Getting unstuck, self-improvement, and prayers of desperation are among the topics to be covered by Chabad at the Shore’s weekly Torah study series this winter. These free classes will be held on Fridays at 12:15 p.m. at the Chai Center, 6605 Atlantic Avenue in Ventnor. The following topics will be covered:
Truth or Consequences: Is It Ever Okay to Lie? Dec. 2. We are taught from an early age the value of truth. But what if telling the truth comes at a high price? Is there any circumstance under which one may utter something untrue? By examining the conduct of our forefathers, we gain insight into this moral dilemma.
The Nighttime Plea: Finding Hope in the Darkness, Dec. 9. If you ever need help, you can simply ask. But if things have gotten to the point where nobody understands what you’re going through, what can you do? This lesson about prayer teaches how to ask G-d at a time you don’t even know what to ask for.
The Principles of Punishment: When Discipline Becomes Revenge, Dec. 16. Too often, legitimate punishment turns into personal vengeance. How do we draw the line between the two? The actions of Levi and Shimon, wiping out the entire city of Shechem, show that when it comes to punishment, intention and action are equally important.
Do Something, Anything: The Key to Getting Unstuck, Dec. 23. When faced with a challenge, are you the type to wait for something to happen? Or do you get up and do something about it? The butler’s and the baker’s dreams teach the importance of action. Make a move, any move, and there is hope. But sitting and brooding about your lot is unlikely to get you very far.
The Psychology of the Chanukah Candles: Behaviorism v. Cognitivism, Dec. 30. Where does self-improvement start? By fixing what’s wrong or by starting to do what’s right? An age old debate about the Chanukah candles reveals how generations before Freud vs. Skinner, the sages weighed the pros and cons of cognitive versus behavioral therapy.
My Brother’s Keeper: Mutual Responsibility in Judaism, Jan. 6. Helping each other out is obviously a very Jewish value. In fact, Judaism teaches that we are all responsible for each other’s wellbeing. So, what is the extent of our responsibility to one another?
When is Mashiach Coming? Growing Out of the Exile Mentality, Jan. 13. For over two thousand years, we have waited and waited for the Mashiach to come. Why hasn’t he finally arrived? This class examines the age-old hope of the Jewish people, and illuminates what it means to be truly redeemed.
Although classes are free, you may purchase a textbook for $55 by making a donation online at www.chabadac.com/ donate For more information or to RSVP, please call (609) 822-8500 or email Chabadac@gmail.com.