Rabbi Chanan Atlas – The Three Disputed Books (3-part series)

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Rabbi Chanan Atlas
The Three Disputed Books

A 3-part series.

As the Tanach was being formed there was argument amongst our sages whether or not Kohelet, Esther and Shir Hashirim should be included in it. Each week Rabbi Atlas will discuss one of these books: its significance, the arguments for and against their inclusion and why they were included at the end.

Mondays, 8.15pm
27th June, 4th July & 11th July 2016
Stenecourt Synagogue
Holden Road
Salford M7 4LN
Suggested Donation £5 per session.

About Rabbi Chanan Atlas
Rabbi Chanan Atlas spent many years of Torah study at the Har Etzyon Yeshiva combined with academic studies of Mathematics, Economics and Philosophy at the OUI. He served in a combat unit in the IDF and is a reserve Army Commander. Rabbi Atlas sat on the National Board of Jewish Education in South Africa; he headed a Jewish Leadership programme at IDC Herzliya and taught at the David Cardozo Academy in Jerusalem. He has also worked at Rabbi Riskin’s Straus-Amiel Institute, training young Rabbis for the Diaspora. Former Rabbi of Port Elizabeth Hebrew Congregation in South Africa and Birmingham Central Synagogue in the United Kingdom, Rabbi Chanan Atlas is currently serving as the Rabbi of Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation in Cheadle, Gatley where he lives with his wife Nechama and their five children.

In association with Stenecourt

Rabbi Andrew Shaw – The Potential Decay of Orthodox Judaism. Shabbat in Manchester

Rabbi Andrew Shaw

Rabbi Andrew Shaw
17-19 June 2016

Friday 17th June
Bnei Akiva: Kabbalat Shabbat
The Eternal Gift

Saturday 18th June
Stenecourt: Hashkama Minyan
The Nazir, Harry Potter & Resh Lakish

Stenecourt: Post Hashkama Kiddush
British Jewry – On a Road to Nowhere

Stenecourt: Main Minyan
From Darkness to Light

Shrubberies: Main Minyan
Hope Springs Eternal

Stenecourt: Between Mincha & Maariv
True Blessings

Sunday 19th June
Yavneh Boys, 9.15am-12pm: Super Sunday
The Wonder of It All

Bnei Akiva, 8.15pm
The Potential Decay of Orthodox Judaism
As the 21st century is now in full swing, the Jewish people find themselves at a crossroads, never have we had such a strong Orthodoxy with thousands of young men and women in learning all round the world, yet all is not well as we find many young minds uninspired and drifting. However a solution is close and hand – but do we have the courage to act.

About Rabbi Andrew Shaw

Rabbi Andrew Shaw is the CEO of Mizrachi UK, recently appointed to be an inspirational and innovative personality to develop the UK arm of the worldwide religious Zionist movement. Rabbi Shaw was the founder of Tribe, the US’s Youth Division, and creator of the 60 Days and 70 Days Holocaust memorial projects which have had a worldwide impact on hundreds of thousands of people. He spent 15 years as Community Development Rabbi at Stanmore and Canons Park United Synagogue and was also a leading figure in the United Synagogue’s central organisation for more than a decade, including the Director of their Living & Learning department.

In association with Mizrachi UK and Stenecourt
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Mickey Flaumenhaft – A Spiritual Revolution: Is Israel Changing the way we learn Jewish Studies?

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Mickey Flaumenhaft
A Spiritual Revolution: Is Israel Changing the way we learn Jewish Studies?

Sunday 29th May, 8pm
Bnei Akiva

Our sages in the Talmud state ‘the air in the land of Israel makes one wise’. Has Torah study changed since the establishment of the state of Israel? Is there a difference in the methods of studying Torah in Israel and in the diaspora? If so, what are these differences, and how is Israel’s society and land playing a role in these changes?

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About Mickey Flaumenhaft
Mickey is a Shaliach from Israel for Bnei Akiva UK, based in Salford. He works with Bnei Akiva in the North of the UK, meeting with students on campus and involved in projects in schools and throughout the community. In Israel, he lived in the community of Otniel, worked in fundraising, and served in the Army as Commander in the Nahal Brigade during the Second Lebanon War.

Dr. Yael Ziegler – Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy (3-part series)


Dr . Yael Ziegler
Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy

A 3-part series on Megillat Ruth

Tuesday 24th May 2016
Ruth and David: The Foundations of Kingship

Tuesday 31st May 2016
Ruth in the Period of the Judges: Social Decay and Moral Clarity

Tuesday 7th June 2016
Ruth: How Language Affects Meaning

The classes will take place in a home in the Broughton Park/Prestwich area.
Dr. Ziegler will lead the sessions online via video-conferencing.
Each lecture will stand on its own.
Suggested Donation £5 per session.
Limited spaces available.
Please email learn@shema-manchester.org to reserve.

About Dr. Yael Ziegler
Dr. Yael Ziegler is a lecturer in Tanakh at Herzog College and Matan. She received her BA from Stern College and an MA and Ph.D. at Bar Ilan University. Dr. Ziegler has lectured widely on various Tanakh topics in Israel, the United States, South Africa, and Europe. She lives in Alon Shvut, Israel, with her husband and their five children. Dr. Ziegler is the author of Promises to Keep: The Oath in Biblical Narrative, and her book Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy was published by Maggid Press (Koren) in January, 2015.


Rabbi Yitzchak Shurin: Conformity or Individuality: Which is the Torah Ideal?

Rabbi Yitzchak Shurin

Rabbi Yitzchak Shurin
Conformity or Individuality: Which is the Torah Ideal?

Sunday 15th May 2016, 8pm
Prestwich Hebrew Congregation

The Torah requires that all Jews adhere to 613 Mitzvos, a system which can be viewed as a rigid framework that requires conformity. But in fact, we are actually obligated to be creative and express our individuality. Using sources and stories about Gedolai Torah, Rabbi Shurin will explain how to incorporate into our lives the apparent dichotomy between conforming to the Torah and actualizing one’s individuality.

About Rabbi Yitzchak Shurin
As the Rosh Midrasha of Midreshet Rachel v’Chaya College of Jewish Studies for Women for over 20 years, Rabbi Shurin has helped guide thousands of women in their journey to a more enriched Jewish life. He is also a senior faculty member at The David Shapell College / Yeshiva Darché Noam, where he has taught since its inception. Rabbi Shurin is the grandson of Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky, zt”l, and had a very close, special relationship with his grandfather. In his own teaching, Rabbi Shurin is continuing his grandfather’s philosophy by imparting to his students much of his grandfather’s wisdom and approach to Torah study. Originally from New York, Rabbi Shurin learned in the Chaim Berlin Yeshiva under Rabbi Yitzchak Hutner, zt”l. In addition to his illustrious background, Rabbi Shurin holds an advanced degree in Guidance and Counseling from Nova University. He has lived in Israel since 1977 and resides in the Neve Yaakov neighborhood of Jerusalem with his wife, Esther. He is also a proud grandfather many times over.

Rabbi Shalom Morris – Jews and Booze: Passover Wine, the American Temperance Movement and The Meaning of Freedom

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Rabbi Shalom Morris
Jews and Booze: Passover Wine, the American Temperance Movement and The Meaning of Freedom

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Sunday 10th April 2016, 8pm
Stenecourt Synagogue

In 1920, with the passing of the Eighteenth Amendment, Prohibition became the rule of law in the United States. This posed a challenge to the Jewish observance of Passover and to the drinking of four cups of wine. An internal Jewish debate ensued as to the obligation to drink four cups, and more importantly over the meaning of freedom on Pesach.

About Rabbi Shalom Morris
Rabbi Shalom Morris is the new rabbi of Bevis Marks in London, the UK’s oldest synagogue. He received rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University in New York City, and is a PhD candidate in Modern Jewish History. He blogs about Sephardic history and Torah at www.shalommorris.com

In Association With

Hidden Faces: A Psycho-Spiritual Approach to Megillat Esther – Rabbi Alan Haber

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Hidden Faces: A Psycho-Spiritual Approach to Megillat Esther
Rabbi Alan Haber

Saturday 5th March 2016

About Rabbi Alan Haber
Rabbi Alan Haber has been involved in Torah education for over twenty-five years. Currently, he is on the staff of Midreshet and Yeshivat Torah V’Avodah, and also teaches and lectures in various other forums.
He is one of the founders of Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim (MMY), where he served as Director for sixteen years. Prior to that, he taught high school girls at Bat Torah Academy in Suffern, NY and was Assistant Regional Director of New Jersey NCSY.
He is a licensed tour guide, and is also an editor of the new English-language Koren Talmud Bavli. He has lectured widely in Israel and around the world, and many of his shiurim and publications can be seen on his website: www.rabbihaber.net
Rabbi Haber is a graduate of Yeshivat Har Etzion and Yeshiva University. He lives in Alon Shvut, Gush Etzion with his wife and five children.

Is Chabad The Real Modern Orthodoxy? – Live Discussion


Is Chabad The Real Modern Orthodoxy?
Live Discussion With Rabbi David Eliezrie (author of ‘The Secret of Chabad’) and David Berkley QC
Rabbi Eliezrie is one of the leading international figures of Chabad Lubavitch. Based in California, he is the author of the recently published ‘The Secret of Chabad’. He will be in conversation with David Berkley QC discussing Chabad and its role in the modern Jewish world.

Wednesday 17th February 2016

Maccabi Manchester
Bury Old Road
Manchester M25 0EG

Suggested Donation £5

About Rabbi David Eliezrie
Rabbi David Eliezrie is a veteran Chabad shliach in Yorba Linda, California, and was previously the Jewish chaplain at the University of Miami. He is the president of the Rabbinical Council of Orange County and Long Beach, sits on the board of the Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County, and is active in local and national Jewish affairs. Rabbi Eliezrie is a noted writer and lecturer. He is married and the father of six children and an ever-growing number of grandchildren.
Rabbi Eliezrie is the author of the recent book published by Koren Publications: The Secret of Chabad


About David Berkley QC
David Berkley was educated at Manchester Jewish Grammar School, Gateshead Yeshiva and Manchester University. He has many years experience in trial advocacy and assisting in the resolution of complex disputes in the fields of commercial litigation banking disputes and employment. He is featured in the 2015 UK Legal 500 as a Leading Individual, and in Chambers UK Bar 2016 as a Top Ranked Leading Barrister. He was a founder member of the Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester.

Rabbi Michael Harris – Faith Without Fear: Unresolved issues in Modern Orthodoxy


Rabbi Michael Harris
Faith Without Fear: Unresolved issues in Modern Orthodoxy

Sunday 17th January 2016
Manchester Maccabi

Rabbi Harris will discuss themes from his new book Faith Without Fear: Unresolved issues in Modern Orthodoxy. Faith without Fear examines key unresolved philosophical, theological and ideological issues in the Modern Orthodox Jewish world. In addition to topics such as the status and role of women in Judaism and the challenge to traditional faith posed by modern biblical scholarship, Rabbi Harris also explores issues which have received little scholarly attention such as Modern Orthodoxy’s relationship with Jewish mysticism, its hopes for the messianic era, and the fundamental nature and commitments of Modern Orthodoxy. Each chapter offers a clearly-argued position. Complex issues in Jewish law (Halacha) and thought are summarised so as to be accessible to the general and specialist reader alike, as well as students of Judaism and comparative religion. The comprehensive notes and references allow scholars to delve more deeply into the sources and secondary literature, and open up new areas for debate. Faith without Fear does not provide easy or neat responses. A thought-provoking book, it offers some controversial approaches to key issues in contemporary Jewish society, seeking to open debate and develop further discussion. Copies of the book will be available on the night at a special discounted price of £17.

About Rabbi Michael Harris
Rabbi Dr Michael Harris was born in London in 1964. He holds rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and other prominent Israeli rabbis. Rabbi Harris obtained his first degree in philosophy from Cambridge University. He holds a Masters in the same subject from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His first book, Divine Command Ethics: Jewish and Christian Perspectives was published in 2003 by Taylor and Francis Books. He co-edited Radical Responsibility:Celebrating the Thought of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (Maggid Books, 2012) and has published articles and reviews in scholarly journals. He has been Rabbi of the Hampstead Synagogue since 1995, having previously served as Rabbi of the Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation. He has taught on BA and MA programmes at King’s College, London. He is currently a Research Fellow at The London School of Jewish Studies and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge.