Can Liberty and Poverty Coexist?: A Look at Mishnah Pesahim


March 8, 2010 - 7:30pm

Join us this Monday evening, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Yeshivat Hadar for a Community Dinner, followed by a class taught by Ram Avital Hochstein.  Dinner will be Indian food and beer, for a cost of $10 including the class. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the class at 7:30 p.m. RSVPs are required for the dinner. To sign up for dinner, please email Sydney Levine by midnight on Sunday March 7.
This week's class will be taught by Avital Hochstein and it is entitled, “Can Liberty and Poverty Coexist?: A Look at Mishnah Pesahim”
We will look at the first mishnah in the tenth chapter of Pesahim. This mishnah describes a few preparations and initial rules regarding the Seder. We will ask about their fundamental aspects in general, and the roles of poverty on the one hand and freedom on the other, following how the relationship between the two plays out.
Avital Campbell Hochstein is rosh yeshiva at Mechon Hadar and teaches Talmud at Yeshivat Hadar. She is the former rosh kollel at the Pardes Institute. A research fellow at Mechon Shalom Hartman, she has taught Talmud for several years at both institutions and was rosh beit midrash at the new Hartman High School for Girls. She is the co-author of The Place of Women in Midrash (Yedioth Ahronoth 2008). Avital is also a founder of Kehilat Shirah Hadashah in Jerusalem.

When: Mondays, 7:30-9:00 PM  
Dates:  January 11 - March 22
Where: Yeshivat Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave., at 69th St.
Cost: $5 per class
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This winter, the Hadar community will learn Massekhtot as part of its siyyum (completion) of Seder Moed. Every Monday we will hold a guided class, with havruta and discussion.  In addition to classes, we will hold an open beit midrash, complete with texts and guiding questions. Come with your own hevruta or let us match you with one.  Learn in the Beit Midrash together with full-time fellows at Yeshivat Hadar.  Celebrate our progress throughout the year, culminating with a siyyum on Seder Moed at Shavuot.

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