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Classes, lessons, and thoughts from Rabbi Motzen.


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. 

Understanding Rabbinic Judaism

Weekly class, studying the classic text, be’er hagolah, by the maharal, and gaining a better appreciation of rabbinic judaism

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


Currently learning about the Kosher Kitchen.

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 


Loving Dead Jews – Second Day of Rosh Hashana

It was the height of Chutzpah. Too surreal to be believed. Too unimaginable to be made up. The German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz was standing together with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, in Berlin, fielding questions from reporters. Suddenly, one...

Finding Awe Ki Seitzei

There will be many terms that you will hear and read in the tributes to Queen Elizabeth II. Words like stability, dignity, tradition, unifier of her country, and grace. Those are all special terms in that they are hard to find in this day and age. As one columnist put...

The Here and Now Parshas Shoftim

I’m sure by now you’ve seen the Pizza Hut commercial. Certainly, the many people here today from the former Soviet Union know what I’m talking about. Da?  In 1997, Mikhail Gorbachev, who passed away this week, appeared in a Pizza Hut commercial. He and his...


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...

Pesach Resources from OU/ Star-K/ CRC

Orthodox Union Pesach Guide: https://oukosher.org/content/uploads/2021/02/OUPassoverGuide21.pdf Star-K Pesach Guide: https://www.star-k.org/images/passoverdirectory2021.pdf CRC Pesach Guide: https://www.crcweb.org/Passover/5781/Pesach_Guide_%202021.pdf

Laws of Purim 2022

Although one should not have a meal before hearing the Megillah, one is permitted to eat items that are not considered meal-type items. One should therefore not eat bread or items made from the five grains which one would say Mezonos on. All other foods may be eaten...