Apr 28, 2019

Raize Guttman 04-28-19 (23 Nissan 5779)

As we are turned up a notch from the feelings that Hashem Loves Us and the amazing 8 days of Pesach, Raize speaks in this shiur about the first verse of our next parsha of study; Parsha Chayei Sarah and connects this to the counting of the Omer.

Love is based on chesed. In Judaism we don't have blind faith, as we don’t just believe because we are optimistic and hopeful and don’t want to think badly. Our belief comes from the moments of our history like we read about in the Haggadah with all the miracles. Time again Hashem has turned the world upside down for his beloved people. That is what our faith is based on.

We know the Eshet Chayil prayer is the eulogy that Avraham gave about his wife Sarah at her funeral. The one line in the prayer that describes her faith is Lo yichbe balayla neyra,(in the nighttime her candle never went out). Sarah went through many, many trials and tribulations in the course of her life, but her emunah remained intact. She possessed hishtavut (equanimity). Meaning, she accepted the good and bad of life equally knowing everything is from Hashem. None of us are perfect people and Sarah was not a perfect person, but she was perfect in her faith.

Apr 22, 2019

Raize Guttman 04-21-19 (16 Nissan 5779)

No class due to observance of Pesach

Apr 14, 2019

Raize Guttman 04-14-19 (9 Nissan 5779)

Pesach shiur

Judaism is about having a relationship with Hashem. All the mitzvah’s we have, all the customs we have, all we do is for the goal of having a relationship with Hashem. Some people go through the motions of Judaism and keep kosher and Shabbat, and keep all the mitzvahs but, they don’t really understand the WHY. They don’t understand that there is a goal in each thing we do, and everything we do is supposed to make us closer to this goal. During the Seder we pass over to the next generation that they should want to be Jews because of its depth and beauty and there is a purpose to every single thing we are doing as Jews. Therefore, the most important thing we have to pass over is a belief, love and the depth of the relationship we have with Hashem.

Raize speaks about the 15 Steps of the Seder and how each step takes us higher & higher, and closer & closer to this goal.

Apr 7, 2019

Raize Guttman 04-07-19 (2 Nissan 5779)

Pesach shiur

In today's class Raize takes us on a journey of visualization & imagination through ancient Goshen and Egypt, as she shows us Pesach from a different perspective. A valuable tool we can employ on the Seder night, so we are able to fulfill the mitzvah of seeing oneself actually going out of Mitzrayim. Pesach is the night to accomplish this tremendous hitchatshut התחדשות (renewal).

We dedicate this class to our dear Chaya Rivka bas Malka for a refuah schlemah. Also, may it be an ilyui neshama for Avraham ben Moshe & Sortel bas Ariyah Leib (Grandparents to Raize's friends) who requested in their will to write a Sefer Torah in their memory. Today it was finished and it is being brought into a Shul.