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Bite-Sized Amidah Insights with Rabbi Elie Kaunfer

When? Monday-Friday, 7:45-8:00 AM Eastern
April 19-June 4

Kickstart your day by learning with Hadar! In this 15 minute slot, Rabbi Elie Kaunfer will offer brief text learning related to the blessings of the Amidah. Classes will begin with singing led by Rabbi Aviva Richman and then move into learning.

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Perspectives on the Parashah with Dena Weiss

When? Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-9:00 AM Eastern
April 20-June 3

During this class, we will explore a variety of insights on the weekly parashah (Torah portion). Our main focus will be on midrash, but we will occasionally bring in other types of interpretations to add new vantage points to familiar stories.

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Rediscovering the Amidah: New Insights Into Judaism's Most Essential Prayer with Rabbi Elie Kaunfer

When? Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 PM Eastern
April 22-June 3

If any prayer is core to the Jewish tradition, it is the Amidah. Recited in every prayer service, the ostensibly straightforward Amidah is a collage of images, intentions, allusions, and intertexts. Yet, whether we pray it regularly or rarely, much of Amidah's language and themes remain closed to us. In this series we will explore the beauty and complexity of this important prayer and ask: How can I interpret the siddur in a grounded and traditional yet creative manner? Are traditional prayer formulas able to express my own values/ideas of prayer? What do you do when you "disagree" with the prayer's content? We will focus on the final 4 blessings of the Amidah, along with some larger themes and focus areas.

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Tuesday Night Talmud with Rabbi Ethan Tucker

When? Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 PM Eastern
April 13-May 11

Tuesday Night Talmud continues! In this class, we will complete the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin as we explore issues around capital punishment and burial in rabbinic law. We will focus on the original text and Rashi, with occasional reference to a Tosafot and outside commentaries, both medieval and modern. This is a perfect class both for people with a background in Talmud as well as adventurous learners ready to jump in to the original text with a guide. We recommend you bring your own text if you are able to.

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Prayers Answered and Unanswered: Aggadeta of Ta’anit with Rabbi Tali Adler

When? Mondays and Thursdays, 1:30-2:15 PM Eastern
April 19-June 3

We live in a world where existential questions -- who lives and who dies, whose prayers seem to be answered and whose ignored, and where God is in the midst of so much chaos -- seem uniquely unanswerable. In truth, the rabbis of the talmud grappled with similar questions. In this class, we will study narratives of the third chapter of Massekhet Ta’anit in an attempt to understand how they framed those questions, the places they searched for answers, and how we might apply their search for wisdom to our own seemingly unanswerable questions about a chaotic world.

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The Holiness of Space: A Skill-Building Talmud Course with Rabbi Avi Strausberg

When? Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Eastern
April 20-June 3

The pandemic has forced many of us to abandon our conventional holy spaces and pray, learn, and build community in makeshift spaces. In this course, we'll dive into the fourth chapter of Massekhet Megillah, which focuses on the holiness of spaces and objects. Together, we will break down various sugyot, understanding their key terms and unlocking their logic. This course is intended for students who have some prior experience studying Talmud.

Registration fee: $56

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Illuminating the Good: An Introduction to the Me'or Einayim with Dena Weiss

When? Wednesdays, 12:15-1:30 PM Eastern
April 21-June 2

According to the Me'or Einayim, Rav Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl, God is everywhere and in everything: the physical and spiritual, the easy and the difficult. Even when we feel that the opposite is true, nevertheless, the world is saturated with God's goodness. In this class, we'll explore some of the most compelling passages of this foundational work of Hassidic thought.

Registration for this course is closed.

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Spring Events

 

God's Hesed and Our Own: Reading the Book of Ruth with Rabbi Shai Held

When? Monday-Thursday, May 10-13, 5:00-6:15 PM Eastern

The book of Ruth, traditionally read on Shavuot, is one of the richest and profoundest books in the Hebrew Bible. How is this lustrous story connected to the festival that celebrates the receiving of the Torah? What can its major themes -- hesed (loving kindness) first and foremost-- teach us about our relationships with God, others, and ourselves? In 4 sessions dedicated to close readings of the text, we'll explore the book from literary and theological standpoints, considering Rabbinic midrash, medieval commentaries, and modern scholarly and feminist approaches.

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Counting the Omer in Melody and Midrash

When? Thursdays, April 1-May 13
9:00-9:30 PM Eastern

The 49 days of the Omer are filled with anticipation and spiritual significance. As we count toward the gift of Torah on Shavuot, join Hadar to learn new melodies and explore the Midrash on the many metaphors for Torah. Every week, we will gather online for learning with Hadar’s faculty and Advanced Kollel and a melody from Hadar’s Rising Song Institute.

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In Defense of Rest: An Exploration of Shevut and the Spirit of Shabbat
Hadar and Hebrew College's Halakhah Intensive

When? May 23-27

Join us for a week of rich, rigorous, and meaningful virtual learning on the laws of Shabbat and the concept of shevut. While it is not one of the 39 melachot, shevut encompasses a variety of postures and activities that is often understood as the “spirit of Shabbat.” What does it mean for Shabbat observance to be so fundamentally shaped by this concept? Through in-depth study of rabbinic texts, we will grapple with different competing visions for Shabbat and develop our own relationship with the “spirit of Shabbat.”

This immersive program is designed for learners who have prior exposure to Jewish texts and are comfortable navigating texts independently.

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Hadar's Summer Learning Retreat

When? June 13-17

The Summer Learning Retreat is an opportunity to experience the rich and dynamic texts of our tradition firsthand. Guided by experienced teachers and joining alongside passionate peers, participants will plunge into the world of midrash and immerse themselves in an environment of total Jewish content, conversation, and community as we engage with Rabbinic tradition with new eyes. This program is open to people of all learning backgrounds. No prior experience is required.

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Children and Families Division

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Kids' Parashah Club with Rabbi Aviva and Boaz Richman

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When? May 20-June 17
Mondays and Thursdays, 5:00-5:30 PM Eastern

Become familiar with the content and sound of the parashah each week and get psyched about Torah as a lens to engage real life questions! Explore each week's parashah through leyning, mixed media story-telling, polls and discussion, and more.

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Kids' Mishnah Club

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When? May 20-June 17
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:00 PM Eastern

Did you know that Rabban Gamliel couldn't go a day without showering? How about that the students of Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel had an all-out brawl in the beit midrash? If you want the inside scoop on the rabbis of the mishnah, Kids’ Mishnah Club is the place to be!

We’re excited for Kids’ Mishnah Club to launch a brand-new mini series, "Who Were Our Rabbis?" - dedicated to getting to know Rabbi Akiva, Rabbi Eliezer, Rabban Gamliel and Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel. Whether you’re a returning learner or brand-new, now is a perfect time to jump in and see what it’s all about.

Please register below for the club for your child’s age.

Grades 3-5: Kids' Mishnah Club with Miriam Lichtenberg, Avanced Kollel Member

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Grades 6+: Middle School Mishnah Club with Rabbi Ethan and Yoav Tucker

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Hadar in DC

 

Hadar in DC Series: Crumbling Walls and Broken Hearts with Rabbi Avi Strausberg

When? Wednesdays, April 21-May 5, 8:00-9:00 PM Eastern

Can one person save an entire community from disaster? The Talmud is filled with stories of drought, pestilence, war, and the righteous individuals who helped their communities through difficult times. In three sessions, we will turn to these stories from the third chapter of Ta'anit -- all of which revolve around the image of a crumbling wall -- and consider what they can teach us about crisis, fate, miracles, and resilience. All texts will be provided in translation and people with any or no previous experience with Talmud are welcome.

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