Hadar is thrilled to host a Daf Yomi Siyyum on Sunday, January 5th, from 1:00-4:45 pm at 190 Amsterdam Ave. to mark the completion of the seven and a half year Daf Yomi Cycle. To celebrate this tremendous achievement, we'll come together for an afternoon to study text, hear from those who have committed themselves to learning during this cycle, and together commence the next round of learning!
The cost is $10 in advance, and $18 at the door.
1:00-2:00pm Panel Discussion: "2711 Pages Later: Insights Gleaned from Seven and a Half Years of Talmud Study"
featuring Rabbi Jane Kanarek, Rabbi Avi Killip, and Rabbi Avi Strausberg. Moderated by Rabbi Ethan Tucker
2:10-3:30pm A Taste of the Talmud: Break Out Gemara Sessions
“The Shirt off His Back”: A Talmudic Story and Its Halakhic Afterlife (Massekhet Bava Metzia)
Dr. Devora Steinmetz
In the middle of an extended passage about collection of debts, the Talmud tells a story about a sage who meets the prophet Elijah in a graveyard and ends up in the Garden of Eden. We will consider this story within its literary context and see how it served as a point of contention within a halakhic debate about impoverished debtors.
Shall I Compare Thee to a Field?: Thinking About Betrothal and Gender in Bavli Kiddushin (Massekhet Kiddushin)
Rabbi Jane Kanarek
The opening sugya of Bavli Kiddushin can be understood as an introductory lecture on a central topic of the masekhet: betrothal. Through a close reading of this extended sugya, we will look at the ways in which the Bavli reframes the Mishnah’s understanding of betrothal and introduces its own conceptual frames of gender and acquisition.
Ripping in Anger: Halakhah, Aggadah, Critical Talmud and Religious Meaning (Massekhet Shabbat)
Rabbi Ethan Tucker
We will look at a passage from Massekhet Shabbat that beautifully and cryptically blends a very concrete discussion about the laws of Shabbat with deep insights about anger and the human condition. This complex sugya shows how halakhah and aggadah are helplessly intertwined in the Talmud, even as we, as its readers, cannot avoid making decisions about when we should disentangle them.
3:30-4:45pm Siyyum: Closing of Niddah with Rabbi Aviva Richman, Kaddish, and Beginning of Brakhot with Rabbi Elie Kaunfer
4:45pm Sushi Reception
About the teachers:
Dr. Devora Steinmetz serves on the faculty of Drisha Institute in the United States and Israel and on the leadership team of Drisha’s new yeshiva in Israel. She is the founder of Beit Rabban, a Jewish day school profiled in Daniel Pekarsky’s Vision at Work: The Theory and Practice of Beit Rabban.
She is the author of scholarly articles on Talmud, Midrash, and Bible as well as of two books: From Father to Son: Kinship, Conflict, and Continuity in Genesis and Punishment and Freedom: The Rabbinic Construction of Criminal Law. Dr. Steinmetz also serves on the faculty of the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership.
Rabbi Ethan Tucker is President and Rosh Yeshiva at Hadar and chair in Jewish Law. Ethan also directs Hadar’s Center for Jewish Law and Values. Ethan was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Harvard College. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he was a co-founder of Kehilat Hadar and a winner of the first Grinspoon Foundation Social Entrepreneur Fellowship. He serves on the board of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Ramaz School. He is the author, along with Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg, of Gender Equality and Prayer in Jewish Law (2017).
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer is President and CEO of the Hadar Institute. Elie has previously worked as a journalist, banker, and corporate fraud investigator. A graduate of Harvard College, he completed his doctorate in liturgy at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was also ordained. A Wexner Graduate Fellow and Dorot Fellow, Elie is a co-founder of the independent minyan Kehilat Hadar and has been named multiple times to Newsweek’s list of the top 50 rabbis in America. He was selected as an inaugural AVI CHAI Fellow, and is the author of Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us About Building Vibrant Jewish Communities (Jewish Lights, 2010). Elie holds a doctorate in liturgy from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was also ordained. He also received semikha from his long-time teacher, Rav Daniel Landes. Elie serves on the board of Natan and on the advisory board of Upstart.
Rabbi Avi Killip serves as VP of Strategy and Programs at the Hadar Institute, where she is also Director of Project Zug. She was ordained from Hebrew College’s pluralistic Rabbinical School in Boston. Avi holds a Bachelors and Masters from Brandeis University in Jewish Studies and Women & Gender Studies. She was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and is a member of the fourth cohort of the Schusterman Fellowship. She serves on the advisory board of ShmaNOW and the Jewish Studio Project. Avi lives in Riverdale, NY with her husband and three young children.
Rabbi Aviva Richman is a faculty member at Yeshivat Hadar, and directs the Manger Winter Learning Seminar. Aviva has taught at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, and is a past Rosh Kollel of the Bet Midrash at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. She has also taught at the National Havurah Institute. She studied in the Pardes Kollel and the Drisha Scholars' Circle and was ordained by a private teacher. Particular interests include Halakhah, gender and sexuality in Judaism and niggunim. A Wexner fellow, Aviva is currently pursuing a doctorate in Rabbinics at NYU.
Rabbi Avi Strausberg is the Director of National Learning Initiatives at Hadar, and is based in Washington, DC. Previously, she served as the Director of Congregational Learning of Temple of Aaron in St. Paul, Minnesota. Avi studied at Hadar as a year fellow, and served on our summer faculty in 2014 and 2019. She received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in Boston and is a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She also holds a Masters in Jewish Education. While pursuing her studies, Avi was honored to serve as a rabbinic intern at Kehillath Israel and Temple Sinai. She has taught students of different ages and backgrounds at Kehillath Israel, Temple Sinai, Makor, and Hadar. Additionally, Avi has worked as a chaplain intern at Hebrew Senior Life and organized an anti-trafficking campaign as a rabbinic fellow at T’ruah. Energized by engaging creatively with Jewish text, she has written several theatre pieces inspired by the Torah and maintains a Daf Yomi haiku blog in which she writes daily Talmudic haikus. Avi is most grateful for her wife, Chana, and two children, Ori and Niv.
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