NEW SEASON STARTING Thursday, July 28 2016!

North Suburban Lubavitch Chabad is proud to present our Torah Studies catalog of classes for Season Four.

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.

Rabbi Yossi Schanowitz

Classes start shortly after Ma'ariv, see calendar for times

Class 1 Thursday, July 28 2016
Once Upon a Rabbi
An Overview of Rabbinic Ordination
Throughout our history, rabbis have been a fountain of strength, inspiration, and authority for the Jewish people. What is the history of the rabbinate, what is the process of becoming a rabbi, and what role do rabbis play in Jewish life?
Class 1 Thursday, August 4 2016
A Jewish Land
What Israel Means to Us
Israel, a tiny piece of land, provokes so much passion among the Jewish people and throughout the world. Why do we care about it so much? Uncovering the inner dynamic of the Holy Land and the spirit pulsating within it sheds light on our timeless bond with a land unlike any other.
Class 1 Thursday, August 11 2016
A Clever Opponent
Battling the Evil Inclination
The evil inclination will often take the guise of piety, making its lies hard to tell from the truth. So how can we stay one step ahead of it? This lesson in judgment helps us determine what is right and what is merely the voice of the enemy within.
Class 1 Thursday, August 18 2016
The Case for Mezuzah
Unpacking the Scroll in the Doorway
The common expression is, “My home is my castle.” But the Jewish people rely not on the fortitude of their walls but on the strength of their spirit, as expressed in the mezuzah hanging on their doors. What is the meaning of this scroll, and why is it so important?
Class 1 Thursday, August 25 2016
Better Than Perfect
When the Righteous Fail
If we were perfect, life would be a lot easier. But is that really what we want? Aaron, becoming High Priest after his involvement in the Golden Calf, teaches that perfection isn’t achieved at birth. Rather, by overcoming personal struggles and challenges, we achieve the ideal.
Class 1 Thursday, September 1 2016
Beware of Blood
What?s So Bad about Animals? Blood?
Numerous times the Torah mentions the prohibition against eating blood. Not that you’d want to eat it, but if meat is kosher, what’s so bad about the red fluid found within? This class probes beneath the skin of the Torah’s aversion to blood, providing us a guide to living a kosher life.
Class 1 Thursday, September 8 2016
Life Behind Bars
Is Incarceration a Jewish Thing?
Perhaps our prison systems indicate our rigorous sense of justice, but could there be a more productive way of “correction” than years spent locked away? Understanding why Jewish law doesn’t promote incarceration reveals Torah’s unique approach to crime and punishment.
Class 1 Thursday, September 15 2016
Read Between the Lines
The Marriage of G‑d and Israel
Our reception is considered our marriage with G‑d; exile is likened to divorce. But is it really possible for the Jewish people to separate from G‑d? By hiding the laws of marriage in between the laws of divorce, the Torah points to the depth of our relationship with G‑d.
Class 1 Thursday, September 22 2016
Journey of the Soul
Where Is the Soul Headed?
Heaven, hell, and the world to come: all loaded terms. But what is the Jewish take on life after death? And what difference does it make now? By exploring these matters, this class gives an empowering perspective of what we are doing here.
Class 1 Thursday, September 29 2016
Curious Customs of Rosh Hashanah
Getting the Best of the Satan
Certain High Holiday customs are geared toward “confusing the satan,” to weaken his prosecuting act. But how exactly does that work? More than just throwing him a few false leads, the name of the game is staying positive and confident that G‑d is on our side.
Class 1 Thursday, October 6 2016
A Time to Fast
What Yom Kippur Is All About
Diets of all kinds have become popular, but the Jewish people have been fasting for thousands of years. So, what’s behind the Yom Kippur fast? Wouldn’t a snack make it easier to remain in synagogue all day? This profound take on Yom Kippur reveals why eating simply has no place in the schedule.
Class 1 Thursday, October 13 2016
Come-Back Nation
Keeping Inspiration Alive
From time to time, we get inspired to change for the better. But often, we very quickly revert to our old habits. So what hope do we have? The story of the Jewish people teaches that whatever happens, we can and will make a comeback.

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