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Torah Studies 2015

Torah Studies 2015

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Class 1 Wednesday, January 7 2015
Is the Gift of the Gab Overrated?
A Look at the Way Society Values Style over Substance
Moses couldn't speak properly. This class uses his extraordinary leadership to explore the importance of speech, both literally and metaphysically. Why was the great leader of the Jews so flawed? Why didn't G‑d care? And what lessons does this provide for us today?
Class 2 Wednesday, January 14 2015
Living in DeNile
The Delusional Roots of Selfishness
Why are some people are warm and generous, while others are cold and self-centered? Is it a quirk of fate or is there a deeper cause? Knowing what triggers selfishness helps us understand ourselves and others. A critical look at the plague of hail teaches how to share with others.
Class 3 Wednesday, January 21 2015
The Ten Plagues Exposed
How the Pharaonic Pandemonium Had Purpose
It seems a little excessive. Rivers of blood. Swarms of frogs. Packs of beasts. G‑d insists on demonstrating His might, while the Jews continue to suffer in slavery. By uncovering the link between the plagues and G‑d’s greater plan, this class finds the method behind the madness.
Class 4 Wednesday, January 28 2015
When the Magic Fades
He was her Prince Charming; she was his Princess Bride. Years later, they barely recognize the people they once were. In all relationships, the original charm wears off and leaves the scuffed reality of imperfect people. Discover how to find what you think you’ve lost.
Class 5 Wednesday, February 4 2015
Is Freedom Subjective?
Why One Man's Captivity is Another's Liberty
How can Jews claim to be free if they must obey the laws of Judaism? Why did we leave the bondage of ancient Egypt only to become the unquestioning servants of G‑d? It is time to redefine what freedom is. Can this cherished value mean something other than “do what you want”?
Class 6 Wednesday, February 11 2015
Does a Prayer a Day Keep the Doctor Away?
The Clash Between Faith and Medicine
Should an ill person place their hope in G‑d, or in the doctor? Does healing lie in the heavens or in hospitals? Upon recovery, who do we give thank? The fine line between the natural and the supernatural runs through the heart of medicine. This class teaches us how to walk it.
Class 7 Wednesday, February 18 2015
Show Me the Money
Why G‑d is Obsessed with Fundraising
Why is Judaism so into fundraising? From synagogues to museums, it seems that every Jewish institution is asking us to dig deep and donate. This class reveals that the Jewish emphasis on contributing dates back to the times of the Mishkan—and is about a lot more than the money.
Class 8 Wednesday, February 25 2015
Never the Twain Shall Meet?
Why G‑d is Obsessed with Fundraising
Why is Judaism so into fundraising? From synagogues to museums, it seems that every Jewish institution is asking us to dig deep and donate. This class reveals that the Jewish emphasis on contributing dates back to the times of the Mishkan—and is about a lot more than the money.
Class 9 Wednesday, March 4 2015
L’Chaim!
A Sobering Look at the Purim Party
Judaism is staunchly opposed to alcohol abuse. Why then is there a mitzvah to drink on Purim? What can possibly be sacred about a drink of alcohol? A refreshing look at this controversial issue will provide insight and ensure we won’t get too carried away come Purim.
Class 10 Wednesday, March 11 2015
The Greatest Pain
Confronting the Loss of a Loved One
Can a broken heart be cured? For all our technological progress, we still have no response when death strikes and our world crumbles. Does religion offer any hope? Does our guide to life tell us what to do when life is lost? The answers in this class are not the ones we expect.
Class 11 Wednesday, March 18 2015
The Pursuit of Liberty
Are We Really Free?
Does the message of Passover still ring true? Slavery still exists. Hardships grow. Our jobs and our responsibilities chain us down more than ever. Can we really celebrate our so-called freedom? It’s time to challenge our understanding of “freedom.”
Class 11 Wednesday, March 25 2015
Rise of the Machine Matzahs
The Evolution of the Humble Matzah
Take a trip to 1850s Europe where a debate rages. Is the new machine matzahs kosher? Are its defenders heretics? Round, square, what’s the difference? Discover the history of the machine matzah, from its humble origins to its position today as the behemoth of Jewish foods.


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