Hadar Beit Midrash

Ananei Hakavod ("Clouds of Glory")

Date: 

July 7, 2009 - 7:30pm

"Ananei Hakavod ("Clouds of Glory")"
Taught by Amanda Pogany

Seder Moed Project: Sukkah

Every Tuesday, the Hadar Beit Midrash features a guided class on a section of Seder Moed with hevruta learning (in partners) and discussion.  In a community-wide learning project this year, we will be learning Seder Moed in an order that allows us to prepare for each holiday as it approaches.  Come with your own hevruta (learning partner), or let us match you with a hevruta.  Join Yeshivat Hadar students in the Beit Midrash, and Yeshivat Hadar faculty will be available to answer questions as you study.  We also encourage those who sign up to learn a section of Seder Moed independently to come and learn at the Beit Midrash.

Tuesday, July 7
7:30-9:00 p.m. at Yeshivat Hadar (at West End Synagogue, 190 Amsterdam Ave. at 69th St.)
$5 per class, $35 for the series (Tuesday evenings through August 4)
Pizza dinner provided!

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Overlapping Boundaries in Mishnah Succah: Between Law and Life, Between Sacred and Secular, Between Scholar and Servant

Date: 

June 30, 2009 - 7:30pm

Overlapping Boundaries in Mishnah Succah: Between Law and Life, Between Sacred and Secular, Between Scholar and Servant
Taught by Shira Billet

Seder Moed Project: Sukkah

Every Tuesday, the Hadar Beit Midrash features a guided class on a section of Seder Moed with hevruta learning (in partners) and discussion.  In a community-wide learning project this year, we will be learning Seder Moed in an order that allows us to prepare for each holiday as it approaches.  Come with your own hevruta (learning partner), or let us match you with a hevruta.  Join Yeshivat Hadar students in the Beit Midrash, and Yeshivat Hadar faculty will be available to answer questions as you study.  We also encourage those who sign up to learn a section of Seder Moed independently to come and learn at the Beit Midrash.

Tuesday, June 30
7:30-9:00 p.m. at Yeshivat Hadar (at West End Synagogue, 190 Amsterdam Ave. at 69th St.)
$5 per class, $35 for the series (Tuesday evenings through August 4)
Pizza dinner provided!

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Architecture of Time: The Mathematics of the Hebrew Calendar

Date: 

May 26, 2009 - 7:30pm

Why do some Hebrew years have 12 months and others have 13?  Why did some of the Jewish world observe the holidays two days earlier than everyone else in 922 CE?  Why will Passover fall in July in about 20,000 years?  This class covers the mathematical algorithms that govern the days, weeks, months, and years of the Hebrew calendar.  By the end, you will be able to calculate what day of the week Purim will fall in 5800, armed with only a pencil and paper.

Taught by Ben Dreyfus
Tuesday, May 26

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Numbers and Time: Jewish Phenomenology

Date: 

May 12, 2009 - 7:30pm

This class will explore the meaning to be found in counting time, drawing on biblical and rabbinic texts and our own experiences of time. How does counting form a Jewish notion of time? What other notions of time besides sequence and consecuity are to be found in our tradition and experience? We will also draw on 19th and 20th century French and German thinkers to develop the discussion.

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Numbers in the Books of Numbers

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May 19, 2009 - 7:30pm

This Shabbat (5/23) we begin reading the Book of Numbers. It's called "Bamidbar" in Hebrew and you might be worried that all of the numbers in it may make us feel as if we're in a literal desert. But it's not dry reading at all. Please join us to figure out how not to get too caught up in the numbers.

Taught by Sara Hurwitz
Tuesday, May 19

7:30-9:00 p.m. at the JCC of Manhattan (76th and Amsterdam)
Cost: $5

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A Golden Sea of Mystery: Pi in the Bible and Talmud

Date: 

May 5, 2009 - 7:30pm

Relying on the Biblical description of Solomon's Temple, the Talmud (Eiruvin 14a-b) claims that the circumference of a circle is three times its diameter -- a problem for not only the modern student of geometry but also the Talmudic rabbis themselves. In this class, we'll discover just how much math the rabbis knew and see how a variety of sources, both ancient and modern, seek to reconcile this apparent contradiction between scientific fact and sacred writ. Calculators are not required.

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O Father, Where art Thou? The Matrilineal Principle and Jewish Identity Taught by Rabbi Ethan Tucker

Date: 

March 31, 2009 - 7:30pm

In this session, we will review the history of the matrilineal principle, while paying particular attention to those rabbinic sources that complicate what is often presented as a simple formula for determining Jewish identity. We will try to get at the root of why the matrilineal principle has re-emerged as controversial in contemporary Jewish life and to suggest fresh paradigms for thinking through this issue.
 
Beit Midrash of the JCC in Manhattan (334 Amsterdam at 76th St)
$5 per class or $25 for the series

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Tax Evasion Through Kilayim: A Case Study in (Un)Intention Taught by Jaclyn Rubin

Date: 

March 24, 2009 - 7:30pm

The Torah forbids wearing kilayim, a mixture of wool and linen. Are there ever cases where one is allowed to wear kilayim? Perhaps in order to sell them? Or to avoid paying taxes? In this class, we will examine when wearing these garments can be considered a different act entirely, and the act of wearing itself an unintended consequence. In the process, we will explore questions of tax evasion, assimilation with non-Jewish neighbors, and transgressing commandments to save life.
 
Beit Midrash of the JCC in Manhattan (334 Amsterdam at 76th St)

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