Pleasure and Pain: Hadar Winter Lecture Series

Dena Weiss
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We know that the Torah gives us guidance around what we should do and what we must do, but does the Torah care about what we want to do? Does it care about what we enjoy or what we find excruciatingly difficult? What role do our personal preferences, likes and dislikes, comforts and discomforts play in our relationship with Torah or with God? 

In this lecture series, we'll think deeply about these questions. Moving the conversation away from the abstract and universal right and wrong, yes or no to highlight the realms where likes and dislikes, preferences and aversions, pleasure and pain are the main focus. 

Faculty Bio

Dena Weiss

Dena Weiss is Rosh Beit Midrash and Senior Faculty at Hadar, where she teaches Talmud, Midrash, and Hasidut. Dena earned an MA in Theology from Harvard Divinity School. She has studied and taught in a variety of Jewish educational settings including Drisha, Midreshet Lindenbaum, and Pardes.

Winter Lecture Series

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