tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:/posts Belovski's Shiurim 2018-10-02T21:05:58Z Hundreds of Free Classes on a Wide Range of Topics tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/1328315 2018-10-02T21:05:57Z 2018-10-02T21:05:58Z Women's Obligation to Make Kiddush

Delivered at GGS 22/09/18

Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/1317673 2018-09-05T13:08:10Z 2018-09-05T13:08:11Z Shabbat Shuvah Derashah 5779

Preparing to Fast: Children and Yom Kippur

To be delivered at GGS after Minchah, Shabbat Shuvah 5779

Primary Sources:

Mishnah & Gemara Yoma 82a with Rashi, Pirush HaMishnah LaRambam ad loc.
Yad, Hilchot Shevitat Asor 2:10-11
Sukkah 43b with Rashi ad loc.
Shulchan Aruch OC Simon 657
Sukkah 2b with Ritva ad loc.
Sefer HaMitzvot LaRambam Positive 164 & Prohibitive 196
Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/1304548 2018-07-22T22:40:48Z 2018-08-06T13:58:02Z Tisha B'Av 5778

On the Jews and their Lies: Martin Luther's Anti-Semitism


Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/1303246 2018-07-15T14:32:33Z 2018-07-22T10:29:33Z Tisha B'Av Programme 5778

Please join our Tisha B'Av Programme: Reflective, Informative, Inspirational

Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/1262646 2018-03-18T11:05:49Z 2018-03-18T11:05:50Z Shabbat HaGadol Derashah 5778

Celebration, Preparation or Culmination? Exploring Erev Pesach

To be delivered at GGS after Minchah, Shabbat HaGadol 5778

Primary Sources:

Mishnah, Pesachim 50a with following commentaries:

Rashi; Tosfot, s.v. 'Makom SheNahagu'; Ba'al HaMa'or; Milchamot HaShem; Ra'avad; Ritva; Me'iri; Ran

Yerushalami Pesachim 4:1

Rambam Hilchot Yom Tov 8:17-18

Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/1191381 2017-09-16T20:19:37Z 2018-03-18T20:36:35Z Shabbat Shuvah Derashah 5778

Yom Kippur Viduy and the Mechanics of Teshuvah

To be delivered at GGS after Minchah on Shabbat Shuvah 5778

Primary Sources:

Vayikra 16:30

Yoma 86b with Rashi and Rif

Rambam Hilchot Teshuvah 2:7 with Ma'aseh Rokeach

Yoma 81a with Sefat Emet

Mordechai, Yoma 725

Rosh, Yoma 8:25

Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/1178708 2017-08-01T21:58:39Z 2018-07-09T01:38:05Z Tisha B'Av 5777

Sabbatai Zevi and the Feast of Tisha B'Av 1666

GGS 01/08/17

Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/1143437 2017-04-02T22:14:10Z 2018-01-25T10:24:01Z Shabbat HaGadol Derashah 5777

Chametz, Erev Pesach and Transformational Authority

To be delivered at GGS after Minchah, Shabbat HaGadol, 5777

Primary Sources:

Devarim 17:8-13
Selections from Pesachim 6a; 87a
Selections from Yad, Hilchot Mamrim 1:1-2; 3:4; 4:1 (with commentaries of Kesef Mishneh & Ribdaz)
Rambam, Sefer HaMitzvot Shoresh 1, with Hasagot HaRamban
Kuntres Divrey Sofrim 1:32-33; 41-42
Meshech Chochmah to Devarim 17:11
Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/1131663 2017-02-15T22:32:26Z 2018-01-25T10:24:01Z Charedi Zionism and Reinventing the Oral Law

The Life and Works of Rabbi Moshe Shmuel Glasner

LSJS Feb - Apr 2017

From LSJS Website

Rabbi Moshe Shmuel Glasner (1854-1924) came from rabbinic aristocracy and was rabbi of Klausenberg in Romania. Remarkably, he was also a friend of Rav Kook, a fierce champion of independent Torah creativity and a charedi Zionist who saw in the return to the Land an opportunity to reinvent the Oral Law.

In this course we will study his influential essay on the future of Jewish Law, Dor Revi’i, as well as evaluating his views on rabbinic authority and his influence on thinkers such as Rabbi Professor Eliezer Berkovits and Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo.

 Session 1: Rabbi Glasner: Charedi Zionist, Rabbinic Critic

Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/1106902 2016-11-09T22:42:47Z 2018-01-25T10:24:01Z From Proof to Passion

Changing Interpretations of the Akeidah

LSJS Nov - Dec 2016

From LSJS Website

This course will explore one of the most well-known and widely interpreted biblical episodes – the Binding (Akedah) of Isaac. Using classical Jewish sources, revisionist Hasidic ideas, Islamic and Christian texts, song lyrics and more, we will build a broader picture of this beloved but deeply troubling story.

Session 1: The Akeidah Story as Read by the Sages
Session 2: A Mediaeval Shift - It's all About Potential
Session 3: Later Interpreters and Early Chassidic Approaches Session 4: Kierkegaard and 19th-Century Chassidic Revisionism
Session 5: The Akeidahs of Yishmael, Music, Art and Drama Session 6: Was Avraham Right? Rav Kook and the 20th Century
Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/1094468 2016-09-29T05:07:26Z 2018-01-25T10:24:01Z Shabbat Shuvah 5777

As the Gates Close: The Timing and Purpose of Ne'ilah

To be delivered at GGS after Minchah, Shabbat Shuvah 5777

Primary Sources:

Ta'anit 26a
Yerushalmi Brachot 4:1
Yoma 87b with Rashi, Rosh, Ran, Ba'al HaMa'or and Me'iri ad loc.
Selections from Yad Hilchot Tefillah U'Nesi'at Kapayim Chapters 1, 3 & 14
Tur OC Siman 623 with Bet Yosef and Bach ad loc.
Shulchan Aruch OC Siman 623:2 with Magen Avraham and Taz ad loc.
Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/1080273 2016-08-14T21:49:12Z 2018-01-25T10:24:01Z Tisha B'Av 5776

In the City of Slaughter: The Kishinev Pogrom of 1903

GGS 14/08/16

Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/1032019 2016-04-12T22:13:58Z 2018-01-25T10:24:00Z Pesach 5776

Left Leaning? Science and the Seder

Midrasha 12/04/16

Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/1028909 2016-04-09T20:25:03Z 2018-01-25T10:24:01Z Shabbat HaGadol Derashah 5776

A Song in Two Parts: Hallel at the Seder

To be delivered at GGS after Minchah, Shabbat HaGadol 5776

Primary Sources:

Selections from Mishnah Pesachim: 9:2; 10-5-7
Selections from Bavli Pesachim: 85b; 109a; 117a; 118a (with commentary of Ran)
Tosefta Pesachim 10:9
Tosefot Yom Tov to Pesach 10:6
Yerushalmi Megillah 2:1
Teshuvot HaGaonim Sha'arey Teshuvah 120
Yad Hilchot Chanukah 3:6 with notes of Ra'avad and Magid Mishneh
Chiddushey Griz HaLevi ad loc.
Tosefot Rid Pesachim 116b
Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/920587 2015-10-21T21:20:08Z 2018-01-25T10:24:00Z The Patchwork Bible

Responding to Bible Criticism in an Age of Reason

October - December 2015

From the LSJS Website

In this course, Rabbi Belovski will explore some of the thorniest challenges to traditional Judaism of the past 200 years since the rise of Biblical Criticism. Issues considered will include: Divine authorship of the Torah. The Documentary Hypothesis (Higher Bible Criticism) as well as Lower Bible Criticism and Textual Integrity. This course will involve the study of Maimonides, Ibn Ezra and other commentators to understand responses to these challenges.

Session 1: Introduction

Session 2: Alternative Approaches to the Rambam Session 3: Selected Bases for the Documentary Hypothesis
Session 4: Responses from Classical Sources
Session 5: Responses from Later Sources (1): Cassuto and Hertz
Session 6: Responses from Later Sources (2): Breuer and Bazak
Session 7: Responses from Later Sources (3): Weiss Halivni, Berman, Sarna and Katz
Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/903809 2015-09-11T09:19:53Z 2018-01-15T16:26:31Z Shabbat Shuvah 5776

The Case of the Empty Tefillin: Lo Titgodedu in Action

To be delivered at GGS after Minchah, Shabbat Shuvah 5776

Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/885801 2015-07-26T23:30:15Z 2018-01-15T16:12:21Z Tisha B'Av 5775

Ta"cht VeTa"t: The Chmielnicki Massacres of 1648-9

GGS 26/07/15

Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/830125 2015-03-25T12:59:27Z 2018-01-15T15:34:28Z Pesach 5775

Kitniot Today and Rav Kook's Sesame Oil

Midrasha 24/03/15

Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/828935 2015-03-23T17:39:15Z 2018-01-15T15:33:31Z Shabbat HaGadol Derashah 5775

Exploring Rabbinic Authority: Eruv Tavshilin and the Forgetful Congregant

To be delivered at GGS after Minchah, Shabbat HaGadol 5775

Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/828932 2015-03-23T17:24:42Z 2018-01-15T15:33:30Z Pesach 5775

A Night of Tensions: Seder Night and Authentic Redemption

Shema Manchester 22/03/05

Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/804248 2015-01-29T10:29:13Z 2018-01-15T15:34:57Z What Should a Jew Believe?

The Challenge and Reality of Faith in the 21st Century

Jan - Mar 2015

From the LSJS website: 

What does it mean to believe in God and what happens when someone has ‘doubts’?

How central is faith to Jewish practice?

Learn how Jewish law, thought and tradition approaches this issue.

Session 1: Introducing the Jewish God

Session 2: Believe vs. Practice

Session 3: I am God: The First Commandment

Session 4: Does Belief Change as we Grow Older? Session 5: Heresy in Judaism
Session 6: How have Psychology and Modern Science Affected Belief? Session 7: Talking to God
Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/778428 2014-12-04T00:02:53Z 2018-01-15T14:51:24Z Kashrut Course Session 1

Kosher Foods, Purchasing Kosher Food & Uninvited Diners

Hosted by the Scotts for GGS 03/12/14

Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/743136 2014-09-19T05:39:49Z 2018-01-15T14:29:25Z Shabbat Shuvah Derashah 5775

Gluttony on Yom Kippur: Redefining Eating

To be delivered at GGS after Minchah (5.50pm), Shabbat Shuvah 5775

Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/723340 2014-08-05T21:48:59Z 2018-01-15T14:21:35Z Tisha B'Av 5774

Jews and the Black Death

GGS 05/08/14

From the GGS Website

One of the most destructive pandemics in history, the Black Death raged in mid-14th-century Europe, killing close to half of its population.  In many places, sometimes encouraged by church leaders, Jews were blamed for spreading the disease, resulting in widespread persecution and the destruction of hundreds of Jewish communities.

In this presentation, Rabbi Belovski will examine the social and political context of these attacks, explore the role of Pope Clement VI, who tried to prevent them and consider their ramifications for European Jewry.

Please note that this recording begins a few seconds into the class.
Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/722356 2014-08-03T06:54:17Z 2018-01-15T14:20:11Z On the Centenary of the Start of the First World War

Delivered at GGS


Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/694493 2014-05-21T21:39:39Z 2018-01-15T14:16:22Z The Book of BaMidbar

In Pursuit of Perfection

May - July 2014

From the LSJS website:

Spies, Korach, Zimri – this book is full of rebellion. Or maybe it’s the story of a community on the cusp of perfection but haunted by self perception clashing with reality. We will explore themes of leadership and the dangers of self-denial through the lens of the chassidic School of Przysucha – the Rebbes of Ishbitz, Kotzk, Lublin and Sochaczew.

Session 1: Torah in the Desert: On the Cusp of Perfection?

Session 2: Manna: Food of the Gods?

Session 3: Spies: Desire for the Desert

Session 4: Tzelophchad: Sinning for the Sake of Heaven
Session 5: Korach:  A Man Before his Time?
Session 6: Striking the Rock and Predestiny
Session 7: Zimri and the Lure of the Desert

Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/673579 2014-04-06T10:14:38Z 2018-01-15T13:47:24Z Shabbat HaGadol Derashah 5774
Displacement or Virtual Reality? The Actual Size of an Olive

To be delivered at GGS after Minchah, Shabbat HaGadol 5774

Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/653454 2014-02-12T14:40:39Z 2018-01-15T13:27:59Z Ki Tissa 5774

Idolatry and the Golden Calf

Edgware Shiur 11/02/14
Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/653455 2014-02-12T14:39:52Z 2018-01-15T13:28:00Z The Seforno's Renaissance Approach

Understanding Human Suffering on the Threshold of Modernity

MMY 29/12/13
Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski
tag:www.rabbibelovski.com,2013:Post/648011 2014-01-30T09:10:06Z 2018-01-15T13:41:52Z Pleasure and Aesthetics the Jewish Way

Are Beauty and Pleasure Jewish Ideas or Evils?

Jan - Mar 2014

From the LSJS website:

It’s often said that Judaism is interested in action rather than form, but is that really true? What do Jewish sources really have to say about beauty, visual and physical pleasure and the wonders of art? In this innovative course, Rabbi Belovski will explore classic texts and contemporary Jewish writings on aesthetics and form. As well as major themes, we will look specifically at Jewish approaches to art, music, poetry, language, food, aroma, and, of course, the pleasures of wine and sex.

Session 1: Pleasure and Aesthetics in Traditional Jewish Sources
Session 2: Art
Session 3: Music
I am frustrated to report that the recording failed.  I hope to have a chance to repeat the class soon.

Session 4: Literature and Poetry
Session 5: Taste and Smell
Session 6: Wine Session 7: Sex
Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski