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
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