Skills Building Halakhah: The Structure and Evolution of Birkhot HaShahar

Rabbi Ethan Tucker
In Person
Date and Time
3:30 - 6:00 PM Eastern
Jun 17-Aug 8 2024
Upper West Side
Sliding Scale $36-$180


Join us for an in-depth exploration of the halakhic laws of Birkhot ha-Shahar, the morning blessings. We'll dive into advanced-level study from the Tur and Beit Yosef and examine the historical evolution of these berakhot over time. Throughout our learning, we'll ponder intriguing questions such as how the blessings of identity in Birkhot ha-Shahar respond to shifts in society, the extent to which these blessings are meant to respond to human experience rather than structuring our day, and what roles creativity and standardization play in our liturgy.

Learning Mode: This class is designed for students who are comfortable working through Hebrew at the Intermediate level with a havruta, dictionaries, and faculty assistance. Translations will not be made available, and students should be excited to work through the text independently or with a havruta for a significant amount of time.


Faculty Bio

Rabbi Ethan Tucker
Rabbi Ethan Tucker

R. Ethan Tucker is President and Rosh Yeshiva at Hadar. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he was a co-founder of Kehilat Hadar. He is the author, along with R. Micha’el Rosenberg, of Gender Equality and Prayer in Jewish Law (2017).

The Structure and Evolution of Birkot HaShahar with Rabbi Ethan Tucker

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