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DC High Holiday Lectures

Hiyyuv: Embracing Jewish Obligation Summer Yom Iyyun July 17, 2019

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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 Washington DC about teshuvah, and what our tradition can teach us about moving forward into a new year. The cost is $5 per lecture, and include free dinners, beginning a half hour before each lecture.

Hadar is proud to partner with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington to present Hadar in Washington DC-Engaging Young Adults.

Schedule of Classes


September 3, Dinner at 7:00, lecture from 7:30 to 9:00 pm: Rabbi Tali Adler

Children of Kayin: Original Sin and the Improbability of Teshuvah

Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School (6045 16th St NW)

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, Dinner at 7:30, lecture from 8:00 to 9:00 pm: Rabbi Elie Kaunfer

The Deeper Meaning of “Avinu Malkenu”

At Ohev Sholom (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, dinner at 6:30, learning with Rabbi Avi Strausberg from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, and music with Rabbi Yosef Goldman from 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?"

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