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Winter Classes

Theme: Torah of the 20th Century

One of the fundamental premises of learning Torah is that the old texts can feel surprisingly new and Torah from generations ago can read as though it is written in our time. In this series of classes we'll encounter the opposite effect and see how Torah generated in fairly recent times can feel not only fresh, relevant, and new, but also timeless and foundational. Join us as we study ancient Torah from modern times!

Building Worlds of Hesed and Emet
R. Avi Strausberg

Avi

When? Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 12:15-12:45 PM Eastern | January 23 - March 17
Where? Online
Fee: Free

Rabbi Natan Zvi Finkel, Rosh Yeshiva of the Slobodka, valued the development of students' moral selves alongside their intellectual education and had a deep belief in the incredible potential of human beings and the greatness of each person. In these bite-sized sessions, we'll explore passages from R. Finkel's Ohr HaTzafun, a collection of his Musar teachings, which is organized by the books of the Torah. We will mine R. Finkel's ethical teachings for Torah on how to build worlds of Hesed, the importance of speaking the truth, and how to live as if every one of our thoughts and actions could change the world.

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Shem Mishmuel: A Gateway to Polish Hasidut
R. Micha’el Rosenberg

Michael

When? Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:15-12:45 PM Eastern | January 24 - March 16
Where? Online
Fee: Free

The Shem Mishmuel is a collection of homilies on the weekly parashah on holidays by the second Sochotchover Rebbe, Rabbi Shmuel Bornsztain. Closely related to the thought of other Polish Hasidic authors such as R. Simcha Bunim of Peshischa and the Kotzker Rebbe, the Shem Mishmuel is a relatively accessible entryway to this particular strand of Hasidic thinking. In this class, we'll learn relevant sections on each week's parashah.

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The Many Modes of Rav Kook
Dena Weiss

Dena

When? Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 PM Eastern | January 24 - March 14
Where? Online
Fee: Free

Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook served many roles - community rabbi, Chief Rabbi, Rosh Yeshiva - and he also communicated in different ways - letters, commentaries, systematic philosophical writing. In this class, we'll touch on Rav Kook in his many modes of expression and attempt to peer into the great soul of a great teacher whose output was so vast because his inner life was so deep.

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(Un)Believing: Faith and Doubt in the Thought of the Pahad Yitzhak
R. Aviva Richman

Aviva

When? Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 PM Eastern | January 25 - March 15
Where? Online
Fee: Free

What happens when we bring our full faith and doubt to the surface of religious exploration? Rabbi Yitzhak Hutner, a 20th century American Rabbi and Rosh Yeshiva, probes the experience of faith and doubt with sophisticated intellectual integration and profound sensitivity. Bring your questions, apprehensions, and skepticisms as we study his seminal work, the Pahad Yitzhak, with an eye towards deepening our own theologies and commitments. We will work through his essays in the original, with abridged translation provided.

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Netivot Shalom: Gems of a Modern Hasidic Rebbe
R. Elie Lehmann

Eli

When? Wednesdays, 10:00-10:45 AM Eastern | January 25 - March 15
Where? Online
Fee: Free

Dive together into the popular writings of the Slonimer Rebbe, Rabbi Shalom Noach Berezovsky, known as the “Netivot Shalom.” Notable for its clear Hebrew and lack of difficult Kabbalistic terminology, the Netivot Shalom has become one of the most popular and influential hasidic works of our generation, studied by hasidim and non-hasidim alike.

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Nusah Survey Course: Shabbat Morning Tefillah
R. Deborah Sacks Mintz

Avi

When? Tuesdays, 12:45-1:45 PM Eastern | 6 Sessions: January 24 - February 28
Where? Online
Fee: Free

Are you looking to learn to lead Shabbat morning tefillah? Do you have a basic grasp of the nusah, but seek to explore in more depth? In this six-week class, R. Deborah Sacks Mintz will unpack the nusah of Shabbat morning pseukei d'zimra, Shaharit, and Musaf, with opportunities for leadership skill-building, text study, and enhanced facility with the siddur.

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Bereishit Siyyum Celebration

omer

When? 5:00-5:30 PM Eastern
Thursday, January 5, 2023

Join Hadar for a special siyyum for Sefer Bereishit! We will celebrate our learning with games, Kahoot quizzes and polls. Plus, we are excited to offer an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek of Devash! Meet some of the people who make the magic of Devash happen, from the earliest stages of writing until it reaches your mailbox. This event is for all Devash lovers, especially kids ages 7-12! BYOT (Bring Your Own Treat)!

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Devash Parashah Club for Grades 2-4

omer

When? Mondays and Thursdays, 5:00-5:30 PM Eastern
January 9- March 2, 2023

Come learn the parashah with us using Devash, Hadar's parashah magazine! We will explore highlights from the weekly Torah portion, including midrash and commentary, and the one-minute debate. The class will make use of interactive and engaging polls, Kahoot quizzes, and lively discussions. Kids are welcome to join on Mondays, Thursdays, or both days, as each class session stands on its own!

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Mishnah Club for Grades 5-8

omer

When? Mondays and Thursdays 5:30-6:00 PM Eastern
January 9- March 2, 2023
Fee: This class will be offered on a sliding scale of $36-180

Can you order four pairs of shoes online when you only plan to keep one? And is it ok to return something after you’ve already used it, even if you know it can’t be re-sold? In this session of Mishnah Club, we will be learning the fourth and fifth chapters of Massekhet Bava Metzia which deal with questions of exploitation between buyers and sellers, what is wrong with interest, and what this means for us in our lives. Kids are encouraged to participate in engaging discussions, breakout rooms, polls, and quizzes. This class will be taught by Miriam Lichtenberg.

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Dr. Eddie Scharfman Memorial Lecture


Praying When the World is At Stake: A Theology of Climate Change (Hybrid)

avi

When? Monday, January 9
7:15 - 8:30 PM Eastern
Where? In person at Yeshivat Hadar (190 Amsterdam Ave, New York) and virtually on Zoom

As we watch storms surge and fires burn, the changing climate has moved from an abstract fear to an ever-present reality. The enormity of this crisis demands a complex type of faith, a different kind of prayer, and a theological reckoning. How can we bring our fears and hopes to God? What might it look like to pray about climate change? At this year's Dr. Eddie Scharfman Memorial Lecture, join Rabbi Avi Killip to explore the wisdom that Jewish tradition has to offer for this time of global crisis.

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