kosher kitchen, meat and dairy, hagalah and libun, preparation for pesach, checking for bugs, tevilat kelim, Bishul of a non-Jew, cooking on Yom Tov, and Shabbat laws in the kitchen.
We will be learning together the 10th Perek of Masechet Pesachim. Topics range from Shabbat to Pesach. Besides increasing our textual skills we will be learning to analyze the Gemara on a more in depth level – understanding the whys and the whats not only the translation of the words.
A veritable textbook on the theological revolution of Chassidus and its relevance to the challenges of the modern era, this seminal work presents a compelling argument for the need to dig deeper in our individual and communal engagement with Avodas Hashem.
Expansive, thorough, and well-sourced, this book’s systematic presentation of many foundational concepts in “penimiyus haTorah” will excite the mind just as the 66-life lessons explicated in its pages are sure to uplift, encourage, and inspire. Most significantly, this book deepens and broadens the thought of repentance this story inspires, introducing the reader to a transformative vision of the spiritual journey.
1) Philosophy of Prayer: Why do we try to convince God when we pray, if He already knows what we want? Why pray using someone else’s words (the Rabbis)? Why pray in a foreign language (hebrew)? Why pray with many people around us (minyan)?
2) The SIddur’s Words: Week Day Prayers: Birchat Ha Shachar, Psukei D’Zimra, Shema, Shmoneh Esreh, Aleinu.
Shabbat Prayers: Kabbalat Shabbat, The Shabbat Shmoneh Esreh.
בן אדם לעצמו
בן אדם לחברו
בן אדם למקום
This class will build a clear and profound understanding of the spiritual root of the male and female and then work to apply this knowledge to the practical Jewish pathway to relationships and marriage. Topics such as what is Love, Shomer Negia, Platonic friendships, dating, soul mates, and marriage will all be dealt with in depth as a means of gaining great insight into this critical subject.
Do we sleep just because we’re tired (or love napping), or is there also a way to sleep like a Jew? Does “simchah” mean literally being ecstatic all the time? And why is simchah so vital to our relationship with Hashem? We all have physical desires with which we struggle throughout our lives, either to resist forbidden desires or to minimize desires for things which are permitted but distract us from what’s important. How do we build the strength to beat these urges? This course will engage topics like these in real-life spirituality, helping us to build a life of kedushah and inspiration.
The second half of the semester will focus on practical tools on how to find the right partner as well as have a healthy and thriving marriage.