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Fall 2010
Money Matters
Dayan Shlomo Cohen




Parsha Learning Group 5772
Mrs. Chana Prero




Forefather on Foreign Soil
Mrs. Shira Smiles


Mrs. Shira Smiles leads us on Yaakov's journey to Charan, where he marries Rachel and Leah, builds a family, and sojourns for over 20 years. This in depth class studies the chapter 29 in Sefer Breishit. A huge array of medieval and contemporary commentaries illuminate the various intriguing episodes of this chapter.

Living the Parsha 5773
Mrs. Shira Smiles


The weekly Torah portion is full of lessons that apply to our lives. In this series, Mrs. Shira Smiles focuses on one or two themes of the parsha, bringing it's lessons to life.

PAR5773
Optimal Environment: Appreciating Eretz Yisrael
Mrs. Shoshie Nissenbaum


This series on Kedushas Eretz Yisrael, the sanctity of the Land of Israel, focuses on the test of Avraham Avinu and Sarah Imanu's aliya to the land of Canaan, descent to Egypt and return to Eretz Yisrael. The goal of the series is to build awareness of the holiness of Eretz Yisrael, and to learn to connect with that Kedusha.

Fogel Family Remembrance Program
Naaleh Staff


On 6 Adar, 5771, Udi and Rut Fogel and three of their children, Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and Hadas, three months, were brutally murdered by terrorists. The shock and horror of this event leaves us feeling frozen and helpless. What can our response be? The only response to such overwhelming tragedy is to strengthen ourselves spiritually. Naaleh.com presents a variety of classes, on the topics of Tefilla, Emunah, and Ahavat Yisrael, three areas that we can strengthen as a merit for the innocent souls who died al kiddush Hashem.

Made in His Image: Sefer Tomer Devora
Naaleh Staff




TD200
The Nature of Prophesy
Rabbi Avishai David


What is prophesy? Rabbi Avishai David surveys the nature of prophesy, how it is attained, and the many aspects of prophesy through an in depth study of an array of Sifrei Neviim. This course includes selections from Yeshayahu, Yirmiyhau, Yechezkel, and Trei Asar.

Walk in His Ways: Sefer Ahavat Chessed
Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg


Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg teaches Sefer Ahavat Chesed, written by the Chofetz Chaim, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan. This important book teaches the central role chesed plays in our mitzva observance and in a Torah way of life.

Honorable Mentchen II
Rabbi Hanoch Teller


Rabbi Hanoch Teller delivers short Mussar discourses on various aspects of human behavior and interaction with others. Inspiring practical advice to help one become a true 'mentch'.

R' Nosson Tzvi Finkel: Overcoming Adversity
Rabbi Hanoch Teller


Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, the legendary Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Mir, showed unbelievable courage and strength on his life's journey. This collection of stories from his life is sure to inspire us and propel us to change and grow.

Chassidic Sparks
Rabbi Hershel Reichman


Rabbi Hershel Reichman presents short classes on the Parsha, according to the philosophy of the great Chassidic masters. This course focuses specifically on the original Torah ideas of the Netivot Shalom of Slonim.

Chassidic Sparks 2
Rabbi Hershel Reichman


These short classes by Rabbi Hershel Reichman present the inspirational Chassidic ideas of the Nesivos Shalom on the Parsha.

Mishnayot Pesachim - Toulouse Victims Memorial Program
Rabbi Hershel Reichman


In memory of the eight martyrs who were killed in the terrorist attack in Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav in Adar 2008, and the five martyrs killed by terrorists in the Otzar hatorah school in Toulouse, France in Adar 2012, Rabbi Reichman learns Mishnayot Pesachim.

MS100
Hilchot Shabbat VI
Rabbi Shimon Isaacson


Rabbi Shimon Isaacson completes his study of Hilchot Shabbat in depth.

12 Months, 12 Tribes, 12 Constellations
Rebbetzin Leah Kohn


The cycle of the Jewish Calendar is full of meaning, corresponding to the spiritual power of each of the 12 tribes, as well as the 12 heavenly constellations. Rebbetzin Leah Kohn sheds light on the life lessons which can be gleaned from each of the months of the year.

JCAL330
Builder of Her Home: A Woman's Guide to Shalom Bayis
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller


The Sefer Ohel Rachel is a spiritual guidebook written specifically for women, based on the three mitzvot unique to women. Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller uses this special sefer to convey important lessons in character development and shalom bayit.

SB101
G-d's World: Sefer Derech Hashem
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller


Derech Hashem is considered a basic text of Jewish philosophy and thought. Why did G-d create the world? What is man's purpose here? All of these questions and explored and explained in this series by Rennetzin Tziporah Heller.

Rebbetzin's Perspective III
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller


Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller answers questions on contemporary issues and chellenges sent in by Naaleh students around the world. Her answers are wise, practical, humorous, and always inspiring!


Spring 2010
Yirmiyahu V
Rabbi Avishai David


Rabbi Avishai David explains the timely messages of the prophet Yirmiyahu, starting from chapter 40. The course focuses on both the structure and poetry of the text, as well as the timeless inspiration and spiritual impact of the words of Yirmiyahu.

Y500
Honorable Mentchen
Rabbi Hanoch Teller


A workshop on the vital topic of personal character and the implementation of moral sensitivity into our daily lives. These short 20 minute classes are sure to entertain and uplift!

SC100
Meaningful Prayer: Daily Insights Into the Shemoneh Esrai
Rabbi Hershel Reichman


Short daily classes on the meaning and depth of the Shemoneh Esrai prayer. This class focuses on the simple translation of the words, as well as the intent one should have while saying them. Sure to enhance your praying experience.

SC120
Shabbat Scenarios II
Rabbi Shimon Isaacson


In this interactive course, Rabbi Shimon Isaacson pairs up with Dr. Edo Lavi to present fascinating practical examples of how the melachot of building affect our behavior on Shabbat. These informative and entertaining classes can be enjoyed by experienced and beginner students alike!

PHS200

Winter 2010
Powerful Words: Chofetz Chaim Laws of Proper Speech III
Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg


The Laws of Proper Speech, codified in Sefer Chofetz Chaim, are the foundation of many of the laws governing human interaction. Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg teaches Sefer Chofetz Chaim, detailing the laws of proper and improper speech. Every class begins with a textual analysis of the sefer, and then discusses practical applications of the material discussed. Rabbi Ginsburg's ultimate goal is encouraging self awareness and self-improvement in the areas of Mitzvot bein adam l'chavero (human relations).

HSH103
Galut Mitzrayim: Lessons for Today
Rabbi Hershel Reichman


The Egyptian Exile and Redemption are a prototype for all future exiles and redemptions. Rabbi Hershel Reichman weaves together ideas from both Chassidic and Lithuanian masters of philosophy, shedding light on our current struggles, and providing insight on how we can use the galut experience to actualize the final purpose of the Jewish People and the world.


Fall 2009
Parsha Study Group
Mrs. Chana Prero


Every verse of Torah contains layers of meaning and depth within it. The classic commentators open up these verses through their insights into the text of the Torah. This course allows even the uninitiated to enjoy the depth and the messages of the Torah, with a basic class on selections of the weekly Torah portion. The class does not assume any knowledge of Hebrew or prior experience with textual study, and opens the world of rashi and other classical commentaries to students of all levels. An Artscroll Sapirstein Chumash with translated Rashi is strongly recommended for students wishing to maximize their learning experience.

PAR103
Parsha for Our Lives 5770
Mrs. Shira Smiles


Mrs. Shira Smiles delivers a fascinating weekly shiur on selected topics in the weekly Parsha. Mrs. Smiles begins with a primary sources, usually a (pasuk) verse from the Torah, and delves into its meaning and message through extensive selections from both the Early Commentators of the Middle Ages and the Later Commentators of the Modern Era. Mrs. Smiles adds excerpts from classical works produced by both the Chassidic and Mussar Movements, and ties together all components of the lecture to bring home a new insight into our lives as inspired Torah Jews.

P104
Seeds of Moshiach: Yehuda and Tamar
Mrs. Shira Smiles


The episode of Yehuda's marriage to Tamar, and the birth of his children Peretz and Zerach, is difficult to understand, yet contains within it the secret of the Davidic dynasty and the seeds of Mashiach. Mrs. Shira Smiles explores this topic in depth, with the help of tens of early and later commentaries.

CH105
Tehillim VII: King David's Song
Rabbi Avishai David


This advanced class on Tehillim, by Rabbi Avishai David, analyzes the pathos and precision of David Hamelech (King David)'s monumental work, chapter by chapter. Rabbi David combines a thorough study of the literary structure of each Psalm with a broad overview of the Early and Later commentaries, producing classes that are both informative and inspiring.

K207
The Mussar Revolution
Rabbi Hanoch Teller


Rabbi Yisrael Salanter was a great thinker and visionary, whose proactive concern for the fate of the Jewish people amid the turbulence of war, emancipation, and revolutionary movements left an indelible mark on the Jewish World. This class surveys the development and impact of the Mussar Movement, which transformed much of Jewish life and Torah observance in the 20th century.

JH202
Chassidut on the Parsha 5770
Rabbi Hershel Reichman


The system of Torah thought known as Chassidut provides deep insight into the purpose and functioning of the world, and of Man's role in it. Rabbi Hershel Reichman culls from this wellspring of philosophy and wisdom to share insights into the weekly Parsha (Torah portion), and provide guidance for our current lives.

PC400
Pirkei Avot
Rabbi Michael Taubes


Pirkei Avot is a tractate in the Mishna, which presents the ethical teachings of our sages, as opposed to purely Halachic lessons. This important tractate is a cornerstone of Jewish thought and a the Torah mode of conduct. Pirkei Avot is a powerful guidepost for every Jew attempting to perfect his or her character and behavior.

M-PA101
Hilchot Shabbat V
Rabbi Shimon Isaacson


The laws of Shabbat are complex and detailed, yet essential knowledge for any practicing Jew. This intense overview of Hilchot Shabbat traces each of the 39 Melachot, prohibited Shabbat activities, from its roots in the Torah, through the discussion of the prohibition on the Talmud, until the latter day commentaries. Every class includes a comprehensive discussion of the practical applications of each melacha. This course begins with the prohibition of Muktza.

HS500
Sefer Yechezkel
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller


Yechezkel the prophet was unique in that he merited exalted visions of Hashem and His Heavenly kingdom, in the distant exile of Babylonia. The inspirational prophesies of Yechezkel carry timeless messages for the Jewish nation in its current state of galut.

NA200

Elul 2009
Shabbat Shuva: The Eternal Message
Mrs. Shira Smiles


The Shabbos before Yom Kippur is called Shabbat Shuva, after the Haftarah (reading from the Prophets) which is specified for that Shabbos. This Haftora, taked from Hoshea Chapter 14, contains many of the yesodot (fundamnetals) of Teshuva (repentance), and Hashem's unique relationship with the Jewish people. Shira Smiles plumbs the depths of this relativly short passage, in this unique four-part series.

EL103
Elul, Rosh Hashana, and Yom Kippur: Days of Closeness and Awe
Naaleh Staff


A collection of NEW inspiring Shiurim/classes on the month of Elul and the Chagim/High Holidays by various Na'aleh lecturers.

HOL200
Sukkot: Time of Our Joy
Naaleh Staff


Sukkot, the seven day holiday which follows the Days of Awe, is a special festival of rejoicing. This class explores various aspects of the holiday.

In the Shade of Emunah: Chassidic Perspectives on the Holiday of Sukkot
Rabbi Hershel Reichman


This class delves into the Chassidic understanding of the holiday of Sukkot. Based on essays from the Shem MiShmuel, this class focuses on the spiritual characteristics of Sukkot and its accompanying mitzvot.

Repent! A Survey of Al Ha Teshuva
Rabbi Hershel Reichman


Repentance and Self-Improvement are developed in Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik's work Al HaTeshuva. Rabbi Hershel Reichman discusses the main topics covered in this important work of Jewish Thought.

JPH400
Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Davening: Open the Gates!
Rabbi Michael Taubes


Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are days of repentance, introspection, and self-definition. They are also days of tefillah, prayer. A close look at the Tefillot of the Yamim Noraim reveals that these tefillot were designed to help us increase our awareness of Hashem, acceptance of His Malchut, and recognition of Din, as well as properly complete the teshuva process. This course goes through the Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Machzorim, explaining their structure, the logical sequence of the prayers, and the meaning and symbolism of key tefillot.

PR100
Bringing Torah to Life: Deepening our Children's Jewish Experience
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller


One of the primary concerns of every Jewish parent is transmitting the beauty of our heritage to the next generation. This Chinuch class by Rebetzin Tziporah Heller focuses specifically on how parents can create an inspired atmosphere in their homes, and how to teach the basic philosophical concepts surrounding the Yamim tovim (Jewish holidays) and other fundamentals of Judaism, in an understandable and meaningful way, to children of all ages.

CH102
Rebbetzin's Perspective II: Questions and Answers for Today's Jewish Woman
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller


This unique class features Rebbetzin Tzipora Heller answering real questions sent in by Naaleh's female members across the globe. Rebbetzin Heller addresses the challenges and struggles encountered by contemporary Jewish women with wisdom, humor, and understanding.

QA300

Summer 2009
Collective Soul: perspectives on Jewish Unity
Naaleh Staff


Though separated by physical realities, the Jewish People share a collective soul and a shared mission that bind us to one another. During the Three Weeks, deepen your appreciation for your fellow Jews, by studying various perspectives on Jewish Unity.

ACH100
Jerusalem, Echoes of Lament: Tisha B'Av and the Three Weeks
Naaleh Staff


Jerusalem was once a city that shone with the Divine Presence and rang with the sounds of people serving their Creator. Today, the Beit Hamikdash no longer stands, and our primary goal of kiddush Hashem seems to be muted. What were the causes of this destruction? What should we do to return to our former glory as G-d's Holy people, serving Him in Jerusalem? Explore these questions, and other topics relating to the Three Weeks and Tisha B'Av, in this special series.

SUM200
Soul Mates: Perspectives on Dating and Marriage
Naaleh Staff


This series focuses on marriage in Jewish thought and practice. The course includes discussions on what a 'bashert' is, and how to find yours!

JTH300
Partners for Life: Chassidic Perspectives on Marriage
Rabbi Hershel Reichman


A Jewish marriage is a sacred bond which echoes the bond between G-d and the Jewish People. This class, based on the chassidic teachings of the Sochatchover Rebbe, the Shem Mishmuel, presents both philosophical insights and practical comments on the unique beauty of the Jewish marriage.

CHA301
Megillat Eicha
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller


Megillat Eicha is the book of lamentations written by Yirmiyahu Hanavi as he witnessed the conquest of Eretz Yisrael by the Romans, the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash, and the exile of the Jewish People. This Megilla, read every Tisha B'av, is a chilling description of the suffering of the Jews throughout Exile, and a tearful plea for Hashem to return us to His Embrace. Rebbetzin Heller explains the Megilla and it's timeless messages perek by perek, providing new insights into this poignant sefer.

MG104

Spring 2009
Parsha Learning Group II
Mrs. Chana Prero


The Parsha Learning Group is an online study group for motivated individuals who would like to discover the exciting world of classical commentary on the Torah. Every week, Mrs. Prero will take one topic from the weekly Parsha (Torah portion), and review the discussion of Rashi and other Early Commentators. The class emphasizes learning how to read the text closely and attempting to understand the difficulties the Commentaries are aiming to reconcile. This class does not require prior experience in Torah study, or knowledge of Hebrew. An Artscroll Sapirstein Chumash with translated Rashi is strongly recommended for students wishing to maximize their learning experience.

PAR102
Unraveling the Haggadah
Mrs. Chana Prero


The Hagaddah is the guidebook for every Pesach Seder. Yet much of the Haggadah is cryptic and does not seem to clearly accomplish the goals of recounting the story of Yetziat Mitzrayim (the Exodus from Egypt). Mrs. Chana Prero unravels the mysteries of the Haggadah, by explaining historical context of the Haggadah, the Rabbinic requirements of retelling the story of the Exodus, and how the Haggadah fulfills these conditions. This class does not assume any previous knowledge of Hebrew or Jewish concepts, and can be enjoyed by beginning and advanced students.

JC-P200
Mechanics in Meforshim
Mrs. Yehudith Weiss


In this course, Mrs. Yehudith Weiss brings together the principles of Hebrew grammar with the commentary of Rashi. A large percentage of Rashi's explanations to the Torah discuss language, sentence structure, and word forms. A thorough knowledge of Biblical grammar is necessary to really understand Rashi's commentary. Mechanics in Meforshim goes through the various types of grammatical Rashis, explains their background, and uncovers their beauty.

HLAN302
Practical Judaism II: Basics of Jewish Law and Custom
Rabbi Ari Jacobson


The Practical Judaism course series is geared to people who want to learn the fundamentals of Jewish faith and practice. Based on the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, the Abreviated Code of Jewish Law by Rabbi Shlomo Gantzfried, (ca.1886), the course focuses on the concrete application of Jewish Law. The course does not assume any prior knowledge of Judaism or Torah concepts, and can be enjoyed by both beginners and advanced students. Practical Judasim II focuses mainly on the laws, customs, and attitudes relating to daily prayer.

BJ102
Tehillim VI
Rabbi Avishai David


This advanced class on Tehillim, by Rabbi Avishai David, analyzes the pathos and precision of David Hamelech (King David)'s monumental work, chapter by chapter. Rabbi David combines a thorough study of the literary structure of each Psalm with a broad overview of the Early and Later commentaries, producing classes that are both informative and inspiring.

K206
Yirmiyahu IV
Rabbi Avishai David


Rabbi Avishai David explains the timely messages of the prophet Yirmiyahu, starting from chapter 29. The course focuses on both the structure and poetry of the text, as well as the timeless inspiration and spiritual impact of the words of Yirmiyahu.

Y400
Words That Build: Chofetz Chaim Laws of Proper Speech II
Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg


The Laws of Proper Speech, codified in Sefer Chofetz Chaim, are the foundation of many of the laws governing human interaction. Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg teaches Sefer Chofetz Chaim, detailing the laws of properand improper speech. Every class begins with a textual analysis of the sefer, and then discusses practical applications of the material discussed. Rabbi Ginsburg's ultimate goal is encouraging self awareness and self-improvement in the areas of Mitzvot bein adam l'chavero (human relations).

HSH102
Chassidic Interpretations of the Mitzvot of Pesach
Rabbi Hershel Reichman


The Shem Mishmuel, the Rebbe of Sochatchov, presents a deep and structured analysis of the Parshiot and the Jewish Holidays. This mini-series analyzes each of the mitzvot of Pesach, and delves into its full meaning according to the Chassidic interpretations of the Shem Mishmuel. Some of the mitzvot discussed in this class are removing chometz, eating matzah, reciting the Hagaddah, and drinking four cups of wine.

JC-P300
Hilchot Shabbat IV
Rabbi Shimon Isaacson


Rabbi Shimon Isaacson explores the Halachic sources and practical applications of the thirty nine Melachot, forbidden activities, of Shabbat. This course covers the melachot of Kosher (Tying), Kotev (Writing) and Mochek (Erasing), Libun (Laundering), and Sechita (Wringing Out. Also includes a study of the various issues involved in brushing teeth on Shabbat.

HS400
Man's Obligation: A Study in Chovot Halevavot
Rabbi Yitzchak Cohen


Chovot Halevavot, Duties of the Heart, by Rabbenu Bachya ibn Pekuda, is one of the most important Jewish ethical works. Composed in Spain in the 11th century BCE, this sefer discusses Man's purpose in this world and his obligations to Hashem in areas of belief, behavior, and character. Rabbi Yitzchak Cohen, well-known Baal Mussar, explicates this fundamental work with passion and clarity.

Rebbetzin's Perspective: Balancing Life's Challenges
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller


This unique class features Rebbetzin Tzipora Heller answering real questions sent in by Naaleh's female members across the globe. Rebbetzin Heller addresses the challenges and struggles encountered by contemporary Jewish women with wisdom, humor, and understanding.

QA200
Sefer Daniel
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller


Sefer Daniel is a unique and important part of Tanach. This Sefer, written mostly in Aramaic, describes the fascinating and inspirational life of Daniel the prophet, who was exiled to Babylonia during the era between the first and second Temples (Batei Mikdash). Daniel's prophesies have incredible relevance to contemporary times, as they relate to the Exile and its eventual end.

K300

Winter 2008
Parsha Learning Group: Discovering Classical Commentaries
Mrs. Chana Prero


The Parsha Learning Group is an online study group for motivated individuals who would like to discover the exciting world of Parshanut Hamikrah, Biblical Exegesis. Every week, Mrs. Prero will take one topic from the weekly Parsha (Torah portion), and review the discussion of Rashi and other Early Commentators. The class emphasizes learning how to read the text closely and attempting to understand the difficulties the Commentaries are aiming to reconcile. This class does not require prior experience in Torah study, or knowledge of Hebrew. An Artscroll Sapirstein Chumash with translated Rashi is strongly recommended for students wishing to maximize their learning experience.

PAR100
Parsha Topics 5769
Mrs. Shira Smiles


Mrs. Shira Smiles delivers a fascinating weekly shiur on selected topics in the weekly Parsha. Mrs. Smiles begins with a primary sources, usually a (pasuk) verse from the Torah, and delves into its meaning and message through extensive selections from both the Early Commentators of the Middle Ages and the Later Commentators of the Modern Era. Mrs. Smiles adds excerpts from classical works produced by both the Chassidic and Mussar Movements, and ties together all components of the lecture to bring home a new insight into our lives as inspired Torah Jews.

P103
Mumbai Victims Remembrance Program: Chanukah themes
Naaleh Staff


Naaleh students are requested to increase their Torah learning, in the merit of the victims of the Mumbai terror attacks. We have selected eight classes relating to Chanukah, to be studied in memory of the martyrs.

Mem300
Tehillim V
Rabbi Avishai David


This advanced class on Tehillim, by Rabbi Avishai David, analyzes the pathos and precision of David Hamelech (King David)'s monumental work, chapter by chapter. Rabbi David combines a thorough study of the literary structure of each Psalm with a broad overview of the Early and Later commentaries, producing classes that are both informative and inspiring.

K205
Yirmiyahu III
Rabbi Avishai David


Rabbi Avishai David explains the timely messages of the prophet Yirmiyahu. The course focuses on both the structure and poetry of the text, as well as the inspiration and spiritual impact words of Yirmiyahu should have on our lives today.

Y300
Chofetz Chaim: Laws of Speech
Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg


The Laws of Proper Speech, codified in Sefer Chofetz Chaim, are the foundation of many of the laws governing human interaction. Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg teaches the lengthy introduction of the Sefer Chofetz Chaim, which describes the many Torah prohibitions related to improper speech. Every class begins with a textual analysis of the sefer, and then discusses practical applications of the material discussed. Rabbi Ginsburg's ultimate goal is encouraging self awareness and self-improvement in the areas of Mitzvot bein adam l'chavero (human relations).

HSH101
The Power of The Soul: Revealing Hashem Within Us
Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Miller


Rabbi Eliezer Miller reveals the human soul as a G-dly spark which contains immense spiritual powers. This principle applies to all areas of Judaism, such as prayer, Torah study, human relations, and other mitzvot.

JPH301
Parsha Journeys
Rabbi Hanoch Teller


For centuries, Jews have been studying the weekly Torah portion, gaining knowledge and insight from the weekly study of Torah. Though they are familiar with well-known episodes from the Parsha, many Jews are not aware of the complete content of any given Parsha. As part of Naaleh's Fundamentals of Judaism program, Parsha Journeys presents the complete storyline of the first two chapters of each of the weekly parshiyot, in addition to insights into some of the more famous events discussed.

FJ201
Chassidut on the Parsha 5769
Rabbi Hershel Reichman


The relevant lessons of the Torah portion of the week are explored, based on the Sefer Shem MiShmuel. An inspirational eye-opener for both veteran admirers of Chassidic thought and newcomers to this way of serving G-d.

PC300
Contemporary Halacha
Rabbi Michael Taubes


Rabbi Michael Taubes presents contemporary Halachic topics in a well-researched and clear manner. The topics are presented beginning from the relevant verses in the Torah, and then follows the Halachic sources from the Talmud until contemporary poskim (Halachic authorities).

HAL200
Hilchot Shabbat III
Rabbi Shimon Isaacson


Rabbi Shimon Isaacson explores the Halachic sources and practical applications of the thirty nine Melachot, forbidden activities, of Shabbat.

HS300
Shabbat Scenarios
Rabbi Shimon Isaacson


Shabbat Scenarios is part of our program on the Fundamentals of Judaism, geared to those wanting to learn or review the basic fundamentals of Jewish observance. In these short, fifteen minute segments, Rabbi Shimon Isaacson explains basic Laws of Shabbat and demonstrates any related activities. This class is just right for those who need guidance on proper Shabbat observance, but may be overwhelmed by the scope of Naaleh's in-depth Hilchot Shabbat class.

FJS101
Emulating G-d: Study in Tomer Devora
Rabbi Yitzchak Cohen


Man is commanded to try to emulate G-d by imitating His Ways. Sefer Tomer Devora describes how Man should adapt and adopt G-d's Thirteen Attributes of Mercy, transforming himself from mere human to a G-dly individual. Rabbi Yitzchak Cohen presents the ideas of the Tomer Devora in a passionate and practical manner, which can be applied immediately to one's daily life.

TD100
Megillat Kohelet
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller


The Megilla of Kohelet, written by Shlomo Hamelech (King Solomon) is read on the holiday of Succot. In this course, Rebbeztin Heller delves into the themes and messages of the Megilla according to the classical commentaries. In each class in this series, Rebbetzin Heller teaches one perek of the Megilla, reading every passuk (verse) and discussing its contemporary application.

M103
Tree of Life: The Centrality of Torah Study
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller


Torah study is at the core of Jewish observance. However, many people do not understand it's true value and importance. Rebbetzin Tzipora Heller delves into the beauty of Torah study, and its impact on the world.

JPH300

Elul 2008
Achieving Balance: G-d, Family, and Work
Naaleh Staff


This series focuses on the challenges facing contemporary Jews. Members of our faculty answer questions sent in by our students on a range of topics and issues. The series focuses on how to achieve balance and figure out one's priorities as conflicting goals compete for our attention and energy.

QA100
Practical Judaism
Rabbi Ari Jacobson


New Fundamentals Class! Practical Judaism is geared to people who want to learn the fundamentals of Jewish faith and practice. This course, based on the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, the Abreviated Code of Jewish Law by Rabbi Shlomo Gantzfried, (ca.1886), focuses on the concrete application of Jewish Law. Some of the topics covered include how to pray, keep kosher, and observe Shabbos. The course does not assume any prior knowledge of Judaism or Torah concepts, and can be enjoyed by both beginners and advanced students.

BJ100
Insights of the Chassidic Masters
Rabbi Moshe Weinberger


In this course, Rabbi Moshe Weinberger teaches various essays and Chassidic discourses by a range of Chassidic Masters, such as the Ba'ale HaTanya, the Rebbe Rashab, and others.

CHS301

Summer 2008
Mishnayot Ta'anit - Jerusalem Construction Attack Remembrance Program
Rabbi Hershel Reichman


Almost 30 days ago, a hate-filled terrorist drove a bulldozer wildly down the main streets of Jerusalem, leaving chaos in his wake. Just a few weeks later, another terrorist attempted to harm innocent people by misusing the machinery he operated. Naaleh.com asks you to join the rest of our students in memorializing the three deceased victims of the first Jerusalem bulldozer attack, and praying for the recovery of the injured survivors of both attacks. In this four class series, Rabbi Hershel Reichman learns Mishnayot Taanit in memory of the victims of the Jerusalem Bulldozer Attacks in the month of Tammuz 5768.

MS200

Spring 2008
Tehillim IV
Rabbi Avishai David


Rabbi Avishai David analyzes the precision and pathos of the Psalms, chapter by chapter. Through the use of many commentaries, Rabbi David breaks down every perek into its components and clarifies the distinctions between them.

K204
Yirmiyahu II
Rabbi Avishai David


Rabbi Avishai David explains the timely messages of the prophet Yirmiyahu. The course focuses on both the structure and beauty of the text, as well as the inspiration and spiritual impact words of Yirmiyahu should have on our lives today.

Propheteering: Selections of Trei Asar
Rabbi Hanoch Teller


Rabbi Hanoch Teller explores the prophesies of the 'Trei Asar', the shorter prophesies of the late Era of Prophesy. These prophesies speak of such important concepts as sin, retribution, repentance, forgiveness, and redemption.

NA100
Chassidut on the Parsha II
Rabbi Hershel Reichman


The relevant lessons of the Torah portion of the week are explored, based on the Sefer Shem MiShmuel. An inspirational eye-opener for both veteran admirers of Chassidic thought and newcomers to this way of serving G-d.

PC200
Hilchot Shabbat II
Rabbi Shimon Isaacson


Rabbi Isaacson explores the Halachic sources and practical applications of the thirty nine Melachot, forbidden activities, of Shabbat. Incorporates an introduction to the concept of Melacha.

HS200
Life's Purpose II: Learning Mesillat Yesharim
Rabbi Yitzchak Cohen


The Mesillat Yesharim ("Path of the Just") is an ethical text composed in 1740 by the influential Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato. Considered by many to be the core text for anyone engaged in a serious quest for self-improvement, the Mesillat Yesharim answers such basic questions as the nature of Man’s purpose in life as well as the proper and improper methods of drawing close to G-d. In this course, Rabbi Yitzchak Cohen continues to develop the ideas presented in this important work, and makes each point relevant to the daily lives of his listeners.

MY200
In the Merit of Righteous Women
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller


Rebbetzin Heller traces the lives of the women of the Bible, starting with Chava, the first woman. Rebbetzin Heller examines the episodes mentioned in Tanach, sketching out the unique character traits of each woman and how we can use the lessons from their lives to oversome our personal challenges.

K120
Megillot I
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller


An in-depth study of megillot Esther and Shir Hashirim, with a focus on both the flow of the Sefer and the deeper meanings behind the verses.

M102

Fall 2007
Chumash in Depth: Jacob's Dream
Mrs. Shira Smiles


Shira Smiles delves into the symbolism, hidden meanings and G-dly promises of success and survival in Exile that are contained in Jacob's famous dream of the ladder. This advanced class incorporates a close reading of the text being examined with a practical application of lessons learned.

CH101
Parsha Topics - 5768
Mrs. Shira Smiles


Mrs. Smiles delivers lectures covering selected texts from a wide range of sources from which she brings out the unique moral lessons that can be learned from every moment in time. Each class is based either on the Torah portion of the week or on the Yamim Tovim, the Jewish holidays. Mrs. Smiles begins with basic primary sources, usually a verse from the Torah, and delves into its meaning and message through extensive selections from both the Early Commentators of the Middle Ages and the Later Commentators of the Modern Era. Mrs. Smiles adds excerpts from classical works produced by both the Chassidic and Mussar Movements, and ties together all components of the lecture to bring home a new insight into our lives as inspired Torah Jews.

P101
Tehillim III
Rabbi Avishai David


Rabbi Avishai David analyzes the precision and pathos of the Psalms, chapter by chapter. Through the use of many commentaries, Rabbi David breaks down every perek into its components and clarifies the distinctions between them.

K203
Yirmiyahu
Rabbi Avishai David


Rabbi Avishai David explains the timely messages of the prophet Yirmiyahu. This course incorporates an introduction to the nature of Prophesy, as well as textual analysis of the chapters covered.

SY100
Inspired Lives II
Rabbi Hanoch Teller


The history and the impact of the leading Torah luminaries of the past 100 years. Filled with biographical information, anecdotal insights and meaningful stories, we will probe into the vast accomplishments of these saintly scholars that have shaped the communities we live in today.

JH201
Chassidut on the Parsha
Rabbi Hershel Reichman


The relevant lessons of the Torah portion of the week are explored, based on the Sefer Shem MiShmuel. An inspirational eye-opener for both veteran admirers of Chassidic thought and newcomers to this way of serving G-d.

PC100
Hilchot Shabbat
Rabbi Shimon Isaacson


An in-depth study of the Laws of Shabbat, focusing on both the Halachik underpinnings and reasonings behind the laws, and the practical details of their execution.

HS100
Life's Purpose: Learning Mesillat Yesharim
Rabbi Yitzchak Cohen


The Mesillat Yesharim ("Path of the Just") is an ethical text composed in 1740 by the influential Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato. Considered by many to be the core text for anyone engaged in a serious quest for self-improvement, the Mesillat Yesharim answers such basic questions as the nature of Man’s purpose in life as well as the proper and improper methods of drawing close to G-d. Rabbi Yitzchak Cohen develops the ideas presented in this important work, and makes each point relevant to the daily lives of his listeners.

MY100
Bitachon: Meaning of Trust
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller


Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller delves into the nature of Bitachon, Trust in G-d, as described by the Maharal, the Sefer Chovot Halevavot, and the Chassidic masters.

JPH200
Chosen People
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller


A study of the nature of the Jews' role as the people chosen by G-d, as seen through the Chumash (Bible), Navi, and other Jewish texts. No prior textual skills necessary.

JPH102

Summer 2007
Mourning and Forgiveness
Rabbi Avishai David


Tisha B'Av, the themes of loss and redemption in the haftarot of the months of Av and Elul, and an analysis of the obligations we have to each other during the month of Elul.

JTH202a
Maharal Netzach Yisrael: Destruction and Redemption
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller


The Maharal in his Sefer Netzach Yisrael delves into the roots of the Temple's destruction, and reveals the secrets of the redemption that will flow forth from within this tragedy. A lucid and profound explanation of the Maharal's ideas.

JPH204a

Spring 2007
Akeidat Yitzchak
Mrs. Shira Smiles


Through her unique question and answer technique for learning Tanach, Mrs. Smiles analyzes many aspects of Avraham Avinu's final test. An in depth look into this brief but powerful section of Chumash. Classical and modern Commentaries will be analyzed. The ultimate goal of every learning session is not only to fully understand the Chumash, but also internalize its lessons. Chumash Mikraot Gedolot with Ohr HaChaim and Kli Yakar required for the class.

CH102
Tehillim II
Rabbi Avishai David


Sefer Tehillim is replete with praise, joy, tears, and entreaty to Hashem. At times one can fail to recognize the uniqueness of each perek, as the praise and pleading seemingly repeat themselves again and again. Through the use of many commentaries, Rabbi David breaks down every perek into its components and clarifies the distinctions between them. What emerges is a new understanding and appreciation of the precision and pathos contained in Sefer Tehillim.

K202
Inspired Lives
Rabbi Hanoch Teller


The history and the impact of the leading Torah luminaries of the past 100 years. Filled with biographical information, anecdotal insights and meaningful stories, we will probe into the vast accomplishments of these saintly scholars that have shaped the communities we live in today.

JH200
Maharal Netivot Olam II
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller


The Maharal of Prague is a paradigm of depth and sophistication of Torah thought that forms the foundation for many of the teachings of Chassidus, Mussar and Machshava. His Sefer Netivot Olam, on Man's obligations of conduct, is an important text for one who is focused on self-improvement and ethical behavior guided by Torah. Rebbetzin Heller focuses on the words of the Maharal and their meaning, and then applies them to our lives through concrete examples. For the Spring Semester, Rebbetzin Heller will be covering Netiv Hayissurim and selections from Neztach Yisrael in relation to the exile and redemption of the Jewish People.

JPH203
Shavuot: Accepting the Torah
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller


In this class on the holiday of Shavuot, Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller offers an in-depth analysis of the Book of Ruth, based on the text and the commentary of Rashi, combined with the approaches of the other commentaries. Discover the challenges and greatness of Ruth, the mother of the Davidic dynasty. Rudimentary knowledge of Hebrew preferred, but not necessary for the class. This class continues with an analysis of the Ten Commandments, followed by a discussion of the Meaning of Mitzvot.

M103

Fall 2006
Chumash in Depth: Va-etchanan: Moshe's Prayer
Mrs. Shira Smiles


Through her unique question and answer technique for learning Tanach, Mrs. Smiles analyzes many aspects of Moshe’s famous entreaty to G-d in Parshat Va-etchanan. An in depth look into this brief but powerful section of Chumash. Covers Chapter 3 of Devarim Verse 23-29 . The Classical Commentaries from Rashi to present day will be analyzed. The ultimate goal of every learning session is not only to fully understand the Chumash, but also internalize its lessons.

CH103
Parsha Topics 5767
Mrs. Shira Smiles


Mrs. Smiles delivers lectures covering selected texts from a wide range of sources from which she brings out the unique moral lessons that can be learned from every moment in time. Each class is based either on the Torah portion of the week or on the Yamim Tovim, the Jewish holidays. Mrs. Smiles begins with basic primary sources, usually a verse from the Torah, and delves into its meaning and message through extensive selections from both the Early Commentators of the Middle Ages and the Later Commentators of the Modern Era. Mrs. Smiles adds excerpts from classical works produced by both the Chassidic and Mussar Movements, and ties together all components of the lecture to bring home a new insight into our lives as inspired Torah Jews.

JTH101
Tehillim I
Rabbi Avishai David


Sefer Tehillim is replete with praise, joy, tears, and entreaty to Hashem. A superficial will be unable to truly appreciate the uniqueness of each perek, as the praise and pleading seemingly repeat themselves again and again. Through the use of many commentaries, Rabbi David breaks down every perek into its components and clarifies the distinctions between them. What emerges is a new understanding and appreciation of the precision and pathos contained in Sefer Tehillim.

K201
Holocaust Workshop
Rabbi Hanoch Teller


The goal of the Workshop on the Holocaust is to make our history alive and relevant to our lives. Through the use of stories of real people and their struggles, as well as vivid descriptions of Jewish life under Nazi rule, Rabbi Teller makes the tragedy of the Holocaust a clearer and better-understood chapter in Jewish History. Some of the topics discussed during the workshop are ghetto life, camps, resistance, religious life under the Nazis, and liberation.

JH500
Maharal: Netivot Olam I
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller


The Maharal of Prague is a paradigm of depth and sophistication of Torah thought that forms the foundation for many of the teachings of Chassidus, Mussar and Machshava. His Sefer Netivot Olam, on Man’s obligations of conduct, is an important text for one who is focused on self-improvement and ethical behavior guided by Torah. Rebbetzin Heller focuses on the words of the Maharal and their meaning, and then applies them to our lives through concrete examples. This text-based class simultaneously helps advance students’ textual and analytical skills while inspiring them to strive for greatness.

JPH202