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Torah Cafe

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What is the process of making Kosher wine? What makes wine non-Kosher? Why do some only drink wine that is Mevushal? A fascinating discussion about what makes wine kosher

Jewish traditions tell us of 70 nations who speak 70 languages. Who are those 70 nations? What are the 70 languages? How did they form? What relationship do they have to modern nations and languages?

Learn about the historic 70 nations and what they mean to us today.

Simchat Torah is the most joyous day in the Jewish calendar when we celebrate the completion of the Torah by dancing in the synagogue with the Torah scrolls. When did we start celebrating Simchat Torah? Why do we celebrate by dancing with the Torah scrolls?

A fascinating discussion about the celebration of Simchat Torah

The Torah commands us to hold 4 kinds of plants together on the festival of Sukkot. How do we identify them? What do we do with them? What is the significance?

A fascinating discussion about the story behind the Lulav and Etrog that we shake on Sukkot.

One of the strangest (and for many problematic) customs is Kapparot. In its traditional form, Kapparot is when people swing chickens around their heads and then slaughter them as a form of atonement (Kappara) before Yom Kippur.

Many people find the tradition of Kapparot very disturbing. Where did this strange custom come from? Why is it done? How does Judaism allow the chicken to suffer and be killed because of our sins?

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One of the most fascinating and most challenging stories in the Torah is the story of creation found at the very beginning. The story is the basis of the most fundamental belief in Judaism; that we were created by G-d. Yet not only are there so many details that do not match modern science, many of the details don't make sense at face value and contradict each other.

The year of 5782 which will be a Shemitta year, the seventh year in a seven year cycle. The Shemitta year is a holy year when farmers cannot work the land in Israel and certain loans are absolved.

We often think of G-d as punishing us whenever we do something wrong. But is that really true? Does every bad person get punished? Why do good people seem to get punished too? Is G-d really vengeful that he punishes us for every infraction?

A fascinating discussion about the Jewish belief in punishment.

One of the most fascinating Mitzvot (Commandments) in the Torah is the Command of Shiluch Hakan, sending a bird away from her nest.

For much of our history, Jews have lived among other nations and often faced discrimination and persecution. As a result, we developed a history of Jewish diplomacy known in Yiddish as Shtadlonus (Jewish lobbying) with Jews who represented their community before kings, princes and nobles often called court Jews.

A fascinating discussion about the history of Jewish diplomacy and lobbying.

Many Western nations have welfare programs to help those in need. What is the Jewish view on government handouts? Should our government be handing out money or other forms of support to people in need? Should there be any limits or conditions to such handouts?

A discussion on the Jewish view of government welfare.

One of the most notable and tragic events in our history was the killing of ten great Jewish leaders by the Romans in a tragedy known as the Asara Harugei Malchut  - The Ten Martyrs.

Learn about the tragic story of the Ten Martyrs, the historical background and the controversy around its historical accuracy.

The first major fall of Jerusalem was at the hands of the Babylonian Emperor Nebuchadnezzar about 2,500 years ago. When Jerusalem was captured, Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the first Temple built by King Solomon and exiled the people to Babylon. 

Learn about the story of the fall of Jerusalem to Nebuchadnezzar based on the story of the prophet Jerimiah who witnessed the destruction.

After leading the People of Israel for 40 years, G-d told Moses and Aaron that they will die in the desert and not get to lead the people into the Promised Land. However, the Torah does not make it clear what they did wrong to deserve such a harsh punishment.

Some resolutions to the big riddle of of why Moses and Aaron did not enter the Promised Land

People often make commitments that they have no intention of keeping or sometimes circumstances change and keeping a commitment is no longer realistic. How important is it to always keep your commitment? Under what circumstances can you break a commitment?

A fascinating discussion about the ethics of keeping your commitment.

One of the greatest tragedies to befall our people prior to the Holocaust was the Crusades who destroyed countless thriving Jewish communities as they marched across Europe. Listen to the tragic story of the Crusades and the horrific destruction that they caused.

In 1927, the previous Rebbe, Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson of Lubavitch was arrested in the Soviet Union for his work in keeping Judaism alive in the Soviet Union. After almost four weeks in prison, he was miraculously released and shortly after allowed to leave the Soviet Union.

Listen to the story of the arrest and imprisonment of the Rebbe.

Our kitchen and our diets have evolved dramatically from the days when the only appliance in the kitchen was an oven and grocery stores only carries flour, sugar, oil and salt. As our food preparation and consumption evolved, the kosher kitchen evolved with it.

A talk about the basics of a kosher kitchen, what makes it kosher and how to balance the milk and meat in the kitchen.

The Rebbe was one of the most influential leaders and greatest Jewish teachers in history. The Rebbe inspired millions with life changing teachings to change their communities and the world around them. 

Discover 5 life-changing teachings of the Rebbe.

Central to Jewish life and practice today is the 'Rabbi'. Did Judaism always have rabbis? Was Moses a rabbi? When did rabbis begin and how did the position evolve?  What is the role of a rabbi? Are there different types and status among rabbis?

Learn about what makes someone a rabbi, what the rabbi's role is and how the position evolved over the past 3,000 years.


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Torah Café Invites Users to Explore Jewish Themes Online

(lubavitch.com) In this classroom, you can chew gum and sit with your feet up. And while the teacher is in your living room, your office, and seat 16F on your next flight, you can relax. He isn’t taking attendance.

Launched earlier this month, Torahcafe.com presents a cornucopia of exclusive video lectures in 15 different categories. Many hundreds of videos discuss contemporary issues, Jewish history, mysticism, Talmud and Torah, psychology, and ethics and character development. The lectures are presented by an impressive array of scholars and speakers, all experts in their respective fields. Also included are twelve channels featuring classes of special note and ongoing series that are updated monthly. 

The offerings are many and distinctive.

In honor of the recently inaugurated new year, Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerskipresents a compelling look at the importance of Jewish unity, as it relates to personal and communal growth.

Popular orator Rabbi Manis Friedman sits down in a café for a candid interview about Moshiach.

History buffs can learn about the relationship between President George Washington and the 300 Jewish residents of Newport, Rhode Island circa 1790, in a lecture presented by Professor Jonathan Sarna of Brandeis University.
Dr. Chana Silberstein, Chabad representative at Cornell University, leads a class analyzing Rashi’s commentary on the Biblical account of Joseph and his brothers, and explores this early commentator’s approach to understanding Torah.
Rabbi Chaim Fogelman, rabbinic coordinator at the OK Kosher Laboratories, introduces the first of “Kosher corner,” an all-you-can-eat kosher knowledge buffet.

Torahcafe.com is the newest innovative approach to study introduced by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. It is made possible through the vision and generosity of Mr. George Rohr and family, and through the encouragement and leadership of JLI’s chairman, Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky. 

To date, JLI instructors in 350 cities have taught 180,000 students. And yet, these classes can’t reach everyone, notes executive director Rabbi Efraim Mintz, which makes Torahcafe the perfect next step for JLI, the largest adult Jewish education network in the world. 

Thes site does not “replace the active classroom experience,” explains Mrs. Silberstein, who is also director of curriculum for JLI. “Torahcafe provides high-quality learning that is deep and meaningful. It is certainly a different experience from the live classroom interaction with a teacher, but it is not mutually exclusive,” she says. “The two methods complement each other and suit different needs.”       

Virtual education has become increasingly popular among students who cannot otherwise commit to a set schedule of study. Online universities offer unfixed learning times and locations, allowing students the freedom to choose what, when, and where to learn. In the same vein, Torahcafe taps into the convenience of internet study, introducing the world of Torah study on the student’s own terms by offering accredited online courses.

Rabbi Mendel Kotlarsky directs JNet, a phone-based one-on-one learning program, and is a key member of Torah Café’s steering committee. “Both programs provide students with opportunities for advanced learning at their own pace,” he states. Kotlarsky has watched many of the videos on his own free time, starting from when they were still in Beta form. It is the scope of topics and the selection of speakers, many of whom can be viewed on video only on Torahcafe, which makes this site unique according to Kotlarsky. “They offer classes you can’t find anywhere else.” 

Torahcafe is hosted on massive, powerful servers, enabling 12,000 visitors to watch classes simultaneously. Director Rabbi Levi Kaplan hopes the site will attract 100,000 viewers within this first year. 

Topics are selected by a panel of Jewish educators and can be adjusted, based on the site’s statistics, to suit public interest. “We don’t want to limit our target audience,” insists Kaplan, commenting on the breadth of topics and the organization’s constant search for new material. Torahcafe films new classes on a daily basis and also culls lectures from more than a dozen partner organizations. Some 50 new videos are uploaded to the site each week. 

The colorful, user-friendly site is certainly the wave of the future. And JLI is continuously thinking of ways to further update Torahcafe. Plans are underway for interactive classes and lectures in a wider choice of language (current options include English and Spanish). 

Organizers also hope the site will be used as a springboard for discussions about current events. To that end, they are engaging leading rabbis and experts to provide a Jewish spin on the news, from political debates to important Supreme Court rulings.

Torahcafe’s many features will be unveiled at the upcoming International Conference of Shluchim from November 11th through the 16th. Until then, click here to enjoy one of 200 fascinating lectures. Popcorn’s on the house.

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A discussion on a topic from the week's Parsha covering many important parts of Judaism that are not regularly addressed.

  1. What makes wine Kosher?

    What makes wine Kosher?

    What is the process of making Kosher wine? What makes wine non-Kosher? Why do some only drink wine that is Mevushal? A fascinating discussion about what makes wine kosher

  2. The 70 Nations

    The 70 Nations

    Jewish traditions tell us of 70 nations who speak 70 languages. Who are those 70 nations? What are the 70 languages? How did they form? What relationship do they have to modern nations and languages?

    Learn about the historic 70 nations and what they mean to us today.

  3. What are we celebrating on Simchat Torah?

    What are we celebrating on Simchat Torah?

    Simchat Torah is the most joyous day in the Jewish calendar when we celebrate the completion of the Torah by dancing in the synagogue with the Torah scrolls. When did we start celebrating Simchat Torah? Why do we celebrate by dancing with the Torah scrolls?

    A fascinating discussion about the celebration of Simchat Torah

  4. The Lulav & Etrog

    The Lulav & Etrog

    The Torah commands us to hold 4 kinds of plants together on the festival of Sukkot. How do we identify them? What do we do with them? What is the significance?

    A fascinating discussion about the story behind the Lulav and Etrog that we shake on Sukkot.

  5. The Tradition of Kapparot

    The Tradition of Kapparot

    One of the strangest (and for many problematic) customs is Kapparot. In its traditional form, Kapparot is when people swing chickens around their heads and then slaughter them as a form of atonement (Kappara) before Yom Kippur.

    Many people find the tradition of Kapparot very disturbing. Where did this strange custom come from? Why is it done? How does Judaism allow the chicken to suffer and be killed because of our sins?

    A fascinating and illuminating discussion about the strange tradition of Kapparot.

  6. The Story of Creation

    The Story of Creation

    One of the most fascinating and most challenging stories in the Torah is the story of creation found at the very beginning. The story is the basis of the most fundamental belief in Judaism; that we were created by G-d. Yet not only are there so many details that do not match modern science, many of the details don't make sense at face value and contradict each other.

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