• September 26, 2021
  • 20 5782, Tishri
  • פרשת בראשית

Mindfulness in Mitzvot

Mindfulness in Mitzvot

We do mitzvot every day. Are we paying attention? Join Mrs. Fran Miller and explore the Talmudic and Halachic principles that direct our focus and enhance our connection between mindfulness and mitzvah performance.

April 18, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mindfulness in Mitzvot: Giving Each Mitzvah Focus Part 1
Class description

A look at the mandate not to perform mitzvot in “bundles” – אין עושין מצוות חבילות חבילות – in the talmudic sources

April 25, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mindfulness in Mitzvot: Giving Each Mitzvah Focus Part 2
Class description

How did the commentators understand the concept of not “bundling” mitzvot? What do we learn about mitzvah performance?

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May 2, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mindfulness in Mitzvot: Rejoicing in the Mitzvot Part 1
Class description

We will look at Moed Kattan 8b, discussing the prohibition against getting married on chol hamoed, and the idea not to mix different joyous occasions אין מערבין שמחה בשמחה

May 9, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mindfulness in Mitzvot: Rejoicing in Mitzvot (part 2)
Class description

We will explore the concept of אין מערבין שמחה בשמחה – one does not mix one joyous occasion with another

May 23, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mindfulness in Mitzvot: Don’t Delay
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We will explore four principles that mandate doing mitzvot right away (Megillah 20b, Yevamot 39b, Pesachim 68b, and Mekhilta d’Rabbi Yishmael 12:17). What do these rules teach us about mitzvah performance?

May 30, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mindfulness in Mitzvot: Delegating Mitzvot and Honoring the Sabbath
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June 6, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mindfulness in Mitzvot: Mutual Responsibility for Mitzvot
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A look at the talmudic idea that the entire Jewish people are considered “guarantors” for one another – כל ישראל ערבים זה לזה (Talmud Bavli Shevuot 39a and Rosh Hashana 29a)

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June 13, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mindfulness in Mitzvot: Shabbat: Pause and Holiness
Class description

Shabbat is not about relaxing, but about resting from creativity. We will look at the context of the laws of Shabbat in the Torah and explore the nature of the prohibitions of Shabbat. We will understand the deeper purpose of Shabbat in our busy lives.

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June 20, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mindfulness in Mitzvot: Preparing for Prayer
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A look at the  Halachot of Preparing for Prayer – preparing the body and mind – that enable us to be present in our Tefillah.

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June 27, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mindfulness in Mitzvot: Kavana and Prayer
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The Laws of Prayer and how they enhance Kavana

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July 4, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mindfulness in Mitzvot: Priorities in Mitzvot
Class description

What if I am doing a mitzvah and another mitzvah comes my way? Should I interrupt my learning to do a mitzvah? How should I divide my time between Torah and Tefillah? This class explores these questions and seeks to develop a deeper understanding of the roles of Mitzvot, Tefillah, and Talmud Torah in our service of G-d.

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July 11, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mindfulness in Mitzvot: Intention Required
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Fran Miller is a graduate of the Keren Ariel Yoatzot Halacha program at Nishmat, and studied in the advanced Talmud programs in Matan and Migdal Oz. She holds a B.A. in Judaic Studies from Stern College and B.Ed. from Yeshivat Har Etzion’s Michlelet Herzog Teacher’s College. She teaches adults and post-high school students in person, online, and in midrashot. Fran lives in Mitzpeh Yericho with her husband and three children.