Jewish Learning Loft (Evenings)
Location 333 s Desplaines st # 406, Chicago, IL 60661 USA
Phone773-633-5560
Upcoming Course: Advice for Life

The Rebbe's spiritual leadership is the force behind the modern Chabad movement. Join us for a multimedia journey through the Rebbe's practical wisdom on work, family, health, and well-being. Discover how the Rebbe applied Jewish values to serve as a guide for finding deeper meaning in everyday life.

Course Details
Lesson 1 Meaning at Work

Earning a living can provide meaning beyond the paycheck. Discover the Rebbe’s unique understanding of how work and financial decisions connect to life’s purpose.

Lesson 2 Family Bliss

How can we create a warm and healthy home? Examine the Rebbe’s correspondences to uncover a goldmine of clarity on family relationships, domestic harmony, education, and creating a healthy home environment.

Lesson 3 Wholesome Health

Discover the Rebbe’s answers for patients, physicians, and professors seeking guidance on questions of health and treatment. Explore the core ways that physical health connects to emotional and spiritual well-being.

Lesson 4 The Power of Positivity

Explore how the Rebbe’s unending positivity offers a roadmap for building a healthy self-concept and navigating a contemporary world awash with anxiety and mental-health challenges.

Lesson 5 Above Adversity

When buckling under the struggles of health, livelihood, relationships, or raising children, thousands turned to the Rebbe for the strength to continue. Discover how the Rebbe guided individuals to see the inner meaning of their challenges as the key to managing them.

Lesson 6 Spiritual Heights

The Rebbe forged a unique path to guiding individuals on their spiritual journey; he set incredible goals yet remained remarkably practical. Discover how the Rebbe’s approach helps us realize our most profound potential.

Dates & Times
The course date hasn't yet been announced for this location. Please email [email protected] or call 773-633-5560 for more info.
Upcoming Course: Decisions of Fate

Judaism's timeless values provide practical guidance for making confident and considered life-and-death choices. This course applies Jewish values to four common dilemmas: risky treatments, end-of-life care, abortion, and care of the deceased.

Course Details
Lesson 1 Risky Treatments

When uncertain treatments offer a chance of recovery, is the risk justified? Discover the Jewish ethics of risking your life to extend your long-term prospects.

Lesson 2 End-of-Life Care

How does Judaism balance the desire to reduce suffering with the value of every moment of life? See how Jewish values inform a dignified approach to end-of-life care and advance medical directives.

Lesson 3 Abortion Ethics

When pregnancy endangers a woman’s life, may she, in good conscience, carry the pregnancy to term? Examine how Jewish texts navigate the ethics of abortion.

Lesson 4 Honoring the Deceased

Might autopsy violate the dignity of the human body? Learn the Jewish view on respect for the deceased and how the sanctity of human life continues after death.

Dates & Times
The course date hasn't yet been announced for this location. Please email [email protected] or call 773-633-5560 for more info.
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Past Courses

Judaism's Gifts to the World

January 2020
Judaism's Gifts to the World

By most indications, modern society is a model of moral progress. Yet when it comes to everyday values, we still grapple with the big ones…

   - What are our responsibilities toward the less fortunate?
   - How do we fashion a more moral and equal society?
   - How can we make a move toward more cohesive family living?

Join us to unpack six of the world’s most cherished values and how they were delivered to humankind by the Torah. By tracing their fascinating journey to the mainstream, we’ll discover a timeless core of purpose, integrity, and clarity in each value—a powerful gift of guidance as we navigate our own daily choices.

Worrier to Warrior

November 2019
Worrier to Warrior

We yearn to feel happy, self-assured, and enthusiastic, yet we’re consumed by feelings of doubt, regret, insecurity, and suffering. Do our delicate positive emotions have a fighting chance at being in control? This course explores negative emotions in a completely new light, offering spiritual mechanisms that allow us to remain upbeat no matter what life brings.

Crime and Consequence

February 2019
Crime and Consequence

When innocent people are wrongly convicted...
When "correctional facilities" turn first-time offenders into hardened criminals...
When known murderers walk free on a technicality …
Fairness in justice simply cannot be left to chance.

In Crime and Consequence, we explore 3000 years of Jewish wisdom concerning criminal convictions, sentencing, crime prevention, and rehabilitation. We challenge our thinking, pondering the application of Talmudic principles to real and complex, modern-day cases, and we get to the heart of questions such as:

Should we consider testimonies given in exchange for a reduced sentence as reliable evidence?
What is the goal of punishing criminals? is it to gain retribution for the victim, keep criminals off the streets and safeguard from future crime, set an example and instill the fear of law, or to rehabilitate the criminal and reintroduce him to society?
Is life-without-parole a justifiable penalty? Is it within our right to sentence a man to death? When would these be warranted? Is there a better way?