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Lazer Gurkow

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Rabbi Gurkow is spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Tefilah in London, Ontario. He has lectured extensively on a variety of Jewish topics, and his articles have appeared in many print and online publications. For more on Rabbi Gurkow and his writings and talks, please click here.
Memorializing our loved ones is an ongoing process that doesn’t end with shiva. In this lesson, we will discuss the best way to help the deceased’s memory live on, how to create spiritual memorials, and the meaning behind the Kaddish prayer. Judaism views...
After death, the soul ascends to heaven in stages and sitting shiva is a final act of compassion we can offer our loved ones before the soul takes its final departure. In this lesson, we will discuss the laws of shiva, the symbolism of the Torah’s mournin...
There are some mourners who turn to cremation as an alternative to burial. In this lesson, we will discuss the importance of burial both for the soul and the ones they leave behind. We will also learn how burial allows the soul to ascend to heaven untethe...
Navigating the death of a loved one is often an emotional and confusing process. Jewish tradition guides us through everything from end of life care to the Torah’s perspective on autopsies. In this lesson, we will cover the experience here on earth for su...
You don’t need to do something showy to connect with G‑d. The daily offering can be achieved with something short and to the point.
On the fifth day of the crisis, when all but the Jewish hostages were released, the Israeli government realized that Jews were once again alone in the world. History was repeating itself.
We have been tempted during these past hours to cut corners, tell fibs, and succumb to anger and give in to temptation.
An inspiring lecture on the Rebbe’s unique approach of empowerment, which has become the hallmark of Chabad outreach. (a talk on the occasion of the Rebbe’s yahrtzeit)
The Rebbe probes the unifying theme in all areas and levels of Torah study, from the legal to the mystical, the heavenly to the earthly, demonstrating the common thread running through different dimensions of Torah wisdom. This class studies a talk of the...
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