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Suffering and Divinity in the Thought of the Aish Kodesh

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Rabbi Tali Adler is a faculty member of Yeshivat Hadar. She is a musmekhet of Yeshivat Maharat, and received her undergraduate degree from Stern College, where she majored in Political Science and Jewish Studies. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, during her time at Yeshivat Maharat, Tali served as the clergy intern at Kehilat Rayim Ahuvim and Harvard Hillel. Tali has studied in a number of Jewish institutions, including Drisha and Midreshet Harova.

The Aish Kodesh, a collection of drashot delivered by Piaseczna Rebbe in the Warsaw Ghetto, provides unique insight into the mind of this hassidic master as he grappled with the theological implications of unprecedented suffering. In this class we will read several excerpts from the Aish Kodesh, and discuss how they might be applied to contemporary questions of national and individual pain, and what the limits of those applications might be.