catalog OF CLASSES FOR 2019 - 2020!

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.

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

Thursday, October 10 2019

Everything You Think About Yourself is Probably Wrong

Let Someone Else Make the Calls

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?

Tuesday, November 5 2019

Our Land, Our Home

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.

Tuesday, December 3 2019

So You Think You Can Have Morality Without G‑d? Think Again

“Universal Morality” Was, and Always is, a Spectacular Failure

The most popular book of all time, the Bible, is probably also translated into the most languages ever. And that’s exactly what G‑d told the Jews to do in the desert—to translate the Torah into all languages. This interesting tidbit contains a message about morality that reverberates to this very day.

Tuesday, January 7 2020

Be a Good Neighbor

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, But Reaching Across Is Even Better

While some think they can live wherever they want and remain completely unchanged by their environment, most of us abandoned that fantasy a while ago. So what’s the best plan? To hide away in the safest place, or blaze trails in obscure locales? A law about neighbors contains the fine balance to this important question.

Tuesday, February 4 2020

Shattered Dreams

Ground Zero is a Construction Site

The image of a horrified Moses smashing the precious tablets is seared into the Jewish conscious forever. But what most people don’t know is that those broken shards are remembered not as a tragedy, but as a moment of glory. For buried in those broken pieces are wild dreams and incredible new beginnings.

Tuesday, March 3 2020

Lessons from an Animal

What the Kosher Signs of an Animal Can Tell Us About Life

Starting with a cow’s split hooves, continuing up to its abdominal habits, this lesson lands us into lessons about life and what it means to be a truly “religious” person.

Tuesday, March 31 2020

Sages vs. Scripture

Where Does the Bible End, and the Rabbis Begin?

As anyone with basic Jewish literacy knows, the Rabbis came up with a lot of stuff. And we mean A LOT. So what’s the deal? Are the Rabbis just an extension of the Torah? But aren’t they mere mortals? And why were they making up so much stuff anyway? Discover the rules of the game in this intriguing class.

Tuesday, May 5 2020

It’s My Body, I Can Do What I Want!

Wrong. It’s Not Your Body. Proceed Accordingly

It’s all skin and bones, right? No! In this joyful ride, we learn that our bodies are something uniquely special, perhaps more so than our very souls. But before you hit the gym, take a moment to discover the spiritual energy in that body—and do your best to unleash it.

Tuesday, June 2 2020

Herd Mentality is Bad. Joining Minds is Incredible

Chassidic Fabrengens Are the Original Group Therapy

Listen, we all have issues. But the good news is that your issues are probably not exactly the same as the next person’s issues. That’s where getting together comes in: It’s a powerful tool for recovery, inspiration, and direction. A one-off gathering on two dusty hilltops in the Judean desert brought home that message to the nascent Jewish people.

Tuesday, July 7 2020

Repentance Shouldn’t be Scary. Try it on For Size

How a Achieve a Joyful High Holidays in 30 Days or Less

That picture of a Jew crying in the corner, bitterly remorseful about his or her past misdeeds is, agreeably, a scary one. But it’s also counterintuitive—what happened to positive reinforcement? Find out how to ace repentance this season, and come out happier for it.

Tuesday, August 4 2020

Broken Promises

Kol Nidrei’s Message of Hope

Of all things, the Yom Kippur prayers start with the cancellation of vows. Couldn't we choose something a little more inspiring? Discover the fascinating historical background to this ancient tradition—and the reason why Kol Nidrei is the perfect opening pitch.

Tuesday, September 1 2020

A Snafu about Corfu

The Search for the Authentic Etrog

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.


Chabad of Putnam

5 Fair Street. Carmel, NY 10512