Roi Aloni, Shelly Eshkoli, Rona Evyasaf, Dr. Anat Gueta, Yissca Harani, Yonathan Hirschfeld, Prof. Eyal Naveh, Prof. Stefan Reif, Dr. Adolfo Roitman, Prof. Daniel Sinclair
A Course for English Speakers
Course schedule: Tuesdays, 9:30-13:00
Course format: Lectures and Fieldtrips on alternative weeks.
Academic hours: 168 hours
New students: 5,400 NIS
Current students: 5,150 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.
*Changes in the course curriculum are possible.
This three-lecture course examines both the Biblical commentaries of the rabbis and their halakhic writings from the perspective of historical reality. Some of the commentators we will discuss are Nahmanides, Abarbanel and S.R. Hirsch. The key issues in the halakhic portion of the lectures include the influence of non-Jewish religious beliefs and moral standards on Jewish law and lore, and the impact of erroneous scientific beliefs on rabbinic decision-making.
SOME CHAPTERS FROM THE HISTORY OF ASHKENAZ JEWS IN THE 18TH CENTURY
In this short course, we will discuss four topics pertaining to Jewish life in Europe. Two lectures will deal with the Prague Jews and two with the Jews of Vilna – flourishing Jewish centers between the 16th – 18th centuries. With the Prague lectures, we will focus on the "Maharl of Prague". The following two lectures will try to untangle the complex and tormented personality of the "Gaon of Vilna".
A TALE OF TWO QUEENS
This course will examine two influential women:
The Queen of Sheba – What brings the great queen to travel to Jerusalem? What secret does she share with the "deserving one"? Why does a king with a Harem full of women falls in love with her?
Ester – How does a little girl become a powerful woman?
ISRAELI ART – JEWISH SPIRIT EXPRESSED IN MATTER
We will try to unravel the intellectual and spiritual DNA of Israeli art, and the opposing forces that affected it and defined it through the years. We will identify the transition from "Jewish" to "Israeli", locate the birth of local aesthetics and learn how to interpret Israeli art.
THE FORMATION OF THE HEBREW BIBLE
Two lectures that trace the origin and development of the biblical writings, from the oral traditions to the conformation of the biblical canon. A brief mention will be made regarding the origin of the Jewish apocryphal books.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS: PAST AND PRESENT
Since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947, these ancient manuscripts have represented one of the greatest intellectual findings of the 20th century. The two lectures will offer a brief review of the finding, as well as an understanding of its meaning for the studies of Judaism and Christianity.
GARDEN DESIGN IN ANTIQUITY
Gardens were part of humankind's history since its beginning of time. Gardens were considered gifts from the Gods and part of humanity's myth and heritage. Real gardens became symbols of status, power, culture and wealth. They were places of celebration, religious ceremonies, political acts, sex and death. In the last decades, garden archaeology contributed to our knowledge and understanding of their role in history.
HELLENISTIC GARDENS IN THE KINGDOM OF JUDEA
Hellenistic Royal Gardens are hard to come by, yet several gardens were discovered in the excavations of the Hasmonean Winter Palaces in Jericho of the Kingdom of Judea. What can we learn about the Hellenistic Gardens from these findings? Were they locally designed? Were there foreign caltures? Were they different because Jewish kings used them? How were the gardens used?
GREATEST FIGURES IN CHRISTIANITY
Mary Magdalene – Segregation or Glorification of women in Christianity? Judas Iscariot- a Traitor or a True Friend? Two Biblical figures who transitioned throughout history in a way that their Historical Image is much different from the way they were perceived and envisioned by the church.
ISRAELI HISTORY AND IDENTITY
Israeli society and Israel's identity-building narrative. The course will explore key events and essential representations that shaped the collective identity of Israeli society. From the creation of the state until the present.
The discovery; Contents Galore; Medieval daily Life.
Jewish Composers and Musicians
Viva Italia; The enthralling story of Arthur Rubinstein.
Fieldtrips end between 16:00 – 18:00
Human Mosaic in Haifa: A Walking trail from Stela Marris to Eliyahu cave, Bahaian Gardens, Qababir, Wadi Nisnas and more.
Nazareth of Jesus and the Annunciation – The city is considered the cultural capital of the Arab community of Israel. The tour will explore the different aspects of Nazareth. Mount Precipice and the Church of Annunciation.
Following Biblical Figures in Ha-Ella Valley: Beit Guvrin NP – the land of thousand caves, and a walking trail in the area.
Islam in Ramle and Lod: The White Mosque, Arches Pool and the Salesian Church.
Renewable Energy Projects in the Negev: Ashalim, Solar Plants, Photo Volta and a visit to the Bedouin of the Negev.
Around the Jerusalem Mountains – details will be given later in the course.
Synagogues and Manasteries of the Galilee – Kurazim NP, Kursi NP, Ancient synagogue of Miron and Navoraya Synagogue.
Upper west Galliee – Carmiel, Pekiin and Juliss.
"Gaza Strip" – From up close (pending on security clearance).
Wildlife of Israel – Kishon river restoration, Sea Turtle Rescue Center Project and bird ringing.
Campus 1: UPPER EAST GALILEE (Day 1)
Goren Park, Adir Mountian, Bar'am NP.
Campus 1: UPPER EAST GALILEE (Day 2)
Metulla, Kiryat Shmona, Manara.