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Daily and Weekly Classes

 

Bite-Sized Tefilah Insights
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer

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When? Mondays-Fridays, 7:45-8:00 AM Eastern, Oct 11-Dec 10

In this 15-minute morning class, we will explore some of the core prayers in the siddur – focusing on special prayers for Shabbat – in an effort to deepen our connection and uncover new meaning. Each class will open with a melody to set the mood for the day.

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Rediscovering the Amidah: Shabbat Edition
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer

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When? Thursdays, 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern, Oct 14-Dec 9

The Jewish prayer book is a collage of texts that reflect our deepest emotions, longings, and experiences, but its meaning can take some work to unlock. With a focus on the Amidah for Shabbat, we will interpret the texts of our prayers, uncovering new insights and learning a method of understanding the prayer book in a new way.

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Re-Reading the Torah with the Sefat Emet
Dena Weiss

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When? Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30-9:00 AM Eastern, Oct 11-Dec 9

One of the most distinctive features of the writings and teachings of the Hassidic master R. Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter, the Sefat Emet, is that he returns year after year to the same source, plumbing it over and over for new dimensions and new insights. Each week we will look at two passages from the Sefat Emet, with each class focusing on one year’s take on a classical text, to learn timeless Torah and see how it evolves. All texts will be available in translation.

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Beyond Rashi: Survey of Biblical Commentary
Dena Weiss

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When? Mondays, 5:00-6:00 PM Eastern, October 11 - December 6

In this class we will encounter a range of Biblical commentators with a range of styles spanning almost ten centuries of exegesis. Focusing on some of the most difficult stories in the book of Bereishit, we will try to “get to know” some commentators who are brilliant and sensitive readers of the Torah but who may not be as well known or as frequently studied. All texts will be available in translation.

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Rabbinic Personalities: Rebuilding A Shattered World
Rabbi Tali Adler

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When? Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 PM Eastern, Oct 12-Dec 7

Who were the people who shaped Judaism as we know it today? Join us as we study the Talmudic stories of the sages who lived in the wake of the destruction of the Temple, come to know them as human beings, and try to understand their approaches to rebuilding Judaism in the wake of a lost world.

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Night Seder
Rabbi Ethan Tucker

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When? Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 PM Eastern, Oct 14-Dec 9

Tired of Zoom? Join us on Gather, an online meeting and learning platform. During Night Seder, you can join a haburah (small group learning) or grab a havruta for a lively evening in our Virtual Beit Midrash! We’ll sit at virtual tables and can walk around the room, get virtual coffee, and say hi to other folks. End the evening with a shiur from R. Ethan Tucker on topics in halakhah.

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Perspectives on the Parashah
Rabbi Aviva Richman

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When? Fridays, 8:30-9:00 AM Eastern, Oct 15-Dec 10

Enjoy weekly learning and discussion centered around a core text from R. Aviva’s weekly Dvar Torah.

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Talmud Classes

 

To Flee or Not to Flee: A Skill-Building Talmud Course
Rabbi Tali Adler, Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish, and Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg

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When? Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00-1:30 PM Eastern, Oct 11-Dec 8

In the case of someone who kills without intent, the Torah prescribes a unique consequence: the killer must flee to the closest “city of refuge,” and after entering, they may not leave. This case lends itself to discussions about human negligence and sacred responsibility and intersects with modern conversations about the ethics of imprisonment as a form of punishment.

This class will be divided into 3 groups, taught by R. Miriam-Simma Walfish, R. Tali Adler, and R. Micha’el Rosenberg. This is a textually-oriented class and even the beginner level presumes that students have very basic Modern/Mishnaic Hebrew. All registrants must complete a brief written assessment so that we can place you in the group that best corresponds to your textual fluency.

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Tuesday Night Talmud
Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg

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When? Tuesdays, 7:45-9:00 PM Eastern, Oct 12-Dec 7

The second chapter of Tractate Makkot deals with someone who kills without intent and their imprisonment in a "city of refuge." We’ll focus on the original text and Rashi, with occasional reference to a Tosafot and outside commentaries. This class is perfect for those with a background in Talmud as well as adventurous learners ready to jump into the original text with a guide.

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Fall Events

 

Filling Gaps and Fulfilling Visions: Midrash and the Rabbinic Imagination
Fall Lecture Series with Rabbi Ethan Tucker

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When? Mondays, November 8, 15, 22 at 8:00 PM Eastern

How can rabbinic midrashim -- even the seemingly most outlandish, unexpected stories - give us a more sophisticated understanding of biblical texts? Join us for three lectures with Rabbi Ethan Tucker as we visit and revisit familiar and obscure narratives, with an eye toward making sense of rabbinic midrashim which, on the surface, seem fantastical. We will read these stories closely to gain a deeper understanding of both the biblical text and its characters, while also appreciating midrash as a strategy to read and make sense of extraordinary biblical texts.

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Hadar in DC

 

Beyond Prescription and Prohibition: Making Shabbat Your Own
3-Part Lecture Series with Dena Weiss

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When? Thursdays, October 21, 28, and November 4, 7:30 PM Eastern

The beauty and power of Shabbat is often defined by what is in between the necessary and the forbidden, in the special effort that we choose to put in to make Shabbat special. Join us on three Thursday nights as we prepare to celebrate Shabbat in all of its richness and develop strategies to enhance our understanding and practice of Shabbat.

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Expressions of Jewish Mindfulness
3-Part Series with Yitzhak Bronstein

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When? Tuesdays, November 9, 16, and 23, 7:30 PM Eastern

In this 3-part series in partnership with MakomDC, we will explore the intersections between mindfulness and teachings from musar and hasidut. Topics include: "Mindfulness and Musar: Choosing Growth," "Is God Inside Us?" and "The Joy of Withholding Judgement."

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For rabbis and seniors educators

 

JJGI Fellowship for Rabbis and Senior Educators

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Apply by Friday, October 15

The JJGI Fellowship for Rabbis and Senior Educators offers a select cohort of experienced candidates the rare opportunity to engage personally with Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, one of the most influential Jewish thinkers of our time. By participating in regular seminars, learning in havruta, and holding intimate conversations, fellows will learn directly with Rabbi Greenberg and other Hadar faculty, and develop their own philosophical and theological perspectives.

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For college students

 

Collegiate Maimonides Moot Court Competition

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When? Register by December 1, 2021 | February 25-27, 2022

Powered by the Hadar Institute, MMCC is the premier program for students to grapple with contemporary ethics using Jewish legal wisdom. Framed around a contested student-run social media page, the 2022 case study will pose the question: Is online shaming permissible for a greater cause? All college students are invited to participate as an individual or with a team from your campus. Teams will construct arguments rooted in the provided texts and debate their stance before a panel of expert judges at the February competition.

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Yeshivat Hadar College Fellowship

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When? October 13-December 8

Join a small cohort of passionate peers for a rich experience of learning and conversation with Hadar faculty. Fellows will meet weekly on Zoom to engage with core ideas behind our vision of Torah, Avodah, and Hesed and practical applications to campus communities. Accepted fellows will explore topics such as Torah and morality, faith and doubt, personal middot, taking prayer seriously, gender and Jewish practice, Hesed and justice.

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Children and Families Division

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Why, How, and What to Learn with Your Kids

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When? Tuesdays, October 26, November 2, November 9 at 8:30 PM Eastern

For parents, learning Torah with children is a deeply rewarding and eye-opening mitzvah. That’s why Hadar and Pedagogy of Partnership want to give you the support, tools, and resources to learn with your kids. Join us for three interactive sessions where we explore practical tools and resources to create meaningful family learning experiences.

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Learning With Grandparents

When? Wednesday, October 20, 5:00 PM Eastern

Kids ages 7+ and their grandparents are invited to join us for Learning With Grandparents, Hadar’s intergenerational learning program. Rabbi Ethan Tucker will lead this next session, “When Welcoming a Stranger is Greater than Talking to God,” which will explore Parashat Vayera and focus on hachnasat orchim, the mitzvah of welcoming guests.

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Grades 5-8: Middle School Mishnah Club
Miriam Lichtenberg

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When? Mondays and Thursdays, 5:00-5:30 PM Eastern
October 11-December 9

Can I pray to get an A on a test while my teacher is already handing back the tests? And what blessing would you say when you see the ocean? In this session of Mishnah Club, we will be learning sections of Massekhet Berakhot, which deals with prayer, blessings, and miracles. There will be polls, breakout rooms, lessons in Hebrew, and more. Whether you are returning after summer break or jumping in for the first time, we'd love to learn with you!

The registration fee is on a sliding scale from $36-$180.

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Grades 2-4: Devash Parashah Club

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When? Mondays and Thursdays, 4:30-5:00 PM Eastern
October 11-December 9

Have you ever wondered why God chose Avraham, or where we learn that one shouldn’t eat and talk at the same time? Come learn the parashah with us using Devash, Hadar’s new parashah magazine! We will cover some of the highlights from the weekly Torah portion, including midrash and halakhah. The class will make use of interactive and engaging polls, kahoot quizzes, and breakout rooms.

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For high school students

 

MMCC High School Cohort

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When? Thursdays, 7:00-8:15 PM Eastern
October 21-December 16

Join a cohort of high school students for weekly learning sessions to prepare for the Maimonides Moot Court Competition (MMCC). Over the course of eight virtual meetings, students will do a deep dive into the sourcebook material. Framed around a contested social media page, the case challenges students to explore how Jewish laws around speech and shaming can be applied to a modern context.

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Maimonides Moot Court High School Competition

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When? March 24-27, 2022

Register for the 2022 Maimonides Moot Court High School Competition! Powered by the Hadar Institute, MMCC is the premier program for students to grapple with contemporary ethics using Jewish legal wisdom. Framed around a contested student-run social media page, the 2022 case study will pose the question: Is online shaming permissible for a greater cause? Participants can sign up with a group of classmates, or team up with people from other schools. Under the guidance of an advisor, teams will craft a written decision and oral argument to present at the shabbaton.

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Project Zug

 

Project Zug Fall Learning Cycle

When? Register by Oct 29 | Learn on Nov 7

Project Zug empowers Jews of all backgrounds to find meaning and joy in learning together one-on-one, and offers everything you need to build relationships through meaningful conversations about important Jewish ideas. If you have the drive and desire for learning, sign up for Project Zug Fall Learning Cycle and experience the power of havruta learning firsthand.

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