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The Great Jewish Books Course, in Memory of Dr. Mark Wainberg z'l


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This course surveys 20 of the most influential Rabbis who have shaped the Jewish world as we know it. Starting with “Teacher of all of Israel” - Rashi, and continuing through Modern Times, each individual class will focus on excerpts of major themes, biographical sketches and historical context of the books and authors that have forged the link between the Torah itself and our lives today.


In memory of Dr. Mark Wainberg Z'L

Dr. Mark Wainberg was a beloved figure at TBDJ, in the Montreal Jewish Community, and worldwide. A well educated and learned man whose thirst for knowledge could not be quenched, Mark left a lasting impact on our community and helped shape the world in its entirety. His greatest source of pride was his family, and it is a fitting tribute therefore that his family has dedicated the learning in this course to his memory


Course Highlights

• We are excited to present a wide-ranging slate of noted Rabbis and educators to join Rabbi Freundlich in presenting these sessions (see schedule). Every weekly session will cover one work.

• Every session will be accompanied by a handout that includes a class outline, selections from that week’s Book, and other relevant charts. Binders will be available for purchase.

• Classes will involve studying traditional texts (available in Hebrew and English), the investigation of key themes and the presentation of avenues for further study.

Schedule and Recordings

All sessions take place Monday 7:45-9:00pm at TBDJ

Oct 15 - Introduction
Rabbi Freundlich
Video: VIEW
Notes: Download

Oct 22 - Rashi
Rabbi Freundlich
Video: VIEW
Notes: Download

Nov 5 - Ramban (Nachmanides)
Rabbi Reuben Poupko
Video: VIEW
Notes: Download

Nov 12 - "Chovot Halevavot" and "Shaarei Teshuva"
Rabbi Freundlich
Video: VIEW
Notes: Download

Nov 19 - Rambam (Maimonides) - Rabbi Eric Grossman

Nov 26 - Rabbi Yosef Kairo - Shulchan Aruch - Rabbi Michael Whitman

Dec 3 - Special Chanukah Class - Rabbi Freundlich

Dec 10 - R' Yitzchak Luria - Arizal - Rabbi Freundlich

Jan 21 - The Maharal of Prague - Rabbi Freundlich

Jan 28 - R' Moshe Chaim Luzatto - Rabbi Freundlich

Feb 4 - Ba'al Shem Tov - Rabbi Boruch Perton

Feb 11 - Ba'al Hatanya - First Chabad Rebbe - Rabbi Asher Jacobson

Feb 18 - Vilna Gaon & R' Chaim of Volozhin - Rabbi Freundlich

Mar 4 - R' Shimshon Raphael Hirsch - Dr. Kalman Stein

Mar 11 - Chofetz Chaim - Rabbi Freundlich

Mar 18 - Special Purim Class - Rabbi Freundlich

Mar 25 - Rav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook - Rabbi Mark Fishman

Apr 1 - Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik - Rabbi Freundlich


Fri, 16 November 2018 8 Kislev 5779