Classes & Events

Registration and more class information for Fall 2018 will be available soon.


See below for our Fall/Zman Stav 2018 classes. Click on the the '+' sign next to the course titles to read their descriptions.

Talmud study at Yeshivat Hadar is an intensive commitment to both the class and your chevruta, and we ask all potential Talmud students to speak with Dena Weiss, our Rosh Beit Midrash, before registering. For more information about our classes or to apply to take Talmud please contact Dena Weiss (

[] Talmud I and II: Massekhet Sanhedrin

Dena Weiss (Beginner) and Aviva Richman (Intermediate)
M/T/Th/F 9:15-12:45
Oct. 8-Dec. 21, 2018

This havruta-based class is in the study of the primary canonical Rabbinic texts: the Babylonian Talmud, and is intended for students with strong Hebrew language skills and varying skills in Aramaic. The class focuses on extensive support in developing reading skills and engaging more abstract conceptual and theological questions through close textual analysis. This semester, we will be focusing on the eighth chapter of Massekhet Sanhedrin.

Tuition: $2,000*, reduced student tuition $500

[] Heavenly Torah: Themes in Rabbinic Thought

Laynie Soloman
Tuesdays, 3:45 - 5:15
Oct. 11-Dec. 18, 2018

What is the nature of prophecy? How was the Torah given, and how are we to interpret it? Where does God live in a post-Temple Jewish society? Together we will deepen our understanding of the theological questions and dilemmas facing the early rabbis. Through close readings of rabbinic text, along with Abraham Joshua Heschel's prolific work Heavenly Torah: As Refracted Through the Generations as our guide, we'll attempt to explore our own theological questions as they relate to and are grounded in the paradigms set forth by our ancient sages.

Tuition: $200 / Reduced Tuition: $100

[] The Black, the White, and the Gray: Personalities in Bereishit

Laynie Soloman
Monday/Thursday, 3:45 - 5:15 pm
Oct. 10- Dec. 17, 2018

This class will explore some of the most enigmatic personalities in Bereishit, including Kayin, Sarah, Lot, and Esav through the use of the Biblical text, Midrash, classical exegesis, and modern interpretation. We will study the characters, the way they have been understood by different schools of exegesis at different points in Jewish history, and the way they are imagined imagined today. Along the way we will discuss: What makes for "good" interpretation? What assumptions do we make when we read a Biblical text? How do our readings of Biblical figures affect our personal religious lives? What do we gain and lose when villains are not so evil and heroes are not so good?

Tuition: $350 /Reduced Tuition: $175

*Some scholarships available for students and those in need of financial assistance.