(NOTE: Many of these courses are not offered every year)

Neviim Courses

עיונים בנביאים ראשונים
Learn original insights in key sections and issues of Neviim Rishonim, that will shed light on the main aspects of this part of Tanach.  A few examples of our scope of study: We will delve into the nature of Yehoshua’s leadership and discuss why he, rather than Kalev, was chosen. We will ponder the hidden meaning of the angel’s cryptic message to Yehoshua. We will consider the deeper meaning of the Shoftim cycle and its basis in Chumash. We will examine the nature of the role of Shmuel and the failure of Shaul - and what is teaches us about life and Torah in general. We will construct new perspectives on Eliyahu and Elisha, based on a close and comprehensive reading of the Biblical text. Plumb the depths of peshat in these areas - focusing on the text of the Tanach in full context and seeing how it fits with the rest of Tanach- and gain deeper insight into the beauty and meaning of these (superficially) well known texts.

פרקי הקדשה בנביאים
This course focuses on a close reading of the chapters of birth and/or initiation of many of the great leaders in Tanach, including Moshe, Shmuel, Shimshon, Gid'on, Elisha, Yehoshua, Shaul, David, Yeshayahu, Yirmiyahu and Yechezkel. The primary goal of this course is to teach the students a method of learning biblical narrative, and to develop within the students a sensitivity towards all of the details of the Tanach and their significance. We will also compare and contrast the different initiation stories, and we will reveal the integral connection between each leader's initiation and his subsequent life as narrated in the Tanach.

יהושע - ספר ארץ ישראל
In this class, we will trace the sources in Tanach which deal with קדושת ארץ ישראל, and their relevance to us today. The Gemara in Nedarim (22b) considers Sefer Yehoshua to be on the status of one of the חמישה חומשי תורה, because of the tremendous amount that it teaches us about ארץ ישראל, and this will be our starting point. Besides our focus on analyzing the פרשנים and חז"ל through parshanut methodology, we will also cover topics such as: גבולות הארץ ,קדושת ירושלים, our relationship with other nations living here, מקום המקדש vs. the משכן, the unique status of ארץ ישראל vs. every other place in the world, and ultimately the reasons for our exile based on Sefer Yirmiyahu and the נביאים אחרונים. Our learning will hopefully lead us not only to a new appreciation of this holy land, but also to a greater understanding of how the stories in תנ"ך are meant for us today.

ספר שמואל
In Sefer Shmuel, we will engage in close reading and in-depth analysis of the text, with an emphasis on peshat.  We will examine the literary devices used by the Tanach in order to express its messages.  In tandem, we will also make use of Midrashic text as well as medieval  and modern commentaries.  We will trace the character development of the major personalities of the sefer (Shmuel, Shaul, David, Yonatan, neshei David, etc) and follow its major themes, including the search for leadership and the struggle to achieve autonomous, yet spiritual, nationhood.

עיונים בנביאים אחרונים
Learn original insights in key sections and issues of Neviim Achronim, that will shed light on the main aspects of this part of Tanach. A few examples of our scope of study: We will explore the peshat in the Maase Merkavah of Yechezkel, what it is based on and how it serves as the core of the sefer. We will analyze the components and themes of Yishayahu, where they come from and what they mean. Through a careful study of these texts we will understand many fundamentals of the themes of Galut and Geula, Avoda Zara and what it means to us, we will explore the secret of Yonah and his fish, why the navi Amos denied being a prophet,  and much more. Plumb the depths of peshat in these areas- focusing on the text of the Tanach in full context and seeing how it fits with the rest of Tanach- and gain deeper insight into the beauty and meaning of these fascinating texts- including many of the most beautiful texts in Tanach.

בקיאות בנ"ך
This program is designed to enable the students to acquire a basic knowledge of the content of Nach. In a supervised Beit Midrash setting, the students will be directed in their independent study of Nach through the use of guided question sheets, comprehensive examinations, and introductory and summary lectures for each sefer. Shana Aleph students will cover נביאים, and Shana Bet students will cover כתובים.