Winter Cohort Learning 2021
Winter Cohort Learning 2021

Manger Winter Learning Seminar

January 11-February 15, 2021

We don’t know what is coming our way this winter but we do know we’ll need each other and that we’ll need to be resilient.

Anchor your winter by joining a small cohort to learn Torah of resilience with Hadar. Each week, we’ll open our virtual beit midrash and offer an opening teaching by a Hadar faculty and a study guide for your group.

You can sign up with people you know you want to be with, or meet new people who are also looking for connection and depth in these trying times. Cohorts will consist of 4-5 individuals who gather each week in Hadar’s virtual Beit Midrash to study provided materials.


All lectures and sessions begin at 7:30 PM Eastern

January 11: Opening Lecture - The Danger of Hope

January 18: Session 1 - Noah and the Flood: Emerging to a Changed World

January 25: Session 2 - The Binding of Isaac: When the Knife Falls

February 1: Session 3 - The Fall of the Temple: Where Do We Go From Here?

February 8: Session 4 - The Holocaust: Out of the Ashes

February 15: Closing Lecture

2021 Theme

The Torah of Resilience

The past year has brought with it tremendous loss and uncertainty. On a personal and communal level, many of us find ourselves grieving very tangible losses: the loss of life above all, financial security, and the intimacy of in-person relationships. At the same time, we find ourselves mourning abstract but very real losses: the loss of the world we once knew, a sense of security, and normalcy. Throughout the ages, the Jewish people have experienced significant downfalls and periods of great adversity: the flood that nearly destroyed the world, the destruction of the Temple, the Holocaust. Yet, each time, the Jewish people drew on wellsprings of resilience to not only continue on but to continue forward, rebuilding for the next generation.

In this four-session course, we’ll look to our own tradition, focusing on narratives from the Torah as well as the events of Jewish history to mine our texts for wisdom on resilience. We’ll ask: what are the different shapes resilience takes and how might we cultivate our own capacity for resilience based on the wisdom of Jewish tradition?

Resilience in the Torah

Session 1: Noah and the Flood: Emerging to a Changed World

Session 2: The Binding of Isaac: When the Knife Falls

Resilience in Jewish History

Session 3: The Fall of the Temple: Where Do We Go From Here?

Session 4: The Holocaust: Out of the Ashes


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