Classes, lessons, and thoughts from Rabbi Motzen.
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
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
This week’s parsha begins with Avraham burying and eulogizing Sarah. You may have noticed in your Chumash, that in describing the tears that Avraham shed for his beloved wife, the Torah writes, “v’livkosah, to cry for her” with the letter, chaf, smaller than the rest...
In the 11th century a new form of poems started emerging from the Jewish communities in Germany. They were known as the Akeidah liturgy. The Akeidah, or the Binding of Isaac, was reimagined in light of the Crusades that devastated and traumatized these Jewish...
The boards have been going up for quite some time now. Not just storefronts, but the windows of our soul have been shuttered. Hiding from diseases and dissent we’ve locked ourselves away into the false safety of echo-chambers and seclusion. But it...
One is obligated to light two candles before Yom Kippur with the following two blessings: 1) Ba-ruch A-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-deshanu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzvi-va-nu le-had-lik ner shel Yom Ha-Ki-pu-rim. 2) Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai...
If one is unable to say Selichos at shul, they may say Selichos at home with the following caveats: One omits the 13 attributes of Hashem (Hashem, Hashem, Eil...) as well as the paragraph immediately preceding it (eil Melech). One omits the Aramaic...
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...