Adult Learning


Adult Education Classes


Talmud - Masechet Shabbat
Instructor: Richard Friedman
Date: Tuesday nights at 8:30 PM

This class focuses on the text of the Talmud -- what it says and how it says it. Discussions are lively, and range from legal details to the theology of commandments.  All questions are fair; no belief is assumed except that study of Torah is worthwhile.  In mid-August we will be at the beginning of chapter 7 of Masechet (Tractate) Shabbat, on page 67b.    Texts are in Hebrew/Aramaic and English.  Participants include people who have studied Talmud before and people who have not.

Jews for Exegesis: Rashbam's Commentary on the Torah Portion
Facilitator: Richard Friedman
Date: Saturdays, Shabbat during kiddush

Each week we study a selection from the commentary of Rashbam (Rabbi Sh'muel ben Meir) on the weekly parashah. Rashbam was a grandson of Rashi; his commentary emphasizes the p'shat, the straightforward meaning of the verses. We focus both on how Rashbam understands the biblical verses and on how he frequently disagrees with his grandfather.  Previous experience with Torah commentary is not required; nor is Hebrew fluency, since a translation is available. Discussion is simultaneously irreverent and serious. We meet in the far corner of the social hall -- please join us.

Talmud - Tractate B’rakhot
Instructor: Rabbi Lyle Fishman
Date: Sunday at 8:00 AM

Each Sunday from 8:00-8:45 am we meet in my study to investigate the thinking of the Rabbis of the Mishnah and Talmud (200 BCE-500 CE).  In our continuing study of tractate B’rakhot,we have reached chapter 9 (page 58B), where we discover their insights into the natural phenomena of comets, thunder and lightning. We use the Hebrew text of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz and discuss the material in English. New students are welcome.

Enhancing Biblical Literacy
Instructor: Rabbi Lyle Fishman
Date: Wednesdays at 10:00
We will study classic passages from the Bible that impact who we are as Jews in 5780 and beyond. We will be guided by the passages identified by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. Please bring a Tanakh.

Biblical Hebrew  - Click the title to listen to the audio recordings
Instructor: Rabbi Lyle Fishman
Date: Wednesdays at 2:30 PM

Tuesdays with Lyle
Instructor: Rabbi Lyle Fishman
Date: Tuesday at 12:00 PM, Location: Offsite: Office of Arnold & Porter in DC

Rabbi Lyle Fishman teaches a class on Tuesdays at 12:15 PM at Arnold and Porter, LLC, 601 Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, DC.

(It alternates weeks with another Tuesday class; Issues in Jewish Political Traditions at 10:00 AM at Ohr Kodesh Congregation.)


The Ohr Kodesh Book Club

Take part in the Ohr Kodesh Book Club. Since 1999, a changing group of members has come together monthly to read and discuss a book with a Jewish theme or connection. Alternating between fiction and non-fiction, we try to select books that are readily available in paperback or in the public library. Notable authors have included Michael Chabon, I. B. Singer, Amos Oz, and Philip Roth. Our nonfiction titles have included histories, biographies and memoirs from a range of perspectives and eras. Meetings are normally held on the third Thursday of each month. Volunteers from among the group host the meetings in their homes and provide light refreshments.

For upcoming titles click the monthly calendar

Location details provided in the OKC Bulletin. For additional information, contact Barry Cantor, 301-933-3776.

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Ohr Kodesh Congregation

8300 Meadowbrook Lane
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (301) 589-3880
Fax:  (301) 495-4801

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