We are pleased to offer the community a weekly study group, which will take place every Tuesday evening from 8-9 pm. We will delve into topics of interest from the Torah portion and their contemporary lessons. This class is open to both men and women. Light refreshments will be served.
Below is our schedule of classes and topics for the month of January as well as previous topics. Each week will be a self contained discussion so you are welcome to join us whenever you like, no prior knowledge is necessary.
Please RSVP for the address. For more info, or to RSVP email Rabbi@jewishbattersea.com
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Tuesday 8th January 2019
The Power of Power
Power Doesn?t Have to Absolutely Corrupt
Sounds pretty unbelievable, right? The more power, the more corruption is the word on the street. As we journey across Egypt and witness the devastation of the firstborn, we learn that the story of the Exodus is a story about abuse of power--and how to avoid such corruption.
Tuesday 15th January 2019
When the River Split
The Story of another Marine Miracle
When a Talmudic sage was on his way to performing a mitzvah, crazy things happened: A donkey kept a mitzvah, and a river split in half to make way for his entourage. What’s the message of this wondrous tale?
Tuesday 22nd January 2019
Why You Need a Mentor
While many great leaders are too busy for the average folk, Moses helped every Jew sort through their personal issues. But when his father-in-law advised him to take it easy, Moses took a step back. Why? Moses is a great help, but there’s no substitute for internal transformation. For that, you need a mentor, not a Moses.
Tuesday 29th January 2019
Discipline Is Necessary; Compassion Is Crucial
Scholars throughout the ages were mystified by the law against mixing meat and milk. A ride through the kabbalah of these two culinary counterparts, coupled with a detail in kosher law, delivers a profound lesson about managing your emotional bank account.
Tuesday 1st May- Iyar 16:
If G-d is beyond definition, what is the meaning of the descriptions we find for G-d in the Torah and what rules does He follow?
Tuesday 8th May - Iyar 23
Servants, Employees or Partners?
Exploring our relationship with G-d and his legal responsibilities towards us.
Tuesday 15th May - Sivan 1
What happened at Sinai?
Were the Jewish people forced to accept the Torah? If so what validity does that acceptance have today?
Tuesday 22nd May - Sivan 8
Utilising life to its fullest
What lesson can we learn from the seemingly stingy behavior of the Tabernacle's greatest donors?
Tuesday 29th May - Sivan 15
Rectifying the Past.
We all understand that we can change our behavior for the better in the future, but how can we change the past?
Tuesday 12th of June - 29th of Sivan
Sparks of Wisdom
In this session we will delve into 10 profound ideas handpicked from the Lubavitcher Rebbe's teachings, each exploring a fresh perspective to an important area of our lives.
Tuesday 19th of June - 6th of Tammuz
To Forgive and Forget
Learn from Moses' complete and never ending forgiveness to the Jewish people despite all the troubles they had caused him in the desert.
Tuesday 26th of June - 13th of Tammuz
Why do we choose to name the Torah portion after one of the greatest enemies of the Jewish people? Shouldn't his name be obliterated?
October through December 2018
Tuesday, October 16th
The Real Benefits of Fame and Fortune
“He really only did it so everyone can say how nice he is . . . .” Ever heard that one before? Has the prospect of doing the right thing for the wrong reason ever scared you off? Through the worries of Abraham and the mendacity of recalcitrant husbands, discover your hidden goodness and never be scared again.
Tuesday, October 23rd
Of Angels and Food
How to Eat Like an Angel
Ice cream, savoury peanuts, filet mignon—we all have our preferences. But can there be anything holy about our eating habits? Is there a noble side to digging in? Surprisingly, the answer is “Yes!” Find out how to take your gastronomic pursuits to the next level.
Tuesday, October 30th
Of Omens and Amens
Is It Okay to Look for Signs?
While the weatherman jabbers on about the future, we are still wary of pulling out the crystal ball and letting it call the shots. But some people do indeed avoid the thirteenth floor of a building, or scheduling anything significant on Friday the Thirteenth. So, what does Judaism say about all this spooky stuff?
Tuesday, November 6th
Sowing the Seeds of the Jewish Nation
The painful theme of childlessness is found again and again at the beginning of the Jewish story. But why did the beginning of our nation entail such hardship? Discover the depth and the beauty of our prayerful matriarchs as they laid the foundation for the eternal edifice of the Jewish people.
Tuesday, November 13th
Writing Your Life Story
Don't Get Stuck in the Narrative
Ever feel like your life is playing out in front of you, and you are just watching the show? While past failures and perceived challenges may make it seem like your life’s story has already been written, Jacob shows that at any moment, we can turn things around for the better.
Tuesday, November 20th
Game of Names
Who Is the Real Jew?
What’s the ideal modus operandi? Aggressive and brash; assertive and confident? Or perhaps more re-conciliatory and compromising; meagre and humble. It is this identity crisis that unfolds over the name change from “Jacob” to “Israel.” That both names are kept for posterity speaks volumes to our approach in life as servants of the Divine.
Tuesday, November 27th
The Bigger Picture
Everything You Do Affects the Entire World
It’s easy to be the good guy when nobody’s watching. But when there’s nobody around, where do you find the moral fortitude to withstand temptation? It’s the realisation that our actions affect far more than the here and now that empowers us to act responsibly.
Tuesday, November 4th
For G-d's Sake
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 ahead and do what it takes to get the job done. But remember, there’s one part that you should always keep sacred, a lone pocket of truth that is altruistic and pure. And it’s burning right there—in the Chanukah candles.
Tuesday, December 11th
When Life Give You Exile...
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 too highly of your next of kin. But Joseph shattered all expectations and acted majestically with his past tormentors. From whence his courage? Expose the secret sauce of this towering figure of forgiveness.
Tuesday, December 18
Obstacles or Stepping Stones?
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 depth of kabbalistic paradigms to come up with a fresh perspective—one that can, perhaps, re-frame life in a surprisingly empowering way.