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Torah Studies 2018

  • Season Four

    New Season

    Starting Tuesday, July 3 2018!

    Chabad Jewish Center Upper Passaic County is proud to present our Torah Studies catalog of classes for Season Four.

    At Chabad, we value a deep, rich learning experience and we aim to provide this in an unequivocal way. This is why we have brought you a Torah Studies program of the highest caliber, developed by the world-renowned Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. The program brings you a series of stimulating text and discussion based classes that take place on a weekly basis. Our lessons will engage you in a multidimensional way by challenging you intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. They explore contemporary issues through a Torah perspective as well as tackling timeless questions in the Jewish tradition.

    I invite you to browse through the topics in this catalog and to join us for some weekly inspirational study. These classes are open to all, whatever your level of learning may be, and I encourage you to bring your friends along.

    Rabbi Mendy Gurkov

    Tuesday, July 3 2018


    Love What You Do

    Finding Pleasure in Purpose

    We all long for that vacation: sandy beaches, crystal blue waters, and picturesque mountain peaks. And then we look at the drab, grey office walls and our world goes dark. Is there any way to get the feeling of waking up in a hut on stilts in French Polynesia, while stuck in suburbia doing the same old, same old? In this lesson, we will find out how.

    Tuesday, July 10 2018


    The Perfect Orchestra

    Nature’s on Your Side

    Ever felt that you’re trying to do the right thing, yet everything is lining up against you? Is nature itself your adversary? Heaven forbid! A complex story of returning warriors and desert taxation reveals the encouraging message that when all is said and done, G-d is orchestrating everything to help you out.

    Tuesday, July 17 2018


    From Mourning to Morning

    Between Misery and Bitterness, Despair and Progress

    Thousands of years after she lies in ruins, the Jewish people still mourn their holy Temple. Hasn’t that window closed already? Can we really be so pained so many years later? The sages’ take on the proper method of grief turns this mourning into a propeller for growth and a look toward the joy of tomorrow.

    Tuesday, July 24 2018


    Bringing out the Best

    Looking at Challenge as Opportunity

    "Comfort, be comforted, my children," declares G-d. Sounds great, but what’s the mystery of this double comfort? From the ashes of a sacked Temple to the ruins of our own lives, discover the balm for your aching soulâ€"the secret to grabbing those tests and slaying them forever.

    Tuesday, July 31 2018


    Where Is Your Passion?

    Joy is at the Depth of our Experience

    When Moses descended from the mountain with the tablets in hand, he was met with a horrific sight: a nation gone mad. Horrified, he smashed the tablets to smithereens. But he knew about the carnage already on the mountain, so what changed when he actually saw it? Discover the secret Moshe saw and use it as a cautionary tale in your own life.

    Tuesday, August 7 2018


    Emulating Your Creator

    Work Isn’t Just about the Money

    Oftentimes we wonder what life would be like without working another day. Why do we have to work so hard anyway? Is there any point to all this toil and sweat? Of course there is: it is, in fact, your only chance to be just like your Creator. Relish it.

    Tuesday, August 14 2018


    Unlocking the Hair Lock

    The Secret of the Upshernish

    A prevailing custom in many Jewish communities is to leave the hair of a young boy uncut for his first three years. The first haircut is celebrated with joy and fanfare. What is behind this mysterious custom? Not so surprisinglyâ€"a lot. And it’s not just for kids.

    Tuesday, August 21 2018


    Mazal Tov, Mazal Tov!

    Every Day Your Wedding Day

    How does that sound? Not the expenses of course, but the honeymoon. Sounds great, no? It does, but the reality is that every day is certainly not the wedding day. The hair-splitting genius of an early twentieth-century European Talmudist uncovers a fascinating idea about marriage that should help reignite that romantic spark every day.

    Tuesday, August 28 2018


    Mind over Matter

    The Tefilin Mind Game

    Do you find your emotions difficult to contain? Welcome to the human race, my friend: the heart is a wild thing. The good news is that we have a built-in control, and it’s called the mind. Funny enough, the two boxes of tefilin affixed daily to the head and the arm have a lot to say in this conversation. Find out how in this lesson.

    Tuesday, September 4 2018


    The Need to Be Needy

    Complacency Is the Graveyard of Growth

    As we turn our eyes to a new year, the liturgy and practices of Rosh Hashanah emphasize time and again how needy, how humble, and how downtrodden we are. Why the depression? The story of an emigrating Babylonian sage seeking new heights gives us a lot of food for thought about our position in lifeâ€"and what it takes to catapult to ever greater peaks.

    Tuesday, September 11 2018


    Jews in Shoes

    Grounded Below, Turned Above

    Of course we need shoes. It’s no fun walking barefoot over rocks, or around the kitchen after that glass pitcher shatters. Shoes are just a part of life. But all of a sudden, when it comes to holy days, places, and times, shoes are literally flying off our feet. What’s behind these mandated shoe removals?

    Tuesday, September 18 2018


    Don’t Kick the Sukkah

    Religion Isn’t Just about Feeling Good

    Avraham serves angels and is rewarded with a sukkah. We sit in a sukkah and are to be rewarded in messianic times with a sukkah of Leviathan skin. The gentiles kick their sukkah when it’s too hot, and the Jews calmly walk out. Discover the meaning behind this bizarre sukkah medley. 

  • One time $25 book fee.
    Suggested Donation: $10 per class. 

    Checks can be made payable to Chabad Jewish Center and mailed or brought to the course. 

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