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Sunday, February 14 • 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Chazak Chazak V'Nitchazek: When and Why Do We Need Strength?

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Why do Ashkenazi congregations say "Chazak Chazak V'Nitchazek" ("Strong, strong, and let us strengthen ourselves") when they finish reading a book from the Torah? Where does this custom originate and how old is it? What about finishing Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy makes this singular invocation necessary? Why do we say (almost) the same thing three times? This session will look at texts from the Tanakh, Talmud, and halakhic (law) codes to unravel this mystery.


Adina Gerver

Adina is a student at NYU, pursuing an MPA in non-profit management and MA in Judaic studies. Adina’s interests include writing and editing, Jewish adult and family education, public history, urban design, walking in Fort Tryon Park, fine wine, and exquisite dark chocolate. Adina has taught a Talmud course and a course on changing God’s mind at Washington Heights Congregation, as well as one-time classes in NYC; Falls Village, CT; Palo... Read More →

Sunday February 14, 2016 12:00pm - 1:15pm

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