Hallel: Out of the Depths, We Praise

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Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning: Texts and Traditions
Instructor:
Naomi Gurt Lind (Read bio)
Day and Time: Sundays 11am-12:30p.m. Eastern
Dates: 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/19, 3/26, 2023 (5 sessions)
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $180 Generous financial scholarships available

Several times a year, we add Hallel, a series of Psalms, to the morning prayers (and, notably, to the Passover seder). Often recited with stirring music, the text is a roller-coaster of emotion, encompassing gratitude, despair, fear, dependence, faith, and more. In this course we will extend our knowledge of the text of Hallel and deepen our individual connections with this profound text and the music associated with it. Over five sessions we will put the ancient words of Hallel in deep conversation with our inner lives and find personal pathways into the text that are both intellectual and emotional. Learners should expect sessions that include close reading, deep reflection, and thoughtful sharing, as well as encounters with beautiful melodies.

Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning is for learners of all backgrounds.