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What Our Students Say... What Our Students Say...

“This summer has let me grow in a way that I never thought possible. I never went to day school…and I never had a chance to actually learn, lishma or otherwise, before. Giving me the opportunity to really think about the kind of Jew I want to be and I want to become has been an incredible experience. I am a Jew who wants to live a vibrant and engaged Jewish life, and I want to do the work necessary to make sure its there.”


“Thank you for changing the trajectory of my life. Thank you so, so, much.”


“What an honor to be here, and to be entrusted with perpetuating the exquisite vision of the institution.”


“I have been profoundly changed by the sense of community I felt at the yeshiva, and by the deep mutual respect and investment in one another that I experienced at Hadar. I would really like to be part of communities like this in the future, and I hope to make steps to make my home communities some how reflect these values.”


"I think I've realized that spirituality does not necessarily have to be at the expense of intellectualism. This kind of growth is not linear in the way that skills-building is, but I do feel like I've "progressed" on the journey to be able to balance the two of them."

Fall 2014 Classes Fall 2014 Classes

Understanding the Machzor: A Look at the High Holiday Liturgy

*Special pre-High Holiday Class*

Elie Kaunfer
T/TH 2:00-4:00pm
Sept. 9, 11, 16, 18

Join us as we prepare for the High Holidays by looking at the critical areas of the liturgy. We will gain a deeper sense of the unique structure of these prayers, as well as look in-depth into specific prayers. We will delve into the biblical and rabbinic sources of these prayers, with an eye toward deeper meaning and connection to the larger themes of the holidays.


Tuition: $75. Scholarships/financial assistance available.

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Talmud I: Structure of the Sugya/Talmud with Rashi

Dena Weiss
M/T/Th/F 9:00am-12:30pm
Oct. 20-Dec.18

This course is an introduction to the study of the Mishnah and the Babylonian Talmud. It is intended for students with Hebrew language skills, but minimal experience with Talmudic study. Our study will focus on close linguistic, literary, and conceptual analysis, with an emphasis on the structure of the Sugya and the contributions of Rashi’s commentary. We will focus both on developing careful reading skills and on developing abstract conceptual and theological questions. 

By the end of the semester, a student in this course will:

-Be oriented to the layout of the Talmudic page, and be able to parse and translate with minimal assistance using dictionaries and other reference tools

-Be able to identify common conceptual and structural patterns of the Babylonian Talmud


Tuition: $2000. Scholarships/financial assistance available.

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Talmud II: Talmud with Rishonim

Devorah Zlochower
M/T/Th/F 9:00am-12:30pm 
Oct. 20-Dec. 18

We will learn the Talmudic sugyot in depth with special focus on the Rishonim and their insights into the difficulties and complexities present in the text. Our study will focus on the classical discussions in the rishonim and developing an appreciation for classical “yeshiva-style” learning. We will invest significant time in sharpening skills for reading and understanding rishonim with a strong emphasis on Tosafot.

By the end of the semester, a student in this course will:

-Understand how to use rishonim to ascertain the key underlying issues in a sugya

-Conduct basic research into a section of Talmud through the use of rishonim

-Develop an understanding of the classical discussions related to the sugyot examined


Tuition: $2000. Scholarships/financial assistance available.

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Inside the Posek’s Workshop

Ethan Tucker
Mondays 3:30-5:30pm
Nov. 10-Dec.15

Each meeting will focus on a different topic in Jewish law and practice, as we take an in-depth tour of the various sources and personalities that have weighed in on our question throughout Jewish history. Beginning with Tanakh, continuing with classical rabbinic literature and following through with the periods of the rishonim and aharonim, we will span the various genres of halakhic literature in a quest for a bird's eye view of the topic under discussion. Detailed source sheets and bibliographies will empower students to explore these various topics further. Topics may include: Keeping Kosher in a non-Kosher world; the halakhic bases for egalitarian tefillah; limits on and guidelines for liturgical flexibility; relations between Jews and non-Jews; negotiating potential conflicts between Jews of differing levels of observance; various issues relating to the observance of Shabbat; proper standards for conversion into Judaism.


Tuition: $200. Scholarships/financial assistance available.

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Love, Loyalty, Land, and Law: Exploring Sefer Devarim

Shai Held
Wednesdays, 10:00am-12:15pm
Nov. 5 - Dec. 17

In this series, we'll explore the world of Sefer Devarim (Deuteronomy). We'll try to understand its theology, its understanding of covenant, and its vision of social ethics. Among the themes we'll investigate: 1) the centrality of love in Israel's relationship with God; 2) the structure of the Ten Commandments; 3) the idea that the land is a blessing but also a dangerous temptation; 4) the mandate to love the stranger and the idea that how a society treats the poor and vulnerable is a crucial (and perhaps the crucial) measure of its religious integrity; 5) the role that law plays in God's covenant with Israel; and much more. We'll also discuss the difficult question of Deuteronomy's dramatic call to violence and bloodshed in dealing with the inhabitants of the land. We'll be learning both from traditional commentators and from modern academic scholars.


Tuition: $200. Scholarships/financial assistance available.

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What Happens Next?

Jewish Thoughts on What Happens in the Next Life, and What it Means for this Life

Jason Rubenstein
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30pm
Oct. 22 - Dec.17

Is there a life beyond this one? And if so - do we live it with our bodies and with our loved ones? How do answers to these questions reflect and inform our deepest yearnings and commitments? In this course we will approach these deeply existential questions as they are answered and re-answered through Jewish tradition. Students will be expected and encouraged to translate their experience and beliefs into the language of the material and vice versa, and the course will culminate with individual and collective reflection on the religious meaning of the course material.


Tuition: $200. Scholarships/financial assistance available. 

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Scholarships Scholarships

Some scholarships are available for students and those in need of financial assitance.

For more information, to apply for Talmud, or to inquire about academic credit, please contact Dena Weiss.

Evening Classes Evening Classes

Watch this space for upcoming information about this year's evening classes.

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