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A Look at Contemporary Israel through the Eyes of Tanakh

Course Developed by: Rabbi Jeffrey Schrager

In 1948, the State of Israel was established marking the first time in almost 2000 years that the Jewish people had sovereignty over their homeland. This historic event--the creation of Medinat Yisrael, the State of Israel--provides an important new context for our study of Tanakh. It allows us to learn Tanakh in ways we had never experienced previously. We have a better understanding of the places and lives biblical figures inhabited. Along with the joy of having a Jewish homeland, having a country of our own also means we have to deal with all the problems inherent in governance.

In this course, we will focus on applying the lessons gathered from the biblical narrative to the modern State of Israel, while also discussing how recent events and discoveries inform our learning of Tanakh. Along the way, we will learn about our relationship with the land of Israel both as individuals and as a nation.

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Rabbi Schrager was raised in Rochester, NY. He studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar and then Yeshiva University where he majored in English Literature. He has been a classroom teacher for more than a decade, first in Rochester and subsequently at the Akiba Academy of Dallas, TX, where he served as the Middle School Judaic Studies Coordinator. In 2015, Rabbi Schrager and his family fulfilled their dream of moving to Israel, where they currently reside in Ramat Beit Shemesh.