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Not “why should I do Teshuva?” but “what is the TRUTH of Teshuva?” We look at what the Alter Rebbe and the Rambam have to say about this. Some similarities and some contrasts. We conclude with practical ways to think about these lofty ideals.


Is the idea of G-d knowing all your thoughts scary or comforting?


KILL OR BE KILLED IN JEWISH THOUGHT. Talmud Yoma Ch 8 #048 82a(2) / 82b(1)
We begin by acknowledging that Torah affirms that protecting life trumps all other considerations. Understanding the exceptions to this rule is a rather heavy, but necessary, discussion.


For a thousand years, the Shofar was sounded on Rosh Hashana even when the holiday occurred on Shabbat. During the period of the Second Temple, the Sages decrees that when Rosh Hashana coincides with Shabbat, the Shofar not be sounded. This class explores the history and the spirituality behind this strange turn of events, revealing a refreshing, deeply personal dimension to this Day of Awe.


Niggun Rachamono | Rabbi New, Sons & Grandsons
Niggun Rachamono sung by Rabbi Moishe New and then accompanied by some of his sons and grandsons.


The Yom Kippur Paradox: Why is fasting more important than praying on Yom Kippur?
The purpose of fasting on Yom Kippur is to induce a contrite and humbled heart before the Supreme Judge. If so, why if one falls weak fasting and cannot properly repent and pray, is he to nevertheless complete the fast, even if it entails sleeping through Neilah?! This class will reveal the essence of Yom Kippur, resolving this and other paradoxes of the holiest day of the year. (Based on Likutei Sichos volumes 3, 29 and 32.)


Why is Rosh Hashana observed for two days in Israel? Why do we customarily eat a new fruit on the second night of Rosh Hashanah? How is the mystery of Rosh Hashanah expressed in a law regarding a simple egg? This class addresses the history, Halacha and Kabbalah of the Jewish calendar.


UNFORGETTABLE The Kabbalah of the New Year
One of the dominant themes of the Rosh Hashana liturgy is the notion of G-d remembering His covenant with Man. But why the need to remember when He does not forget? This eye-opening class addresses the immanence and essence of Rosh Hashana.


Familiarize yourself with MTC's most common tunes for the High Holiday service with our Chazzanim of years past, Rabbi Zalman Kaplan and Sholom B. Polter. *Not recorded on Yom Tov.


Kaddish (part 3/3)
In our quest to understand the essence of this mystical prayer we journey back in time to the wilderness of Sinai, to the Desert of Paran, barely four months after the Exodus. Our ancestors are poised to enter the Promised Land. Alas, in a sudden, tragic turn of events the people lose heart and as a result, their entry is delayed forty years. The Kabbalah reveals that it was then and there that the Kaddish was born. This class unravels its mystery, revealing its incredible power of renewal and redemption.


Kaddish (part 2/3)
We elaborate on some of the themes touched upon in last week’s class, such as women and the recitation of Kaddish, and we will explore some of its profound allusions and hints. We also address; do souls see one another in the Afterlife? Can they communicate with the living?


Kaddish (part 1/3)
Here we discuss the origins of the Kaddish: why it is in Aramaic and not in Hebrew; how it came to be the mourner’s prayer; why a minyan is required for its recitation, and what happens to the soul in the afterlife.


Thu, October 22 2020 4 Cheshvan 5781