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Instructor: Rabbi Zev Steinmetz
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Surfing Life’s Waves
Lessons from the Moon Prayer
Life is never a level ride. We encounter inspirations and platitudes, feelings of connection and of emptiness. Learn to dance to the rhythm of life, and how to get up when you’re down, and discover a destination worth waiting for.
Show Me the Way
How to Give Really Good Advice
“If people wanted your unsolicited advice, they’d ask for it,” is just one quip of many about the albatross of bad advice. So how do we avoid this and actually be of help to those who need us? A closer look at the Torah’s treatment of the tragic case of the inadvertent killer shows us how.
What to Do When Your Life Is One Big Dumpster Fire
New Perspectives for Life on the Down
Are you feeling that your life is one big unmitigated disaster? A horror film just waiting for an even more tragic ending? A deeper look at the smoldering ashes of a destroyed Temple lends us new perspective on how to turn things around and stop the bleeding.
When Everything Finally “Clicks”
No More “In One Ear, Out the Other”
It can take a lifetime to really “get” something, but when you do, it’s a whole different experience. A lesson about sound effects—or the lack thereof—teaches us what it means to experience real Judaism—and by extension, how to be a real person in every area of life.
Don’t Begin with the Basics
Jewish Life Begins with the Loftiest Ideas—and That’s Fine
Beginning with a story when a Rebbe chased an imposter from his office, this class quickly brings us into an important discussion about religious instruction and every person’s approach to their own faith. And it’s all captured in one little word, “ekev—heel.”
The Gift of Dignity
Giving with a Smile Is Worth Everything
“I don’t care why you’re giving, the main thing is to give,” they tell us. And that’s true—almost always. But sometimes, a sour face or a snide remark can undo everything we accomplish when helping another. So please, by all means, give and give for whatever reason. But remember that a smile goes a long way, too.
Mind over Matter Isn’t Just a Slogan
Controlling and Directing Our Feelings with Laser Precision
Jewish soldiers at the outset of military campaigns were instructed, “Do not fear!” But is it really possible to command fear away? How about the other way around—is it possible to will yourself into liking someone or something? Unsurprisingly, the answer is “Yes!”
Weighing Your Values
If It’s Important to You, You’ll Find a Way to Do It
What’s that one thing in your life that no matter what, you make sure you have it? A cup of coffee in the morning? The morning news? A freshly laundered shirt? The point is: if it matters to you, it’ll happen. A stern warning about false weights in the Torah encourages us to bring that sense of “it matters” into our spiritual lives as well.
Thank You for Everything
The Joy of Gratitude
We’re all fiercely possessive, taking joy in the things we own and the experiences we make. An ancient mitzvah that tells a farmer to bring his first fruit to the Temple turns into a lesson about possession: you don’t actually own anything. And the surprising thing is—recognizing that will only make you happier.
Progress Will Always Include Setbacks. Get Ready.
Cherish the Failures for They Are Part of the Journey Forward
The Torah scroll we all love and cherish has a set number of lines that correspond to . . . the number of journeys the Jews travelled in the desert. Why is that an important thing to know? Because the desert journey we immortalize includes all the journeys—even the ones that were beaten in hasty retreat. Your life is much the same.
The Day G-d Split Adam and Eve
From Dependence to Independence to Interdependence
Instead of creating two distinct beings, a man and woman, the Torah tells us that G-d first created Adam and then “built” Eve from him. This curious design quirk contains profound lessons about relationships—both in our personal and our spiritual lives.
Don’t Lose the Forest for the Trees
Keeping Your Eye on the Prize Is the Way to Win the Game of Life
One day, G-d appeared to a man and told him to go to a city named Nineveh. And then that man ran away from G-d. Sounds insane, right? After all, if things worked out crazy enough that G-d came to you, would you think of running from G-d? Turns out that oftentimes, we do the same thing. Discover how to avoid this costly mistake in your own life.
Second Time’s a Charm
This is another discussion about happiness. But this time, we’re going to let your mistakes do the talking. The funny thing? Your mistakes are not only an obstruction to your joy, but they can very well be the catalyst for it. It’s what you do after you’ve messed up that makes all the difference.