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Boston High Holiday Lecture Series

Biblical Modes of Repentance

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As we look towards the High Holidays, taking time to spiritually prepare will make the yamim nora'im all the more meaningful when they arrive. This year, Hadar is proud to present a series of lectures in the Boston area about teshuvah, and what our tradition can teach us about moving forward into a new year.

All lectures cost $5 to attend, and include dinner from 7:00 to 7:30 pm. The lectures follow, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm, and are held at Washburn Auditorium, 10 Phillips Place, Cambridge.

Schedule of Classes


September 4, 7:00 to 9:00 pm: Rabbi Tali Adler

Washburn Auditorium, 10 Phillips Place, Cambridge.

Children of Kayin: Original Sin and the Improbability of Teshuvah

While we usually think of Kayin as the original murderer, some midrashic traditions paint Kayin in a different light: as the original baal teshuvah, or penitent. In this class we will explore the story of Kayin and its midrashic reception. We will ask ourselves: is the concept of teshuvah intuitive? Is there anything that is beyond forgiveness? And how would our Yom Kippur change if we imagined ourselves, on that day, as descendants of Kayin?


September 11, 7:00 to 9:00 pm: Rabbi Avi Killip

Washburn Auditorium, 10 Phillips Place, Cambridge.

When We Can’t Go it Alone: Teshuvah as Community Engagement

What is teshuvah and why does it require us to engage with our community? Repentance is a deeply personal endeavor, so why do more Jews come together on Yom Kippur than any other day of the year? Together we will explore the social and theological intersections between sin, forgiveness, repentance and change.


September 17, 7:00 to 9:00 pm: Rabbi Shai Held

Washburn Auditorium, 10 Phillips Place, Cambridge.

The Fast That God Desires: Love, Justice, and the Meaning of the Yom Kippur Haftarah

The haftarah for Yom Kippur confronts us with a searing question many would prefer to avoid: What if our worship is no more than a sham? Moving beyond rebuke, the prophet Isaiah offers a stunning alternative, a powerful vision of what genuine worship would look like— and by extension, of what a good community and society look like. In brief, the prophet demands a deep and abiding commitment to both love and justice. In this session, we'll wrestle with Isaiah's words and with their implications for our lives.


A Collaboration of:

Supported by the CJP

Harvard Hillel

Wilson Square Minyan

Minyan Tehillah 

Cambridge Minyan

Congregation Eitz Chayim

Tremont Street Shul


Washington Square Minyan

JSA Harvard Divinity School

Harvard Hillel Graduate Student Community 

Harvard Hillel Student Conservative Minyan

MIT Grad Hillel

Camberville Open Beit Midrash


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