Sunday, May 24th, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
The holiday of Shavuot commemorates the epic moment when Moshe and the Israelites received the Torah at Sinai. Tradition dictates that this revelation is ongoing; that we must continually prepare ourselves to re-receive the Torah each year.
Prepare for your Shavuot revelation with an amazing day of virtual communal learning, led by Hadar faculty. Together, we will ponder questions of learning Torah, loving Torah, owning Torah, forgetting Torah and more.
Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 21
9:30-10:00 Opening D’var Torah with Rabbi Ethan Tucker
10:05-10:50 Breakout group sessions with 2 Hadar faculty
- All the Torah I Never Learned: On Forgetting Torah
Rabbi Avi Strausberg
Jewish sources come down hard on the evils of forgetting Torah, going so far as to consider one who forgets one item of learning "as if he were mortally liable!" Yet who among us hasn’t struggled to remember that piece of learning we did years ago...or even yesterday. As we approach Shavuot, a holiday in which we celebrate Torah by staying up late to learn Torah that we will most likely forget, we'll explore whether there might be positive value in forgetting Torah. No memorization required!
- Marriage and Revelation: Shavuot as a Wedding Day
Rabbi Aviva Richman
What does it mean for standing at Sinai to be like standing under a huppah? Who are the beloved partners at this moment of revelation, and how is this moment meant to change them? We will focus on scenes from midrash and excerpts from the modern essays of Rav Yitzhak Hutner that depict Shavuot as a wedding day, and probe what these texts teach about our relationship with God and Torah - and about our human intimate relationships in turn.
10:55-12:00pm Closing Plenary Session
- Tailored Torah: Discovering and Owning our own Torah
Though the Torah was given to all of Benei Yisrael collectively, it was also given to each and every one of us as individuals. But what does it mean for each of us to have our own Torah? How do we tap into the Torah that is exclusively ours and how do we bring our own Torah into conversation with the Torah of others?