Learning Center

Classes, lessons, and thoughts from Rabbi Motzen.

Classes

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 

Chassidus

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

Sermons

A Prayer for Inauguration Day

As we stand under the chuppah, the pinnacle of joy, we break a glass as a sign of mourning, and as we bury our loved one, in the deepest state of despair we say Kaddish, a prayer of hope. We are not a confused people, we are clear-eyed and hopeful. My social media...

Halacha

Laws of Saying Selichos at Home

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...

Laws for Post-Tisha B’av

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...

Laws of Tisha B’av

On Tisha B’av one is not supposed to do anything that can be seen as joyful.The following things are therefore forbidden: – Eating and drinking (If one has any medical concerns please contact me before the fast) – Intimacy – Studying Torah that does not...

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