A Dynamic Study of Shabbat Tefillot
LSJS Jan – Mar 2013
From the LSJS website:
How do we talk to the God of Creation on the Day of Rest?
This course looks at seven sections of the siddur that we encounter every Shabbat: Who wrote them? Why were they included in the siddur? Do we appreciate and embrace the ideas they contain? Have their meanings changed over time? Are they still relevant?
“The Shabbat is given unto you, not you unto the Shabbat” (Mechilta 31:13).
This course will enable you to get more out of your siddur prayer and develop your appreciation of God’s great gift to us, the Shabbat.
For the course on Yom Tov prayer, click here
Session 1: Introduction and Kiddush
Tension, Awareness, and Holistic Self-understanding
Nachas Ruach Melave Malka 01/12/12
How does Jewish Law Stay Relevant and Meaningful for Today and Beyond?
LSJS Nov – Dec 2012
From the LSJS website:
Halachah is the architecture of Jewish life. It guides our daily routine from what we eat and how we dress to what we say and how we treat others.
Yet surely the greatest modern challenge of Halachah has been its response to the dramatic and irreversible changes in society while staying true to our tradition.
This course takes on three cutting-edge modern concerns and shows how ancient sources and modern responsa address them in sensitive, coherent and innovative ways.
Session 1: Tekhelet and the Discovery of the Murex Snail
Session 2: Spontaneous Generation
I am indebted to Rabbi Natan Slifkin for his excellent material on this topic
Sessions 3 & 4: Using Electricity on Shabbat
The Quest for Authenticity, Contemplating the Abyss and the Value of Laughter
LSJS October – November 2012
Dostoevsky, whose ‘Crime and Punishment’ defines the psychological novel, and Rabbi Mordechai Yosef Leiner, the controversial Rebbe of Izbica, were contemporaries from entirely different worlds. Yet surprisingly, their writings address similar issues, reflecting the existential angst of their time. In this short series, Rabbi Belovski will compare the approaches of these two writers in areas such as death, laughter and the pursuit of authenticity.
Class 1: The Quest for Authenticity
Class 2: Contemplating the Abyss
Class 3: The Value of Laughter