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Zokhreinu L'Hayyim - Memory and Promise: High Holiday Reader 5782
We are so often carriers of the past—the paths traveled, our personal narratives, the realm of memory. And yet our minds simultaneously dwell upon the future, the journey that lies ahead, the realm of hope and promise. In this Reader, we offer you opportunities to explore both past and future, reflecting on the memories and experiences we carry with us, and daring to dream of the yet unfulfilled promise of what the future may hold.
During the Ten Days of Repentance, we insert a prayer into the Amidah, זכרנו לחיים (zokhreinu le-hayyim, remember us for life). In these two words, we encapsulate the great task of these High Holidays. We awaken זכירה (zekhirah, memory), inviting reflection upon what has transpired to bring us to this very moment, and we direct it forward, לחיים (le-hayyim, to life), peering down the road, imagining what good we can accomplish, and what blessings we can aspire to, in the year to come.
By learning together during these Days of Awe, we hope to share in an upward trajectory, bringing our great past into an even greater future, and looking forward to a year of health, peace, and joy.
Saturday Night Selihot
Connection Points: High Holiday Reader 5781
The High Holidays are often a time out of time, where we re-examine our relationship to God, ourselves, and our communities; we reflect on ways to make ourselves and these lines of connection stronger and more vibrant. Certainly, the Covid-19 reality of social distancing challenges the traditional setting for this self-reflection: An individual, bolstered by community, standing before God. But these times also create opportunities for re-visioning—seeing things anew and growing in the process.
In these pages, the Hadar faculty has tackled many theological, spiritual, and emotional questions that may arise this holiday season. In what ways must the individual rise to the occasion in the absence of community? What do we expect from God, demand from God, in our prayers this year? What creative avenues are available for conceptualizing community, when we don’t gather en masse? How do we foster celebration and joy in a time of loneliness and stress?
Yeshivat Hadar Advanced Kollel
The Yeshivat Hadar Advanced Kollel is a four-year rabbinic training program that engages students in central areas of Talmud, Halakhah, and Jewish Thought, with significant additional investment in the areas of Tanakh, Midrash, and Parshanut.
The Advanced Kollel trains future Jewish leaders who are:
About the Recordings
With these recordings, Hadar has aimed to capture the davening styles of experienced prayer-leaders in high quality audio, edit the recordings to precise marking points in the siddur, and then present the material in a well-organized system. Hadar has been lucky to have had the opportunity to record and present the nusah (prayer chant) and nigunim (melodies) of some of the greatest and most creative ba’alei teffilah (prayer leaders) around.
Yeshivat Hadar's Approach to Jewish Identity and Status
Jewish identity is highly personal and the sovereign domain of every individual. Jewish status is subject to different working definitions in different communities and schools of interpretation. At Hadar, we try to think about these issues with sensitivity and nuance. The Summer Beit Midrash and Beit Midrash Fellowship are distinct from other learning opportunities at Hadar. They are designed for cohorts characterized by shared obligation in mitzvot and halakhic practice, including daily minyan.