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

Broken Homes Erev Tisha B’av

In a Facebook post this past week, a prominent Jewish thinker and teacher wrote as follows: “It's time to stop using the expression "broken home." Please. As a child of divorced parents,” she goes on to write, “I… wish that my parents hadn’t lined us up on the living...

My Heart is Not in the East – a prayer for the Nine Days

How long can I beg Him to take me home when all I need to do is buy a ticket? How long can I beg Him to rebuild Jerusalem when a new development sprouts every week? How long can I beg Him to “see with my eyes” when all I have to do is open them? My hypocrisy chips...

Avoiding Pain Parshas Chukas

The Parah Aduma, the Mitzvah of the Red Heifer, is introduced with the words, Zos chukas hatorah, this is the LAW of the Torah. Rashi explains that this Mitzvah is called a chok, an absolute law, as a response to the taunts of our evil inclination and the nations of...

Halacha

Laws of Tisha B’av

The following activities are forbidden on Tisha B’av:  – Eating and drinking (If one has any medical concerns please contact me before the fast) – Intimacy – Studying Torah that does not pertain to Tisha B’av – Washing oneself in any way. This includes a...

Laws of Erev Tisha B’av that falls out on Shabbos

This year, Erev Tisha B’av falls out on Shabbos. There are a number of unique laws:  There are differing opinions about learning Torah after midday. Ideally one should study sections that relate to the laws of Tisha B'av or the destruction of the Bais HaMikdash....

Laws of the Three Weeks and the Nine Days of Mourning

The Three Weeks of Mourning begin Saturday evening, June 27h. It is a time of mournful reflection for the destroyed Bais HaMikdash and subsequent tragedies. In order to instill within ourselves a sense of loss, our Sages instituted numerous restrictions to create a...

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