Learning Center

Classes, lessons, and thoughts from Rabbi Motzen.

Classes

Yeshaya Class

Text-based, interactive, in-depth exploration of the books of Tanach using both classical sources as well as modern commentaries.  For beginners to advanced. Currently studying the Book of Yeshaya (Isaiah).  

Every Shabbos afternoon.  See shul bulletin for times. 

Parsha Class

Weekly parsha class, exploring the major themes of every Parsha and its relevance to our daily living. 

Thursday’s at 11:00 AM in the Chapel. 

Semichas Chaver Program

In-depth study of pertinent Halachos, with tests, and certification upon completion.  For men.  Registration is required.  Please contact Rabbi Motzen at yisrael.motzen@gmail.com. 

Thursday’s at 8:30 PM 

Women's Halacha Class

 

An in-depth source-based Halacha class for women.  

From the Talmud through the Shulchan Aruch through the modern authorities.

Sundays at 8:30 AM Starting on October 17, 2021

Sermons

Ukraine – Awakening our Sleeping Hearts Parshas Pekudei

I will not draw any lessons from the crisis in Ukraine. I refuse.  Imagine watching a house go up in flames with men, women, and children trapped inside, all screaming for help. And since I’m not a fireman, there’s nothing I could do, so I turn to the crowd of...

Ul’Ner Tamid Ekach Li

I remember once someone commenting to me how no one noticed their new glasses. “On the contrary,” I told them, “The best compliment is when something fits so perfectly that you don’t even realize it’s new.” This past week, someone approached me after davening and...

Halacha

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...

When Erev Pesach falls out on Shabbos

A digest of the unique laws when Erev Pesach falls out on Shabbos:  The fast of the firstborn takes place on Thursday, March 25th. In Ner Tamid, the siyum will take place at approximately 7:20 AM and will be streamed on Zoom.  Bedikas Chameitz takes place on...