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The second half of the last millennium (1500 until today) saw still newer developments in Halachah, as well as in other fields of literacy. How do these major literary trends (such as Chassidism) define Judaism today and into the future?

Lesson 9. As the World Turns: Modern Jewish Law

Lesson 9. As the World Turns: Modern Jewish Law

Scroll Down - Part 9

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Yaron South Africa October 27, 2016

Thank you for this brilliant series!

I cannot help but wonder (as I have for most of my life) : where are the women in all this? Does the Torah imply that they are not capable of deriving Halachah etc? Please send resources/ links if possible; this issue is something that has been a huge stumbling block to me embracing Yidishkeit fully. Reply

Anonymous Miami July 30, 2016

So if next Tuesday is the conclusion what and when is the next class? Seriously thinking about learning Aramaic j Reply

Yitzchak Monticello, MN July 29, 2016

Thank you for fun to follow series. I am a 50 year old novice Jew. This has been perfect learning for me. Reply

George קאליפורניה July 29, 2016

הראש שלי מסתובב! Reply

Anonymous Jerusalem July 29, 2016

Thank You Michael for a very refreshing series. I am a conservative Jewish woman. I have a background in Biblical studies and am always interested in reinforcing my knowledge.
I look forward to your next series. Keeping it with a light touch along with serious learning made it wonderful. Reply

Anonymous Southeastern PA July 26, 2016

I'm very happy you mentioned "Duties of the Heart". I think this is the greatest spiritual classic we have ever produced. It is written in the most friendly manner. I would love to see a series on Duties of the Heart! :)

I hope the rabbi's presentation answered in part a question in a comment to last week's class, on why the need for Chasiduth. Chasiduth brought the esoteric Qabalah down to earth, turning Torah into positive psychology as it were. The Tanya depicts the magnificent mission given to us to elevate ourselves and the world. The commentaries of the late Rebbe reveal unimaginable spiritual profundity in the everyday words of our prayers and the Tanakh (Bible).

All that remains is for us to do, as it says on the first page of Tanya: the thing is very near to you, in your mouth and in your heart, to do it (Deuteronomy 30:14). Reply

Anonymous July 26, 2016

Thank you for this truly amazing video and series! Reply

Scroll Down is designed to initiate auditors into a first acquaintance with the Torah and with Jewish history and ideas. The video lessons are presented at an introductory level of Jewish Studies at college.