Zvi Hirschfield

Zvi Hirschfield was born in Chicago. He received a BA from Columbia University in History, and did graduate work at Harvard in Medieval and Modern Jewish thought. Zvi studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion for five years, and received Rabbinic Ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Since making Aliya 12 years ago, he has taught Talmud, Halakha, and Jewish thought as a full-time faculty member of the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. He also serves as a senior Educator and staff supervisor for the Nesiya Institute in Jerusalem. Zvi lives in Gush Etzion with his wife Dena and their four children.

Jewish Educator Meet-Up

Becca Farber, Zvi Hirschfield, Cherie Koller-Fox

Come hang out with other Jewish educators. It doesn't matter whether you are a formal, informal, experiential, recreational, or early educational educator. Share your war stories, passion for Jewish education, and meet new friends. Learn about great opportunities for educators year-round and around the globe.

Is Zealotry Kosher?

An examination of two leading Biblical zealots, Eliyahu and Pinchas, and how these figures are treated in Midrash and commentaries reveals how Jewish thinkers struggled with both appreciation and fear of extreme passion. We will also explore how this theme is relevant in Jewish life today.

The Danger of Torah Study

Did the Rabbis really see negative side effects in the pursuit of Torah? An exploration of the story of Rabbi Eliezer and the Ugly Man reveals that the Talmudic Rabbis were aware that intellectual excellence did not automatically lead to moral greatness. Sometimes it even generated the opposite. Together, as modern students of Torah, we will explore possible reactions and responses.

The Conflict Between Peace and Truth

Why is it so difficult for different Jews to build community and Jewish life together? This session looks at some fascinating texts that expose the tensions between a commitment to truth and a desire for peace. We will use this sources as an opportunity to explore how this tension is manifest today and how our conception of this struggle effects our ability to create a passionate and inclusive Jewish community.