Learning Center

Classes, lessons, and thoughts from Rabbi Motzen.

Classes

Chumash Classes

Text-based, interactive, in-depth exploration of the book of Bereishis/ Shemos using both classical sources as well as modern commentaries. For beginners to advanced.

Shemos – Every Shabbos afternoon, 50 minutes before Mincha

Bereishis – Thursday at 11 AM (Thursday classes do not take place in the summer).

The Book of Shoftim

Text-based, interactive, in-depth exploration of the book of Judges using both classical sources as well as modern commentaries. For beginners to advanced.

Thursday evenings at 9 PM at the Motzen residence, 6008 Pimlico Rd.

Talmud and Halacha

Learn Meseches Shabbos from the text to modern day application Sunday mornings from 9:10 – 10 AM

Hilchos Taharas Mishpacha Tuesday mornings from 6:15 – 6:45 AM 

Chassidus

Explore the unconventional and ever-inspiring works of Rav Tzadok Hakohen and Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook.

Tzidkas Hatzadik (Rav Tzadok) – Monday through Friday immediately after morning services
Orot (Rav Kook) every Shabbos morning at 8:45 AM

Sermons

My Rebbi made me join Twitter Parshas Eikev

“How can people possibly have nuanced discussions on social media?!” “All everyone wants to hear these days are soundbites!” “Can you really summarize a position on national defense in a Tweet?!” That’s me, quoting myself. I have lost track of how many times I’ve...

Facts and Faith

This past Shabbos, I spoke on the topic of racism. After shul and for the past few days I have received much feedback, and engaged in many passionate discussions. I learned a lot from those conversations. They also helped me crystalize the most salient point I had...

Halacha

Laws for Post-Tisha B’av

Usually the restrictions of the Nine Days continue through the day after Tisha B'av at midday. This year, because the day after Tisha B'av is Friday and we need to get ready for Shabbos, some of the restrictions do not apply.  One may launder, cut hair, and bathe...

Laws of Tisha B’av

On Tisha B’av one is not supposed to do anything that can be seen as joyful.The following things are therefore forbidden: – Eating and drinking (If one has any medical concerns please contact me before the fast) – Intimacy – Studying Torah that does not...

Purchasing Chameitz online during Chol Hamoed Pesach

It is of the utmost importance that people do not rush our local stores immediately after Pesach as this will cause crowding which we must avoid at all costs. In consultation with Rabbi Hopfer, head of the Baltimore Vaad HaRabbanim, he explained that one may, during...

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