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Yeshivat Hadar In-Person Classes

 

The Beit Midrash of Yeshivat Hadar is open again for in-person learning in Fall 2022. Join our learning community and study Torah in all of its depth and splendor.

All classes will be held in Manhattan (Upper West Side), with exact locations to be announced. Proof of vaccination and booster is required for all students.

Note: tuition is waived for all Fall 2022 classes.

We will not be requiring masks or testing as a prerequisite to attending classes. We encourage each participant to make the best decision for their own health and safety. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling otherwise ill, we ask that you not attend the class

 

 

Fall Classes

 

Introductory Talmud: Can the Ends Justify the Means?
R. Micha’el Rosenberg

Micha’el

When? Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 AM-12:45 PM Eastern | 25 October-22 December

Is it possible to fulfill a mitzvah with ill-begotten goods? At what point, if any, does an act of thievery become so entrenched that it becomes legally recognizable? Consider these questions and more in Hadar’s fall Talmud class!
Introductory Talmud is intended for students who are able to decode Hebrew and with enough understanding of Hebrew grammar to independently look up words in the dictionary. The class will focus on developing basic skills in understanding Talmudic passages, such as punctuation, translation, and describing the back-and-forth of the argument. If you’re unsure whether this class is right for you, reach out to R. Micha’el Rosenberg.

**Registration for this class is now closed.**

 

Intermediate Talmud: Can the Ends Justify the Means?
Dena Weiss

Dena

When? Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM-12:45 PM Eastern | 24 October-22 December

Is it possible to fulfill a mitzvah with ill-begotten goods? At what point, if any, does an act of thievery become so entrenched that it becomes legally recognizable? Consider these questions and more in Hadar’s fall Talmud class!
Intermediate Talmud is intended for students with prior experience studying Talmud in the original Hebrew/Aramaic, looking to take their skills to the next level and become more independent Talmud learners. The course assumes knowledge with common terms and phrases, the ability to look up unfamiliar terms in the Jastrow dictionary, and familiarity with common forms of Talmudic argumentation. If you’re unsure whether this class is right for you, reach out to R. Micha’el Rosenberg.

**Registration for this class is now closed.**

 

Making Sense of Jewish Practice: An Introduction to Practical Halakhah
R. Miriam-Simma Walfish

Miriam

When? Mondays, 9:00-10:45 AM Eastern | 24 October-19 December

We will take a tour of some of the core elements of Jewish ritual law – prayer, Shabbat, and kashrut – and explore the processes through which legal rulings developed. We will also consider the tensions and disputes that get at the heart of what each area of law is about.

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Praying Anew: Unlocking Meaning in the Words of the Siddur
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer

Elie

When? Wednesdays, 9:00-10:45 AM Eastern | 26 October-21 December

The Jewish prayerbook is a collage of texts that reflect our deepest emotions, longings and experiences. But sometimes it takes some work to unlock this meaning. Together we will interpret the texts of our prayers, uncovering new insights and learning a method of understanding the prayerbook in a new way.

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Origins: Introduction to the Study of Humash
R. Tali Adler

Tali

When? Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 AM -12:45 PM Eastern | 24 October-21 December

What are the fundamental cracks in the foundation of the world, making it the painful place it so often is? How do we account for God’s choice of a particular people in the midst of all humankind? Where did our people originate, and how did we transform from a fractured family into the beginnings of a people? Join us as we study the book of Bereishit with an eye towards how it addresses these questions and more.
This class will use methods including close reading of the text and analysis of traditional and contemporary commentaries. All texts will be provided in translation, with short portions of each week devoted to working through smaller pieces of text in the original.

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Fall Classes (Evening)

 

(Un)Believing: Faith and Doubt in the Thought of the Pahad Yitzhak
Rabbi Aviva Richman and Hadar Faculty

When? Mondays, 7:45-9:00 PM | October 31-December 12

We often place ourselves into theological boxes when the reality is more complicated. “Believers' can experience doubt and “Non-believers” can have profound faith. What happens when we bring our full faith and doubt to the surface of religious exploration? Jewish thinkers throughout millennia have striven, through both faith and doubt, to understand and clarify our relationship with the divine. Enter Rabbi Yitzchak Hutner, a 20th century American Rabbi and Rosh Yeshiva whose seminal work, the Pahad Yitzhak explores these issues (among many others) with grace and sophistication. Bring your questions, apprehensions, and skepticisms to Yeshivat Hadar as we study this work with an eye towards what it means in our own theologies and commitments. We will work through his essays in the original, with abridged translation provided.

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