May 27, 2018

Raize Guttman 05-27-18 (13 Sivan 5778)

Parsha Vayeira - Chapter 19 – Verses 30 - 33

Lot and his daughters flee the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The angels told him that the city Zoar would not be destroyed & they should go there, but afraid of staying in Zoar, they went into the hills outside, where they took refuge in a cave. The daughters believe that the whole world has been destroyed & therefore they assumed it was their responsibility to bear children and enable the continuation of the human race. They set into a plan which was abhorrent and immoral but seemed to them to be the only possible action to take. They decided to get their father drunk with wine and slept with him.

Raize Guttman 05-20-18 (6 Sivan 5778)

No class due to observance of Shavuot

May 13, 2018

Raize Guttman 05-13-18 (28 Iyar 5778)

Counting the Omer - middot of Malchut

Shavuot Shiur

Shavuot is the day Hashem revealed himself to the entire nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai and gave us his Matan Torah.

All of our holidays/festivals are called a moed. A moed is a meeting place. These are days we can "meet up" with Hashem. These are days that give us spiritual energy - Not physical energy by giving us days to rest and not go to work. These are days to tap into the deep spiritual energy available in the world. We should learn Torah, daven, say Tehillim. Shavuot is the day Dovid HaMelech was born and the day he died and he wrote Tehillim. Find a way to bring down the sparks of holiness and have them come inside of you. Do what you can do to feel spiritual. Talk to Hashem, he is right there. He spoke to us on Har Sinai, so why cant he speak to us now?! But if you want him to speak to you then you have to open the conversation. He will talk back to you, you just have to start .

May 6, 2018

Raize Guttman 05-06-18 (21 Iyar 5778)

Shavuot Shiur

Torah fills the world in the same way it did over 3300 years ago. On that great day Hashem gives us Z'man Matan Torah – the gift of Torah every single year for all time.