from Brooklyn College, NY. She offers weekly shiurim in her home community of the Five Towns, NY, and in the greater NY area. Michal is a speaker at Yeshiva University's Midreshet Yom Rishon and has been a featured speaker for the last four years at the RIETS Shavuos Yarchei Kallah program. At the OU Women’s Inititaive, she inaugurated the Torat Imecha Parsha program presenting weekly Parsha shiurim on Sefer Bereishit. Prior to that, Michal taught Sefer Yehoshua to over 5,000 women across the globe as part of the Torat Imecha Nach Yomi program. Michal presented Rosh Chodesh, Selichot Night and Nach Yomi Siyum shiurim and taught a new interactive in-depth course at the ALIT Virtual Summer Learning Program 2020. She has been a guest lecturer and scholar in residence in schools and communities, both nationally and internationally. Selections of her recorded shiurim are posted on YUTorah.org and TorahAnyTime.com. Michal lives in Woodmere, NY with her husband and children.
x Tikkun Hamiddot Lessons in Self-Improvment and Betterment Through the Wisdom of Torah and Insights of The Sages

In this four part series on Tikkun Hamiddot, we will explore the fundamental importance of character improvement, not only as it improves our interpersonal relationships, but as a key ingredient in our service of G-d.  

The classes will combine text-based learning – with sources culled from Chumash and the Oral Law (Talmud and Mishnah), as well as the writings and teachings of the commentators – along with relevant and applicable lessons in hashkafa (lit. “outlook”, worldview and guiding philosophy).   

How do we understand simcha (gladness or joy) as a middah? How can we cultivate this middah within ourselves? Why is it so important in our interactions with others and service of G-d? 

For what middah was the whole world created?  How does this carry over into our everyday lives?  Do we live a life of gratitude or ingratitude, and is our focus on the good that abounds, or what we lack? 

Why is anger so poisonous a trait that one who angers easily is abhorred by G-d?  Can the ramifications of our anger ever truly be reversed?   

What is the one middah that can unite us all, is it realistically within reach, and what can I – as an individual – do to effect positive, lasting and real change? 

Please join us for the enlightening, exciting and enriching four part series as we study our holy ancient texts with modern-day applications and relevance. 

Lessons in Self-Improvment and Betterment Through the Wisdom of Torah and Insights of The Sages
Tanach
8:00 - 9:15 PM EDT
Professor Shoshana Schechter
Professor Shoshana Schechter
Associate Dean of Torah Studies,
Stern College for Women
Moshe's Last Lecture: Profound and Lasting Messages
from Sefer Devarim
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Professor Shoshana Schechter Associate Dean of Torah Studies,
Stern College for Women

Professor Shoshana Schechter is the Associate Dean of Torah Studies at Stern College for Women and the director of the Mechina program at the college. She is a graduate of Stern College for Women, with a B.S. in both Judaic Studies and English Literature, and holds master's degrees from Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies and Columbia University School of Journalism. Shoshana is a frequent lecturer on topics in Tanach and has been involved in Jewish outreach programs on four continents. At the OU Women’s Initiative, she has presented a shiur for Rosh Chodesh and served as a Counting Toward Sinai Scholar-in-Residence. Shoshana lives in New Hempstead, NY with her husband, Yitzchak, and five children.
x Tanach Moshe's Last Lecture: Profound and Lasting Messages
from Sefer Devarim

An in-depth study of themes and selected chapters from Sefer Devarim 

As Bnei Yisrael are once again on the threshold of entering Eretz Yisrael, at the end of the 40th year in the desert, Moshe who knows he is about to die is desperate to ensure that this generation, unlike their parents, will successfully enter Eretz Yisrael while remaining connected to Torah and to Hashem. In this course we will be exploring this pivotal moment in Jewish history and study some of the profound messages that Moshe conveys to the Jewish people to attain that goal. These age old messages are still relevant to us today and so many years later continue to be a source of inspiration for Jewish people  to learn and maintain a relationship with Hashem and Torah that is part of our heritage. 

**This course includes small group learning option. 

Mondays & Wednesdays
JULY 7, 12 and 14
Halacha
9:30 - 10:45 AM EDT
Rabbanit Shani Taragin
Rabbanit Shani Taragin
Educational Director, Matan Eshkolot; Torah Educator; Noted Lecturer
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Rabbanit Shani Taragin Educational Director, Matan Eshkolot; Torah Educator; Noted Lecturer
Rabbanit Shani Taragin received her B.A. and M.A. in Tanakh and Talmud from Bar-Ilan University and is a graduate of Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Program for certification as a halachic advisor (yoetzet halacha) in issues of family purity law. She is the educational director of Matan Eshkolot – Tanakh teachers’ education program and of the Morot l’Halacha program in Matan Renana. Shani serves on the advisory committee for the Mizrachi Olami Shalhevet program for shlichim and lectures throughout Israel and North America on topics of Tanakh, Jewish Education, and Jewish Law. She is a senior lecturer in Matan and is the curriculum coordinator for the Matan – Bnei Akiva program (MTVA). In addition, Shani is a Ra’mit Tanakh in Midreshet Lindenbaum and teaches at Migdal Oz, the Women’s Beit Medrash of Efrat and Gush Etzion and in Matan Ramat Shiloh. Shani has presented many shiurim at the OU Women's Initiative, including, introduction shiurim to each sefer of the Torat Imecha Nach Yomi Program, Weekend of Inspiration and Selichot Night Shiurim, ALIT Summer Learning Program courses in Israel and in the USA, and Rosh Chodesh shiurim. Together with her husband, Reuven, she serves as Rosh Beit Medrash for the Beit Medrash Program in Machaneh Moshava Pennsylvania during the summer and as Educational Director of Mizrachi Olami-RZA. Shani lives with her family in Alon Shvut, Gush Etzion-Israel.
x Halacha Sitting Down to Your Meal, Halachically: An In-Depth Study of Hilchot Se’udah

If I hand you the washing cup must I wash again?  May I wash with wet hands?  May I sing between netilat yadayim and hamotzi? How much bread must I eat to fulfill the mitzvah of hamotzi? Shall I wash my hands for pizza? Must I make a bracha on dessert?  

Delve into Rabbinic sources and study the concepts, details and intricacies of Hilchot Se’udah – the halachot governing our meals.  Discuss the significance of these halachot, their various applications and the hashkafic lessons behind these laws. 

**This course includes small group learning option. 

Sitting Down to Your Meal, Halachically: An In-Depth Study of Hilchot Se’udah
Tanach
11:00 - 12:15 AM EDT
Mrs. Moriah Weiss
Mrs. Moriah Weiss
Tanach Instructor,
Stern College for Women
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Mrs. Moriah Weiss Tanach Instructor,
Stern College for Women

Mrs. Moriah (Rosensweig) Weiss is an adjunct instructor of Bible at Stern College for Women. Moriah earned an MA in Jewish education from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education, and an MA in Jewish History from Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. Moriah is currently working on her dissertation in Jewish history at Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. She enjoys teaching Tanach and Jewish history to all ages. A mother of four children, Moriah lives in West Hempstead, NY.
x Tanach Demystifying Korbanot: A Glimpse into The Beit Hamikdash

A textual study of topics in Sefer Vayikra 

We will study and analyze sections of the text of Sefer Vayikra to gain an understanding of different korbanot and avodot in the Beit Hamikdash. We will delve into the deeper meaning behind the concept of korbanot as understood through the lens of the mefarshim. We will also explore aspects of Jewish life during the time of the Beit Hamikdash such as the avodah of Yom Kippur, aliyah laregel during the Shalosh Regalim and the role of the Kohanim. 

**This course includes small group learning option. 

Demystifying Korbanot: A Glimpse into The Beit Hamikdash
Jewish History
8:00 - 9:15 PM EDT
Mrs. Rivka Maron
Mrs. Rivka Maron
PhD candidate;
Jewish History Teacher, WITS & Bais Yaakov of Baltimore
Implications and Ramifications
of the Spanish Expulsion: How Did We Rebuild?
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Mrs. Rivka Maron PhD candidate;
Jewish History Teacher, WITS & Bais Yaakov of Baltimore

Mrs. Rivka Maron attended Michlalah Jerusalem College where she received her undergraduate degree in Holocaust studies. She received a master’s degree in medieval Jewish history from the Bernard Revel Graduate School, Yeshivah University. Rivka is currently a doctoral student (ABD) at University of Maryland College Park where she is working on her dissertation, studying Rabbi Samuel Aboab and the Jews of Early Modern Venice. She teaches Jewish history at Bais Yaakov of Baltimore and at Women’s Institute of Torah Learning and College (WITS).
x Jewish History Implications and Ramifications
of the Spanish Expulsion: How Did We Rebuild?

A study of individuals, communities, religious writings and inquisitorial dossiers 

There are significant correlations between the exiles following the destructions of the first and second Temples and the diaspora of Spanish Jewry which began with the expulsion of the Jews from Spain on the 9th of Av in 1492. Although we do not mourn the exile from Spain as we do that from our own land, the Spanish expulsion still represents one of the most tragic episodes in Jewish history and its repercussions reverberated for centuries. 

In this series of classes/lectures we will explore the implications and ramifications of the Spanish expulsion and diaspora on individual Jews and Jewish communities throughout the world. We will follow notable individuals, families, and communities as they establish themselves in new countries, from Portugal, Italy and the Netherlands to the Ottoman Empire, and attempt to rebuild. The inclusion of sources such as (translated) rabbinic writings, Inquisitorial dossiers and autobiographies from this period will enable us to perceive the magnitude of this tragedy as well as the magnificence and fortitude of Sephardic Jewry. The last class will focus on the establishment and prominence of the Sephardic community in Safed– famous for its numerous Kabbalistic and Halakhic scholars like the Ariz”l and R. Yosef Karo, author of the renowned Shulchan Aruch. I feel this is a particularly fitting culmination to the series, as the hope through all our exiles is to return to Israel once more. Moreover, it will provide a chance to briefly examine some of the beautiful kinot written by Spanish paytanim (poets) about the elegance and splendor of Zion. 

**This course includes small group learning option. 

Dedicated by The Emanuel and Helen Adler Foundation