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Winter Daily and Weekly Classes

 

Re-Reading the Torah with the Sefat Emet
Dena Weiss

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When? Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-9:00 AM Eastern, Jan 25-March 3

One of the most distinctive features of the writings and teachings of the Hassidic master, R' Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter, the Sefat Emet, is that he returns year after year to the same source, plumbing it over and over for new dimensions and new insights. Each week we will look at two passages from the Sefat Emet, focusing each class on one year’s take on a classical text to learn not only this beautiful and timeless Torah, but also to see how it evolves. All texts will be available in translation.

 

Perspectives on the Parashah
Rabbi Aviva Richman

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When? Fridays, 8:30-9:00 AM Eastern, Jan 28-March 4

We'll study the parashah through the lens of the dynamics of relationship, drawing out insights on the interpersonal and the theological. With an open mind ready for all manner of intellectual critique, and an open heart demanding emotional sensitivity, we'll probe how the parashah can guide us towards relationships rooted in mutual dignity and growth. Each week we'll focus on one or more primary texts at the basis of R. Aviva Richman's weekly Dvar Torah, with an opportunity for questions and discussion.

 

What’s Mine is Mine, What’s Yours is Yours: Robbing and Stealing in Law and Lore
Dena Weiss

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When? Mondays, 5:00-6:00 PM Eastern, Jan 24-Feb 28

Respecting the property of one another is one of the core principles of a lawful society. The Torah and Rabbinic Literature take theft very seriously, but also have some surprising attitudes towards what it means to take something that belongs to someone else and what is the proper way that thieves should be brought to justice. There is a story beyond every act of taking something that doesn’t belong to you, a story behind every loss of what we think of as ours, and another story behind what happens when we try and only sometimes succeed in setting everything aright after the fact.

 

Introduction to Practical Halakhah
Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish (co-taught with Jamie Weisbach)

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When? Mondays and Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 PM Eastern, Jan 24-March 3

In this class we will take a tour of some of the core elements of Jewish ritual law: Prayer, Shabbat, Kashrut, Niddah, and Mourning. Throughout the course, we will explore the processes through which legal rulings developed and we will surface tensions and disputes that get at the heart of what each area of law is about. There will also be opportunities for practical Q and A. This class is designed for those interested in deepening their understanding of Halakhah and for people interested in deepening their own practice.

 

Holidays in Midrash and Aggadah
Rabbi Tali Adler

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When? Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 PM Eastern, Jan 25-March 1

Who first celebrated Chanukah? Who baked the first matzot and why? If you answered the Maccabees and the Jews leaving Egypt, you're correct--and, according to midrash and aggadah, aslo a little bit wrong! Join us as we study the holidays through the lens of midrash and aggadah, and learn how they can help us understand and appreciate familiar holidays and old stories in a new light.

 

In the Image of God: Male and Female
Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg

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When? Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 PM Eastern, Jan 26-March 2

For the most part, Jewish texts have historically referred to God in masculine terms. Whether this was the result of actually conceiving of God as male, or simply defaulting to grammatically male forms, the effect on readers has been the same: A tendency to depict God as an old man with a beard. But in both the Tanakh and Rabbinic literature, we find moments that push against this story of a male divinity, moments in which God is depicted as, for example, a nursing mother, or a midwife. In this class, we'll consider these texts both in their historical setting and for their theological usefulness to us.

 

Tuesday Night Talmud: The Rabbi and the Emperor, and Other Stories
Jeremy Tabick

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When? Tuesdays, 7:45-9:00 PM Eastern, Jan 26-March 2

Through some Aggadic selections from Talmud Avodah Zarah, we'll explore questions of Jewish/non-Jewish difference. What is it that separates Jews from non-Jews? In what ways can non-Jews act like Jews, or Jews act like non-Jews, or otherwise blur the boundary? To what extent is there really a boundary at all?

Fall Classes

 

Bite-Sized Tefilah Insights
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer

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When? Mondays-Fridays, 7:45-8:00 AM Eastern, Oct 11-Dec 10

In this 15-minute morning class, we will explore some of the core prayers in the siddur – focusing on special prayers for Shabbat – in an effort to deepen our connection and uncover new meaning. Each class will open with a melody to set the mood for the day.

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Rediscovering the Amidah: Shabbat Edition
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer

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When? Thursdays, 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern, Oct 14-Dec 9

The Jewish prayer book is a collage of texts that reflect our deepest emotions, longings, and experiences, but its meaning can take some work to unlock. With a focus on the Amidah for Shabbat, we will interpret the texts of our prayers, uncovering new insights and learning a method of understanding the prayer book in a new way.

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Re-Reading the Torah with the Sefat Emet
Dena Weiss

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When? Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30-9:00 AM Eastern, Oct 11-Dec 9

One of the most distinctive features of the writings and teachings of the Hassidic master R. Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter, the Sefat Emet, is that he returns year after year to the same source, plumbing it over and over for new dimensions and new insights. Each week we will look at two passages from the Sefat Emet, with each class focusing on one year’s take on a classical text, to learn timeless Torah and see how it evolves. All texts will be available in translation.

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Beyond Rashi: Survey of Biblical Commentary
Dena Weiss

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When? Mondays, 5:00-6:00 PM Eastern, October 11 - December 6

In this class we will encounter a range of Biblical commentators with a range of styles spanning almost ten centuries of exegesis. Focusing on some of the most difficult stories in the book of Bereishit, we will try to “get to know” some commentators who are brilliant and sensitive readers of the Torah but who may not be as well known or as frequently studied. All texts will be available in translation.

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Rabbinic Personalities: Rebuilding A Shattered World
Rabbi Tali Adler

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When? Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 PM Eastern, Oct 12-Dec 7

Who were the people who shaped Judaism as we know it today? Join us as we study the Talmudic stories of the sages who lived in the wake of the destruction of the Temple, come to know them as human beings, and try to understand their approaches to rebuilding Judaism in the wake of a lost world.

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Night Seder
Rabbi Ethan Tucker

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When? Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 PM Eastern, Oct 14-Dec 9

Tired of Zoom? Join us on Gather, an online meeting and learning platform. During Night Seder, you can join a haburah (small group learning) or grab a havruta for a lively evening in our Virtual Beit Midrash! We’ll sit at virtual tables and can walk around the room, get virtual coffee, and say hi to other folks. End the evening with a shiur from R. Ethan Tucker on topics in halakhah.

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Perspectives on the Parashah
Rabbi Aviva Richman

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When? Fridays, 8:30-9:00 AM Eastern, Oct 15-Dec 10

Enjoy weekly learning and discussion centered around a core text from R. Aviva’s weekly Dvar Torah.

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Talmud Classes

 

To Flee or Not to Flee: A Skill-Building Talmud Course
Rabbi Tali Adler, Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish, and Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg

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When? Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00-1:30 PM Eastern, Oct 11-Dec 8

In the case of someone who kills without intent, the Torah prescribes a unique consequence: the killer must flee to the closest “city of refuge,” and after entering, they may not leave. This case lends itself to discussions about human negligence and sacred responsibility and intersects with modern conversations about the ethics of imprisonment as a form of punishment.

This class will be divided into 3 groups, taught by R. Miriam-Simma Walfish, R. Tali Adler, and R. Micha’el Rosenberg. This is a textually-oriented class and even the beginner level presumes that students have very basic Modern/Mishnaic Hebrew. All registrants must complete a brief written assessment so that we can place you in the group that best corresponds to your textual fluency.

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Tuesday Night Talmud
Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg

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When? Tuesdays, 7:45-9:00 PM Eastern, Oct 12-Dec 7

The second chapter of Tractate Makkot deals with someone who kills without intent and their imprisonment in a "city of refuge." We’ll focus on the original text and Rashi, with occasional reference to a Tosafot and outside commentaries. This class is perfect for those with a background in Talmud as well as adventurous learners ready to jump into the original text with a guide.

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For college students

 

Collegiate Maimonides Moot Court Competition

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When? Register by January 1, 2022 | February 25-27, 2022

Powered by the Hadar Institute, MMCC is the premier program for students to grapple with contemporary ethics using Jewish legal wisdom. Framed around a contested student-run social media page, the 2022 case study will pose the question: Is online shaming permissible for a greater cause? All college students are invited to participate as an individual or with a team from your campus. Teams will construct arguments rooted in the provided texts and debate their stance before a panel of expert judges at the February competition.

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Yeshivat Hadar College Fellowship

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When? October 13-December 8

Join a small cohort of passionate peers for a rich experience of learning and conversation with Hadar faculty. Fellows will meet weekly on Zoom to engage with core ideas behind our vision of Torah, Avodah, and Hesed and practical applications to campus communities. Accepted fellows will explore topics such as Torah and morality, faith and doubt, personal middot, taking prayer seriously, gender and Jewish practice, Hesed and justice.

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Children and Families Division

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Bereishit Siyyum Celebration

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When? Thursday, December 16, 5:00 PM Eastern

In honor of learning the first book of Torah with Devash, we invite kids and their families to join Hadar for a Bereishit Siyyum Celebration. Oren Kaunfer, educator at the Boston Jewish Community Day School, will host this 45-minute event by leading us in a fun variety show where we’ll bring Devash to life through games, Kahoot quizzes, and music!

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Grades 5-8: Middle School Mishnah Club
Miriam Lichtenberg

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When? Mondays and Thursdays, 5:00-5:30 PM Eastern
October 11-December 9

Can I pray to get an A on a test while my teacher is already handing back the tests? And what blessing would you say when you see the ocean? In this session of Mishnah Club, we will be learning sections of Massekhet Berakhot, which deals with prayer, blessings, and miracles. There will be polls, breakout rooms, lessons in Hebrew, and more. Whether you are returning after summer break or jumping in for the first time, we'd love to learn with you!

The registration fee is on a sliding scale from $36-$180.

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Grades 2-4: Devash Parashah Club

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When? Mondays and Thursdays, 4:30-5:00 PM Eastern
October 11-December 9

Have you ever wondered why God chose Avraham, or where we learn that one shouldn’t eat and talk at the same time? Come learn the parashah with us using Devash, Hadar’s new parashah magazine! We will cover some of the highlights from the weekly Torah portion, including midrash and halakhah. The class will make use of interactive and engaging polls, kahoot quizzes, and breakout rooms.

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For high school students

 

Maimonides Moot Court High School Competition

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When? March 24-27, 2022

Register for the 2022 Maimonides Moot Court High School Competition! Powered by the Hadar Institute, MMCC is the premier program for students to grapple with contemporary ethics using Jewish legal wisdom. Framed around a contested student-run social media page, the 2022 case study will pose the question: Is online shaming permissible for a greater cause? Participants can sign up with a group of classmates, or team up with people from other schools. Under the guidance of an advisor, teams will craft a written decision and oral argument to present at the shabbaton.

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