ROSH CHODESH SOCIETY

 

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Dear Friends,

I am so excited about becoming an affiliate of THE ROSH CHODESH SOCIETY! For those of you who have attended the JLI courses at Chabad, this is a very similar style course yet it is created only for women!

Women are invited to register and join a once a month class, for 7 months, where we learn, discover and explore meaningful aspects of Juadism and Spirituality geared specifically for women.

With readings and discussion, we will enjoy an hour of learning, adding deeper meaning to our day to day life.

Over tea and cookies, with that feminine energy and camaraderie, new doors will open with spectacular views for our body and soul.

This course is being taught in loving memory of my father a”h Shmuel Tzvi ben Yosef.

COURSE DATES:

Class Dates:
Tuesday November 15th
Tuesday December 13th
Tuesday January 17th
Tuesday February 14th
Tuesday March 14th
Tuesday April 25th
Tuesday May 23rd
Tuesday June 20th
7:30pm – 9:00pm
$100 Course Fee (Inlcludes 7 classes & Textbook)
$18 drop in fee per class
(Additional $20 for textbook)
COURSE RATIONALE:

Life is complicated and, like a ship being tossed about by a raging sea, we often struggle to stay above water amidst the chaos. We constantly wrestle with questions surrounding family, relationships, career, and identity, questions about how to be more successful and ful- filled; how to be happier; how to stay focused on what’s important; how to align ourselves with our true values. Yet, in life’s turbulent waters, it’s easy to lose our sense of direction.

Simple Truths, a new seven-part course for women, explores twelve foundational core beliefs and per- spectives of Judaism. They are insights that anchor us, empower us, and guide us in times of doubt and uncer- tainty; that nourish our inner oasis of calm and stability;

that give us the confidence and know-how to navigate life’s most di cult challenges.

Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” While the beauty of Judaism’s “simple truths” lies in their power to simplify our lives, they require us to think deeply about ourselves and our world, to uncover layers of sophistication and nuance, to examine and reexamine our preconceived notions. Throughout the seven lessons of this course, students will delve into these core ideas through hands-on work- shops and a kaleidoscope of both ancient and contem- porary Jewish texts—from the biblical to Talmudic to Kabbalistic and Chasidic—and leave with transforma- tional, concrete tools for weathering the storms of life.

LESSON ONE

CLAIM YOUR INHERITANCE

In a sand-swept Sinai some three-and-a-half millennia ago, the Jewish nation received the Torah from G-d. Ever since, the Jews have passionately dedicated themselves to its study. From eras ancient to modern, countless in- dividuals endured tremendous sacrifices to study Torah, often surrendering their lives in this pursuit.

What exactly is the Torah? Why does Judaism venerate its study above all else? This lesson explores the supreme role of Torah study in Jewish life and clarifies the moti- vation of Jewish mothers throughout the ages to forgo creature comforts—and much more—to ensure that their offspring are appropriately immersed in this vast ocean of wisdom.

LESSON TWO

WHERE PLEASURE MEETS PURPOSE

It is only natural to want to enjoy life’s pleasures. At the same time, all the pleasures on earth cannot satisfy our inner craving for deeper meaning and a purpose to our existence. How are we to balance internal tugs toward the carefree and unrestrained with an intimate need to de- velop a genuine relationship with the Creator? Are these currents not mutually exclusive?

This lesson explores inner conflict and fragmentation, analyzes the extent to which Judaism plays a role in ev- eryday experiences, and draws the secrets of wholesome living from the wellsprings of Jewish wisdom.

LESSON THREE

CREATION REVISITED

We are all creators, made in the image of G-d—the ulti- mate Creator. But is the difference between our ability to create and G-d’s merely a quantitative one?

This lesson searches the foundational principles of Jewish thought regarding G-d’s creation of the world and un- earths ageless methods of reframing our approach to life.

LESSON FOUR

OVERCOMING LIMITATION

Personal growth and inner change do not come easi- ly. It takes hard work to attain and even harder work to maintain genuine self-transformation. Judaism, however, seems obsessed with constant growth and improvement. Is this expectation realistic?

This lesson explores personal goals and development through the prism of Jewish thought and offers insight into the ability to step steadily forward throughout life while avoiding burnout.

LESSON FIVE

DISCOVERING YOUR INNER WORTH

Low self-esteem can cast a damper on every area of our lives. How can we attain genuine happiness, confidence, and contentment when our personal mirrors forecast gloom? By extension, how can others feel comfortable around us when we are not comfortable in our own skins?

This lesson extracts Judaism’s brightest diamonds on the development of self-image and self-worth, and demonstrates that we can only appreciate our intrinsic value when we fully understand the ultimate source of that worth.

LESSON SIX

THE BEAUTY OF THE STRUGGLE

Lack of discipline invites impulsivity colored by self-de- structive emotions. Unchecked anger or laziness, for example, will rise up to dominate us and compel us to succumb to all sorts of cravings, failures, and feelings of low self-esteem.

This lesson views the fine art of self-discipline and control through the Torah’s insightful lenses. It demonstrates the method of discerning precisely what we can or cannot ex- pect to regulate, and based on that awareness, it explores ways of introducing order, discipline, and a sense of inner peace and harmony to our lives.

LESSON SEVEN

JOY REVEALED

If you assumed that Judaism was about being somber and sullen, you have not met the real deal. This lesson demonstrates the extraordinary emphasis that Judaism places on being joyful. It explores the role of happiness for the sake of personal well-being and success, and also for the benefit of those with whom we interact. This cheerful lesson presents a step-by-step journey to achiev- ing happiness based on a deeper appreciation of the purpose of life.

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