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Learning Topics, and additional learning opportunities with Hillel and
Torah Tuesday Schedule (5:45 or 8:30pm)
Can hypocrisy be Kosher? Something to think about when beginning a year
of college life.
9/6: Jewish Standard Time
A closer look at time, exploring the day and calendar from a Halachic
and mystical perspective.
9/13: The Beekeeping
by Rabbi Avraham Laber of Troy NY who makes his own honey for
Find out more about bees, hives and honey - and Judaism!
9/20: Sounds of the Shofar
Background to the Shofar in classic Jewish text and contemporary
We may have a post-wedding Sheva Brachos for an alumnae during the first
10/4: The Amidah
In time for Yom-Kippur, get a better understanding of the centerpiece of
our daily, Sabbath & holiday prayers.
10/25: Kabbalah of the Alef-Bet
by Rabbi Yossi Rubin (Clifton Park Chabad). Discover how the letters of
the Hebrew alphabet are the building blocks of Creation and the world around
11/1: Emotional Space
Respecting and valuing personal space, based on Torah teachings, as
reflected in relationships.
11/8: Harry Potter's Jewish Sparks
Jewish parables, messages and insights from the 7 Books and (fictional)
wizarding world of JK Rowling.
11/14: Talmud on the Ugly Man
Part II of this semester's "Tic-Tac-Toe" series: TACkling a tough Talmud
story (Taanis 20) about Rabbi Eliezer and the Ugly Man.
11/29: Jacob's Ladder
Exploring commentaries' perspectives on the famous Biblical story of
Jacob's Dream in the weekly Torah portion of Vayeitze.
12/6: Business Law and the Talmud
Compare and contrast Talmud texts with a sampling from the (BLAW 220)
textbook "Business Law and the Legal Environment".
You can get all this on a handy reminder bookmark, too!
These classes are now available to alumni in PDF format.
If you'd like to receive them by email, send us
an email to let us know.
Parsha and a Prayer
Weekly Women's Study with Raizy
Shabbos Mornings with Raizy at Shabbos House.
Choose Your Own Jewish Learning Adventure
2+ students find a weekly time slot to study with Rabbi Mendel or Raizy
for a 5-week period.
Contact Shabbos House 438-4227 /
firstname.lastname@example.org for more
Interested in reading learning Gemorah, Talmud stories, want to
try and learn some Rashi, need help with a report on the old biblical
wicked King Ahab, or understanding the mystical "10 Sefirot"?
Rabbi Mendel and Raizy try
to be as available as possible to get together, once or ongoing to read, shmooze, learn and discuss anything related to Judaism, Torah or your own
stuff. We have ongoing regular and irregular study-times with students on
a wide variety of topics. Let's get together and make your own - and see if
we can work out a good time...
Contact Shabbos House 438-4227 /
email@example.com for more
Hands-on Learning at (Sunday)
New for 2011, we're adding a hands-on Jewish
learning component to select "Minyan Bagel Brunches" or Kosher BLT's
(Bagels, Lox and Tefillin) usually Sunday mornings at Shabbos House:
9/5 - (Labor Day Monday) Mezuzah and the Mezuzah-Bank
10/30 - Tzitzit-Making Workshop Part I
11/6 - Tzitzit-Making Workshop Part II
Womens Talmud Study
Several students asked for a womens Talmud
class, so new for 2011, we're trying to set one up (schedules are always
challenging) with Mrs. Rochel Rubin (Mendel's mother, principal at the
Maimonides School in Albany, and a regular Talmud student) at a time/day
that works for her and most interested participants.
While serving as Dutch Quad Kosher supervisor -
Rabbi Mendel had quite a few mini-learning sessions with students over lunch
for five minutes or ten here and there... we aren't there as often nowadays,
but we look forward to coming over to see the good folks...
to arrange telephone classes at the convenience and privacy
of your dorm, home or office.
Additional Jewish Learning Opportunities
available with UAlbany Hillel:
and see the UAlbany's
for many classes of SUNY UAlbany accredited courses.
Even if you've had an
excellent Jewish education
- don't stop learning... Learning Never Ends!
and it's never too late to
Past (and future*) Classes
with Rabbi Mendel
at Shabbos House include:
(see our Torah
Tuesdays Archives Page)
- Tea & Tehillim,
background to "Saying Psalms"
- People Count - Jewish
- The Rice Blessing -
Talmudic & Halachic argument
- Distilled Faith -
Habakuk's 3 words sparked multiple movements
- Behind the Mask of
the Megillah and ourselves
- Hamantalogy - Jewish
Take on 3
- Say No to Chametz -
Talmudic Text in practical observance
- Sinai To SUNY: Jewish
- Temptations - the
- understanding Steve
- Secrets of Jewish
- Spiritual DNA (visual
learning of the 10 Sefirot)
- Inside Prayer -
- Tackling a Tough
Piece of Talmud (BM 2b-3a - Sumchos on "Money in Doubt")
- Shabbos: Law and
- The Anatomy of a
- Passover Notes - Laws
and Customs in a Nutshell
- Joy in Judaism
- The Struggle in
- Lights and Letters
(commentary on a video-cartoon)
- Machzor Notes -
overcoming the Prayerbook Blues on Yom Kippur
- "Tzedakah - a
prospectus" - classic texts on Tzedakah in financial format
- "Torah on
- "Jewish Wedding
Ceremony and Rituals"
- A Jewish Birthday
- The Number "4" in
- 4 Seasonal Torah
- Vessels of the Holy
- The Mystical Meaning
of Meatballs and Spaghetti
- POM is Wonderful -
Pomegranates in Jewish History and Custom
- L'hadlik Ner, Shabbat
- Say No to Chametz,
from Talmud to Halacha
- Jewish Memory
- Israel's Holy Sites (powerpoint)
- Crown Heights - a
- "Roll Your Own"
- Love, Legacy and
- Jewish Dorm
- "We Need To Talk"
- Yiddish-Fun - Yiddish
Version of Apples to Apples
- “Visiting History” by
Zohar Kastner ('07)
Messages” by Laura Novello ('07)
- “Tallit Workshop”
- “4 Sons Remixed”
- Why Shofar?
Background of Rosh Hashana’s Shofar
- "Jewish Standard
Time" Timelessness of Jewish time & calendar
- "Jews Sing the
Darndest Things" Profound themes behind traditional synagogue songs
- "Matisyahu’s Lyrics I
& II": Chassidic texts behind his reggae
- "Hillel the
Psychologist" in-depth reading of a Talmudic story
Relationships" Empathy in Jewish thought & living
- Jacob’s Ladder:
exploring commentary on weekly Parsha
- Alternative Energy
Quantifying and qualifying the Menorah miracle
* We redo some of these
classes in new cycles, every 3-4 years, as students graduate.
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