• December 8, 2019
  • 10 5780, Kislev
  • פרשת וארא

Bereishit: The Emerging Jewish People

Bereishit: The Emerging Jewish People

The Book of Genesis starts with two people and eventually follows the story of a family trying to survive through many trying experiences in order to become a nation. In this course join Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman as he explores the gradual emergence of the Jewish people through Sefer Bereishit. Some of the texts we will use include the אור החיים and שם משמואל and Rav Shimson Rephael Hirsch, each noteworthy for this topic as they teach the “big picture.”

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November 3, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bereishit: The Emerging Jewish People: Lesson
Class description

The theme of Sefer Bereshit is “The Choice.” Throughout the entire book we can find choices made by people and the choices made by (l’havdil) Hashem. Only at the end of the book when Yakov Avinu assembles all of his sons will we see the final development of a nation loyal to Hashem. This is the theme that I look forward to discussing with you in this series of classes.

Today we will discuss the first of the choices. The choices made by קון והבל and how their choices led to Hashem’s choice.

November 10, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bereishit: The Emerging Jewish People: Lesson
Class description

Hello Everyone

In this lesson I plan to discuss the “chosenness” of Shem the son of Noach and of Avraham Avinu. What is the significance of the different blessings given to Shem and Yafet when they apparently acted together? What quality did Avraham possess that he was chosen by Hashem to be the founder of a nation? In what way was he different  from Noach?

 

All the best,

Stuart Fischman

fish9999@gmail.com

 

November 17, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bereishit: The Emerging Jewish People: Lesson
Class description

Hello Everyone,

In today’s class we will discuss the story of Yishmael and his mother Hagar and see how Rav Shimshon Rephael Hirsch zt”l  explains the destiny of Yishmael.

November 24, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bereishit: The Emerging Jewish People: Lesson
Class description

Hello Everyone

In this class we will discuss how Avraham Avinu went about acquiring  a burial plot and later how he went about sending his servant to select a wife for Yitzchak Avinu.

December 1, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bereishit: The Emerging Jewish People: Lesson
Class description

Hello Everyone,

In today’s shiur we will discuss one of the most perplexing of all the stories in the Chumash. We will discuss the story of Yakov Avinu and his brother Esav ( or Essau if you prefer). We will study two approaches to understanding the relation of the Yitzchak Avinu and Rivka Imeinu to their sons and why it was that Yakov Avinu received the blessing from his father through chicanery.

December 8, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bereishit: The Emerging Jewish People: Lesson
Class description

In today’s shiur we will discuss Yakov Avinu’s marriage to Leah and Rachel. We will see how the Shem MiShmuel, one of the great Chasidic teachers and Rav Soloveitchik zt”l explain how these two women determined the character of the Jewish people.

Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman graduated from Yeshiva University in 1980 and the dental school of Columbia University in 1985. In 1989 he began studying and teaching at Yeshivat Hamivtar and now studies and teaches at Yeshivat Machanaim in Efrat. He has rabbinic ordination from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg.