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Individuals and Community in Mourning

An updated session in response to the recent attacks in Israel
Dr. Elana Stein Hain is the Rosh Beit Midrash and a senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she serves as lead faculty and consults on the content of lay and professional programs. A widely well-regarded thinker and teacher, Elana is passionate about bringing rabbinic thought into conversation with contemporary life. To this end, she hosts TEXTing a bi-weekly podcast that considers issues relevant to Jewish life through the lens

Right now, with over 1,000 Israelis reported killed, and even more still missing and in captivity, as a result of this unprecedented attack by Hamas, our family and friends in Israel are experiencing a depth of mourning that we as a people have not seen in a very long time. In this session, Elana Stein Hain examines the relationships among individuals in a state of mourning as well as their relationships to the broader community. How do those in mourning relate to one another and how do their communities respond and care for them?

Ritual and Emotion: Exploring the High Holiday Season
Many Jews find it hard to connect to Jewish ritual, and yet, Jewish ritual has the potential to deepen our emotional lives. In her three-part series, Elana Stein Hain explores three rituals and how each one might strengthen our capacity to express and harness emotions, like anger, joy, or grief.

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This program is part of Ideas for Today, curated courses by Hartman Institute scholars on the big Jewish ideas we need to think better and do better.

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