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Weaving G‑d Into the Details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For centuries, Jewish values have shaped the moral compass of Western society. This course explores and provides the students with an in-depth understanding of the key Jewish values that were so influential in molding our civilization. This course focuses on areas outside the domain of the synagogue and Jewish ritual and explore what it means to live as a Jew in “the rest of our life,” and how a Jewish woman is expected to interact with the world around her. It shines a spotlight on the Torah view of our social and ethical responsibilities.

 

 

 

 

Each lesson of this course will contain an applicable, resonant, change-your-daily-life personal takeaway message for every woman who attends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

All classes will be held at Chabad of Sacramento Library

945 Evelyn Lane

Sacramento, CA 95864 

REGISTER HERE
 

CLAIM YOUR INHERITANCE

LESSON ONE 

Privacy

 

It is difficult to imagine today a society functioning without a weekend, but this institution was unheard of in the ancient world. Societies customarily celebrated seasonal holidays, but the notion of a universal weekend—where an entire society would take a day off each week—was nonexistent. In fact, Greek and Roman writers habitually mocked the Jews for their Shabbat. Yet, these mockeries were ignored by contemporary
Jews because of the profound meaning they found in Shabbat. This lesson explores the deep riches that Jews have found in the past—and continue to find today—in Shabbat observance. We learn that some of the restrictions of Shabbat allow us to experience its power: increased productivity, enhanced physical and emotional health, a more robust sense of liberty, a better fostering of relationships, and amplified feelings of happiness. We then climb to the next rung to discover the vast spiritual treasures embedded into this day—how Shabbat is a different day, a loftier day, a more spiritual time, rendering it a conducive period for us to ponder and explore our relationship with G‑d and our overall life’s mission.

 

Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 10:45 am

WHERE PLEASURE MEETS PURPOSE

LESSON TWO 

Shopping Ethically

 

The prototypical Shabbat scene, as depicted in art and literature, is of a family gathered around the elegantly set Friday night table, with the Shabbat candles burning. These images portray a sense of peace, love, and serenity. But it was not only in the best of circumstances
that Jews dedicated themselves to kindling the Shabbat flames. In the Kovno Ghetto during the Holocaust, Jewish women asked a local rabbi whether they could use electric lights to fulfill this mitzvah because they could not obtain candles or oil. Analyzing this question and the rabbi’s answer allows us to explore the contours,
function, and meaning of this powerful mitzvah. We will learn the practical laws and customs as well as the rich symbolism and meaning that is present in this ritual act that ushers in the Shabbat.

 

Sunday, January 7th, 2018 at 10:45 am

CREATION REVISITED

LESSON THREE 

Charity

 

“Come, O bride, come O bride, come, O bride, O Shabbat queen.” Why is Shabbat compared to the bride and not the groom? Why is Shabbat compared to the queen and not the king? The liturgy of Shabbat is replete with female references, and Jewish mysticism teaches that Shabbat is truly feminine in multiple respects. By exploring the mystique of Shabbat’s femininity, we will gain a deeper insight into the nuances of Shabbat, a greater appreciation of ourselves as women, and a newfound understanding of how the two interrelate and feed off of each other in unique ways.

 

Sunday, February, 4 2018 at 10:45 am

THE BEAUTY OF THE STRUGGLE

LESSON FOUR 

Honoring Parents

 

Much of what is written about Shabbat leads us to characterize it as a day of transcendence, a day whose holiness naturally affords much spiritual pleasure. Yet, when Jewish law formulates how to observe Shabbat, it instructs one to take pleasure by not just one but three sumptuous meals that are to be graced with lavish foods. If Shabbat is characterized as a day of transcendence, why is so much emphasis placed on eating and physical pleasures? Shouldn’t the primary pleasure come from the sublime and ethereal? This lesson will explore two Jewish answers to this question, which will reveal two distinct philosophies concerning the concept of Shabbat, and more broadly, two perspectives on the overall function of Judaism and our purpose in life.

 

Sunday March 11, 2018 at 10:45 am

OVERCOMING LIMITATION

LESSON FIVE 

Work & Earning a Livelihood 

 

There are certain laws and customs with regard to the Shabbat meals, and this lesson provides the opportunity to discuss their history and significance. Why is Kiddush recited on wine? What is the significance of two covered loaves? Why is it so important to consume fish and meat on Shabbat? Why do Ashkenazi Jews eat gefilte fish, and why do Jews eat cholent (or some variation thereof) on Shabbat? This lesson explores the origins and rationales for each of these customs, rendering what was heretofore a random food assortment that was merely good for the palate into a unified and holistic journey that is also good for the soul.

 

Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 10:45 am

TO LOVE ANOTHER

LESSON SIX 

TIKUN OLAM (“SOCIAL JUSTICE”) 

For many, what Jewish law permits and proscribes on Shabbat appears random and whimsical, and the dos and don’ts often seem dry, almost mundane. This lesson looks back at how Jews historically tried to demonstrate a logical structure that underlies the laws of Shabbat observance, and how Jews attempted to infuse
this subject with soul and spirituality. We will explore some of the interesting theories that were postulated by rabbis in nineteenth century Germany and in the Chasidic courts of Eastern Europe. A common refrain was that the laws and minutiae of Shabbat are consistent with its deeper theme—to become more mindful of how G‑d is the anchor of our successes and accomplishments.

 

Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 10:45 am

JOY REVEALED

LESSON SEVEN

G-D-BASED MORALITY

“Do not be afraid, Jacob My servant.” These words are customarily sung by some Jews after the Shabbat queen has departed. The need to “not be afraid” also appears in the text of the Havdalah, which we recite at the conclusion of Shabbat. The person is about to shift into a second gear, and this triggers spiritual qualms and uncertainties; but in the end, she is assured that there is nothing to fear. By examining the Havdalah ritual, we will acquire a deeper grasp for how Shabbat and the weekday are two important modes of our spiritual service, and how they both ought to interact with and enhance each other.

 

Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 10:45 am