90 @ 190 Hadar Open Beit Midrash


November 8, 2010 - 7:30pm
November 15, 2010 - 7:30pm
November 22, 2010 - 7:30pm
November 29, 2010 - 7:30pm
December 6, 2010 - 7:30pm
December 13, 2010 - 7:30pm


Mechon Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave., at 69th St.

Come to Hadar's Open Beit Midrash on Monday nights to engage first-hand with texts in havruta or in any of four learning groups. Food and energetic atmosphere provided.

When: Monday nights, Nov 8 - Dec 13
Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm; (Maariv will take place at 7:00pm)
Cost: Free

You are also invited to join any of the following four learning groups:

Responsa on Tzedaka
Taught by Rabbi Elie Kaunfer
Jews have traditionally donated 10% of their income to charity, but what are the practical parameters of this? Is this obligatory or custom? Does this apply to students or low-income wage earners? Before or after taxes? We will explore these issues together through modern responsa.

Law and Order: Justice and Mitzvot

Taught by David Goldberg
In the process of providing reasons for all of the 613 commandments in the Torah, the Sefer Hachinuch (literally the Book of Education) often turns to reasons of individual and social good as motivations for a mitzvah.  We will explore texts, predominately from the Torah and from the Sefer Hachinuch, that specifically evoke questions relating to ethics and justice: how can I be more conscious of my actions in relation to the world?  And how are mitzvot understood as a means of creating a more just society?

Midrashim on Prayer
Taught by Dena Weiss
Learn various Midrashim that discuss or feature prayer. Through close reading of the texts and reflection on our own experience we will try to formulate responses to the fundamental question: Why pray?

A Post-Modern Haredi Philosopher? The Thought of R. Yitzhak Hutner
Taught by Miriam-Simma Walfish
Perhaps one of the most under-appreciated 20th century Jewish thinkers, R. Yitzhak Hutner served as the rosh yeshiva (dean) of Yeshivas Chayim Berlin.  His sermons, artfully crafted in a style created in the classical Lithuanian yeshivot, consider such questions as the religious meaning of debate, different models of relationship, and the sacrality of human beings.  We will study these sermons, appreciating not only their artistry, but also considering the possibly radical messages contained in such an unexpected place.


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