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Torah Studies - Season 3

Torah Studies - Season 3

NEW SEASON STARTING Thursday, April 27 2017!

Chabad Lubavitch of Utah is proud to present our Torah Studies catalog of classes for Season Three.

At Chabad, we value a deep, rich learning experience and we aim to provide this in an unequivocal way. This is why we have brought you a Torah Studies program of the highest caliber, developed by the world-renowned Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. The program brings you a series of stimulating text and discussion based classes that take place on a weekly basis. Our lessons will engage you in a multidimensional way by challenging you intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. They explore contemporary issues through a Torah perspective as well as tackling timeless questions in the Jewish tradition.

I invite you to browse through the topics in this catalog and to join us for some weekly inspirational study. These classes are open to all, whatever your level of learning may be, and I encourage you to bring your friends along.

Rabbi Avremi Zippel


Torah Studies is dedicated in loving memory of Aharon Gershon ben Kalman -
Dr. Arthur Lipman, OBM - A beloved student of the class

Class 1 Thursday, April 27 2017
Women in Judaism: The Inside Story
Is There a Jewish Glass Ceiling?
The role of the Jewish mother is so hallowed and romanticized that it can seem to be the ultimate goal of Jewish womanhood. But is that really true? Is there any place for womanhood in Judaism outside of motherhood and family—culturally, religiously, and socially?
Class 1 Thursday, May 4 2017
The Theology of Theft
An Honest Look at Honesty
As good people, most of us don’t take other people’s stuff, obviously. So when the Torah cautions us, “Thou shalt not steal,” we must consider what deeper ethical message is implied, beyond outright theft. What can an honest person learn from the laws of honesty?
Class 1 Thursday, May 11 2017
Have a Jewish Field Day
Why and How We Celebrate Lag Ba'Omer
The thirty-third day of the omer is a day of celebration, bonfires, and a variety of interesting customs. What lies behind it all? In presenting the story of Lag Ba’Omer, this class reveals the specialness of the day and what message we can take from it.
Class 1 Thursday, May 18 2017
The Heart of the Deal
Giving G‑d Possession of Our Faculties
Shopping used to be the activity of buying the things you need. But today it seems we often buy for the sake of buying. Interestingly, the Torah views acquisition of property as more than just the transfer of ownership. Rather, a sale is a matter of profound theological and inspirational value.
Class 1 Thursday, May 25 2017
Making Sense of the Census
Why G‑d Counts the Jewish People
Numerous times G‑d counted the Jewish people. Was He obsessed with numbers or is there some message hidden in the numbers game? This class gets to the bottom of the numbers game and explains how counting us makes us count.
Class 1 Thursday, June 1 2017
The First Chasid
Ba'al Shem Tov: The Man and His Movement
The Chasidic movement was founded in the eighteenth century by Rabbi Israel Ba’al Shem. What is the story of this man and what was his mission? Enjoy a biography of the Ba’al Shem Tov, and a glimpse of his teachings and the revolution he sparked.
Class 1 Thursday, June 8 2017
DIY Judaism
Achieving Spiritual Independence
Visit the Western Wall? Check. Talk to a rabbi? Check. Go to synagogue frequently? Check. There are many external ways to nurture Jewish inspiration, and we should make use of them. But our ultimate goal should be to stand spiritually on our own two feet.
Class 1 Thursday, June 15 2017
Timeless Moments
On Visiting the Resting Place of the Righteous
The resting place of a saintly Jewish leader or scholar is also a place of prayer and introspection. But are we really allowed to pray to the dead? That sounds awfully pagan! Discover what happens when we pray at a tzaddik’s graveside, and how it enables us to experience a unique, timeless connection with G‑d.
Class 1 Thursday, June 22 2017
Journey of a Blessing
Turning Spiritual Capital into Physical Goods
If we are judged during the High Holidays for the coming year, why do we pray each day? What are we praying for if everything has already been decided? This lesson explores how spiritual blessing translates into material well-being—and the role of the kohanim in making that happen.
Class 1 Thursday, June 29 2017
Because I Said So
Finding Meaning in the Laws of Ritual Purity
It may seem superstitious: Enter the wrong house or touch the wrong thing and the Torah renders you impure. Dip in the holy water and—Voilà!—you’re good as new. What are we to make of this system? With this question as its backdrop, this lesson sheds light on the meaning of connection with G‑d and doing what He wants.
Class 1 Thursday, July 6 2017
Don?t Be a Fool
Turning on the Light in the Theater of the Absurd
Ever wonder why smart people do such stupid things? Before you spend all your money on self-help books about effective time management or finding the secrets of success, come to this class, and learn the Torah-prescribed habits of highly successful people.
Class 1 Thursday, July 13 2017
A Time to Renew
Why We Celebrate Rosh Chodesh
Each month, the Jewish people celebrate Rosh Chodesh, and the beginning of a new Jewish month. What exactly are we celebrating, and how do we celebrate it? This class explores Rosh Chodesh traditions and explains the connection between the Jewish people, the new moon, and the miracle of renewal.

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Upcoming events
Dec. 13, 2017
Are We Capable of Altruism?

We get it. It’s hard to always be firing on all cylinders. We’re talking in a spiritual sense—to always be doing good things for the right reasons. So, go ...
Dec. 21, 2017
Lessons in Anger Management

If your brothers sold you into slavery, you wound up in prison, and you were estranged from your home for seventeen-plus years, you probably wouldn’t think ...
Dec. 28, 2017
Finding the Light within the Dark

We’re used to thinking of light and darkness as polar opposites, existential metaphors for all kinds of binary worlds. In this class, we plumb the ...
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