CATALOG
NEW SEASON STARTING Thursday, July 9 2015!
 

Dear Friend,

North Suburban Lubavitch Chabad - Central Avenue Synagogue is proud to present our Torah Studies catalog of classes for Season Four of this year.

At Chabad, we value a deep, rich learning experience and we aim to provide this in an unequivocal way. This is why we have brought you a Torah Studies program of the highest caliber, developed by the world-renowned Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. The program brings you a series of stimulating text and discussion based classes that take place on a weekly basis. Our lessons will engage you in a multidimensional way by challenging you intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. They explore contemporary issues through a Torah perspective as well as tackling timeless questions in the Jewish tradition.

I invite you to browse through the topics in this catalog and to join us for some weekly inspirational study. These classes are open to all, whatever your level of learning may be, and I encourage you to bring your friends along.

Shalom,
Rabbi Yossi Schanowitz
North Suburban Lubavitch Chabad - Central Avenue Synagogue

Class 1 Thursday, July 9 2015
NEUTRALITY
Can I Be Truly Objective?
Is our sense of morality and principle strong enough to always be trusted? Our past experiences shape that sense of morality, and our environment affects our judgment, whether we like it or not. How, then, are we supposed to look past our own lenses?
Class 2 Thursday, July 16 2015
THE PERILS OF ANGER
How to Never Lose Your Cool
Being angry all the time is not a healthy habit. Tradition warns that even occasional anger must be avoided at all costs. Why? This class explains why he who loses his temper loses indeed, and provides a profound attitude toward maintaining self control.
Class 3 Thursday, July 23 2015
RETURNING HOME
Fulfilling the Dream of a Jerusalem Rebuilt
In a stunning turn of fate, the city of Jerusalem was reunited in 1967. This miraculous event highlighted our deep desire to return to the city of our soul. But we are not the only ones waiting to come home.
Class 4 Thursday, July 30 2015
RAISE YOUR EYES
Assimilating the Message of Shabbat
The day of Shabbat reminds us of the world’s Creator. But in the frenzy of our brick and mortar, coffee and cream existence, how exactly are we to remain aware of Him? Is the trick to practice seclusion and meditation? Our sages provide a path to seeking that deeper dimension.
Class 5 Thursday, August 6 2015
BACK TO LIFE
A Look at the Resurrection
The coming of the Mashiach, may it happen soon, will usher in a new golden era. In the Thirteen Principles of Faith, we proclaim our belief that one day, we will be reunited with our loved ones and ancestors. Enjoy a comprehensive discussion of this fascinating topic.
Class 6 Thursday, August 13 2015
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
Our Unshakable Bond with Jerusalem
Our centuries old yearning for Jerusalem clearly is more than just nationalism. What is it then? Obsession? Addiction? This class explores our innate love of the Holy City, how it has lived within us for so long, and what it really means to be at home.
Class 7 Thursday, August 20 2015
SHYLOCK IN JEWISH LAW
Whose Body Is It, Anyway?
In The Merchant of Venice, Shylock demands a pound of Antonio’s very flesh. That was the contract they agreed to, so pay up! But would such a contract be binding in Jewish law? Join the legal and ethical discussion of our rights to our most important physical possession.
Class 8 Thursday, August 27 2015
FIRSTBORN RIGHTS
The Principle of Primogeniture in Jewish Law
Primogeniture. Who even knew that was a word? Well, instances of this concept abound in the Torah, from Esau and Jacob to the ten plagues to the wilderness and beyond. Enter a study of the significance of the firstborn, and what that means practically for us.
Class 9 Thursday, September 3 2015
BREAKING THE LANGUAGE BARRIER
The Purpose of Translating Torah
Moses painstakingly taught the Torah in seventy languages. But why the linguistics? After all, Moses was a great leader, but not a Spanish professor! Was this perhaps an exercise in patience? This class reveals how translating the Holy allows for something truly profound.
Class 10 Thursday, September 10 2015
JUDGMENT DAY
Aiming for a Good Year
As the Jewish New Year arrives, we pray and hope for good fortune. But what is G‑d’s decision- making process? What sort of things will get us on His good side? Take a glimpse into G‑d’s Courtroom, and discover the process of judgment, reward, and blessing for a sweet year.
Class 11 Thursday, September 17 2015
THE ART OF FORGIVENESS
Moving Forward
We are expected to be compassionate. Forgive and forget! But can one really be expected to just let go all the time? This beautiful lesson looks to G‑d for a sobering and moving perspective of why and how we can find it in our hearts to do just that—and more.
Class 11 Thursday, September 24 2015
THE CORFU ETROG
A Search for the Authentic Citron
Some centuries ago, a great controversy arose in Europe: Was the beautiful etrog from the island of Corfu the preferred specimen for use on sukkot, or was it unfit for use entirely? Get involved in one the most heated—and intriguing—rabbinic debates in recent history.


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