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 Washington DC about teshuvah, and what our tradition can teach us about moving forward into a new year.
September 3, 7:30 to 9:00 pm: Rabbi Tali Adler
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 10, 7:30 to 9:00 pm: Rabbi Elie Kaunfer
The Deeper Meaning of “Avinu Malkenu”
At Ohev Shalom (1600 Jonquil St NW, Washington, DC 20012)
How does our understanding of a prayer – even a “famous” prayer – alter once we know who wrote it? How do human relationships filter into prayers to God? Together we will look at the story of the writing of Avinu Malkenu – Our Father, Our King – and a number of related Talmudic stories to explore these questions.
September 17, 7:00 to 9:00 pm: Learning with Rabbi Avi Strausberg (7:00 to 8:00 pm) and Music with Rabbi Yosef Goldman (8:00 to 9:00 pm)
Forgive and Forget or, All the Torah I Never Learned
At Ohr Kodesh (8300 Meadowbrook Ln, Chevy Chase, MD 20815)
Jewish sources come down hard on the evils of forgetting Torah. As we approach the High Holidays, a time in which we remember all that has gone wrong, the things we have done, and that which has been done to us, we'll explore the question, "Might there be something gained in forgetting?"