“In the postmodern era when authority is suspect, it is insufficient to base religious commitment upon obedience alone. We nurture a healthy sense of autonomy...
A rabbinic studies program for men and women
to meet the challenges of the Twenty First Century
The Dalai Lama wrote in his autobiography that the traditional education which he received as a child in the monasteries of Tibet left him singularly unprepared to lead his people in the 20th Century. We insure that the same will not be said of rabbinic training today.
Beit Midrash Har’el inspires and prepares tomorrow’s communal leaders to serve as agents for change within a context of continuity. Our program brings modern sensibilities into the halakhic discourse.
We straddle the divide between the cognitive experience of study and spiritual nature of the quest.
Our innovative curriculum combines the in-depth study of halakha and public policy alongside comparative religion and creative writing.
The equability between men and women in our Beit Midrash is a value that we hold deeply. We model this by taking it for granted as an issue we no longer need to revisit.
Beit Midrash Har’el is the only Orthodox framework whose students include seasoned pedagogues as well as promising educators and leaders of the future, men and women, engaged in rabbinic studies in an open and supportive learning environment.