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Women & Time through the lens of Halacha & Chassidus
Developed by Mrs. Chava Goodman
This course offers an in-depth exploration of the topic of מצוות עשה שהזמן גרמא (positive time-bound מצוות) from both a halachic and mystical perspective. You will get a chance to look at the original sources for women's exemption from these מצוות, analyze how הלכה defines them, and understand the issues at play when women perform these מצוות voluntarily. Once we have a foundational understanding of the halachic concepts, we will look at how חסידות sheds light on women’s underlying spiritual relationship with time. You'll leave this course with an appreciation for the depth and richness of the halachic system and a more meaningful relationship with מצוות you encounter every day.
INSIGHTS INTO HILCHOS NIDDAH
Examining the Halachic and Chassidis Underpinnings
Developed by Mrs. Menucha Schwartz
This course will explore the original halachic sources in the Mishna, Gemara, Rishonim and Shulchan Aruch that lay the foundation for the laws of Niddah that we practice today. We will then delve into the laws from a spiritual perspective, understanding the symbolism of these core halachic concepts and how they are reflected in our relationship with G-d. You will walk away with a profound appreciation for the mitzvah of Taharas Hamishpacha, a deeper understanding of the halachic process and basic tools to tackle any halachic text on your own.
Explore the sources behind the Who, What, Where & Why of hair covering.
Developed by Mrs. Menucha Schwartz
This course will explore everything you ever wanted to know about hair covering; the original source for Kisui Rosh in the Torah, who is obligated to do it, how much hair they are required to cover, where the obligation applies, and the spiritual significance of the mitzvah. You'll gain an understanding of how these halachos developed by studying the original halachic sources in the Mishna, Gemara, Rishonim, and Acharonim. You will walk away with a profound appreciation for the mitzvah of Kisui Rosh, a deeper understanding of the halachic process and basic tools to tackle any halachic text on your own.
How to make space for the people around you
Written by Mrs. Natalie Rice
"Heichaltzu" is a fundamental maamar of the Rebbe Rashab that offers a practical and relatable approach to the mitzvah of ahavas yisrael. It discusses the root of our inability to get along with other people and how that expresses itself in every area of our lives. This course will give you a thorough exploration of the text of this maamar, allowing you to discover the depth and beauty of the Rashab's original words. You will walk out with a mastery of fundamental concepts in chassidus, as well as the tools to tackle any text of chassidus on your own.
(Includes a Handbook to guide you in the study of the maamar. You can purchase the text of the maamar here or here.)
KLALEI HACHINUCH VIHAHADRACHA
Educating From the Inside Out
Written by Chana Engel
Klalei Chinuch Vihadracha is amongst the most practical and relevant texts that the Frierdiker Rebbe authored. In a thorough and comprehensive manner, it walks us through the fundamental keys of education, teaching us how to influence others in a way that speaks to the individual. Our in depth analysis of the text will allow you to discover the beauty of the Frierdiker Rebbe's uniquely poetic and impassioned language while also exploring deep chassidic concepts. You will walk out with the inspiration and the tools to become a more impactful educator, as well as the skills to tackle any chassidic text on your own!
Demystifying Mishna, the foundation of Torah Shebaal Peh
Developed by: Mrs. Rishi Finkelstein
Have you always wondered what Mishna is about, how it works and what makes it such a fundamental part of Torah? Have you always wanted to learn Mishna but never had the confidence to open it up? Here's your chance to finally demystify Mishna!
In this course, you'll explore the second perek of Bava Metzia, titled "Eilu Metzios", which discusses the mitzva of returning lost items. Throughout the course, you'll develop a familiarity with the language and style of the Mishna, gain a deeper understanding of the structure of Torah Shebaal Peh, and build the confidence to open any perek of mishnayos on your own.
BISHUL & PAS YISROEL
A Study of its Underlying Principles and Modern Applications
Written by Mrs. Mushky Gershon
Sources compiled by Rabbi Yitzchak Hanoka
This course offers a comprehensive analysis of the underlying reasons for the chachomim's institution of pas yisrael and bishul yisrael. You will study how the parameters of the halachos developed by studying the original sources in the Gemara and the Shulchan Aruch. Then, you will learn how to apply these halachos to modern day scenarios. You will walk out with a mastery of these halachos, a deeper understanding of the halachic process, and basic tools to tackle any halachic text on your own.
(Includes a Sourcebook with a compilation of halachic sources, as well as a handbook to guide you in the study of the sources.)
A Beginners Guide to the Language and Reasoning of Gemara
Developed by Rabbi Levi Kaplan
“Hamafkid” is the title of the second chapter of Maseches Bava Metzia and discusses laws related to the four categories of shomrim discussed in the Torah. In this course, you will explore this classic sugya as an introduction to the world of Talmudic language and reasoning. You’ll learn how to break down the text of the Mishna and Gemara and analyze it based on the classic commentaries. Whether you’ve never opened a Gemara before or you’re already a seasoned learner, this course is sure to develop your skills and challenge your mind with the compelling logic of the Gemara
(Includes a Handbook to guide you through the study of the sugya. You can purchase the gemara itself here.)
A Beginner’s Guide to the Language and Reasoning of Gemara
Developed by Rabbi Levi Kaplan
In this classic sugya in the 6th Perek of Bava Kama, we analyze how intent impacts our responsibility for hazards that our property or livestock may cause. This course will take you on a thrilling journey through this fascinating topic, as an introduction to the language and reasoning of Gemara. You’ll learn how to break down the text of the Mishna and Gemara and develop skills for studying a page of Gemara on your own!
G-D's Oneness and Why it Matters
Written by Mrs. Zeldy Friedman
The Rebbe Rashab’s maamer Veyadaata 5657 is renowned as one of the fundamental texts for comprehension of Chabad chassidic philosophy. In this course, you will explore the idea of achdus Hashem, the Oneness of G-d, in the Rebbe Rashab’s famously simple yet profound style. Our study will focus heavily on the analysis of the Rebbe Rashab’s analogies and how they enable us to comprehend abstract, spiritual concepts. You will learn how this newfound understanding of G-d’s presence in our lives can change the way that we view life’s challenges and bring us to serve G-d with greater faith and joy. You will walk out with a mastery of these fundamental concepts, as well tools to tackle any text of chassidus on your own!
(Includes a Sourcebook with the text of the maamar, as well as a handbook to guide you in the study of the text.)
Exploring the Essense
Developed by Mrs. Zeldy Friedman
What is Chassidus? Inspirational insights to pull us through dark times? Explanations of the esoteric teachings of Kabbalah? In this foundational text, you'll rediscover chassidus as an unveiling of the essence of Judaism. Using the case-study of Modeh Ani, it introduces a radically new approach to Torah that uncovers the core of all four levels of Torah interpretation - Pshat, Remez, Drush and Sod. In this text-based course, we will thoroughly analyze and compare these four dimensions, and understand the profound perspective that chassidus reveals in each one.
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