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


Defining Spirituality Part 3

(Link to Part 1 and Part 2) The Baal Shem Tov was known to travel from city to city on a seeming whim. He would gather some followers, jump in a wagon, and travel. Sometimes they would travel for days and other times they would get in the wagon, get out, and be done...

Stay-at-Home Rosh Hashana: Reader, Seder, Songs, and Poetry

Click here for a PDF of a Rosh Hashana stay-at-home reader, compliments of the Orthodox Union.  Chag-at-Home-Shul-Packet An-easy-to-follow guide by the Shusterman Foundation to run your own Rosh Hashana Seder: Haggadah English Some classic tunes that we sing at...

Defining Spirituality: a Journey Part 2

(Part 1 can be found here: http://nertamid.net/sermons/defining-spirituality-a-journey-part-1/)  I remember the precise spot I was sitting. It was in Dutch Wonderland, I was watching a sleeping child while my wife took the kids on rides, and it just clicked. For...


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...

Laws of Pesach

  Pesach is less than thirty days away! Are you ready? I will be recycling posts from last year to review the laws of Pesach. Please feel free to follow up on any posts with questions or comments. It is not only forbidden to eat chameitz, there is also an...

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