Learning Center

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. 

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 [email protected] 

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


We Are ONE Rosh Hashana Day One

I’d like to begin with a little poll: Chocolate or vanilla? Which taste do you like better? Music from the 80’s, 90’s, or the past two decades? Spicy food or sweet food? Modern art or renaissance art? Thank you to all those who participated. I wasn’t keeping track of...

I Have a Dream Parshas Nitzavim/ Erev Rosh Hashana

Every once in a while, quite often actually, I am asked what my vision for the shul is. “What’s your dream, Rabbi, for Ner Tamid?” Really these questions are a cover for very particular question. Though people use broad words like vision, or dream, they’re really just...


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 2021

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...

Laws of Chanukkah

The Menorah that is used on Chanukkah should have branches that are of equal height and should be arranged in a straight row. Like all mitzvos, there is significance in making the mitzvah beautiful and one should therefore endeavor to have a beautiful Menorah. If no...