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Welcome to Hadar's online learning library, a collection of lectures and classes on a range of topics.

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Welcome to Hadar's online learning library, a collection of lectures and classes on a range of topics.

    Parashat Devariim: A Bolt from the Blue, Or: When God Falls in Love

    Parashat Devariim: A Bolt from the Blue, Or: When God Falls in Love

    Shai Held. Few ideas have traditionally been more central to Jewish theology than the election (or “chosenness”) of the Jewish people, and few ideas have been more controversial. Of the Five Books of Moses, it is Deuteronomy that gives the most sustained attention to what election means—and also, crucially, to what it doesn’t.

    • 9 min
    Parashat Mattot-Mas'ei: Balancing Freedom with Responsibility, and Individual Needs with Communal Needs

    Parashat Mattot-Mas'ei: Balancing Freedom with Responsibility, and Individual Needs with Communal Needs

    Avital Hochstein. The end of the book of BeMidbar leaves us with the question, When and how is it legitimate to give and to limit freedom. The criteria include questions such as, what motivates the specific need or desire for distinction? In what areas may restrictions be imposed as conditions for granting that freedom, and are those restrictions legitimate? What motivates the restriction on freedom, and will the result of the specific judgment be division and rupture, or on the contrary, a change in the entire community?

    • 13 min
    Parashat Chukkat: When everything starts to look the same

    Parashat Chukkat: When everything starts to look the same

    Shai Held. For several decades now, Moses has been God's faithful servant. The people have been stubborn and recalcitrant, but despite moments of exasperation, Moses has stood by them—in faithful service both to them and to the God who has chosen him as their leader. And then—abruptly, in a single moment—it all falls apart. What is the cause of Moses' sin?

    • 12 min
    Parashat Beha'alotekha: It's Not About You

    Parashat Beha'alotekha: It's Not About You

    Shai Held. From the story of Eldad and Meidad in this week's parashah, and its rabbinic commentaries, we learn a tremendous amount about leadership, humility, and the crucial relationship between them. Here, there are four leaders, all of whom care far more deeply about the goal of serving God than they do about the seductions of power, glory, or ego-affirmation. Moses, Joshua, Eldad and Meidad all internalize the simple but profound turth: It's not about you.

    • 11 min
    Parashat Naso: Gender and the Priestly Blessing

    Parashat Naso: Gender and the Priestly Blessing

    Ethan Tucker. This week, I would like to explore birkat kohanim, the priestly blessing traditionally offered by the kohanim in the context of the public Amidah. It is clearly possible to find ways to evade birkat kohanim altogether, by picking up on and expanding the Ashkenazi, Diasporic tradition that sharply limits its performance and sees no real obligation to hold the blessing at any given time in particular. One can also toe the line on the essential maleness of this ritual, even as it may become more and more of an anomaly in the context of gender-blind leadership and participation. We discussed the advantages and disadvantages of such approaches last week. Instead, I would like to explore options for including benot kohanim in this ritual, thus allowing it to retain a role, perhaps even a central one in our public prayer life, while still firmly anchoring it in the kehunah, and eliminating at least the optics of some of the patriarchal hierarchy that lies at the heart of the historic Jewish priesthood. My hope is that this will not only be a potentially practically useful conversation, but that it will also illuminate some of what is at stake in these sorts of discussions, even in communities that are unlikely to take this sort of step any time soon.

    • 13 min
    Shavuot 5780 - Redemption After Loss: Marriage, Rebirth, and the Book of Ruth

    Shavuot 5780 - Redemption After Loss: Marriage, Rebirth, and the Book of Ruth

    Elie Kaunfer. This year we are welcoming Shavuot in a time of loss. So much of our experience since Purim has been marked by loss and grief: loss of friends and relatives, loss of financial stability, loss of community and ritual celebration. We are used to gathering together on Shavuot, studying God’s Torah together, even staying up all night together. Not this year—another loss. We receive Torah anew on Shavuot, but we also read the story of Ruth on Shavuot. This year, Ruth’s story of redemption after loss is a poignant reminder that our people and the world has suffered before, and nevertheless has transitioned away from a state of seemingly permanent grief and loss to one of unexpected redemption.

    • 8 min

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