CATALOG
MONTHLY CLASSES FOR 2018/19 
 

Chabad of Putnam is proud to present our Torah Studies catalog of classes for the upcoming 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 monthly 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 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 Avi Korer
5 Fair Street Carmel NY 10512

 

 

Classes are Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm.
No charge for Classes
Donations welcome | Sponsor $180

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Each class is designed in a way that it is a self-contained entity. 
Accordingly, you may come to one or all classes.

Feel free to try out a class - no strings attached


 
Class 1 Tuesday, October 09 2018 
A Believer's Question
Challenging G‑d as a Pathway to Faith
 

To believe is to follow G‑d unquestionably. Right? Wrong. Through the eyes of such greats as Abraham and Moses, we discover that to believe is to challenge; to wrestle with G‑d and emerge stronger. After all, if you don’t really believe, who cares?

Class 1 Tuesday, November 06 2018 
The Power of Power
Power Doesn't Have to Absolutely Corrupt
 

Sounds pretty unbelievable, right? The more power, the more corruption is the word on the street. As we journey across Egypt and witness the devastation of the firstborn, we learn that the story of the Exodus is a story about abuse of power—and how to avoid such corruption.

Class 1 Tuesday, December 11 2018 
When the River Split
The Story of another Marine Miracle
 

When a Talmudic sage was on his way to performing a mitzvah, crazy things happened: A donkey kept a mitzvah, and a river split in half to make way for his entourage. What’s the message of this wondrous tale?

Class 1 Tuesday, January 08 2019 
Father(-in-law)ly Advice
Why You Need a Mentor
 

While many great leaders are too busy for the average folk, Moses helped every Jew sort through their personal issues. But when his father-in-law advised him to take it easy, Moses took a step back. Why? Moses is a great help, but there’s no substitute for internal transformation. For that, you need a mentor, not a Moses. 

Class 1 Tuesday, February 05 2019 
Kindness Wins
Discipline Is Necessary; Compassion Is Crucial
 

Scholars throughout the ages were mystified by the law against mixing meat and milk. A ride through the kabbalah of these two culinary counterparts, coupled with a detail in kosher law, delivers a profound lesson about managing your emotional bank account.

Class 1 Tuesday, March 05 2019 
The Synagogue Story
More than Just a Place to Pray
 

For millennia, the synagogue has served as the hub of Jewish life. These structures, large and small, are used for prayer, celebration, and a bevy of communal functions. Explore the importance of synagogues, the laws mandating their construction and maintenance, and proper synagogue conduct.

Class 1 Tuesday, April 02 2019
Bold, Brash . . . Braggadocious?
Wear Your Judaism with Pride
 

When the first mitzvah tanks rolled out on the streets of New York, many people turned heads . . . and noses. We’ve come a long way since, and it’s time to settle the score: Should we wear our Judaism on our sleeve, or keep our religious lives to ourselves?

Class 1 Tuesday, May 07 2019 
Woodstock: The Real Story
What We Can Learn from the Hippy Movement
 

Remember the hippy counterculture, when droves of young Americans rejected the sensible path of their parents? What caused that sort of mayhem? The Purim story teaches that what may have looked like a wild, senseless party was, in fact, a symptom of a longing for meaning. Sometimes, real growth only comes through rejecting the “establishment.” 

Class 1 Tuesday, June 02 2019 
Art and Soul
Creativity as a Means to Touch the Divine
 

Musicians, dancers, photographers, poets, artists, and many other people bursting with creativity endow our world with color, meaning, and beauty. At the core of such abundant creativity lies an unbridled spirit, a freedom of expression, and boundless energy. How does that jive with a religious lifestyle that appears so restrictive and limiting?

Class 1 Tuesday, July 02 2019 
Where Do I Fit In?
The Synthesis between Community and Individual
 

What makes you most proud? Your individual accomplishments, or your contribution to the community? Are those perhaps the same thing? What if they clash? And which one is more important? Sacrificial goats, the tablets at Sinai, and the breastplate of the High Priest are the surprising authors of insightful commentary on these very questions.

Class 1 Tuesday, August 06 2019 
Stealing Freedom
When Jailbreaking Is the Only Option
 

“You don’t have what it takes.” “Stop faking it.” “Who do you think you are?” Ever heard those before? Yeah, we all have. You want to turn things around, be a better you . . . despite all the naysayers. What to do? Take a cue from the Passover story and “snatch your  afikomen”—steal your way to a brighter future.

Class 1 Tuesday, September 10 2019 
Consumer Culture
Balancing Mind and Matter
 

Many great sages sufficed with bread and water, shunning the caviar and the Rolls Royce. But is having a few extras really so bad? Discover how, when, and why we ought to make use of the finer things in life in a way that 


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