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Be a Leader Study Packet Vayeishev

November 25, 2022 10:51 AM

Dear Leaders,

We’ve been getting remarkable feedback from many of you about your study groups and we are elated that you are gathering your friends and benefitting from these packets.

Rahel from Milan shared some feedback from our previous essay “If Only”: This year is the year of gathering, so we decided to meet on Shabbat to study. I will try in a few lines to give feedback.

“If only…” We often use this expression when referring to circumstances in our lives. Everything that happens in our life drives us to an action or a reaction, but what we often forget is that this is the opportunity offered to us to improve and elevate ourselves, according to G‑d’s plan for us. Even the toughest situation has its good and we must face it in its deepest meaning. I have learned to thank G‑d for what I now have…

In this week’s study packet, we focus on the concept of free choice. There are times in our lives when we confront such difficult decisions. The path of least resistance is often the easier choice to make, but the one that we know is not true to our inner selves and calling. How do we muster the strength to do what we know is necessary?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this as well as examples from your own life when you were able to do so. We’ve included a parshah essay, a story, as well as some common questions about free choice that you can read and discuss.

Wishing you a wonderful week and an amazing get-together.

P.S. Some of you have asked if you can get these study packets emailed to you. Yes, you can, by making sure to subscribe to TheJewishWoman.org weekly email: http://www.chabad.org/TJWlist

Chana Weisberg,

Editor, TJW

Chana Weisberg is the editor of TheJewishWoman.org. She lectures internationally on issues relating to women, relationships, meaning, self-esteem and the Jewish soul. She is the author of six books. Her latest book, Shabbat Delights, is a two-volume series on the weekly Torah portion.

Be a Leader Study Packets Vayishlach

November 17, 2022 11:36 AM

Dear Leaders,

We are so grateful that you are taking the initiative to organize study groups and share this material to inspire your friends and colleagues. Please share with us how your groups are going!

Here’s what Zelda from Canada shared: I used the packet tonight. It was very helpful and engaging. My group enjoyed it very much. Thank You!!

This week we explore the topic of gratitude. The very name for the Jewish people, Yehudim or Jews, comes from the root word of giving thanks. From the very first words we utter in the morning, the Modeh Ani prayer, to the many blessings we say before and after eating or drinking any food, our day is full of giving thanks to G‑d for His many gifts. In this packet we explore the origin of the name Judah, Yehudah, we read a story of deep gratitude expressed decades later, and we explore a question on an unwanted anniversary gift. We’d love to hear your take on all of these and how you’d respond.

Please share with us, too, what role gratitude plays in your life. How do you generate gratitude when you just aren’t feeling very grateful? Are gratitude and entitlement antithetical?

Wishing you a wonderful week,

Chana Weisberg,

Editor, TJW

PS Be sure you are subscribed for TJW emails to get these packets delivered weekly to your inbox.

Chana Weisberg is the editor of TheJewishWoman.org. She lectures internationally on issues relating to women, relationships, meaning, self-esteem and the Jewish soul. She is the author of six books. Her latest book, Shabbat Delights, is a two-volume series on the weekly Torah portion.

Be A Leader Study Packet Vayeitzei

November 17, 2022 11:31 AM

Dear Leaders,

We are so grateful that you are taking the initiative to organize study groups and share this material to inspire your friends and colleagues. Please share with us how your groups are going!

Here’s what Zelda from Canada shared: I used the packet tonight. It was very helpful and engaging. My group enjoyed it very much. Thank You!!

This week we explore the topic of gratitude. The very name for the Jewish people, Yehudim or Jews, comes from the root word of giving thanks. From the very first words we utter in the morning, the Modeh Ani prayer, to the many blessings we say before and after eating or drinking any food, our day is full of giving thanks to G‑d for His many gifts. In this packet we explore the origin of the name Judah, Yehudah, we read a story of deep gratitude expressed decades later, and we explore a question on an unwanted anniversary gift. We’d love to hear your take on all of these and how you’d respond.

Please share with us, too, what role gratitude plays in your life. How do you generate gratitude when you just aren’t feeling very grateful? Are gratitude and entitlement antithetical?

Wishing you a wonderful week,

Chana Weisberg,

Editor, TJW

PS Be sure you are subscribed for TJW emails to get these packets delivered weekly to your inbox.

Chana Weisberg is the editor of TheJewishWoman.org. She lectures internationally on issues relating to women, relationships, meaning, self-esteem and the Jewish soul. She is the author of six books. Her latest book, Shabbat Delights, is a two-volume series on the weekly Torah portion.

Be a Leader Study Packet Parshat Toldot

November 7, 2022 7:51 AM

Dear Leader,

We’re thrilled that you are still here with us, arranging your hakhel gatherings and inspiring others to come together, study and become more inspired!

We are getting such beautiful feedback from many of you and we’d love to hear more! Tell us about your gatherings and any insights or comments that you have shared.

Here’s what Andrea had to share: Excellent. Count me in. We already have a Wednesday walking group with our Rebbetzin so we will integrate your weekly material. Please keep sending it to me. Thank you.

And here’s what Sharon wrote: Good afternoon Mrs. Weisberg, I’m IN for this initiative! What an amazing idea and I will continue to reach out for my progress and help as needed. I’m really excited for this leadership with a purpose.

This week, we explore the theme of prayer. In this week’s Torah portion, we learn that Rebecca and Isaac prayed for many years to have children. Later, we read about Isaac digging wells and so, we explore the similarity between digging wells and prayer.

What is Jewish prayer? What is the history of Jewish prayer and when were our prayers written and formalized?

This week, we also present a heart-tugging story from the depth of Soviet prison about a unique prayer book and the prayers recited there that were the most meaningful.

So tell us: Do you remember a time when you prayed intensely? What did it feel like? Do you pray daily? What do your prayers sound like? Please share with us in the comments below.

Wishing you a wonderful week,

Chana Weisberg,

Editor, TheJewishWoman.org

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Chana Weisberg is the editor of TheJewishWoman.org. She lectures internationally on issues relating to women, relationships, meaning, self-esteem and the Jewish soul. She is the author of six books. Her latest book, Shabbat Delights, is a two-volume series on the weekly Torah portion.
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Chana Weisberg is the editor of TheJewishWoman.org. She lectures internationally on issues relating to women, relationships, meaning, self-esteem and the Jewish soul. She is the author of six books. Her latest book, Shabbat Delights, is a two-volume series on the weekly Torah portion.
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