Hadar Beit Midrash

When is a Wall Really a Wall?

Date: 

January 25, 2010 - 7:30pm

Location: 

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

This week's class will be taught by Jaclyn Rubin, and it is entitled, “When is a Wall Really a Wall?”

In both Eiruvin and Sukkah, the Rabbis learn that a wall, to be classified as a wall, must be at least 10 tefahim high (about 3 feet). As we examine this requirement, we will think about the connection between humans and God and the gap between heaven and earth. Along the way, we will talk about empty space, sukkot, the Temple, and cherubim. Find out what they all have to do with each other, and when a wall is really a wall.

Jaclyn Rubin graduated from Barnard and the Jewish Theological Seminary with B.A.’s in English and Talmud, respectively. Jaclyn holds an M.A. in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and completed a year in the Drisha Scholar's Circle. A fellow in the first summer of Yeshivat Hadar, she is now learning there full time.

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Inside, Outside, Jews, non-Jews, and In Between: Thinking About Community Through the Lens of the Eruv

Date: 

January 11, 2010 - 7:30pm

This week's class will be taught by Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg, and it is entitled, "Inside, Outside, Jews, non-Jews, and In Between: Thinking About Community Through the Lens of the Eruv"

Although the explicit purpose of an eruv is to permit the transfer of goods into and out of buildings on Shabbat, it also has the function of defining the boundaries of a "Jewish neighborhood." Rabbinic literature appears to be aware of this fact already, given its concern with the effects of non-Jews and non-Rabbinic Jews on the ability of a community to establish an eruv. Building on the insights of Prof. Charlotte Fonrobert, we will analyze passages from the sixth chapter of Eruvin dealing with these boundary questions in order to understand better what Rabbinic texts have to say about the dangers and benefits of living in religiously mixed communities.

Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg is a faculty member at Mechon Hadar and teaches Tanakh at Yeshivat Hadar. He is the rabbi of the Fort Tryon Jewish Center, an independent egalitarian synagogue in the Washington Heights section of New York City. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship program, he received his rabbinical ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel following his studies in the kollel halakhah at Yeshivat Ma’aleh Gilboa and is currently a doctoral candidate in Talmud and Rabbinic Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has taught Bible, Talmud, and halakhah in a wide variety of settings, including the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, JTS, the National Havurah Institute, and the Northwoods Kollel and Beit Midrash of Ramah Wisconsin.

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Pahad Yitzhak: Philosophical Insights into Shabbat from Legal Texts

Date: 

November 16, 2009 - 7:30pm

Location: 

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

This fall, the Hadar community will learn Massekhet Shabbat 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.
 

Cost: $5 per class

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Picking and Choosing: Borer on Shabbat.

Date: 

December 14, 2009 - 7:30pm

This fall, the Hadar community will learn Massekhet Shabbat 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.
 
When: Mondays, 7:30-9:00 PM  

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Who's Afraid of Eve?

Date: 

December 7, 2009 - 7:30pm

This fall, the Hadar community will learn Massekhet Shabbat 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.
 
When: Mondays, 7:30-9:00 PM  

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Keeping Shabbat Where Others Don’t

Date: 

November 30, 2009 - 7:30pm

This fall, the Hadar community will learn Massekhet Shabbat 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.
 
When: Mondays, 7:30-9:00 PM  

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Havdalah, the Zohar, and Women

Date: 

November 23, 2009 - 7:30pm

This fall, the Hadar community will learn Massekhet Shabbat 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.
 
When: Mondays, 7:30-9:00 PM  

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Can't Touch This: Withdrawing from God's World on Shabbat

Date: 

November 9, 2009 - 7:30pm

Location: 

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

This week's class will be taught by Rabbi Ethan Tucker, and it is entitled, "Can't Touch This: Withdrawing from God's World on Shabbat."  
One of the central restrictions involved in traditional Shabbat observance is known as muktzeh, the prohibition on moving Shabbat-problematic objects on the day of rest.  In 90 minutes or less, we will review some of the core ideas of this area of Jewish practice, trace its historical development over time and reflect on how this sort of spiritual discipline can lead to a greater reverence for both divine and human creativity.

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Kiddush and Hallah: Sanctification through Words

Date: 

November 2, 2009 - 7:30pm

Location: 

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

This week's class will be taught by Rabbi Jeff Fox, and it is entitled, "Kiddush and Hallah: Sanctification through Words."
How do I make Shabbat holy through my words? Through an exploration of the commandments to bless both wine and bread on Shabbat, we will explore how our words create holiness.
 

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Kavod and Oneg: Cleaning for Shabbat

Date: 

October 26, 2009 - 7:30pm

This fall, the Hadar community will learn Massekhet Shabbat 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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