Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Introduction to Kabbalah edX MOOC- Media Coverage



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Hello,

We hope that you are enjoying the course.

We are writing to you because the global media and the media in Israel show an interest in our course. They are interested in the international profile of our students, and in their interest in Kabbalah. Some journalists asked us to interview our students about the course and about their interest in Kabbalah. Would you be interested to participate in such an interview?

This is just an option, please feel free to refuse, or ignore this request if you are not interested.  

Enjoy the rest of the course!

All the best,

Prof. Boaz Huss and Dr. Yoed Kadary

 


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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Holiday greetings



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Dear Learners,

Exactly forty-nine years ago, the three astronauts aboard Apollo 8 were circling the moon. They were the first humans to have left terrestrial orbit and captured that experience with the well-known photo of earth rising above the horizon of the moon.

But they did something else as well. On Christmas Eve 1968, they read a message to earth: the opening of Genesis. It was the largest live transmission in the history of humankind—and the first literary reading in space.

There had been doubts about the necessity of sending men to the moon. For many purposes, an unmanned probe would have been enough. But while the human Apollo 8 crew might not have contributed much to science, it did contribute to literature. The astronauts turned to the opening of the Bible, which unexpectedly expressed what it was like to have left the orbit of the earth and shot straight out into space. Seeing earthrise from afar was the perfect position for reading the most influential creation myth devised by humans.

From The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization, xvii.




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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Lesson 7 is online now!



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Hello all,

Welcome to our 7th lesson: Early Kabbala and Sefer ha-Zohar.

In the last six lessons, we learned about major Kabbalistic concepts and practices. The next 3 lessons will put those ideas into their historical context. Today lesson will be dedicated to the origins and early development of Kabbalah. We will learn about R. Abraham Abulaflia and the Prophetic Kabbalah, and about the most influential and mysterious text in the history of the Kabbalah: Sefer ha-Zohar.

Due the holiday period, we will slow the course pace and we will release one lesson in a week. The 8th lesson will be released on 28 Dec 2017 and the last lesson on 4 Jan 2018. In the same date of the last lesson, we will also release the final test. Jan 5, 2018, is the deadline to upgrade and pursue a verified certificate. The course ends on Jan 30, 2018. For the detailed schedule check our syllabus.

Happy Holidays to all of you,

Prof. Boaz Huss and Dr. Yoed Kadary 




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The Bible in the Light of the Ancient Near East: Lesson 9



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Dear Students,

 

I am excited to invite you to our last lesson in the course The Bible in Light of the Ancient Near East!

The lesson is dedicated to the genre of wisdom, exploring it from a comparative point of view.

 

Recommended preliminary reading for our lesson includes Proverbs 22:17-24:22.

 

I would like to thank each of you for taking part in this course, for creating a lively virtual learning community, and for enriching each other by sharing your thoughts in our forum!

 

Please note that the course formal end date is January 10, 2018. Before this date, you can still take weekly quizzes. In addition, the course team will still be available in the forum to answer your questions and queries.

 

Best wishes,

 Dr. Nili Samet




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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Welcome to week 2 of Shakespeare Matters!



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Dear Scott Lord

Happy Holidays and welcome to week 2 of the Shakespeare Matters MOOC. Before I give you a glimpse at what's in store in Section 2, I want to share a few highlights from Section 1.

First of all, it was wonderful to read all of your introductions , and see a very strong sense of 'your Shakespeare' in the discussion forums, especially in those that asked you to compare and contrast the readings of two speeches from Hamlet. Many thanks to those who posted links to other versions: this kind of information is great to share, so please keep it coming throughout the MOOC.

Thank you as well for sharing your Shakespeare stuff. The most votes went to a thread begun by BrianPearl, who rightly notes 'that one cannot have enough Shakespeare stuff'.

The most activity was around a thread initiated by Wenster, which has resulted in a pictorial treasure trove of people's Shakespeare stuff. Great! Don't forget to return to Section 1 every now and again to keep up-to-date with some brilliant discussion threads as well.

Now to Section 2: this week, Prasanna will be diving into the emotion of love as a central theme in Shakespeare's comedies. The play in focus is A Midsummer Night's Dream – a romantic comedy with a twist. This play matters because it is about love, and love matters to us all!

But you might be surprised by what you learn about love in this play, in particular about Shakespeare's conception of love as a surprisingly modern one.

You will also experience Shakespeare's language of love. You will learn about rhyming couplets and Shakespeare's sophisticated use of this easy-to-recognise poetic form.

This week's Speak the Speech is 'I pray thee gentle mortal, sing again', a hilarious exchange between Bottom, a weaver, and the Queen of the Fairies. You will also explore a famous speech in which Shakespeare himself appears in the guise of Theseus.

So hop in and enjoy learning about love in A Midsummer Night's Dream, one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies. I am really looking forward to hearing your comments and ideas.

Please note that due to the holiday season, there will be limited support on the 24th, 25th, 31st December and the 1st January 2018. Should you need any assistance at this time, please contact edX support.

Thank you,
Lucy Potter 




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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Take your courses on-the-go



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Traveling this holiday season? Take your courses with you!

With the Coursera App available on iOS and Android, Yale courses are available at your fingertips. You can even download course materials to learn offline.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Bible in the Light of the Ancient Near East: Lesson 7



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Dear Students,

 

I am happy to invite you to the seventh lesson of the course The Bible in Light of the Ancient Near East. In this lesson, we continue to discuss Biblical and ancient Near Eastern law from several new angles. The lesson is now available on your edX dashboard.

 

I would like to thank those who contributed to the forum discussion of lesson 6!

 

Recommended preliminary reading: you are invited to read several passages of the patriarchal stories in the Book of Genesis that deal with wife-maidservant relations. In our lesson, we will explore these from a legal point of view. As usual, the links below lead to the King James Bible, but you may use any translation and/ or commentary:

Gen 16:1–6

Gen 21:1–21

Gen 30:1–13

 

Note: For your convenience, the video lectures of all units are also available in our YouTube channel.

 

 

Good luck,

Dr. Nili Samet

 




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