catalog - New Season Starting Saturday, January 25 2020!

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. 


Sat, Jan 25 2020

There's No Such Thing as Neutral

You Cannot Be a Bystander to Your Own Life

Oftentimes, “whatever” best sums up what you feel about your job, friends, or hobbies. But here’s the thing: There really is no such thing as “whatever” in life, for life is synonymous with passion and energy. And you must choose where to invest it before it chooses you.


Sat, Feb 1 2020

It's Never Too Dark to See Someone Elsee

It's Never Too Dark to See Someone Else

When our lives are filled with unity and hope, the light shines brightly. But when we are alone and there is little hope, just darkness remains. Just how bad is darkness, and what can we do to avoid it?


Sat, Feb 8 2020

The Fourth Meal

Lessons from the Post Shabbat Meal

We all love Shabbat. It’s a time to rest, recalibrate, pray, and of course, eat. But did you know that there’s another meal after Shabbat ends? Discover the ins and outs of this ancient tradition, and how it holds the key to realizing the magic of Shabbat throughout the week.


Sat, Feb 22 2020

I Moved. It Changed My Life

Gradual Change is Great; An About Face is Even Better

A goring ox is sold to a new owner, and “Poof!” it becomes a tame calf once again. What’s the secret? Discover a radical and effective approach to self-improvement in the Torah’s lesser known discussions of mad cows and property law.


Sat, Feb 29 2020

Jewish Education Starts From Day One

A Lesson in Jewish Education from a Baby-Faced Cherub

“Every day, set aside half an hour to tend to the education of your children!” declared the Rebbe. With an unorthodox set of graven images in the Holy of Holies for a backdrop, this class explores what it means to invest in Jewish education.


Sat, Mar 7 2020

Find Yourself Among the Crowd

Identify Your Faults; And Fix Theme

It feels great to be part of a herd. Much comfort comes from belonging to a community, especially a collective with an inspiring leader. However, there comes a time when you must step aside and take responsibility for who you are as an individual. The good news? You emerge far better and stronger.


Sat, Mar 14 2020

Answering Anti-Semitism

The Jewish Response to Prejudice

“The Jews don’t fit in. They’re different.” The historical accusation has merit, doesn’t it? Are we not different in beliefs, dress, and in myriad other ways? How do we answer this charge? In the Purim story, the paradigm of antisemitism, we find the unexpected answer.


Sat, Mar 21 2020

Tradition vs Hard Evidence

The Battle Between Archeology and Axiom

Is there some thread that binds the Jerusalem Temple’s golden candelabra, the gleaming headplates worn by high priests, and a hidden library of ancient scrolls in the Dead Sea region? A fascinating look at history, scientific discovery and the weight of tradition.


Sat, Mar 28 2020

Can Religion be Enjoyable?

When Body and Soul Sit Down for Dinner

There are fewer things more diametrically opposite than body and soul. Yet, they are tasked with working together. In this lesson, we learn that the Afikomen isn’t just a thing you steal at the end of the Seder for a new X-box—it’s a primer of how to be a religious pro: to do what you love and love what you do.


Sat, Apr 4 2020

Time is a Continuum. Make the Most of It

The Past is Never Over, and the Future Always Within Reach

At the dawn of their birth, the Jewish nation was gifted with two mitzvos—offering the Paschal Lamb and the rite of circumcision. The deeper significance of these two mitzvos leads us to discover the key to successful, healthy living: the most important moment is the present—precisely because it is so closely tethered to the past and the future.


Chabad House of Mansfield

35 Horace Street, Mansfield




Torah Studies is a program of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute