Avail yourself of the opportunity to learn Torah with our excellent Judaic Studies faculty. All classes are free of charge and appropriate for those with advanced and limited Judaic backgrounds. All classes take place in the High School third floor Conference Room.
No Registration Required.
Talmudic Tales of Teshuvah
Rabbi Shmuel Hain
Thursdays 12-1pm Sept 22, Sept 29, Oct 6
With the subject of repentance looming large as we prepare for the High Holidays, this class will feature an extensive exploration of Talmudic tales of Teshuvah. Each class will examine an aggadah (rabbinic narrative) in depth, highlighting different aspects of the rich rabbinic conception of repentance. Together, the classes will offer a comprehensive study of Teshuvah, yielding an abundance of new insights for personal and interpersonal growth in the coming year.
“Hillarybots, Trumpkins, and Bernie-bros, Oh, My”: The 2016 Elections
Dr. Rivka Schwartz
Thursdays 1:30-2:30 pm Oct 27, Nov 3, Nov 10
The 2016 presidential election is, in many ways, unprecedented. If elected, Hillary Clinton would be the first woman to serve as president; Donald Trump would be the first man with neither elective nor military experience to hold that office. Both began the cycle with historically high disapproval ratings, and the campaign has unfolded in unpredictable and sometimes scarcely-believable ways. In two sessions before the election and one after, we will situate this highly unusual contest in its historical context, and explore its implications for the future of American politics and policy.
(Post)Modern Orthodoxy: Judaism's Encounter with Postmodernism
Rabbi Josh Rosenfeld
Mondays 1-2pm Nov 21, Nov 28, Dec 5, Dec 12
The French philosopher Jean-Francois Lyotard defined the postmodern condition as a breakdown in the "great narratives" of our lives, presenting a challenge to adherents of perhaps the greatest story: religion. We will explore how Judaism can confront postmodernity and even find within it an avenue for renewed spiritual and Halakhic commitment through the writings of the trail-blazing Religious-Zionist thinker Rav Shimon Gershon Rosenberg (Shagar), z"l.
Religious Philosophy in English Poetry
Dr. Gillian Steinberg
Thursdays 1-2pm Jan 12, Jan 19, Jan 26, Feb 2
This class will examine religiously-themed English-language poetry of the past 500 years, exploring the range of religious philosophies espoused by Christian and Jewish poets. We will study the works of, among others, John Donne, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas Hardy, Louis Zukofsky, Muriel Rukeyser, Countee Cullen, Philip Larkin, Denise Levertov, Alicia Ostriker, Jacqueline Osherow, and Allen Ginsberg.
As part of SAR High School’s Machon Siach, we are offering two adult education classes which focus on the application of Modern Orthodox theology to the way we, and our teenage children, live our lives. Join us as we explore together how classic texts continue to raise questions that shape our way of being in the world.
Intrapersonal Sexual Ethics in a Modern Orthodox Coed World
Rabbi Tully Harcsztark and Ms. Lisa Schlaff
This class will take place in March. Exact dates and time TBD
The conversation about sexuality often centers around interpersonal matters; what interactions may be permitted or prohibited. This class will focus on what classical Jewish texts have to say about cultivating an intrapersonal sexual ethics; how does the way in which we take in the world impact our character and ethos? We will explore the halakhic categories of histaclut (gazing) and hirhur (arousal) in an attempt to open conversation about how these categories play out in our lives and the lives of our children. In so doing, we will also raise questions about the degree to which halakha grants personal agency to individuals, and the way in which communal norms affect our boundaries.
Conscious Commemoration: An exploration of history, memory, and meaning in the modern Jewish calendar
Dr. Tammy Jacobowitz
Thursdays 1:30-2:30pm April 27, May 4, May 11
Before the Jewish people even left Egypt, they were instructed to tell their children about the exodus: to commemorate, discuss and remember their history. Telling our stories and learning from our collective experiences is a key Jewish value that shapes our laws, our institutions and our rituals. In this series, we will examine our relationship to memory, history, and commemoration through a case study of two monumental days in our calendar: Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzamut. What are the collective and individual stories we are trying to tell through these public days of commemoration and celebration? In what ways are they continuous with other forms of Jewish storytelling and in what ways do they diverge?
Delve into a piece of fiction with Ms. Molly Pollak and Mr. Marshall Messer. Join other parents and community members for a fascinating discussion of important works of literature. Classes meet 7:30-9:00 PM, in the high school library. To run the program, we will require a minimum number of participants to pre-register for the entire 4 book series.
Cost: $80 for 5 book series • $20 at the door
Please make checks payable to SAR High School, note on check that it is for the book club and mail to: 503 West 259th Street, Riverdale, NY 10471, Attention: Rena.
*Note: We will not deposit any checks until we meet the minimum number of participants.
Sept. 27 The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyan, Ms. Molly Pollak
Nov. 30 The Quiet American by Graham Greene, Ms. Molly Pollak
Feb. 7 Year of the Runaways by Sanjeev Sahota, Ms. Molly Pollak
March 28 Stoner by John Williams, Mr. Marshall Messer
May 9 Indignation by Philip Rothm, Ms. Molly Pollak