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 past Thursday, we observed Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day. In Israel, a siren goes off, people stop in the streets, and reflect. They remember loved ones. They imagine the many relatives they never met. And they silently lament the ongoing and seemingly...
I’ve avoided any analogies between this pandemic and the Holocaust for obvious reasons. No matter how great the loss – and there were many, not just “out there” but in our community; the lives we lost this year amongst ourselves were caused by Covid, directly or...
A few weeks ago, the Yeshiva University newspaper, the Commentator reported an interview that took place in YU with former NBA all-star, Amare Stoudemire. They don’t typically interview NBA stars, but Stoudemire is anything but typical. A few months Amare changed his...
A digest of the unique laws when Erev Pesach falls out on Shabbos: The fast of the firstborn takes place on Thursday, March 25th. In Ner Tamid, the siyum will take place at approximately 7:20 AM and will be streamed on Zoom. Bedikas Chameitz takes place on...
Orthodox Union Pesach Guide: https://oukosher.org/content/uploads/2021/02/OUPassoverGuide21.pdf Star-K Pesach Guide: https://www.star-k.org/images/passoverdirectory2021.pdf CRC Pesach Guide: https://www.crcweb.org/Passover/5781/Pesach_Guide_%202021.pdf
Although one should not have a meal before hearing the Megillah, one is permitted to eat items that are not considered meal-type items. One should therefore not eat bread or items made from the five grains which one would say Mezonos on. All other foods may be eaten...