Bnot Torah Presents Exciting Fall Seminars

Location:  All programs will take place at
Munroe Center for The Arts,
1403 Massachusetts Ave.,
Lexington, MA 02420

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Bnot Torah (a 23 year old Judaic Studies forum in Lexington, Ma.) is proud to announce our upcoming roster of exciting seminars for the fall semester. We are beginning in Sept. this year so that we can experience enlightening classes, renewal and rejuvenation before the High Holidays.  Please mark your calendars, sign up, and plan to join us!  Details and registration are listed below. 

Sunday,  Sept. 10, 2017 (11 AM--12:30 PM):       
 "The Anatomy of Teshuva (Repentance)"  

In this class, we will explore why all the confessions of Yom Kippur are recited publicly and in the plural.  We will learn the crucial first step to repentance and the two main dimensions of Teshuva that must be addressed. All questions and discussion are welcome.  
(Instructor: Rabbi Norbert Weinberg)

Sunday,  Oct. 15, 2017 (11 AM--12:30 PM):       "Libertine Or Rabbi? The Story of Elazar Ben Duria"

In this seminar, we will examine the Talmudic story of Elazar Ben Duria, a character who visited every prostitute in the  world before repenting at the very end of his life.
Through this story, we will explore questions of free will, repentance, and how we define living a virtuous life. 
(Instructor:  Rabbi Dani Passow)

Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 (11 AM--12:30 PM)       
"The Religious Significance of the State Of Israel"

We will look at various approaches to the sanctity of the Land Of Israel, and the religious value of the State Of Israel. In particular, we will examine the bitter religious debates that emerged with the founding of modern political Zionism.  
(Instructor:  Rabbi Dani Passow)

Sunday,  Dec. 3, 2017 (11 AM--12:30 PM)          "Chanukah and the Stories We Tell"

We will look a at the stories that are told about the reasons for the holiday of Chanukah and discuss the underlying motivation for each. Along the way, we will ask ourselves why we tell stories altogether.
(Instructor:  Rabbi Dani Passow)

About Bnot Torah:   We are a 23 year old Judaic Studies forum that promotes the study of biblical texts to shed light on modern day dilemmas. We encourage individuals from all branches of Judaism to participate in exciting seminars, lively discussions, and social camaraderie. No previous knowledge is required and classes are appropriate for all levels and backgrounds. Our instructors are all experienced educators committed to the highest Halachic standards of teaching. All learning materials are provided.  We are a non-profit organization and all proceeds go toward reimbursing our instructors.Kosher refreshments are served at all meetings. Classes are open to both men and women.

About The Instructors:

Rabbi Norbert Weinberg 
received his Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshiva University. He is Rabbi emeritus of the Adams Street Shul in Newton, Mass. and has served as a spiritual leader at synagogues in Quebec City, New Bedford, Ma, Fall River, Ma., and Norwich, Conn. He has also served as a scribe (sofer) for the Vaad Harabonim of Massachusetts.

Rabbi Dani Passow serves as the Orthodox Rabbi and Jewish Educator at Harvard Univ. Hillel where he conducts life-cycle events, serves as a halachic authority, and directs
educational and community programming for Harvard undergraduates and the entire Cambridge community. He has served as an Assistant Campus Rabbi at Columbia Univ. Hillel in NY, and a Pulpit Intern at Congregation Shaarei Tefilllah in Newton, Mass. where he taught weekly classes on Chassidut and delivered Shabbat sermons.
He was director of Tav Hayosher in NYC where he oversaw a team certifying kosher restaurants for ethical employee treatment. He was a Rabbinic Consultant to the Sukkah City Design Competition in NYC, and has been a scholar in residence at multiple synagogues throughout the U.S. as well as in Beijing, China. He received Rabbinic Ordination at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in NY and a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Cooper Union in NY. 

Location and Time:

All classes will take place at Munroe Center for the Arts,   1403  Mass. Ave.,  Lexington, Mass.    All classes will take place from 11 AM--12:30 PM (on the dates specified above).


$20/person/seminar or $75 for the series.

Registration and Information: 

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Contact Robin at  or call 781-248-0625 (there is voice mail at this number).

** Classes are suitable for all levels and backgrounds. All source material will be provided as handouts in both English and Hebrew.
** We will study excerpts from many texts encompassing both primary and contemporary sources gleaned from the best references and using the most advanced teaching methods.
**  Seminars are open to both men and women.
** Light kosher refreshments are served at all classes