catalog - New Season Starting Saturday, November 2 2019!

Boruch Hashem


These days, it seems like nothing has a shelf life longer than a week. Every day brings another superhero franchise, fashion trend, or dieting fad. News cycles shift by the hour, social media feeds and timelines by the second. With everything flickering, flashing, and constantly updating, it’s little wonder life sometimes feel so impermanent.

For me, there’s no better way to slow things down than to pull back, if only for short while, and try to see things from a more timeless perspective. Our own Jewish traditions are filled with so many breathtaking insights, and they won’t fade away into irrelevance in a few days. Connecting to our own heritage, and ultimately to a divine wisdom, makes the all very human things we do feel richer, more meaningful, and part of something longer lasting.

The Torah Studies program at  CHABAD HOUSE JEWISH CENTER tries to make this happen every single week. Each class take a topic or idea in Jewish thought to explore, tease out, and bring into play with our own lives. Each one is built around texts that we’ll learn together so that you can see these ideas for yourself, argue over them, and apply them to life your own way. Below, you can see an outline of a few of the upcoming sessions, and I’d love if you could join me for what promises to be a fun, engaging, and deeply rewarding learning experience. They are open to everyone, of all abilities, so bring along a friend too!

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Rabbi Yossi Kivman

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they are all stand-alone classes. 

Saturday, November 2 2019

Mirror on the Wall

Why What You See in Others Is a Reflection of Yourself

Two people witness the same event; one finds flaws, the other sees opportunity. What do our interpretations reveal about who we are? How can paying more attention to them help us become better people?

Saturday, November 9 2019

Self-Care Isn’t Always What It’s Cracked Up to Be

Putting Someone Else’s Needs Before Your Own Makes the World Go Round

The twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were famously obliterated in a furious show of hail, sulfur, and fire. Shockingly, the Talmud classifies a Sodomite as one who simply states, “What’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is yours.” What can be so bad about that? Discover the root of all social ills and—more importantly—its potent antidote.

Saturday, November 16 2019

Fixed in Time, Fixed into the Soul

A Designated Time and a Designated Place

Life is helter-skelter, with messages buzzing and our schedules changing by the moment. So how do we find time for the important things in life? That’s just it—“find” that time, and then passionately declare it off-limits. Find out the successful formula to ace your time management goals.

Saturday, November 30 2019

Solving Your Jewish Identity Crisis

The Recipe for Achieving a Seamless Life

“The Rebbe showed no resentment. He leaned forward. ‘What you see missing from their eyes is a kera!’" With these words, the Rebbe offered a puzzled yet aspiring Jewish leader the secret of his Chasidim’s jovial approach to life. Discover it for yourself.

Saturday, December 7 2019

Does G‑d Need Our Prayers?

Prayer Is All about Us

To claim that G‑d needs anything is nothing short of absurd. So why do we pray? you might ask. Well, prayer is actually a gift for the one praying, for it grants the person something they would never otherwise have had. And, surprise, surprise, it’s not money in your bank account.

Saturday, December 14 2019

Stay Focused

The Best Way to Win Is Not to Engage

“Punch back!” “Stand your ground!” “Don’t let him get away with it!” are common battle cries we all hear in our social and spiritual development. But there’s a better way—find your mission and run with it; let the haters and challengers fall to the side.

Saturday, December 21 2019

The Need for Jewish PR

Why Jews Must Engage with the World

Faced with endless persecution, Jews either dived into wider society and washed away their identity, or withdrew into ghettos, cutting all contact with the outside world. It’s time for a new path. The menorah sheds light on how to blaze a radical third approach.

Saturday, December 28 2019

“Jewish Guilt” Is a Scam. There’s Really No Such Thing

Lessons from Joseph’s Majestic Behavior toward His Brothers

From this paragon of virtue, we cull tremendous life lessons on what it means to really do teshuvah, and how we can look at life’s “downs” not only as something tolerable, but an empowering step to a brighter future.

Saturday, January 4 2020

You Can Bring Mashiach. Yes, You.

The Endgame Is in Our Hands, Now Let’s Get Cracking

It’s a curious thing: Throughout the history of our people, rabbis have been predicting “end dates” for Mashiach’s arrival. What’s the point of that? Were they false prophets offering up empty promises? The answer is as refreshing as it is empowering.

Saturday, January 11 2020

Is the Gift of Gab Overrated?

A Look at the Way Society Values Style over Substance

Moses couldn’t speak properly. This class uses his extraordinary leadership to explore the importance of speech, both literally and metaphysically. Why was the great leader of the Jews so flawed? Why didn’t G‑d care? And what lessons does this provide for us today?


Chabad House of Mansfield

35 Horace Street, Mansfield




Torah Studies is a program of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute