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See below for our Winter/Zman Horef 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 havruta, 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 (email@example.com)
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 third chapter of Massekhet Sukkah.
Monday 2:00-3:30 pm and Wednesday 1:00-2:15 pm
Jan. 17-Feb. 7, 2018
Each week, we will look closely at a particular prayer in the daily or Shabbat service, defamiliarizing the familiar in order to invest our Tefilah 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: $125*, reduced tuition: $75
Jan. 17-Feb. 28, 2018
We will be exploring many of the principal personalities in early Hassidic life and the major themes that appear in Hassidic thought. Each week we'll encounter a new teacher and a new philosophy. We’ll explore the roles of study, prayer, 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 about old problems in new ways?
Wednesday 10:00am-12:30 pm
Mar. 7, 13, 21, 2018
What does it mean to celebrate, much less enact, liberation in the United States in 2018? Over three weeks, we’ll take three different perspectives on the kinds of freedom Pesah might call us into this year: being more courageous in the face of conflict, more conversant with our own and others’ suffering, and better able to hold redemption and struggle together.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:45 pm
Jan. 17-Mar. 22, 2018 (no class Mar. 1)
Maimonides's Guide for the Perplexed is Jewish philosophy’s greatest work - and ironically, its most perplexing work as well. This havruta-based class will cover the major themes and passages of the Guide, including how much human beings can really know about the universe and God, shame and humility, morality, and the complementary roles of science and metaphor. All texts will be read in English (Hebrew available for native Hebrew speakers). No philosophy background necessary.
Thursday 4:00-5:30 pm
January 18-March 15, 2018 (no class Mar. 1)
Engaging in Torah study is not only a central component of a meaningful Jewish life, it is also a foundational mitzvah and practice. What is the mitzvah of Torah study, and how does one fulfill it? How should students of Torah conduct themselves? We will explore these questions, along with other core themes of Maimonides’ Hilkhot Talmud Torah, the Laws of Torah Study, and earlier rabbinic sources.
Tuesday 4:00-5:30 pm
January 16 - February 13, 2018
We will study a variety of topics in Halakhah where there is a dynamic interplay between halakhic practice and emotions such as anger, grief, love and shame. When does Halakhah aim to affirm, ignore, prevent, alter, or cultivate human emotion? Can being in a particular emotional state reframe the halakhic meaning of an action?
*Some scholarships available for students and those in need of financial assistance.