New Night | New Season

Starts Thursday, October 11 2018!

The Shul is proud to present our next season of weekly Torah Studies classes.

The 75 minute classes are stimulating, contemporary, and always practical.

I invite you to browse through the topics in this catalog and to join us for some weekly inspirational study. These classes are open to all, whatever your level of learning may be, and I encourage you to bring your friends along. 

There is not a fee for the classes, but there is a $36 textbook fee (having a textbook is optional, but it will enhance your class experience).  Please email me at  rabbicheski@chabadwi.org if you would like a textbook. 

I look forward to studying with you,
Rabbi Cheski Edelman

PS:  If you would like to listen to any previous classes, click here

Thurs., Oct. 11 2018

The Flood Song

Shattering the Past to Grow to the Future

The imagery of the flood is downright terrifying: dark, raging waters pummeling Earth for forty days straight, eradicating everything in its wake. Yet, surprisingly, the Midrash sees this turbulent event as a serene song of praise to G‑d. What does this dramatically divergent perspective tell us about the tumultuous breakdowns in our own lives? Sail the high sea of Noah’s ark to discover the answer.

Thurs., Oct. 18 2018

Be an Influencer!

The Best Defense Is Offense

“No one will ever change the way I think and act!” said no one, ever. The fact is that our environment has a tremendous impact on shaping who we are, and to think that you will remain completely unaffected by your surroundings is wishful thinking. So: What to do if you find yourself in sundry situations? Discover the wisdom embedded in Avraham’s first test and what it tells the modern person today.

Thurs., Oct. 25 2018

Be My Guest

Hospitality at the Next Level

So you think you’re a great host, right? You probably are, and the detailed account of Avraham’s hospitality is here to up your game. A detailed look at the behavior of our generous forefather reveals that hospitality is a whole lot more than simply opening your home—get ready to become a therapist too!

Thurs., Nov. 1 2018

Making Every Day Count

Sarah’s Blueprint for Meaningful Living

The Torah describes Sarah as beautiful and wise, and above all, her “days were complete.” Are your days complete? What does that mean anyway? And whatever it does mean, what’s the magic bullet that enlivens every day to be “complete?” A tour through a host of Chassidic ideas uncovers the answer to this important question.

Thurs., Nov. 8 2018

Your Two Cents

A Little Effort Is Worth a Lot of Impact

We all dream of a future Temple that will herald in the messianic era. Have you every stopped to think about who will get the contractor bid for the project? Conflicting accounts across the Talmudic discipline paint a hazy picture: Some say it’ll come down from Heaven prefab. Others say Jerusalem Contractors, Inc. will be formed. So which one is it? The answer will tell you a thing or two about what it means to put in a day’s work.

Thurs., Nov. 15 2018

A Red Line Is a Red Line

Finding the Internal Courage to Erect Moral Boundaries

On that fateful night on a mountaintop, as Jacob dreamed, the entire Land of Israel folded beneath him. The reason? It was a harbinger of his descendants’ future conquest of the Land. Harbingers aside, what is the reason G‑d fashioned such a fantastic miracle? For pure sentiment? It turns out that this sentiment is a key component in crafting the moral compass for Jacob’s descendants for all time.

Thurs., Nov. 22 2018

Cosmic Collision

What a Kabbalistic “Big Bang” Has to Say about Everyday Life

Cosmic collisions, and abundant lights shattering vessels and raining sparks into darkened worlds: sounds like the stuff of a fantasy movie—but it’s not. Believe it or not, it’s the kabbalistic rendering of Creation, and it has major implications for how the world operates, and more importantly, how you operate. Discover the secret of the cosmos and yourself, through the surprising vehicle of a narrative about Edomite kings.

Thurs., Nov. 29 2018

Put a Smile on Your Face!

Making Others Feel Good—Even When You’re not

“Be true to yourself!” is a refrain often heard. Hey, if you’re not feeling it, then why bother faking it and putting on a smile just for others? While popular wisdom may suggest so, the behavior of a tormented slave named Joseph in the dungeons of Egypt speaks volumes of how we ought to think about others around us and the demeanor we should maintain to brighten others.

Thurs., Dec. 6 2018

Essential Oils

The Secret to Remaining Above While Tethered Below

Everyone is dieting these days, so oil is pariah number one. But on this holiday, we set aside our reservations and indulge in latkes, doughnuts, and take the opportunity to load up our menorahs with oil. So, what’s with the oil? Aside from a relic of the ancient story, a fascinating ride through the Chasidic perspective on oil reveals some important truths about who we really are.

Thurs., Dec. 13 2018

Wind in Your Sails

Harnessing Inspiration for the Long Haul

Many a wise person has said that “Indifference . . . is more dangerous than anger and hatred,” or “Apathy is the death of democracy.” Indeed, to be uninspired and emotionless is a terrible predicament. But all those people jumping up and down on mountaintops, screaming with passion, don’t seem to be the answer either. So what does an even-keeled person do? The dramatic, heart-wrenching reunion of Jacob and his son Joseph uncovers a refreshing answer.

Thurs., Dec. 20 2018

Earn It or Win It?

When to Throw Your Hat in the Ring—and When Not To

A marriage that survives a bitter fight is stronger than it was before. A person who is crushed and then bounces back is arguably emotionally healthier than your average Joe. So, what message should we be giving to our kids? Challenge them or coddle them? Put them through the wringer or pamper their path? An insightful conversation between a rebbe and his son, about the lifetime of our forefather Jacob, sheds profound light on these questions.

Thurs., Dec. 27 2018

The Underpinnings of a Nation

Why Slander Is Enemy Number One

We all know the story of the Jews in Egypt: bone-crushing slavery for hundreds of years. What caused this terrible catastrophe? Was it perhaps because they were habitual idolaters? Nope. After a kerfuffle with two bickering Jews, Moses declares that slander, above all, was the root cause of suffering. Really? Is it that bad? Ride the train of Jewish nationhood to discover why, yes, it is really that bad.

 

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