Backgrounds, Beliefs & Goals
Please describe the salient aspects of your background and the ways these inform your current Jewish practice, including your decision to apply to Yeshivat Hadar. (2-3 paragraphs)
Yeshivat Hadar's central goal is the advancement of commitment to Torah, tefillah, and shmirat mitzvot lived in the context of an egalitarian Jewish community.
What are your hopes, anxieties, and other feelings about being a contributing member of the Hadar community this summer, and beyond? (2-3 paragraphs - please touch on Torah, tefillah, mitzvot, and egalitarianism)
Yeshivat Hadar is interested in students with demonstrated leadership potential. Leadership skills are essential for the community organizing and programming that lies at the heart of the flourishing of the yeshiva. Please share a concrete example of your exercise of leadership in a communal context. What challenges did you encounter, how did you engage and negotiate with others, and what would you do differently in the future? (1 paragraph)
For certain classes, students are grouped by level. Please comment on your skill and experience with traditional Jewish text study (e.g. ability to read vocalized or unvocalized Hebrew texts for comprehension; ability to work through a page of Talmud/Tanakh with commentaries, etc.) Please be specific, providing, if possible, examples of texts that you feel fully comfortable with-including any that you have learned before in depth-and the texts you are most excited to develop proficiency in. (1 paragraph)
Yeshivat Hadar embraces the State of Israel as a central component of the contemporary experience of being Jewish, wherever in the world one lives, while insisting that our relationship with Israel be honest, complex and reflective of a very broad spectrum of political views. Please describe your relationship with Israel. (1 paragraph)