Who We Are
Dvir Hadad

1. When were you at Hadar?

I still am at Hadar, spiritually. But physically I was at Hadar in summer '15.

2. Where are you now (physically)?

On my bed in the Duvdevan army base (Maale Adumin, Israel :) ). I serve as a Mashak Dat - the one who is in charge of the Rabbanut in the unit.

3. What are you up to now?

Since I am in the army, I can't really do much. I do the daily things I am supposed to do, and mostly read a lot. Recommendations are always welcome! Right now I am finishing a thriller by Tana French :)

4. Is there a beautiful piece of Torah from your Hadar days that you keep close to your heart?

I am not sure it counts as a piece of Torah, but it's something Rav Shai Held said - so that might be enough. He said that we should always remember that mankind is more holy than a Torah scroll, and yet we should think of how different we act towards a Torah we find dirty and thrown on the ground in the streets, and what we do when we see a human in a similar situation. I found that piece of Torah truly beautiful, and it changed the way I view people and the Torah.

5. If you could describe your experience at Hadar in one word what would it be (feel free to elaborate beyond a single word)?

Itwasabsolutelyamazingandtrulylifechanging (Does that count?)

6. Can you tell us about your micro grant work last year and your new project this year?

A friend from [Yeshivat Maale Gilboa], Rony Schwartz, and I decided we want to start a two day seminar for Yeshiva students, that will be as close as possible to Hadar. Over the past year the Beit Midrash Ben HaZmanim met three times, and we had more than 150 participant each time! We hope to keep up this coming year, and we have a dream to make it longer and have a bigger audience. If you are in Israel during the weeks before Pesach, let me know and join us!

7. Is there a time this past year when Hadar specifically came to mind?

Baruch Hashem, Hadar is with me almost everyday. Over the last almost four months, I had a hard time davening everymorning. I started writing as my Shachrit, and then I was able to go back to my siddur and daven as I felt I was supposed to. The idea came from Rav Aviva, in one of our Thursday night sichot, when her poetry seemed to me like prayers. It was very powerful. Huge thanks!