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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.