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Rosh Chodesh Society

Rosh Chodesh Society

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Life is tumultuous, like a ship crashing about on the waves of a roaring ocean storm. At times it can seem directionless, with unexpected challenges throwing us about in every which way. However, fortunate for us, buried within our tool-chest is an anchor we can cast to restore stability.

This course is about taking to heart life’s simple truths, the ones that empower us to overcome our everyday struggles; not by facing the challenges one by one, but by finding our center and aligning with our inner truth.

It is a spiritual search for G‑d, but from a cosmopolitan, down-to-earth, and plain-spoken approach. It’s about training ourselves to see G‑d in the small miracles of everyday life and about gaining perspective when we’re in the gym, on the road, or in the kitchen.

In Simple Truths we grapple with fundamental Jewish viewpoints that profoundly shift our perspective. We train ourselves to see G‑d’s hand in every situation; and, where G‑d is discovered, challenge becomes opportunity, negative becomes positive, setback becomes turning point, and vulnerability and weakness become impetuses for growth and connection.

Join me for the first class of Simple Truths on Shabbat, November 12, 12:20-1:50 pm, at Chabad of Riverdale, 535 West 246th Street. If you are unable to attend the entire class, please feel free to join for part of the time. I will be teaching this class a second time on Tuesday, November 15, 10 am, at Chabad.

 

LESSON ONE 

CLAIM YOUR INHERITANCE

In a sand-swept Sinai some three and a half millennia ago, the Jewish nation received the Torah from G‑d. Ever since, Jews the world over have passionately dedicated themselves to its study. From eras ancient to modern, our people have endured tremendous sacrifices to study Torah, sometimes even surrendering their lives in this pursuit.

What is the value of Torah, and why does Judaism venerate its study above all else? This lesson explores the role of Torah study in Jewish life.

Shabbat November 12, 12:20-1:50 pm
Tuesday November 15, 10:00-11:30 am

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