This Season: Classes Preview
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?
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.
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.
SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO A SUMMER’S DAY?
Love, Marriage, and the Cycle of Time
Examine the psychological parallels of morning, dusk, and evening to unlock secrets of human behavior that produce consistency in our loving relationships.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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?