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5776 - Season 3

The Jewish Youth Library is proud to present our Torah Studies catalog of classes for Season Three of this year.

At the JYL, we value a deep, rich learning experience and we aim to provide this in an unequivocal way. This is why we have brought you a Torah Studies program of the highest caliber, developed by the world-renowned Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. The program brings you a series of stimulating text and discussion based classes that take place on a weekly basis. Our lessons will engage you in a multidimensional way by challenging you intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. They explore contemporary issues through a Torah perspective as well as tackling timeless questions in the Jewish tradition.

We invite you to browse through the topics in this catalog and to join Rabbi Hershel Caytak every Sunday morning at the JYL for some weekly inspirational study. These classes are free and open to all, whatever your level of learning may be, and we encourage you to bring your friends along.

Class 1 Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 10:15 am
Keep It Simple
A Guide to Helping Yourself and Others

You may have read a thousand self-help books and attended a thousand more seminars and lectures. But you know that when all is said and done, the answer lies within you. How can you access your deepest self and be the best you can be? It's simple.


Class 1 Sunday,  May 8, 2016 at 10:15 am
The Fifth Commandment
Beyond Honoring Parents

While honoring your parents may seem like a basic social ideal, it is in fact an obligation to G‑d. But why should two human beings deserve unconditional love and respect? Remembering G‑d’s role in creating a child gives new meaning to the nature of this commandment.

Class 1 Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 10:15 am
More Important than Love
Secrets to a Healthy Relationship

Relationships require effort. How do we make sure the other party is getting what is needed? How can we provide what is wanted? And how do we deal with the differences that will inevitably arise? This lesson will show you, by revealing the true meaning of respect.

Class 1 Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 10:15 am 
The Man in the Cave
The Story Behind the Kabbalah

The Zohar is an important text of the Kabbalah, revealing the depths of creation and secrets of the Torah. This biographical sketch will shed light on the life and times of its author, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. What is the story of this great sage, and what can we learn from him?

Class 1 WSunday, May 29, 2016 at 10:15 am
This Is Where It's At
Why the Torah Doesn't Discuss Heaven

Do you expect any reward for being a good person, like eternal bliss or a nice place in heaven? Or maybe you are the altruistic type, just happy to do the right thing? The Torah promises reward for keeping its commandments, but for some reason doesn't mention any spiritual payback.


Class 1 Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 10:15 am
Revival of Ruth
How to Make Judaism Real

Shavuot is the day we received the Torah, and on it we read the Book of Ruth. What is the reason for this custom, and what can we learn from it? Ruth teaches us what it means to accept the Torah—on the Torah’s terms.


Class 1 Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 10:15 am
Jewish Numerology
Understanding the Gematria Method

The numeric equivalents of Hebrew letters reveal a fascinating world in Jewish thought. When and how should this method be used to draw conclusions in Torah study? Enjoy this overview of the purpose and methodology of gematria.


Class 1 Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 10:15 am
Think Positive, Speak Positive
How to Avoid Negative Speech

Talking about people is one of easiest things we can do. It is also one of the most damaging. So how can we avoid it? Of course, effort must be invested in watching what we say. But the key lies deeper than that, in how we relate to each other in the first place.

Class 1 Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 10:15 am
The Blue Thread
A History of Techelet

The Torah tells us to include a blue thread in the tzitzit. What is that thread all about, and why do most men wear tzitzit with only white threads? This lesson tells the history of techelet and the fascinating scientific quest to identify the species used in making it.


Class 1 Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 10:15 am
Haughty Humility
Healthy Self-Esteem in Judaism

Nobody likes the narcissist. It’s better to be humble and not to think too highly of yourself, it would seem. But knowing the dangers of self-loathing, perhaps there is virtue to haughtiness? Moses, the humblest of men and greatest of leaders teaches us how to find a healthy balance.


Class 1 Sunday, July 10,  2016 at 10:15 am
All's Well
A Fresh Perspective on Life's Miracles

When we look back at rough times and see how things turned out for the best, we become aware of the miracles in our lives. But perhaps the greatest miracles are the ones we are not even aware of. When we keep in mind the work G‑d is doing for us, we can truly be at ease.


Class 1 Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 10:15 am  
The Purpose of Privacy
Why It's Important to Control Where You Look

Your neighbors have a broad window in the front of their home, giving you a great view of what’s going on inside. Are you allowed to look inside and see what’s happening? If you think not, what if they don’t care? Explore the halachic take on privacy and discover a surprising life lesson along the way.