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

Entering Yom Kippur Kol Nidrei

If I could ask you, if you feel comfortable, to close your eyes, and imagine something with me. You don’t have to if you don’t want to, but I think it may help. Imagine two doorways, two entranceways standing before you. One doorway is worn away with use, the paint is...

Two Goats Yom Kippur Morning

Two goats, identical in height, features, complexion, and even cost were placed in the Temple’s courtyard on the morning of Yom Kippur. Lots, drawn by the High Priest, would designate one goat to G-d and the other goat to the mysterious Azazel. The first goat – the...

A Prayer for Neilah

I recently heard a story of a survivor who was liberated from Auschwitz. He was fed, given clothing, he was told that he could go wherever he wanted; he was free. Many survivors were in shock, others were in a state of jubilation, and many cried. This man was in that...

Halacha

Laws of Lighting Candles Erev Yom Kippur

One is obligated to light two candles before Yom Kippur with the following two blessings: 1) Ba-ruch A-tah A-do-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-deshanu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzvi-va-nu le-had-lik ner shel Yom Ha-Ki-pu-rim. 2) Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai...

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...

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