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WebYeshiva News: Tonight – Final Class in Series of Three

WebYeshiva.org is excited to be teaming up with MyJewishLearning.com to bring you a series of live, online, fully-interactive classes about the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, given by Rabbi Avi Weinstein:

Shavuot: The Biblical Origins and Evolution of a Holiday, or When Jews believe in Cheeses.

Shavuot, known as the Festival of Weeks, is a holiday of recounting, where history and memory merge. It has Biblical, Rabbinic, and Mystical resonance. These classes will introduce you to the many customs and practices related to the holiday.

The first two class in this series took place on April 25th and May 2nd with rave reviews. The final class will take place tonight, May 16th at 9 PM EDT.

Each class stands on its own, so students who did not attend the first class may still join for the remaining classes.

Click here for more information and to register now.

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WebYeshiva News: Rabbi Brovender in New York

Rabbi Brovender will be visiting the New York area from May 14th -23rd and will be serving as scholar-in-residence at the following locations:

Parshat Bamidbar (May 15th) at the Mt. Kisko Hebrew Congregation, in Mt. Kisko, NY

Shavuot at Manhattan’s Lincoln Square Synagogue

Parshat Nasso (May 22nd) at Keter Torah (Roemer) in Teaneck, NJ

To contact Rabbi Brovender or to arrange to see him in New York, call 646-331-4885.

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WebYeshiva News: Annoucing the Summer 2010 Seminar Schedule

Jerusalem, Israel – April 7, 2010 – Rabbi Chaim Brovender’s WebYeshiva has announced the first three courses in its seminar schedule for the current semester. The topics of the seminars will focus on the Holocaust and Israel and Jewish law (halacha). The seminars are being offered live through WebYeshiva’s virtual classrooms, accessible through their website, www.webyeshiva.org.

Yom HaShoah – Some of the most difficult halachic (Jewish legal) questions were asked throughout the Holocaust. Impossible choices between life and death and heroic decisions were made by ordinary people who followed their faith in the most inhumane conditions imaginable. This seminar is being offered Sunday, April 11, at 2PM Eastern Daylight Time, 9PM Jerusalem Daylight Time.

How “Jewish” is the Jewish State – In 5708 (1948), the course of Jewish history was changed. Or was it? The controversy over Israel’s Jewish nature began before the State was even born. Was declaring Israel as the Jewish State merely a compromise to the religious right, or was it an event of religious and historical significance for the Jewish people – religious and secular alike – throughout the world? This seminar is being offered Sunday, April 18, at 2PM Eastern Daylight Time, 9PM Jerusalem Daylight Time.

This Land is Your Land – There is a portion of land in Israel for each and every Jew to build their eternal home; so why do so many treat this Divine gift as a mere vacation, while others reject Eretz Yisrael outright? Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers will take you through the teachings, halachot (laws), rights, privileges, and obligations every Jew has towards Eretz Yisrael (The Land of Israel). This seminar is being offered Tuesday, April 20, at 9PM Eastern Daylight Time.

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More Lessons From Shira

Please click this link to read an excerpt from a message to the students at the University of Illinois that I wrote. It was read at a memorial service that was held at the campus Hillel on Shira’s shloshim.

This Sunday, the night of the 17th of Shvat (January 31st), I will be giving a shiur to commemorate the first Yahrtzeit of Shira Pransky z”l. The shiur will follow the traditional practice of learning Mishnayot from throughout shas with each mishna beginning with a letter from the name of the departed soul. I will be presenting the mishnayot that I finds most interesting or appropriate from the selection of possibilities.

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WebYeshiva Featured Class: The Kabbala of the Individual & God – A Course in Divine Providence

Rabbi Avraham Chira, a teacher for more than 15 years in Jerusalem and in Bat Ayin, Israel, is giving a live, online class in WebYeshiva’s current Spring Semester, entitled, “The Kabbalah of the Individual & God: A Course in Divine Providence. ” Here, Rabbi Chira himself gives insight into some of the ideas to be studies in the class:

The class takes place on Thursdays at 10 pm Israel time/8 pm London time/3 pm Eastern time/12 pm Pacific time. To register now, click here.

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