Wisdom from the Wilderness: A Tikvah Parsha Project
This seminar, a first for Tikvah Online Academy, will help prepare Bar/Bat Mitzvah candidates and other curious students to gain a better understanding of three narratively rich parshiot from the book of Bamidbar: Be’Haalotecha, Shelach, and Korach. Students will see the continuities and connections within and across these three sections of the Torah, including the travels and constant complaining in the desert, the sin of the spies, and Korach’s rebellion against Moses’ authority, with an emphasis of the thematic and stylistic commonalities presented to careful readers of these parshiot. By presenting both the Big Picture and the closer textual elements found in these biblical narratives, this seminar will help students organize their thoughts so they can themselves present their Parsha is an interesting, even compelling, fashion to family, friends, and congregants.
Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder
Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder currently teaches Jewish studies to high-schoolers at Gann Academy outside of Boston. His work with teens also includes an incredible group of private students, both pre- and post-bar mitzvah. His focus on the experiences of Jewish teens and what our tradition can offer them literally keeps him up at night and is the overall focus of his career and lifestyle. Before Gann he worked at MIT Hillel, and before that he was a pulpit rabbi in Boulder, Colorado. He also runs a small independent Jewish publishing house and maintains a rigorous writing schedule. He has not let go of his dream of being a rock star.
Meet the Instructor
Tikvah aims to make all of our courses available to as many qualified students as possible. In the event that Tikvah needs to add additional sections, this course may be taught by a different faculty member with a similarly high level of expertise.