Dr. Hagai Amitzur, Dr. Anat Gueta, Yael Guri , Dr. Eran Lerman, Prof. Daniel Sinclair, Dr. Mikael Shainkman, Kinneret Zohar Lahav
A Course for English Speakers
Course schedule: Tuesdays, 9:00-12:45, 12 Field-trips end between 17:00 – 19:00
Course format: Lectures and Field-trips on alternative weeks.
Land of Israel In Romman–Byzantine Periods
In our course we will study about the Land of Israel in the Roman – Byzantine periods.
We will start with the structure and importance of the 2nd Temple:
The Temple in Jerusalem – its glory importance, structure etc.; Destruction of the land of Israel in the revolts against the Romans; Rabbinic Literature – The Mishna Rabbinic Literature – The Talmud; Synagogues in Antiquity – how and when , its role in communal life; Jews and Christians in Israel during the Byzantine period – clash of practices and Theology.
The Interface of Law & History In Halakhic Literature
This course examines the truth of that statement in the context of the Rabbinical Responsa i.e. detailed legal responses written by leading rabbis to very specific halakhic questions. The aim in each lecture is to analyze developments in legal doctrine from the perspective of historical reality. Amongst the historical episodes dealt with in the course are: the First Crusade; the Spanish Inquisition and the Marranos; the life of Donna Gracia Mendes; the Holocaust, and the establishment of the State of Israel. The focus of the lectures will be on the various ways in which halakha responded to each of the above episodes, and the effects of that response on contemporary Jewish law.
In this course we'll explore the fundamental Zionist thinkers and early ideologues (Herzl, Pinsker and Nordau). We will also focus on the cultural aspects of Zionism that in fact goes to the very core of the Zionist vision (Ahad Ha Am, Ben Yehuda).The Socialism ideological stream within Zionism which was dominant in the early days of the state of Israel by Ben Gurion and his disciples and Rightwing Zionism that was represented by Jabotinsky, Begin and Rabbi Kook, will also be explored.
"WWW" – What Went Wrong: Why did Obama's Administration lose control of regional events in the Middle East? The lecture will begin with a short textual analysis of the Cairo speech and will proceed to explain why Obama's carefully crafted positions actually led to results, which were roughly the opposite of what he had hoped to achieve.
"Lord Voldemort" and the strategic balance in the Eastern Mediterranean: What motivates Erdogan, how far can he go in undoing Ataturk's legacy, what are the limits to his ambition, and what does it all mean for Turkey's neighbours in the Eastern Mediterranean, including Greece, Cyprus – and Israel?
Virtual Arm Chair Tours of Mediterranean & European Museums
In this course, we shall attempt to understand the function of a museum. We will learn to recognise the “language and vocabulary” used by the curators in the galleries. We shall see how the museum serves as a “national-memory-archive” for the nation and the world. We shall also investigate how a museum attempts to stay relevant in today’s ever-changing world.
Mikhmoret – Migrating birds; Ein Afeq – Hiking; Ein Hod; Bezalton.
Kishon River Restoration Project (Hopefully we will see Daffodils blossoming).
Jerusalem – The Christian Quarter "Dressed up" for the Holiday (Afternoon Tour).
Ramot Menashe – Caesarea – Amazing Birds Mosaic, Ramat Hanadiv Gardens near Zikhron Yaakov; Elyakim and Ramot – Menashe area, Cyclamen blossom near Kibbutz Gale'd; hike in Hashofet Creek; Megiddo Landin Strip for Anemone Flowers; if time permits, view from Mukhraqa – Horn of Carmel, nearby Elijah Carmelite Monastery.
Following in the footsteps of Eli Cohen in the Golan Heights – Hamat Gader, via El Hama, Kuneitra, via Khushnniya and Arik Bridge.
Jerusalem: visit the Holocaust museum – Yad Vashem.
Galilean Synagogues – Amudim Ruins, The Synagogue in Bar'am; A Tour of the deserted village of Biram; Shema Ruins – The remains of a Synagogue with a unique structure; The Synagogue in Naburia.
Old Beer Sheva: Sussia – including a visit to the Synagogue.
Rahat and Carmel Farm
- Zipori and the Arbel Synagogue
Campus : On the Doorstep of Eden (2 days)
- HaEmek Train, Beit Shea'n archaeological site; Springs Valley – A Short walk to Ein Moda – a pleasant pool; walk Hakibutzim river; visit to ancient synagogue in Heftziba.
- Tour/Walk Mt. Gilboa. Overlooks, bible stories, Iris flowers Trail and more. Visit Maquia Japanese.
5,190 NIS tuition fee includes participation in 12 fieldtrips.
The fee does not include food & lodging in the Campuses.
Tuition can be paid in 8 installments.
Discounts (12.5% each) will be given to partners studying in the same course.