Last Sunday, Rabbi Nehemia Polen helped us appreciate the hands-on religious experience of the sacrificial service, as distinct from modern religious experience based on remembrance and teaching. This served as a springboard for an exploration of hasidic thought.
Rabbi Polen explained the Sfas Emes on Tazria-Metzora, compared the mishkan with hasidic rebbeim as communal loci for the sacred, distilled the inspired teachings of several hasidic masters, and envisioned a Jewish future that might include a form of hasidism without lineage.
Did you miss Rabbi Polen's thought-provoking presentation? Well not any more! We recorded it. Watch the video here:
On Sunday, April 22, 2012, our Centennial celebrations featured Rabbi Nehemia Polen of Hebrew College presenting the third lecture in our series: The Future of Judaism: In Celebration of the Centennial of the Adams Street Synagogue.
Rabbi Polen's lecture was titled: “Building Sacred Community: A Comparison of Biblical and Hasidic Approaches to Enriching Our Personal and Communal Quests for Meaning."Come explore our second hundred years by watching and sharing this pesentation. Please also consider making a donation to support the historic Adams Street Shul and the continued recording and online availability of our Torah classes and academic lectures.
Rabbi Polen is professor of Jewish Thought and director of the Hasidic Text Institute at Hebrew College, a leading expert in Hasidism and Jewish thought. He received rabbinic ordination from Ner Israel Rabbinical College, and a PhD from Boston University, where he studied with Elie Wiesel. One of his books, an edited and annotated translation of Malkah Shapiro's memoir, The Rebbe's Daughter: Memoir of a Hasidic Childhood (2002), received the 2002 National Jewish Book Award. A frequent and popular lecturer, Rabbi Polen speaks on such topics as Jewish mysticism, Hasidism, Jewish prayer, the rhythm of the Jewish calendar, and the Tanakh (Bible).