Halakhah Intensive

Immersive Program
 | 
In Person
Date
-
Location
Cost
$300-$650

Hadar’s Halakhah Intensive features a week of rich, rigorous, and meaningful learning on a halakhic theme.

This program requires prior experience with learning halakhic texts, and it will be tracked by level, from intermediate to advanced. The brief application form includes a skills assessment to place participants in the appropriate level for their skills and background.

  • The advanced level is designed for those with fluency in Talmud and rishonim and who have extensive yeshiva background.
  • The intermediate level is designed for those who have spent time in a beit midrash and feel confident working through a sugya independently.

This year's theme is "S'feik S'feika: Living with Doubt"

The Halakhah Intensive will explore the concept of s’feik s’feika, the notion that sometimes a situation involves multiple axes of doubt. For instance: Imagine a person with doubts about their lineage as a kohen. They generally assume restrictions such as not walking near graves. But if this person confronts a field that might have a grave in it, there are now two axes of doubt: There’s a doubt about the person’s status, and a doubt about the environment they are coming in contact with – the field might not have a grave in it, and even if it does, perhaps this person is not a kohen. Does this s’feik s’feika overwhelm the prohibition against walking past the field? 

We will trace this classic conceptual topic from its earliest appearances in rabbinic sources and watch how it expands and contracts over time. We will ask more general questions emerging from the cases we encounter: What role does doubt play in halakhah? How much are halakhic norms grounded in factual assumptions? What are considered two different axes of doubt? Can you remain blissfully doubtful, or do you need to pursue certainty?

We’re working on this year’s schedule and will publish it in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please feel free to take a look at last year’s schedule to get a sense of the rhythm of the learning:

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Arrive and Schmooze

5:30 PM - 6:15 PM

Welcome and Orientation

6:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Dinner

7:00 PM - 8:05 PM

Opening Lecture
"Conversion: Not By Might"
R. Micha'el Rosenberg

8:05 PM - 8:20 PM

Arvit

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Shaharit

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Breakfast

9:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Seder and Shiur
Core Texts in Rabbinic Conversion

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch

1:45 PM - 2:10 PM

Minhah

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

"Map of the Rishonim"
R. Ethan Tucker

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Snack and Break

3:45 PM - 6:15 PM

Seder
"How Essential is Acceptance of Mitzvot? Rambam vs. Tosafot"

6:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Dinner

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Shiur

8:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Arvit

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Shaharit

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Breakfast

9:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Seder and Shiur
Aharonim: Maximalist Definitions of Kabbalat Ol Mitzvot

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch

1:45 PM - 2:10 PM

Minhah

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Shiur

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

 Break

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

"Gerut at the time of the Rishonim: A Historian’s Perspective"
Dr. Paola Tartakoff

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Elective Sessions

"We Do Not Rely On Miracles: Michael Wyschogrod on Conversion"
Vincent Calabrese

"Here for the Right Reasons? The Role of Motives in Conversion"
Shira Botzum

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Shaharit

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Breakfast

9:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Seder and Shiur
Aharonim: Maximalist Definitions of Kabbalat Ol Mitzvot

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch

1:45 PM - 2:10 PM

Minhah

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Shiur

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

 Break

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

"A Personal Perspective on Conversion: An Interview With Vincent Calabrese"

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Elective Sessions

"'The Holy Spirit Appeared in Our Beit Midrash': Listening to and for God in Halakhic Decision-Making"
Akiva Mattenson

"Conversion and Impossible Circumcision"
Jamie Weisbach

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Dinner

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Faculty Panel: Articulating Approaches to the Study of Halakhah

8:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Arvit

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Shaharit

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Breakfast

9:15 AM - 12:45 PM

 Shiur Klali
"Kabbalat Mitzvot - Is Judaism Possible Without It?"
R. Aviva Richman

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch

1:45 PM - 2:10 PM

Minhah

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Concluding Program
Synthesis and Reflection

Rabbi Tali Adler

Rabbi Tali Adler

R. Tali Adler is faculty at Hadar. A musmekhet of Yeshivat Maharat and alumna of Stern College for Women, R. Adler has studied at a number of institutions including Hadar, Drisha, and Midreshet HaRova.
Rabbi Aviva Richman

Rabbi Aviva Richman

Rabbi Aviva Richman is Rosh Yeshiva at Hadar. She was ordained by R. Daniel Landes and has a doctorate from New York University in Talmud. R. Richman also studied in the Pardes Kollel and the Drisha Scholars’ Circle.

Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg

R. Micha’el Rosenberg is a member of the Hadar faculty. He holds rabbinic ordination both from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and from his teacher, R. Elisha Ancselovits, and has a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the author of Signs of Virginity: Testing Virgins and Making Men in Late Antiquity (2018), and, with Rabbi Ethan Tucker, of Gender Equality and Prayer in Jewish Law (2017).

Dr. Jeremy Tabick

Dr. Jeremy Tabick is the Content Manager and faculty at Hadar, where he teaches, curates, and edits Hadar's content—both online and in print—and Project Zug courses. Jeremy received his PhD in Talmud at JTS. He graduated from the University of Manchester (in the UK) with a Masters in Physics, and is an alumnus of Yeshivat Hadar and the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He lives in Riverdale with his wife and three children.

Rabbi Ethan Tucker

Rabbi Ethan Tucker

R. Ethan Tucker is President and Rosh Yeshiva at Hadar. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he was a co-founder of Kehilat Hadar. He is the author, along with R. Micha’el Rosenberg, of Gender Equality and Prayer in Jewish Law (2017).
Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish

Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish

R. Miriam-Simma Walfish is faculty at Hadar and a Senior Coach for Pedagogy of Partnership. She holds a PhD in Rabbinics from Harvard University and has published several articles, including, "Upending the Curse of Eve: Reframing Maternal Breastfeeding in BT Ketubot" (2017).

This program is for experienced learners interested in immersing themselves in halakhic texts. Unlike many Hadar programs, this immersive program requires prior experience learning halakhic texts, and it will be tracked by level, from intermediate to advanced.

  • The advanced level is designed for those with fluency in Talmud and rishonim and who have extensive yeshiva background.
  • The intermediate level is designed for those who have spent time in a beit midrash and feel confident working through a sugya independently.

The brief application form includes a skills assessment to place participants in the appropriate level for their skills and background. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

The intensive will take place at Yeshivat Hadar - 210 W. 93rd St, New York, NY, 10025 - on May 19-23, 2024.

We’d love for you to bring a havruta! If that isn’t possible, we will match you with another participant who is looking for a havruta.

The general registration fee for this intensive is $650 (with an early bird rate of $550). If the fee poses an obstacle to participation, please feel free to make use of the reduced rate or email us at [email protected], and we will do our best to accommodate. All fees are fully refundable until two weeks (May 5, 2024) before the program.

Tuition includes access to the full range of programming, daily breakfast and lunch, and dinner when programming runs into the evening.

  • Early bird registration (valid before March 1, 2024): $550
  • General registration: $650
  • Scholarship rate: $400
  • Student rate: $300

This year’s Halakhah Intensive will only be offered in person. Stay tuned for opportunities to engage with similar topics and modalities online in the near future.

We’d love to tell you more about this program! Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

Halakhah Intensive 2024 Application

Registrant Information









Home Address

















Please note: This exercise is helpful to determine an appropriate fit for shiurim at the Halakhah Intensive.  At the Intensive, advanced shiurim assume comprehension and will not devote time to translating texts together. Intermediate students will have access to resources to assist with comprehension as needed.

Translate the following passages to the best of your ability without use of a dictionary:

אמר מר כל המזלות מותרין חוץ ממזל חמה ולבנה הכא במאי עסקינן אילימא בעושה אי בעושה כל המזלות מי שרי והכתיב (שמות כ, כג) לא תעשון אתי לא תעשון כדמות שמשי המשמשין לפני במרום אלא פשיטא במוצא וכדתנן המוצא כלים ועליהם צורת חמה צורת לבנה צורת דרקון יוליכם לים המלח

צריך ליזהר בריבית וכמה לאוין נאמרו בו ואפי' הלוה הנותנו והערב והעדים עוברים: הגה ואין חילוק בין אם מלוה לעני או לעשיר והא דלוה עובר דוקא ברבית דאורייתא אבל ברבית דרבנן אינו עובר אלא משום לפני עור וגו' 

Overview

Hadar’s Halakhah Intensive features a week of rich, rigorous, and meaningful learning on a halakhic theme.

This program requires prior experience with learning halakhic texts, and it will be tracked by level, from intermediate to advanced. The brief application form includes a skills assessment to place participants in the appropriate level for their skills and background.

  • The advanced level is designed for those with fluency in Talmud and rishonim and who have extensive yeshiva background.
  • The intermediate level is designed for those who have spent time in a beit midrash and feel confident working through a sugya independently.

This year's theme is "S'feik S'feika: Living with Doubt"

The Halakhah Intensive will explore the concept of s’feik s’feika, the notion that sometimes a situation involves multiple axes of doubt. For instance: Imagine a person with doubts about their lineage as a kohen. They generally assume restrictions such as not walking near graves. But if this person confronts a field that might have a grave in it, there are now two axes of doubt: There’s a doubt about the person’s status, and a doubt about the environment they are coming in contact with – the field might not have a grave in it, and even if it does, perhaps this person is not a kohen. Does this s’feik s’feika overwhelm the prohibition against walking past the field? 

We will trace this classic conceptual topic from its earliest appearances in rabbinic sources and watch how it expands and contracts over time. We will ask more general questions emerging from the cases we encounter: What role does doubt play in halakhah? How much are halakhic norms grounded in factual assumptions? What are considered two different axes of doubt? Can you remain blissfully doubtful, or do you need to pursue certainty?

2023 Schedule

We’re working on this year’s schedule and will publish it in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please feel free to take a look at last year’s schedule to get a sense of the rhythm of the learning:

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Arrive and Schmooze

5:30 PM - 6:15 PM

Welcome and Orientation

6:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Dinner

7:00 PM - 8:05 PM

Opening Lecture
"Conversion: Not By Might"
R. Micha'el Rosenberg

8:05 PM - 8:20 PM

Arvit

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Shaharit

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Breakfast

9:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Seder and Shiur
Core Texts in Rabbinic Conversion

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch

1:45 PM - 2:10 PM

Minhah

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

"Map of the Rishonim"
R. Ethan Tucker

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Snack and Break

3:45 PM - 6:15 PM

Seder
"How Essential is Acceptance of Mitzvot? Rambam vs. Tosafot"

6:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Dinner

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Shiur

8:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Arvit

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Shaharit

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Breakfast

9:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Seder and Shiur
Aharonim: Maximalist Definitions of Kabbalat Ol Mitzvot

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch

1:45 PM - 2:10 PM

Minhah

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Shiur

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

 Break

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

"Gerut at the time of the Rishonim: A Historian’s Perspective"
Dr. Paola Tartakoff

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Elective Sessions

"We Do Not Rely On Miracles: Michael Wyschogrod on Conversion"
Vincent Calabrese

"Here for the Right Reasons? The Role of Motives in Conversion"
Shira Botzum

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Shaharit

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Breakfast

9:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Seder and Shiur
Aharonim: Maximalist Definitions of Kabbalat Ol Mitzvot

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch

1:45 PM - 2:10 PM

Minhah

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Shiur

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

 Break

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

"A Personal Perspective on Conversion: An Interview With Vincent Calabrese"

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Elective Sessions

"'The Holy Spirit Appeared in Our Beit Midrash': Listening to and for God in Halakhic Decision-Making"
Akiva Mattenson

"Conversion and Impossible Circumcision"
Jamie Weisbach

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Dinner

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Faculty Panel: Articulating Approaches to the Study of Halakhah

8:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Arvit

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Shaharit

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM

Breakfast

9:15 AM - 12:45 PM

 Shiur Klali
"Kabbalat Mitzvot - Is Judaism Possible Without It?"
R. Aviva Richman

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch

1:45 PM - 2:10 PM

Minhah

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Concluding Program
Synthesis and Reflection

Faculty

Rabbi Tali Adler

Rabbi Tali Adler

R. Tali Adler is faculty at Hadar. A musmekhet of Yeshivat Maharat and alumna of Stern College for Women, R. Adler has studied at a number of institutions including Hadar, Drisha, and Midreshet HaRova.
Rabbi Aviva Richman

Rabbi Aviva Richman

Rabbi Aviva Richman is Rosh Yeshiva at Hadar. She was ordained by R. Daniel Landes and has a doctorate from New York University in Talmud. R. Richman also studied in the Pardes Kollel and the Drisha Scholars’ Circle.

Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg

R. Micha’el Rosenberg is a member of the Hadar faculty. He holds rabbinic ordination both from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and from his teacher, R. Elisha Ancselovits, and has a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the author of Signs of Virginity: Testing Virgins and Making Men in Late Antiquity (2018), and, with Rabbi Ethan Tucker, of Gender Equality and Prayer in Jewish Law (2017).

Dr. Jeremy Tabick

Dr. Jeremy Tabick is the Content Manager and faculty at Hadar, where he teaches, curates, and edits Hadar's content—both online and in print—and Project Zug courses. Jeremy received his PhD in Talmud at JTS. He graduated from the University of Manchester (in the UK) with a Masters in Physics, and is an alumnus of Yeshivat Hadar and the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He lives in Riverdale with his wife and three children.

Rabbi Ethan Tucker

Rabbi Ethan Tucker

R. Ethan Tucker is President and Rosh Yeshiva at Hadar. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he was a co-founder of Kehilat Hadar. He is the author, along with R. Micha’el Rosenberg, of Gender Equality and Prayer in Jewish Law (2017).
Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish

Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish

R. Miriam-Simma Walfish is faculty at Hadar and a Senior Coach for Pedagogy of Partnership. She holds a PhD in Rabbinics from Harvard University and has published several articles, including, "Upending the Curse of Eve: Reframing Maternal Breastfeeding in BT Ketubot" (2017).

FAQs

This program is for experienced learners interested in immersing themselves in halakhic texts. Unlike many Hadar programs, this immersive program requires prior experience learning halakhic texts, and it will be tracked by level, from intermediate to advanced.

  • The advanced level is designed for those with fluency in Talmud and rishonim and who have extensive yeshiva background.
  • The intermediate level is designed for those who have spent time in a beit midrash and feel confident working through a sugya independently.

The brief application form includes a skills assessment to place participants in the appropriate level for their skills and background. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

The intensive will take place at Yeshivat Hadar - 210 W. 93rd St, New York, NY, 10025 - on May 19-23, 2024.

We’d love for you to bring a havruta! If that isn’t possible, we will match you with another participant who is looking for a havruta.

The general registration fee for this intensive is $650 (with an early bird rate of $550). If the fee poses an obstacle to participation, please feel free to make use of the reduced rate or email us at [email protected], and we will do our best to accommodate. All fees are fully refundable until two weeks (May 5, 2024) before the program.

Tuition includes access to the full range of programming, daily breakfast and lunch, and dinner when programming runs into the evening.

  • Early bird registration (valid before March 1, 2024): $550
  • General registration: $650
  • Scholarship rate: $400
  • Student rate: $300

This year’s Halakhah Intensive will only be offered in person. Stay tuned for opportunities to engage with similar topics and modalities online in the near future.

We’d love to tell you more about this program! Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

Halakhah Intensive 2024 Application

Registrant Information









Home Address

















Please note: This exercise is helpful to determine an appropriate fit for shiurim at the Halakhah Intensive.  At the Intensive, advanced shiurim assume comprehension and will not devote time to translating texts together. Intermediate students will have access to resources to assist with comprehension as needed.

Translate the following passages to the best of your ability without use of a dictionary:

אמר מר כל המזלות מותרין חוץ ממזל חמה ולבנה הכא במאי עסקינן אילימא בעושה אי בעושה כל המזלות מי שרי והכתיב (שמות כ, כג) לא תעשון אתי לא תעשון כדמות שמשי המשמשין לפני במרום אלא פשיטא במוצא וכדתנן המוצא כלים ועליהם צורת חמה צורת לבנה צורת דרקון יוליכם לים המלח

צריך ליזהר בריבית וכמה לאוין נאמרו בו ואפי' הלוה הנותנו והערב והעדים עוברים: הגה ואין חילוק בין אם מלוה לעני או לעשיר והא דלוה עובר דוקא ברבית דאורייתא אבל ברבית דרבנן אינו עובר אלא משום לפני עור וגו'