the gift of Shavuos
In this Torah class Rebbetzin Tziporah heller discusses the 7 midot that are correspondence to the 7 weeks of Sefirah
In this Torah class Rebbetzin TziporahHeller discusses Sefirat Hahomer during the Corona Virus
In this Torah class Rebbetzin Tzi;orah Heller discusses the Holiday of Pesach
What does the Haggadah mean when it states that Yaakov went down to Egypt ‘forced by the speech’? An exploration of the power of speech as learned from this statement.
How can we understand the custom of dipping maror, the traditional bitter herbs, into charoset, a sweet mixture of apples, wine, and nuts?
This class explores the connection between Havdala and Purim, as expressed in the passuk from the megilla which is included in the weekly havdaa, “layehudim haysa orah v’simcha v’sasson viykar’, ‘and the Jews had light, joy, rejoicing, and honor’.
What it is that makes the Simcha of Purim so special.
Why is there a custom to dress up in costume on Purim?
The importance of praise and thanksgiving in the celebration of Chanuka.
Why is a miracle witnessed by so few commemorated so publicly?
An in-depth exploration of the ‘al chet’ recited during Yom Kippur, ‘b’siach siftotenu’, ‘with our endless prattling’.
What do the Sages mean when they state that the Torah was given ‘by force’, as Hashem held Mt. Sinai over the Jewish nation and provided a seeming ultimatum on accepting the Torah? An in-depth journey into this topic.
An exploration of the miracle of the oil on Chanuka.
In this Torah shiur (class), Rebbetzin Heller explores the relationship between Rosh Chodesh and women. We learn in the Torah, that the women’s faith was greater than the men’s, since they did not take part in the sin of the Golden Calf. Because of this, the women were rewarded with a “partial holiday” of Rosh Chodesh.
Focuses on the incredible phenomenon of mass suicide in various Jewish communities faced with the choice of death or conversion to Christianity.
Explains the background and meaning of the kinna by Elazar haKalir entitled ‘V’ata amarta, heitiv eitiv imach’. In this kinna, the special relationship of the Jewish People with Hashem as promised seems to be shattered, as troubles and tribulations are unleashed on the Jewish nation during the time of the Churban.
Explains kinna number nine, “Eicha Tifarti”, in detail. The kinna describes the tragedies of Jewish history, and the terrible consequences of distorting its causes.
Explicates the themes and structure of the kinna “Eicha Atzta B’Apecha”, Examining the reaction of the Jewish people to the destruction of the exile.
Analyzes the themes of the first kinna. This Kinna describes the sudden shock of the Churban, as well as the mourning of both Hashem and the Jewish People at the unbelievable loss of the Beit Hamikdash.
An overview of the dual nature of Tisha B’av as a day of mourning and a public fast day. Rabbi David then reviews Megillat Eicha, and shows how it parallels many of the themes of the Kinnot.
An in-depth look at galus (exile) and what it means today.
An introductory look at golus (exile).
Behukosai class which is about Shavuos
Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses The holiday of Chanuka.
In honor of Lag BaOmer, Rebbetzin Heller delves into the idea of the beauty of each individual and how that theme relates to us. In this class, Rebbetzin Heller explains the deeper messages behind the deaths of the 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva, and the gift that Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai bequeathed to us.
Mrs. Shira Smiles discusses a period in the Jewish calendar known as Shovavim.
In this shiur (Torah class), Rabbi Hershel Reichman discusses the holiday of Tu B’Shvat. From a Chassidic perspective, this class delves into the spiritual meaning and function of the day. Just as a tree, acts as a conduit between the rain-soaked earth and the blossoming fruit, Man’s purpose in this world is to use the word of G-d to galvanize himself to positive action. This class also discusses deep significance of each of the Seven Species that are unique to the Land of Israel.
In this Torah shiur (class) on Tu B’shvat, Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller describes the nature of the day, its relationship to Eretz Yisrael (the land of Israel), and how we can connect to the day in our own lives. The class also explains the concept of the number 15.