Classes & Events


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 am-12:45pm
Oct. 08 - 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

[] Pluralism, Integrity, Community

Ethan Tucker
Wednesday 9:45am-11:45am
Oct. 10 - Nov. 15, 2018

In this 5-part series, we will explore issues surrounding conflicts within communities around practice. We will begin with an overarching theory of navigating community and pluralism and move on to concrete cases that involve core questions of personal and communal trust. We will aim to create a shared discourse around these thorny topics while exploring practical solutions to common problems.

Tuition: $100/ Reduced Tuition: $50

[] Encountering the God of Tanakh: Between Love and Violence

Shai Held
Wednesday 9:45am-11:45am
Nov. 28 - Dec 19, 2018

In this class, we'll begin by carefully exploring 3 of the most powerful biblical texts on divine love: Hosea 11, Isaiah 55, and Exodus 34:6-7. Through close study of these passages, we'll begin to develop a biblical theology of divine love, but then we'll shift gears and probe two questions: 1) How should we relate to passages that imagine God as wrathful and even vengeful; and 2) How can we make sense of divine violence in Tanakh, both violence engaged in by God and human violence sanctioned (or commanded) by God. In this second part of the class, we'll ask more questions than we'll be able to answer…

Tuition:$100/ Reduced Tuition: $50

[] Bekiyut Mishnah: Seder Nezikin

Ethan Tucker
Monday and Thursday 2:00-3:30pm, Wednesday 12:00-1:15pm
Oct. 10 - Dec. 19, 2018

This class will focus on covering ground in Seder Nezikin, the order of the Mishnah that focuses on civil and criminal law. Significant time spent in independent study will culminate in a weekly review of key texts and topics. There will be an option to complete the entire Seder, which will require significant additional time commitment.

Tuition: $200 / Reduced Tuition $100

[] Heavenly Torah: Themes in Rabbinic Thought

Laynie Soloman
Tuesday, 3:45 - 5:15pm
Oct. 09 - 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

Tali Adler
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.