NEW CLASS: In Depth Book of Ruth with Chaya Passow

Wednesday 1 February–Special Event with Rav Yonatan Neril

On Wednesday, February 1, Shirat Devorah goes Global…with Rabbi Yonatan Neril of Jewish-Eco Seminars. We explore Jewish perspectives on food issues in pairs and together as a group. Then it’s off to the Machane Yehuda market for a tour on The Ecology and Globalization of the Local Marketplace. Should be a fascinating entryway into the fruits of Tu B’Shvat.  Participation costs 25 NIS.
We will meet at 2:30 pm at Shirat Devorah. The program should conclude by 4:45 pm.

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Women of the World with Sara Yoheved Rigler

Shirat Devorah ventures to the Old City to the residence of acclaimed authorSara Yoheved Rigler for our monthly W.o.W- Women of the World- program which exhibits the inspiring lives of influential Torah observant Jewish women. After fifteen years of practicing and teaching meditation and Eastern philosophy, Sara Rigler discovered “the world”s most hidden religion: Torah Judaism. She has authored three-best sellers: Holy Woman, Lights from Jerusalem, and Battle Plans- How to Fight the Yetzer Hara.

ROCKDOT- All Women’s Dance Party

Shirat Devorah invites you to:


Featuring DJ NAOMI

Rosh Chodeh Sivan ~ June 2nd


Sahara Hall- 88 Agripas Street, Nachlaot

Cover Charge: 30 shekels

For more info ~ 052-889-8306


Thursday, May 5 – Creative Writing Workshop: The Midrash is Personal

In this Creative Torah – Creative Writing Workshop we will explore the conflicting emotions of loss and growth, shattering and creativity that characterize this period of the year. We will take inspiration from the creativity of Rabbi Akivah and Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in writing our own midrashim. For us, as for the Rabbis, continuing the interpretive work of Midrash can provide strength in time of crisis.
Theme: Sfirat Haomer, the days we count between Pesach and Shavuot are
paradoxically filled with mourning as well as excited anticipation. During this time we
recall the deaths of Rabbi Akivah’s students and the persecution of those who
learned Torah under the Romans; yet we also celebrate the life of Rabbi Shimon Bar
Yochai, and count the days to the joyous occasion of Matan Torah.
About Workshop Leader: Alieza Salzberg teaches Talmud, Midrash and Creative
Writing in Jerusalem. Alieza holds an M.A. in Creative Writing and is continuing her
graduate studies in Midrash and Aggadah at Hebrew University. She is a frequent
contributor to and PresenTense Magazine. Currently, she is
also a fellow at Mechon Hartman’s Seder Nashim, Beit Midrash for the study of
gender and Judaism.
When: Thursday, May 5, 2011, 8:00-9:30pm
Where: Home of Leah and Moshe Chesed
Nachalat Tzadok 21, Sha’arei Chesed (Near Nachlaot)
Who: Women of all ages
For More Info: Call Leia @ 052 889 8306
Suggested Donation: 20nis

Open Bet Midrash Night

Shirat Devorah welcomes you to an evening of learning!
Starting this Monday, February 28th and proceeding bi-weekly thereafter, we will be hosting an Open Bet Midrash night for women in the community!
It will be held at the home of Rebbetzin Yehudit Leah (Jody) Feld, the Educational Director of Shirat Devorah. Abulafia #32, 2nd Floor (Nachlaot).
Starting at 7:30pm there will learning in Chevruta – bring your own or be set up with one of the Shirat Devorah ladies and learn from an array of topics that have been taught this year. At 8:30pm Learn Likutey Moharan in a chabura with Miriam Esther, the Program Coordinator.
Shirat Devorah is currently accepting applications for the 2011-2012 learning year. We are also inviting women from the community who want to learn with us to register on a per-class basis.
Check us out at fore more info, class descriptions and schedules
For any questions or comments please email Miriam Esther
MiSheNichnas Adar Marbim Besimcha!!
Shavua tov!

Reflection on Tu b’Shvat by Menucha

Last week we celebrated Tu’BShvat, literally- the 15th of the Month of Shvat. It’s the new year for the trees. There are actually four different new years in the Jewish calendar, and this one falls in the middle of the winter, when most of the rain has already fallen and the first trees begin to flower. It’s a great holiday to be in Israel for, as the shuk is flooded with stands of fruits of every size, shape, and color- alluring Jerusalemites to buy unique fruits in hopes that their guests may make a shechyanu on it (Blessing that is made upon eating a specific kind of fruit for the first time that season) What exactly is a dragonfruit, anyway?

More mystically, man is called a ‘tree of the field’ and so reflection on the holiday should not begin and end with fruit. Just as the trees are beginning to bloom from all of the nurturing and care they have  received so far this year, so too we as humans begin to grow and flower with all that we have learned so far this year. As a full time Torah student, I immediately relate to this concept. I’m in class, learning learning learning all the time- soaking up the knowledge of my Rabbis, teachers, and the generations of Torah scholars before me. It’s nice to have a gentle reminder to stop, truly breathe in all of these ideas and appreciate the fruit I’m beginning to bring forth.

This reminds me of a beautiful midrash in the gemara (Chullin, 60B).
The sun and moon were originally created equal in size and luster. The sun was meant to rule the day, and the moon the night. The moon went to G-d and asked if it was possible that two kings could share a single crown. G-d then told the moon to make himself smaller. The moon complained—why was he being made the smaller one for pointing out something that was true? G-d stood his ground, insisting that the moon remain small. He told the moon that he could rule both day and night- that he would sometimes be visible during the day, whereas the sun was only visible during the day and never by night. The moon was not placated and complained further. G-d told him that the Jewish people will count their months by the moon’s cycle, and then told him that many other greats of the Tanach were also called small- Jacob, Samuel, and David. Still, the moon was not consoled and G-d instructed the moon to bring an atonement on His behalf—that indeed the situation may have been unfair to the moon, but that was simply how it had to be and so G-d apologized. The lesson here being that— Being intelligent and perceptive may on occasion put us in a situation where Hashem asks us to make ourselves (read: our egos) smaller. It might seem unfair, and it will likely be difficult- but it is what G-d wants and it is ultimately what needs to happen. It’s not our job to understand why, but to have faith that everything is happening exactly as it should. One of the main lessons I’ve learned so far this year is that I have no control over what others do or choose not to do—but that I have total control over what I do and how I react to events as they come up in my life.