Torah & Tea
Women join Grunie in her home, for a weekly power hour of Torah Study.
The Five Books of Moses—the Torah—is quite simply the most widely-read, most influential literary work in all of human history. Since its first appearance in a blaze of Divine revelation on Mount Sinai over 3300 years ago, the Torah and its teachings have provoked inspired inquiry to discover its infinitely-layered designs and meanings.
Torah and Tea will bring you this tradition of classical Jewish learning in a series of clear and engaging weekly classes. Probing the ideas and issues presented in each week's Torah portion, these classes will offer timely lessons -from the most timeless of all texts.
Join together with fellow local Jewish women for inspiring Torah study, warm camaraderie, hot tea and delicious refreshments!
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Rosh Chodesh Society
The Rebbe’s philosophy, vision and message to a generation
Rosh Chodesh Society will study the Rebbe’s philosophy, showcases the Rebbe’s insights into life, and explores the Rebbe’s profound, resonant messages to our generation.
The following are among the questions that the seven lessons of this course will address:
What are the Rebbe’s central teachings and contributions to Judaism and society?
What was his understanding of the human being, and what were his aspirations for humanity?
What did the Rebbe teach about the unique role of the Jewish woman?
What accounts for the continued success of the Chabad- Lubavitch movement?
Most importantly—how can we apply these insights toward living a more purposeful life?
This course clarifies how the Rebbe’s inimitable leadership style—as well as his many campaigns and initiatives—were all corollaries of the Rebbe’s unique, Torah- based view of everything. The Rebbe didn’t merely have different (or even better) answers to the many personal and global issues of today—the Rebbe actually saw the issues differently than the rest of us do. He wore different glasses. This course will challenge the students to “borrow the Rebbe’s glasses” and start seeing everything from a different perspective—a perspective that is truly liberating and life-changing.
1. I’ve Come to My Garden
The Rebbe’s different view of the world.
Wednesday, November 6th
One of the Rebbe’s outstanding qualities was his indefatigable optimism. He insisted on seeing the good in everything—in every event and in all phenomena. Was this optimism anchored in reality?
The Rebbe taught that there is no divide between G-d and the material world, between goodness and each aspect of our lives. The entire universe and all that transpires are expressions of G-d’s beautiful “garden.” The reality, then, is that below the surface of all that is lies a wellspring of goodness, holiness, and heightened potential. It is our job to dig beneath the surface and uncover that goodness.
2. Who Are You?
The Rebbe’s different view of the human being
Wednesday, December 11
Much has been written about the Rebbe’s unconditional love and acceptance of all people. The Rebbe defined a person not by his or her manifest failures and weaknesses, but by the soul’s absolute perfection and unlimited potential. The challenge is to reveal this perfection, but even when this has yet to happen, the internal core of perfection in every human being is what defines us.
3. When Down Is Up
The Rebbe’s different view of failure
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
As established in the previous lessons, the Rebbe had a knack for seeing the positive in all events, phenomena, people, etc. But what about life-choices that are objectively bad, immoral, and contrary to the Torah’s teachings—is there any good in those? One of the pillars of the Rebbe’s philosophy is that not only is there the possibility of using past regretful choices as a springboard to greater places, but that doing so is their purpose and where they inevitably must lead. This understanding reframes our view of past errors and empowers us to thrive—not despite, but—because of them.
4. Eliminating the Divide
The Rebbe’s different view of the Torah
Wednesday, February 26th
The secret of Jewish survival is the Torah, which century after century has been studied and taught with commitment and love. But of what value is the Torah in our everyday lives? Based on the assertion of the Zohar that the Torah is the blueprint of the world, the Rebbe constantly emphasized that no element of creation can possibly be in conflict with Torah. The Torah is not only a guide to living a holy, spiritual life, but also a guide to how to properly utilize and interact with the world in optimal fashion. This premise has many ramifications, including that observing the Torah’s instructions is the best way to assure oneself a good life—in a material sense too.
5. The Feminine Dynamic
The Rebbe’s different view of women and the feminine role
Wednesday, March 25th
Men and women are different in so many ways—physically, emotionally, and even in the way their brains operate. All these are due to the different roles that men and women serve in bringing all of Creation to its desired destination—the Redemption. Nevertheless, the Rebbe taught that the Redemption is primarily a feminine era, and therefore Jewish women play the lead role in bringing all of creation to that awaited time. This lesson explores the feminine mystique in an attempt to discover why this is so.
6. Opening Our Eyes
The Rebbe’s different view of contemporary events and trends
Wednesday, April 22nd
The Rebbe continuously emphasized the historic and unique role of our generation. Pointing to the revolutionary changes that have taken place in technology, politics, the human spirit, etc., the Rebbe observed that the overall goal of creation is finally within reach and that the world is finally ready for redemption. How might we take advantage of this unprecedented time in history and energize ourselves for the sprint to the finish line?
7. The Paradigm Shifter
The Rebbe’s different view of leadership
Wednesday, May 20th
What is ideal Jewish leadership? What makes an effective leader? What makes a Rebbe? In 1950, the Rebbe assumed leadership of a decimated, weary, small Chasidic movement. Over the following decades, he grew the movement into an international powerhouse, the largest and fastest-growing force in modern Jewry. Despite the Rebbe’s physical absence, he continues to inspire the growth of the movement. This lesson examines the Rebbe’s leadership model and uncovers the Rebbe’s secret: the Rebbe never set out to create followers at all, but to create leaders. This lesson examines how to apply this leadership paradigm to all areas of leadership.