Learning Center

Classes, lessons, and thoughts from Rabbi Motzen.


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 


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


Parshas Yisro – Planning Ahead

Tucked into our action-packed Torah portion of Beha'alos'cha, we find Moshe pleading with his father-in-law, Yisro/ Jethro, to stay with the Jewish People. Aside from bucking the stereotypical father-in-law-son-in-law relationship, the even larger question is the...

Imagine: A Jewish Perspective on Peace

Possibly one of the most famous protest songs is Imagine in which John Lennon, the former Beatle, describes a utopian world of absolute harmony. Personally, and I’ve shared this with you before, I really do not like the song. The tune is alright, it is the words that...

Reflections on Race

I don’t fear the clamor, the chants, or the rallies, Nor force, or clashes, (though I do fear fatalities.) I don’t fear debate, fiercer than fire, The cause is too noble to suggest it be quieter.   What I do fear is that racism (like anti-semitism) has no good...


Laws of Purim

There is a Mitzvah to increase one’s joy during the month of Adar. It is a time when great things happened to the Jewish People and so it is seen as an opportune time for success. The commentators discuss a number of ways to increase happiness. One possible way to do...

Laws of Chanukkah

The Menorah that is used on Chanukkah should have branches that are of equal height and they should be arranged in a straight row. Like all mitzvos, there is significance in making the mitzvah beautiful. One should therefore endeavor to have a beautiful...

Laws of Pesach – Digest #2

Probably the hardest area in the kitchen to kasher properly is the sink. The way to kasher the sink: One cannot kasher their sink unless it is made of stainless steel. 1) Do not use hot water in the sink for 24 hours prior to kashering. 2) Clean sink thoroughly. 3)...

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