Rise above the Hate
We cannot let antisemitism define our Judaism, but we cannot ignore it either. As direct memory of the Holocaust fades, Jews around the world are wondering whether the patterns of past centuries are returning, in both the Old and New Worlds, where Jews experience more hate crimes than any other group.
Are Jewish people doomed to be stuck in this cycle forever? Is there a way to escape this history of hate?
Outsmarting Antisemitism takes this dark subject on squarely, with a sense of unabashed optimism, profound faith, and a distinctly Jewish approach.
Through illuminating source texts and captivating case studies, this course considers the sources of this ancient scourge, along with the appropriate strategies for overcoming it. It’s time to find the confidence to fight hate with hope and to stand tall against antisemitism with positivity, purpose, and plenty of Jewish pride!
By taking another look at the statistics, studying our people’s remarkable perseverance, and exploring the concept of Providence, we can find eternal cause for confidence and optimism while we implement plans to secure ourselves and our communities.
We look at some of the explanations for antisemitism that have been offered throughout the ages to emerge with an important principle: the problem with hating Jews lies not with the Jews but with the haters. Internalizing this hate is not a healthy response.
Today, hatred of Jews commonly manifests itself as antagonism toward the Jewish State. This class distinguishes all-out antisemitism from some more nuanced sub-strains. It also examines the state of Israel education and the very nature of Jewish nationhood.
Psychology, neuroscience, and recent history show us that neither friend nor foe should ever be taken for granted. With a bit of subtlety and conviction, and always with trust in G-d, we find that the dark days of the past are no cause for pessimism ahead.
The Torah was given at Sinai. So were the meditative tools to help us open up, see more, and live more deeply.
This course teaches the what, how, why, where, and when of Divine Meditation, Mindful Awareness, and Soulful Transcendence.
Mind over matter—when you mind, life matters. The Torah teaches that our brains don't control us, we control our brains. When we harness our awesome gray matter, dreams become a matter of fact.
What is spirituality and how do I tune into its song? Meditation is the instrument that allows you to play the spirited music of existence, and the voice that enables you to sing the soul of every experience.
G-d animates everything, perpetually. Discovering G-d is opening ourselves to life's divine animation. Results include but are not limited to increased joy, more resilience, and deeper purpose.
Long before living in the moment gained its moment in the spotlight, G-d gifted us the incredible power to live with, live in, live up, and transform every single moment of our lives. It's happening now, at this very moment.
All of life is elevated by meditation. Here we zoom in and focus on three of life’s essentials: when we consume, when we repose, when we hustle-bustle.
Those that can't, don't. Those that can, do. And you can. At its core, Mount Sinai is Mountain Do. Physical actions, called Mitzvos by the Creator, engender spiritual and physical change in the universe.
Talmudic analysis and mind-bending logic have long been a hallmark of Jewish scholarship. But buried beneath much of the discussion and legalese are core Jewish values that fuel so much of the debate. This course examines a number of key legal issues that disclose fundamental ethical considerations that serve as the engine of Jewish civil law.
Most laws are designed to protect the rights of people and their property. But Judaism’s civil code is driven by a different goal. Explore how laws of damages and disputes support a uniquely Jewish view of the human mission.
In seeking to restore the rights of plaintiffs, Jewish courts actively assist offenders in achieving full repentance too. Why? Discover the advantage of properly undoing damage over mere compensation.
You may feel a moral urge to speak up against an offensive action. But might you have a legal responsibility to deter someone from certain behaviors? Judaism says: Yes. In this lesson, we discuss why and when.
With 613 commandments in the Torah and myriad rules expounded in the Talmud, can Judaism ever be called “liberating”? Let’s delve into the Exodus, the covenant, and the ways in which laws can lead to the purest human freedom.
Is the claim of ownership anything more than a subjective social agreement? A foundation of Chassidic thought is that material possessions contain spiritual energy that is specific to their owners. Let’s consider the owner’s rights and responsibilities through this lens.
While a presumption of innocence can protect defendants from liability, it is not quite a declaration of uprightness. Jewish law goes so far as to presume every person’s core goodness. See how this view can lead us to a truly upright world.