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The Pain of Others: Compassion and Understanding in the Thought of the Sefat Emet

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Dena Weiss is the Rosh Beit Midrash and Senior faculty at the Hadar Institute where she teaches Talmud, Midrash, and Hassidut. Dena earned a BA in Religious Studies from New York University and an MA in Theology from Harvard Divinity School. She has studied and taught in a variety of Jewish educational settings including Drisha, Midreshet Lindenbaum, and Pardes and she is currently studying in the Advanced Kollel at Yeshivat Maharat. Dena has taught at a number of national and regional Limmud festivals and is excited to be back at Limmud North America's eFestival!


Rabbinic literature is full of descriptions of God's compassion and exhortations to us to be similarly compassionate. But the literature is much thinner on how to become compassionate and what this ideal really means to us as human beings. In this session we will address this issue through the thought of th great 19th century Hassidic master, R' Yehudah Aryeh-Leib Alter, known after his works, Sefat Emet. We'll try to gain an understanding of what it means to emulate God in this way as well as how to identify and work with our own limitations in this area.