Jewish Nation

THE AWAKENING OF JEWISH IDENTITY IN ISRAEL

Why are Secular Israelis beginning to identify more with their Judaism and what is being done to advance this trend? Where are the foundations of Jewish identity found in the Torah and how do they apply to Israeli society today?

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF A JEWISH NAME AND THE MESSAGE IT IMPARTS TO THE NATION

Analysis of the origins of certain Jewish names and why Judaism places such emphasis on a name. Together we will analyze, discuss and try to understand how a Jewish name can signify the future of our nation

REDEFINING RELIGIOUS ZIONISM

The Dati Leumi (Mizrachi) world has been forced to reassess its ideology and to reconstruct its rationale. What is and should be the major agenda for Religious Zionism today? What was brought to the forefront of Religious Zionism twenty years ago is not the same today. Why is confronting these challenges essential for the Religious Zionist platform to remain “relevant”?

Jewish Family

OUR CHILDREN: LEADERS OF A NEW GENERATION

What are the messages and insights we are expected to nurture our children with for the sake of their serving as future leaders of Israel? What are the tools that we need to equip ourselves with in order to drive a message of responsibility home to our children and help them appreciate the impact they can have on the Jewish future?

IRRESPONSIBILITY – THE GREATEST THREAT TO JEWISH EXISTENCE

Irresponsibility creeps in to the Jewish Community and poses the greatest threat to its future. Rabbi Hammer demonstrates how this problem has penetrated every pocket of the Jewish world and what we can do to avoid its destructive consequences.

PARTNERSHIPS: THE JEWISH APPROACH TO SUCCESSFUL RELATIONSHIPS

Judaism accentuates the importance of a successful partnership and a meaningful marriage. Through an analysis of the Torah’s texts as well as significant insights and personal anecdotes, Rabbi Hammer reveals what it means to nurture a long lasting and healthy relationship.

THE PURPOSE PRINCIPAL: ACHIEVING A MEANINGFUL EXISTENCE

Appreciating G-d’s intentions for creating man-kind helps us introduce more meaning into our daily lives and greater comprehension for our existence. The purpose of creation is clarified as we analyze texts from the Torah.

Jewish Calendar

ANALYSIS OF THE WEEKLY TORAH PORTION

Together we will explore and engage in dialogue regarding the text of the Torah. This is your opportunity to ask questions, challenge, and offer your own insightful interpretations.

THE NEW YEAR AND ITS SIGNIFICANT MESSAGE: TU BESHVAT

What are the messages of the secular new year and how do or don’t they relate to the Jewish concept of a new year? What can the trees and environment offer us to help us understand the difference and perpetuate our future?

HANUKAH: UNITY OF A NATION

Analysis of the miracles which transpired over Hanukah and how many days we should really be celebrating. Whether we believe in miracles or not, it is important for us to understand the story of Hanukah and the message it brings to us as individuals and as a nation.

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS: LECTURE FOR PURIM AND ADAR

What does Judaism have to say about happiness and how it is achieved? Are pleasure and happiness the same thing? Why do so many people pursue happiness and never seem to be happy?

FROM SLAVERY TO REDEMPTION: SPECIAL LECTURE FOR PASSOVER AND NISAN

Does the concept of “being free” truly exist in the framework of religious Judaism and if it does than why do religious people refer to themselves as “God’s servants”? It is crucial that we appreciate what “freedom” means from a Jewish perspective and how it is revealed on Passover.

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