Rambam - Part 3

Introduction to the Series This series is divided into three parts. In the first part, we explore the culture and the Jewish leaders of Andalusia - Muslim Spain that lived there and developed the Jewish culture of poetry, politics, the sciences, and the enter of Torah study in the land where the Rambam was born. While this part will not tell us about the Rambam directly, it will give us background insight into Sefardic culture and the great The Rambam (Part One) 5culture and the great legends of the Sefardic world that shaped the Rambam's life.In the second part, we will learn more about the Rambam's life under Muslim persecution, and his revolutionary approach to forced conversions to Islam and the difference between Islam and Chris. We will also be introduced to the Rambam's early works such as his book on logic and commentary to the Mishnah.In the third and final part, we will learn about the Rambam's life in Egypt, his medical practice, and his service as Saladin's Court Physician. We will also explore the controversy surrounding his approach to Greek philosophy and what led to his books being burned shortly after his passing.

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Rambam - Part 2

Introduction to the Series This series is divided into three parts. In the first part, we explore the culture and the Jewish leaders of Andalusia - Muslim Spain that lived there and developed the Jewish culture of poetry, politics, the sciences, and the enter of Torah study in the land where the Rambam was born. While this part will not tell us about the Rambam directly, it will give us background insight into Sefardic culture and the great The Rambam (Part One) 5culture and the great legends of the Sefardic world that shaped the Rambam's life.In the second part, we will learn more about the Rambam's life under Muslim persecution, and his revolutionary approach to forced conversions to Islam and the difference between Islam and Chris. We will also be introduced to the Rambam's early works such as his book on logic and commentary to the Mishnah.In the third and final part, we will learn about the Rambam's life in Egypt, his medical practice, and his service as Saladin's Court Physician. We will also explore the controversy surrounding his approach to Greek philosophy and what led to his books being burned shortly after his passing.

Rambam - Part 1

Introduction to the Series This series is divided into three parts. In the first part, we explore the culture and the Jewish leaders of Andalusia - Muslim Spain that lived thter of Torah study in the land where the Rambam was born. While this part will not tell us about the Rambam directly, it will give us background insight intere and developed the Jewish culture of poetry, politics, the sciences, and the eno Sefardic culture and the great The Rambam (Part One) 5culture and the great legends of the Sefardic world that shaped the Rambam's life.In the second part, we will learn more about the Rambam's life under Muslim persecution, and his revolutionary approach to forced conversions to Islam and the difference between Islam and Chris. We will also be introduced to the Rambam's early works such as his book on logic and commentary to the Mishnah.In the third and final part, we will learn about the Rambam's life in Egypt, his medical practice, and his service as Saladin's Court Physician. We will also explore the controversy surrounding his approach to Greek philosophy and what led to his books being burned shortly after his passing.

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Suffering

Is it alright to question G-d's actions?Shouldn't we have faith that Hashem knows what He is doing?What kind of person challenges Hashem's goodness?Surprisingly enough, Avraham Avinu, Moshe Rabeinu, Yirmiyahu Hanavi, Shlomo Hamelech, Iyov, Chabakuk, and others, all asked the same question:

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Israel

The uniqueness of Eretz Yisroel can be found everywhere. When Moshiach comes, the holiness found in Eretz Yisroel will extend to the entire world, as the Midrash notes:

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Chametz and Matzah

On Pesach we celebrate the Exodus of our forefathers fromslavery in Mitzrayim, and we do so by refraining from eatingchametz for the duration of seven nights and days (eight daysoutside of Israel), and by eating matzah and conducting aseder on the first night (first two nights outside of Israel).

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Mezuzah

Since the Yetzias Mitzrayim, a mysterious sign on Jewish doorposts has been instrumental in protecting the Jewish nation from harm. What is the nature of this charm? In this session, we will question the mystical root of all evil as we explore three functions of the mezuzah and the protection it brings.

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Faith and Reason

What's the Mitzvah? Before we can look at any rationale for believing in G-d, we need to understand the basics that define what Judaism requires of us in terms of believing in G-d. Depending on how you count the mitzvos, there can be up to four basic mitzvos that mandate a Jew's belief and knowledge of G-d

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A Rebbe

There Always Was A Concept of a Rebbe For as long as Jews existed as a people, they always had a Rebbe. Starting with Moshe Rabeinu, who led the Yidden out of Mitzrayim to receive the Torah and throughout the 40 years that they travelled in the wilderness, through Yehoshua, who led the people in battle to conquer Eretz Yisroel, the Shoftim, the Nevi'im, and kings that followed until the destruction of the first Beis Hamikdash. During golus there was Daniel, Mordechai, Ezra, and Nechemiah. Once the Sanhedrin was established, there was the Nasi of the Sanhedrin, and in the diaspora, there was the Reish Galusa.

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Minhag

Jewish culture is rich with ritual. How we conduct ourselves, even outside of the arena of religion, is guided by a set of rules and customs about how a Jew should behave. From how we tie our shoes in the morning, to all of the rich customs that we observe at the seder, they are what give Yiddishkeit its flavor.

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Kibud Av Va'em

The Mitzvah Our parents brought us into this world. When we were infants, unable to take care of ourselves, they fed us, clothed us, bathed us, cleaned up our messes, educated us, and loved us more than life itself. What do we give them in return?

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Torah 1

What is Torah? What is unique about it? How does is work? And how does the Torah continue to remain relevant millennia after it was given?

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Shavuos

What are we Celebrating? Shavuos is a unique festival on the Jewish calendar. It is not celebrated for seven or eight days like Pesach and Sukkos, it doesn't have a distinct mitzvah such as sitting in the sukkah, shaking the lulav and etrog, blowing the shofar, or eating matzah, yet it plays a central role in Yiddishkeit. Shavuos commemorates the giving of the Torah, and, as we will learn, it is a festival rich with minhag, ritual, and significance.

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Ayin Hara

What is an Ayin Hara? Some think of it as an evil omen, a spell of sorts that  has the power to bring misfortune upon a person. Others think of it as a type of poison that the eye directs at things that it sees, casting them in an evil light. Yet others see it as a silent wish and prayer to Hashem to pass judgment on a person or situation to judge them more strictly.

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Kabbalah

You've completed years of organized study, be it yeshiva, seminary or university, and now you're considering a leap into the business world to bring in some cash. You have two basic choices- work for others or work for yourself. Which, or perhaps how, do you choose? Many of us have great ideas- ideas that could either fly or fail. How do you know whether your idea will succeed? How do you know if you have the tools required to gain momentum and stay ahead in your chosen field? Whether you decide to join Corporate America or start your own business, learning from others who have tried and failed or tried and succeeded is quintessential to your success. Look around; there are so many people to learn from in your own community.

 

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Moshiach

The topic of Moshiach is on the one hand the most fundamental of all Jewish beliefs, and at the same time, it is also one of the most controversial. The notion that the world has a destiny, that it was created with a purpose to achieve and an end-game when it will be achieved, goes hand in hand with the belief in Hashem that there is meaning and purpose to reality. This negates the notion that the here and now is all there is-the universe doesn't just exist, it exists with a purpose, and Moshiach is that purpose.

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The Haggadah

Why do we have a seder? What are we trying to achieve? Which parts of the seder are original, and what was added over the ages? We will explore the various components of the seder, why we do them, and what they represent. The focus of this study is to come away with a deepened appreciation for, and insight into, the practice and rituals of the seder, to enhance our experience of it, and to make it more meaningful.

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Happiness

מ ְצָוה ְגּדוֹ ָלה ִל ְהיוֹת ְבּ ִשׂ ְמ ָחה ָתּ ִמיד It is an important mitzvah to be happy constantly. This very important statement means a lot of things. It serves as the lyrics for several popular Jewish songs and it is the basis of certain philosophies on life, but one thing it does not mean is that being happy is one of the 613 mitzvos.

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Shabbos

Shabbos occupies at least one seventh of our time and is one of the most central components of life as a Jew. While we observe mitzvos for no other reason than because Hashem instructed them, the texts in this booklet will provide you with a foundational background and basic rationale behind the thirty-nine melachos.

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Free Choice

The Choice is Yours Torah tells us that  Hashem has given us the opportunity to choose life and good or death and evil and He advises us to choose good:

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Tefillin

The distinguished Rabbi Meier Jung (1859-1921) said of tefillin: "This religious act performed daily has done more to preserve and to further the high morality of our people than all the books on ethics that have ever been written. The same can also be said of other Mitzvos, though some have a double influence, one direct, making for immediate physical well-being, the other indirect, forming character by teaching constructive restraint through habitual action." Throughout the ages, Yidden have risked their lives to preserve this mitzvah. Even in the concentration camps, survivors relate of the measures Yidden went through to don tefillin

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Chanukah

Why do we celebrate Chanukah? What events led to the establishment of Chanukah? What was the miracle? How do we commemorate the miracle? How do our commemorations express what Chanukah is uniquely about?

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Chassidus

What is Chassidus? What does it do? And why is it necessary?

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Davening

Why pray? What is prayer? What purpose does it serve?

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Shlichus - The Charge of Every Jew in Our Generation

Neshamah is sent down out of its comfort zone from under Hashem's holy throne and sent down into a body to fulfill a particular mission

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Soul

People have long pondered the question of identity. Who am I? What makes me unique? What gives me my identity? Scientists have been puzzled by the question of life. While they can study the physical biology of human body, the question of what powers and animates the body? What is the difference between a live and dead corpse? It is not just that one is healthier than the other. Something major takes place at the time of death, and we know that to be the departure of the soul from the body.

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Bris Milah

Chazal say that the Mitzvah of Milah is equal to all the mitzvos of the Torah combined. The Torah (Bereishis 17:14) specifies the most severe punishment of kares for whoever doesn't perform a Bris Milah. Of all the positive mizvos, only Milah and the korbon pesach are punishable with kares. Kares literally means to be "cut off " or excommunicated from Hashem. This is a form of spiritual death in which the neshomah's connection to Hashem is severed. Kares is considered the most severe of punishments since even a punishment of physical death is an atonement for the neshomah where the neshomah's connection to Hashem is renewed. Since the days of the Roman Empire two thousand years ago until Communist Russia in recent times, Bris Milah has been one of the first Mitzvos to be outlawed when anti-Semitic authorities came to power. Yet, time and time again, Jews have risked their lives to ensure that their children received a kosher Bris Milah.

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Age of the Universe

A Jew in Modern Times As Jews living at time when science has uncovered so many marvellous discoveries about the workings of our universe, it is often difficult not to question and be confronted by basic differences between Torah and science that seem contradictory. How should we view such differences? And what approaches have been taken to resolve them?

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Yom Kippur

Why Yom Kippur? What is unique about Yom Kippur? What makes it the holiest day of the year? We all know what we do on Yom Kippur; we fast, we spend almost the entire day in shul davening, beating our chest reciting ashamnu and al chet, and singing moving, soulstirring songs. But what makes Yom Kippur dierent from any other time?

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Rosh Hashana

What is Rosh Hashanah all about? There are various things we say and do during Rosh Hashanah, as well as ideas and events that Rosh Hashanah represents, how do we make sense of them all? (At least the big ones)

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Elul and Teshuvah

Teshuvah is a lifelong process of personal growth, of overcoming challenges, and of unleashing latent human potential.

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