Mar 22, 2020

Raize Guttman 03-22-20 (26 Adar 5780)

Insights on Exile & Coronavirus

Raize speaks about the 4 exiles since the Jewish people left Egypt. Babylon (423 BCE - 372 BCE), Persia/Media (372 BCE – 348 BCE), Greece (371 BCE - 140 BCE), Rome (69 CE - Present).

People are now all in isolation in their personal exiles. We should take this time and transfer our homes into mini sanctuaries filled with love, and the for the holy to dwell. And from there may we do our own introspection. Hisbodedus. How can I look at the world? How can I change myself? Let us feel in the most revealed way, that Hashem is here with us.

May be that light unto the nations and inspire the world for the better, may we merit that Hashem will take us out of this final galut and redeem us and gather us from the four corners of the earth to the Land of Israel, Amen!

This shiur is dedicated to for the refuah shlemah for Rebbetzin Dinah bas Esther and our GEM sister Devorah Miriam bas Sarah.

Mar 15, 2020

Raize Guttman 03-15-20 (19 Adar 5780)

Observations about Coronavirus from Torah perspective

Raize offers a Jewish perspective on the global pandemic. Besides presenting context and perspective, Raize also gives comfort, as only she can do!

Our learning today is for an alyias neshamah for Zlata Rivka bat Chaya Ruchel (cousin of Janet Hankin),and for Richa Ruchel bas Avraham Shlomo (Grandmother of Raize). As we are in these very uncertain and scary times with the Coronavirus, may Hashem give chizuk and health worldwide!

Mar 4, 2020

Raize Guttman 03-01-20 (05 Adar 5780)

Shabbos Zachor (the Sabbath of remembrance), is next Shabbat, which is the Shabbat immediately proceeding Purim. Our weekly Torah reading is supplemented with the Zachor ("Remember!") reading in which we are commanded to remember the evil of Amalek and to eradicate it from the face of the earth. This is our once a year opportunity to get rid of the evil in our lives. The Nesivos Shalom says this is one of the holiest Shabbos of the year.

In today's shiur, Raize discusses why is it so important to read the Masechet Amalek (eradicating Amalek) and why we dedicate an entire Shabbos to it.

Our learning today is dedicated to Moshe Rabbeinu as his yahrzeit is observed on 7 Adar. Moshe, the greatest teacher to our people. Moshe Rabbeinu who continues to serve on high on behalf of us as he did during his lifetime on earth. There is no nobler enterprise than teaching others, and so we also acknowledge our very own beloved teacher in this world, Raize Guttman, who celebrates her birthday this week. Ad Meah V'esrim!!