Skills Building Talmud: Pathways to Atonement

In Person
Date and Time
Daily on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 9:30 AM - 12:45 PM Eastern
Jun 17-Aug 8 2024
9:45 AM - 12:15 PM Eastern
Jun 21-Aug 8 2024


We will study the eighth chapter of Yoma which focuses on practices of Yom Kippur not relegated to ritual in the Beit HaMikdash. Through rich halakhic and aggadic sugyot, we will probe the meanings of fasting and other bodily prohibitions and explore the process of teshuvah. The content addresses limitations and transcendence in our embodied lives, including how to relate to asceticism and pleasure and the possibilities and dangers of confronting our mistakes and failings.

Learning Mode: Classes are split into multiple levels based on textual background and fluency, from beginner Talmud (requires knowledge of Hebrew and ability to work through a Mishnah) to advanced Talmud (incorporates traditional Rishonim, Aharonim, and academic methods). If you have any questions regarding what level is right for you, please contact Dena Weiss, at [email protected].

Faculty Bio

Rabbi Aviva Richman
Rabbi Aviva Richman

Rabbi Aviva Richman is Rosh Yeshiva at Hadar. She was ordained by R. Daniel Landes and has a doctorate from New York University in Talmud. R. Richman also studied in the Pardes Kollel and the Drisha Scholars’ Circle.

Rabbi Jason Rogoff

Rabbi Jason Rogoff is faculty at Hadar. He was ordained by Hadar and holds a PhD in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Jason is also a faculty member at the Hebrew University's Rothberg International School. He is the co-author, along with Dr. Joshua Kulp, of Reconstructing the Talmud: An Introduction to the Academic Study of Rabbinic Literature Volumes I and II (Hadar Press, 2014, 2019).

Dena Weiss
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.

Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg

R. Micha’el Rosenberg is a member of the Hadar faculty. He holds rabbinic ordination both from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and from his teacher, R. Elisha Ancselovits, and has a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the author of Signs of Virginity: Testing Virgins and Making Men in Late Antiquity (2018), and, with Rabbi Ethan Tucker, of Gender Equality and Prayer in Jewish Law (2017).