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Classes


 

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

For more information or to apply to take Talmud please contact Dena Weiss (weiss@hadar.org)

[] Talmud I: Introduction to Rabbinics in the Original

Dena Weiss
M/T/Th/F 9:15-12:45
June 11 – August 3, 2018

This course is an introduction to the study of the founding document of Rabbinic Judaism, the Mishnah, in the original Hebrew. It is intended for students with basic Hebrew language skills. Each unit of Mishnah will be analyzed as a textual unit, with particular attention to the vocabulary, syntax, and conceptual universe of the text. For each unit, a comparison will be made with associated rabbinic material—Tosefta, midrash, or Talmud—to paint a fuller picture of rabbinic thought.

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


[] Talmud II: Structure of the Sugya

R. Miriam-Simma Walfish
M/T/Th/F 9:15-12:45
June 11 – August 3, 2018

This course is an introduction to the study of two canonical Rabbinic texts: the Mishnah and the Babylonian Talmud, and is intended for students with strong Hebrew language skills but little experience with the study of Talmud. Each unit begins with close linguistic, literary, and conceptual analysis of a section from the Mishnah, with an emphasis on both the concrete positions and open questions presented by the material. Analysis of the attendant Talmudic material will focus on extensive support in developing reading skills and will touch on more abstract conceptual and theological questions. Students completing this course will be able to independently parse and translate passages from the Mishnah using dictionaries and other tools, follow the standard citation techniques in classical printings of Jewish texts, identify common conceptual and structural patterns of the Babylonian Talmud, and translate simple Talmudic passages with minimal assistance.

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


[] Talmud III: Talmud with Tosafot

R. Aviva Richman
M/T/Th/F 9:15-12:45
June 11 – August 3, 2018

This course, intended for students comfortable with learning Talmud with Rashi, will build skills for comprehending the Talmud more thoroughly through the use of Tosafot. In addition to learning the Talmudic sugyot with care, we will focus on strategies for decoding Tosafot, gaining a basic understanding of their literary and legal project, and developing the use of Tosafot as a window into deeper issues in the text of the Talmud itself. By the end of the summer, as student in this class will be able to offer independent interpretations of the thematized conceptual and literary aspects of a given section of the Babylonian Talmud.

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


[] Talmud IV: Talmud with Rishonim

Ethan Tucker
M/T/Th/F 9:15-12:45
June 11 – August 3, 2018

This course is an in-depth study of a section of the Babylonian Talmud and its commentators. Students learn the Talmudic passage in depth, with special attention to the difficulties and challenges present in the text. Medieval and modern commentators provide an additional level of analysis, as these authors pinpoint historical and literary disjunctures in the text. Manuscript evidence, parallels in rabbinic literature and scholarly literature on the passage are consulted extensively, as students aim to reconstruct the history of the Talmudic passage and to reflect on its later relevance in medieval and modern codes.

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


[] The Holy Blessed One Needs Our Hearts and Minds: Jewish Thought for Jews Who Think and Feel

R. Jason Rubenstein
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Afternoons: 2:15 - 3:45 pm
June 11 – August 2, 2018

What might a productive engagement with the major categories of Jewish thought - revelation, miracles, the afterlife, authority, interpretation, and politics - look like, and, more importantly, what would it be good for? In this class we'll take up these themes with the goals of (1) generating compelling readings of Hazal, (2) gaining new perspective on our own creaturely lives, and (3) becoming more, not less, honest about what we do and don't believe (and about what we want to believe and want not to believe).

Tuition: $350*


[] Halakhah Seder: Morning Blessings

Ethan Tucker
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Afternoons: 2:15-3:45pm
June 11 – August 2, 2018

In this class, we will learn through Siman 46 in Orah Hayyim, the section of the Shulhan Arukh that deals with the collection of blessings said each morning upon waking. Through the lens of this material, we will explore a range of issues: How much are blessings responses to life and how much do they structure it? How do we respond to the blessings around identity in a world that is dramatically socially different from that of our ancestors? What place is there for liturgical creativity in the post-Talmudic age? In addition, we will delve into halakhic terminology and methodology, as well as acquaint ourselves with rabbinic personalities from throughout the ages. This class will be taught on two levels. Beginners will work through the text of the Shulhan Arukh and the Mishnah Berurah (with some supplementing of this with the Arokh Hashulhan and the Kaf Hahayyim). Advanced learners will work through the core passages of the gemara, the entirely of the Beit Yosef and will supplement their study of the Mishnah Berurah and Arokh Hashulhan with a look at various responsa.

Tuition: $350*


[] Hassidut: Teachers and Disciples

Dena Weiss
Monday/Thursday 4:00-6:00pm (twice a week)
June 11 – July 30, 2018

In this class we will be exploring a number of the major personalities in early Hassidic life and the major themes that appear in Hassidic thought. We’ll explore the roles of Talmud Torah, Tefillah, Faith and Doubt, among others and try to apply those lessons to our daily lives. What are our religious and spiritual values? What are our challenges? How can we think of old problems in new ways?

Tuition: $250*


[] The Amidah: Interpretation and Meaning

R. Elie Kaunfer
Monday/Thursday 4:00-6:00pm (Twice Weekly Class)
June 11 – July 30, 2018

Where can I find myself in the siddur? How can I better connect to the ancient words of prayer? In this class, we will look closely at a particular prayer - with a focus on the amidah - in order to invest our Tefillah experience with more historical, textual context and meaning. We’ll investigate the primary sources (Biblical and Rabbinic) that serve as background and inspiration for various prayers and will build an interpretive methodology that you can apply to your own intellectual and emotional exploration of prayer.

Tuition: $250*


[] Night Seder/Open Beit Midrash

Hadar faculty and staff present
Tuesday Evenings, 7:00-8:45 pm (free and open to the public, no need to register)
June 12 - July 24, 2018

Looking for a vibrant Beit Midrash to study on your own or with a havruta? Come learn with us on Tuesday nights this summer!

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