Learning Session: Kaddish during a Pandemic with Rabbi Stephen

On June 11, we gathered to study the laws the relate to saying Kaddish during a pandemic. We looked at the questions:

  • Why do we say Kaddish?
  • Why don’t we say it without a Minyan?
  • And What can you do to honor the memory of your loved one during a pandemic?

Click the image at left to view the video of this learning session online. Watch the video here.

Beit Midrash 2.0 with Rabbi Stephen

Noon-1 pm on Thursdays at Temple Beth-El

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Beit Midrash continues during the summer with Mussar: As long as people are stuck inside during the quarantine, Rabbi Stephen will continue to offer a weekly Beit Midrash class. At the conclusion of the Bob Dylan cycle, he plans to offer a completely new course in the field of Mussar, titled “49 Shades of Glory.” Inspired by the meditations of the weeks of the Omer, preceding Shavuot on May 29 & 30, we will explore in-depth the Middot, the specific qualities attributed to each of the seven weeks. Rabbi will teach about the Kabbalistic origins of this practice, how the attributes inform Chassidic theology to this day, and how these insights can transform our own personal lives.

Wednesday Morning Minyan Study Session with Bethany Slater

Wednesday mornings following Minyan at 7 am, Temple Beth-El

Congregants have the opportunity to do some learning over bagels with Bethany Slater on Wednesday mornings after Minyan, which is held at 7 am. These discussions focus on Jewish ethics. What does Jewish law have to teach us about ethical behavior? Join Bethany and the TBE Minyanaires for the exploration of Judaism through a halakhic lens.

Havdala Small Study Group with Joshua Richman

Saturday evenings weekly just prior to Havdala

Before we release the sweet embrace of Shabbas by lighting the Havdala flame, a small group gathers to pray and study Torah in greater depth each week. If you wish you could linger over the insights of Torah, or pose your difficulty with the text, this is the forum for deeper engagement with the Torah. Meeting approximately 1 hour before sunset for prayer and study, we pour some le’chayim, and have nosh available. This is really the sweetest point of the week for the Rabbi. If you want to learn in an intimate, less academic context, this is the study session for you. Barry Dreayer, the man who wrote the book on football, says that its worth missing football to come learn and make Havdala together.

Torah Reading and Discussion with Rabbi Stephen

Saturdays morning services weekly

Each week we read from the Torah scroll. But do you understand what we are reading? In order to help more of us understand what we are reading, Rabbi Stephen asks questions before select Aliyot in order to guide your reading of the text while the Hebrew scroll is being read. Sometimes, there are even opportunities to answer a question during the Torah reading. His sermon attempts to draw some insight or inspiration for life from the questions that we open up during the reading of the Torah. That means in order to get the full impact of the sermon (11:15-ish am), you really need to arrive in time for the reading of the Torah (10:30 am).

 

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