With Rabbi Ron Wittenstein – January-July 2019
Olam HaBah – Sunday, January 6 This World, and The World to Come: Judaism and the Afterlife. We live in a physical world, a world that masks its spiritual aspects. What does the spiritual world look like? Where do souls go after passing away? What is “Gan Eden,” as opposed to “The World to Come, Olam HaBah”?
Structure & Meaning of Services: Mussaf, Part 1 – Sunday, January 27 This is a series of classes on leading services; topics include the order of prayers, meanings and associations of key words, and the traditional melodies. The first three or four meetings will focus on leading Mussaf; subsequent sessions will be on Shacharit, haftorah, and leyning.
Lashon Harah – Sundays, February 3 and 10 Slander, Gossip, and Evil Speech. What constitutes lashon harah (evil speech), and what are the laws concerning it? Can a negative Google review be lashon harah? Is it ever permissible to speak lashon harah? Are there times when one is even obligated to do so? Special attention will be given to those laws that are most applicable to daily life.
Structure & Meaning of Services: Mussaf, Part 2 – Sunday, February 24
The Names of G-d – Sundays, March 3 and 10 We look at the various names of G-d found in the scriptures. How are we to understand them, and how do they relate to us?
Structure & Meaning of Services: Mussaf, Part 3 – Sunday, March 31
► Classes will be on break during April for Pesach (April 19th) ◄
Principles of Torah Interpretation – Sundays, May 5 and 12 We look at the thirteen principles set out by Rabbi Ishmael ben Elisha, with examples of their application. This class is a natural partner with “Preface to the Talmud” on Sunday, June 2.
Structure & Meaning of Services: Mussaf, Part 4 – Sunday, May 26
Learning Talmud – Sunday, June 2
Preface to the Talmud. We learn about the background of the Talmud (both Jerusalem and Babylonian), and when it was compiled. We examine its style along with certain points which make Talmud study a unique discipline.
Structure & Meaning of Services: Shacharit, Part 1 – Sunday June 23 Leading the Shacharit Service.
Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch – Sundays, July 7 and 14 We consider Rav Hirsch’s background and philosophy, focusing primarily on his book The Nineteen Letters, in order to understand his approach to Judaism in the modern era.
Structure & Meaning of Services: Shacharit, Part 2 – Sunday, July 28