• January 27, 2020
  • 1 5780, Sh'vat
  • פרשת בא

Famous Jewish Letters

Famous Jewish Letters

Who doesn’t love getting a letter in the mail. While a rare occurrence in the electronic age, over the course of Jewish history, great Jewish leaders have sent letters to students, family members and communities as a means of advice, inspiration, and education. Join Rabbi Barry Gelman as he studies some of the most famous Jewish letters of all time. Each class will include historical background of the times and personalities. If you love Jewish history and love getting letters in the mail, this class is for you. The letters in this course will cover the topic of Guidance from Teacher to Student  and will include: Rambam’s Letter to Ovadiah, Rav Hutner’s letter to a student, Rav on Aliyah, Nechama Leibowitz’s letter on accepting truth from where it comes, and Ramban’s letter about his schedule.

PLEASE NOTE: This course will be taught live US Central time.

November 28, 2019 1:00 am - 2:00 am
Famous Jewish Letters: When Rabbi Soloveitchik was Challenged by School Children
Class description

We will study a revealing letter sent by Rabbi Soloveitchik to an educator in Israel explaining why he did not make Aliyah. His decision to stay in the United States is made more difficult to understand in light of his call for American Jewry to move to Israel.

December 12, 2019 2:15 am - 3:45 am
Famous Jewish Letters: Accept The Truth From Where It Comes!
Class description

We will study a letter written by Nechama Leibowitz on the legitimacy of studying Torah commentary of Non Religious Torah commentators.

After analyzing the letter we will see Nechama’s position in an actual lesson that she taught.

Finally, we will see a letter the underscores Nechama’s strategy in the placement and mention of certain commentaries.

December 19, 2019 1:00 am - 2:30 am
Famous Jewish Letters: In Defesne of Working For A Living: R’ Avraham Danzig
Class description

In this intriguing letter, R’ Avraham Danzig (Author of the Chatei Adam and Chochmat Adam) defens his decision to turn down a Rabbinic position on Vilna(!) in favor of being a merchant.

Rabbi Barry Gelman is rabbi of United Orthodox Synagogues in Houston, Texas. He is married to Gabrielle and they have five children. United Orthodox Synagogues is a dynamic, multi-generational, Modern Orthodox and Zionist synagogue committed to serving the entire Houston Jewish community. At UOS, we strive to maintain a family-like ambiance where everyone feels at home. We are an inclusive community, striving to maximize everyone's participation in prayer, ritual, Torah study, chessed, and social action.