Lectures on the Weekly Parsha
Women's Class Parshas Bo: This class waspresented on Tuesday, Parshas Bo, 2 Shevat, 5783, January 24, 2023, at Bais Medrash Ohr Chaim in Monsey, NY. It is a fascinating law in this weeks portion. If I am eating the Afikoman and I fall asleep, when wake up I cant continue eating it. Because it is as though I am beginning a new, second meal, and the Passover offering meal, as well as the Afikoman, have to be eaten in one single uninterrupted meal. The above law applies if a person was conducting a seder alone. But what if he or she is eating the Passover offering or the afikomen with a group of other Jews, then even if he or she falls asleep, they can continue eating after they awake, as long as some members of the group remained awake. The logic is clear. If I am eating in your company, then even if I fell asleep, my meal has not been interrupted, because you are awake. As long as you guys are awake, when I resume consciousness, I am right back in the game. The fact that I took a nap for an hour or two does not mean that my meal has ceased. At first glance, it seems like a technical law, even if quite fascinating and also a bit of a stretch. It was on the 20th of Teves, 5750, January 17, 1990, when I heard from the Lubavitcher Rebbe the deeper emotional and historical meaning of the above law. I still recall how emotional and moving the Rebbes explanation was, including of how marvelous it was to see a seemingly technical law reflecting such a splendid insight into Jewish history. It also contains timeless lessons on how we view our brothers, sister, and children, who at some point feel detached from the story of Judaism and the Jewish people.
Why Do We Make Blessings on Food? To Redefine Who We Are
Women's Emor Class: This weekly women's class waspresented on Tuesday, Parshas Emor,9 Iyar, 5782, May 10, 2022, at Bais Medrash Ohr Chaim in Monsey, NY. This class is based on an address delivered by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, on Shabbos Parshas Yisro, 22 Shevat, 5740, February 9, 1980; and on Tuesday Parshas Shlach, 19 Sivan, 5747, June 16, 1987. This second address was presented to the graduating class of Beth Rivkah girl's school, and to the counselors of thegirls camp, Camp Emunah.
Elisha, Naaman the Leper, & an Abducted Jewish Girl
Tazria Women's Class: This weekly women's class was presented on Tuesday, Parshas Tazria,26 Adar II, 5782, March 29, 2022, at Bais Medrash Ohr Chaim in Monsey, NY.
Its Not the Trauma or the Sin; Its the Shame that Destroys
Women's Mishpatim Class: This weekly women's class waspresented on Tuesday, Parshas Mishpatim, 23 Shevat, 5782, January 25, 2022, at Bais Medrash Ohr Chaim in Monsey, NY.
Yisro Vs. Moshe: Judaism Without Elitism
Women's Yisro Class: This weekly women's class by Rabbi YY Jacobson waspresented on Tuesday, Parshas Yisro, 16 Shevat, 5782, January 18, 2022, at Bais Medrash Ohr Chaim in Monsey, NY.
Four Responses to Trauma: Resignation, Disconnect, War, and Paralysis.
Women's Beshalach Class: This weekly women's class was presented on Tuesday, Parshas Beshalach, 9 Shevat, 5782, January 11, 2022, at Bais Medrash Ohr Chaim in Monsey, NY.