Bringing you recent lectures, classes, and programs from the Hadar Institute, Ta Shma is where you get to listen in on the beit midrash. Come and listen on the go, at home, or wherever you are. Hosted by Rabbi Avi Killip of the Hadar Institute.
R. Avi Strausberg: Holding God Holding Us
For much of our lives we are unable to receive or offer the holding and embracing that we need. Sukkot is yhe holiday that invites us to pause—to hold and to be held.
R. Avi Killip: Forgiveness, Intimacy, and the Eternal Search
The search for God will span a lifetime. But once a year the dynamic is different. If Judaism offers up life as a giant game of hide and seek with the Holy One, Yom Kippur is the one day when God doesn't hide. The game is paused, and God emerges in search of us.
R. Elie Kaunfer on Parashat Ha'azinu: Praying for Resurrection, Literally and Figuratively
The idea that God can revive the dead became central to our prayers and Jewish theology in general. But what does this “resurrection” entail? Do we have to take it literally, or can we understand it in a more metaphorical way? And what do we lose without the literal meaning?
R. Jamie Weisbach: Eating as if You’re Fasting
There is a halakhic obligation to eat on the day before Yom Kippur. What is the nature of this obligation? Where does it come from? What can it teach us about the meaning of Yom Kippur itself and the process of Teshuvah?
Recorded for Hadar's onliene yom iyyun on Erev Yom Kippur 5789.
R. Tali Adler: Sacrifice - What It Is, What It Could Be, Why It Matters
Akeidat Yitzhak, the Torah reading for the second day of Rosh Hashanah, is usually seen as the ultimate Jewish model of personal sacrifice. But is willingness to die for God really the epitome of sacrifice? In this session, R. Tali Adler explores a midrash that questions Akeidat Yitzhak's role as the central model of personal sacrifice, and offers a story about Rachel our Matriarch as an alternative.
R. Elie Kaunfer on Parashat Nitzavim-VaYelekh: How Do We Return?
How are we meant to begin the process of teshuvah, returning to God? Is this something we initiate, or does God help us to begin? Or perhaps it is some combination? How is this process understood in the Torah and in our Amidah?
Rabbi Kaunfer’s shiur on Vayigash of Judah’s drawing near to Joseph as a whisper as in the daily Amidah is profound and moving. In drawing near to G-d through our prayer and words of daily Amidah may we achieve achieve a whisper of echad. Well done.
Love Yitz Greenberg.
Wish there was more content than once a week.
Any more Shai Held, Ethan tucker etc?
Good material but it’s read, not said.
If the format was a sermon or a shiur it would be far better in my opnion. Hearing an essay being read to me is sub-optimal.