• April 19, 2024
  • 11 5784, Nisan
  • פרשת מצרע

Jewish Lifecycle Events

Jewish Lifecycle Events

THIS IS A WEBYESHIVA.ORG HALACHA MASTERY PROGRAM COURSE. TO JOIN THE HALACHA MASTERY PROGRAM PLEASE SUBMIT AN APPLICATION. For more information about this program please CLICK HERE.

In this course with Rabbi Gidon Rothstein, take an in-depth, source based journey through Jewish lifecycle events and learn the practical halacha associated with these ceremonies. Topics to include: Blessings after giving birth, brit milah, pidyon haben, chinuch habanim/banot, the mitzvah of talmud Torah, bar/bat mitzvah, marriage (engagement, the wedding, sheva brachot), divorce (get), saying Kaddish, and more. 

Please note: Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the practical halachot but this course will not certify students to perform specific ceremonies such as weddings.

November 14, 2022 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: The Jewish Lifecycle–Shiur One, The Very Beginning of Life
Class description

The beginning of life, with the berachot a father makes when a child is born.

November 21, 2022 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: The Jewish Lifecycle, Shiur 2–Birchat Ha-Gomel, Shalom Zachar, and Shalom Bat
Class description

Shiur 2– the bracha of ha-gomel, in general and for a new mother, and the practice of Shalom Zachar, vach nacht, and Shalom Bat.

November 28, 2022 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: The Jewish Lifecycle, Shiur 3, the Berit Milah–Who Gets Circumcised and When
Class description

Shiur 3–who gets circumcised and when.

Handouts
December 5, 2022 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: The Jewish Lifecycle–Shiur 4, Brit Milah
Class description

The whens and whos of brit milah.

Handouts
December 12, 2022 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: The Jewish Lifecycle–The Blessings and Prayers of Brit Milah
Class description

Finishing up our discussion of  brit milah, who says it, what the brachot are, and the other liturgical elements of the berit.

Handouts
December 26, 2022 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: Jewish Lifecycle Events, Shiur 6– Redeeming the First Born
Class description

Some first issues: who performs it, when, how much money.

Handouts
January 2, 2023 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: The Jewish Lifecycle Shiur Seven Pidyon HaBen
Class description

All of pidyon haben, in one shiur!

January 9, 2023 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: The Jewish Lifecycle-Shiur Eight, Upsheren and Education
Class description

A bit on upsheren and then how the mitzvah of hinuch works.

January 16, 2023 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: The Jewish Lifecycle, Shiur 9–Educating Children and Grandchildren
Class description

Shiur nine, educating children, what parts of Torah we are supposed to teach our children, and who is obligated in the mitzvah.

Handouts
January 23, 2023 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: Jewish Lifecycle Events -Torah Study and Bar/Bat Mitzvah
Class description

Finishing up the definition and goals of the mitzvah of Torah study, and then the role of the Bar and Bat Mitzvah.

January 30, 2023 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: Jewish Lifecycle Events -Materialism and Adolescence
Class description

A discussion of the role of physical pleasures in life and how to handle them appropriately, and then of the halakhic idea of adolescence, a time to grow into one’s adult responsibilities.

February 6, 2023 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: Jewish Lifecycle Events -Getting Married, Having Children
Class description

Marriage and children– reasons why, the age at which to do it.

February 13, 2023 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: Jewish Lifecycle Events -Engagement and Marriage
Class description

Shiur 13–Engagement and kiddushin, why we have the ceremony and how it looks.

February 20, 2023 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: Jewish Lifecycle Events -The Wedding Ceremony and Sheva Brachot
Class description

The bracha on kiddushin and sheva brachot and the nature of the ketubbah.

February 27, 2023 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: Jewish Lifecycle Events -Sheva Brachot at the Wedding and After
Class description

Finishing the wedding ceremony, with sheva brachot, when they’re said, what they mean.

March 6, 2023 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: Jewish Lifecycle Events -Divorce and Recalcitrance
Class description

Divorce–reasons for it to happen (and not to happen), in first and/or second marriages, and what we do when one or other partner refuses to accept the divorce.

Handouts
March 13, 2023 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: Jewish Lifecycle Events- -Divorce Part II The Divorce Ceremony
Class description

The divorce process itself, the cast of characters, and the roles each of them play.

March 20, 2023 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: Jewish Lifecycle Events -The Rhythms of Life
Class description

The rhythm of life, what various ages and stages mean in our development of ourselves.

April 17, 2023 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: Jewish Lifecycle Events -Visiting Those Who Are Ill
Class description

Visiting those who are ill, how to do it best, and meet the goals of a proper visit.

April 24, 2023 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: Extending Life, Discussion One
Class description

Tzitz Eliezer on when we must extend life, and on when we must bring a life into this world.

May 1, 2023 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: R. Moshe Feinstein on Necessary Medical Treatment
Class description

R. Moshe Feinstein’s views of medical treatments at end of life, balancing pain vs. outcomes, and trust of doctors.

May 8, 2023 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: Jewish Lifecycle Events -More of RMF, and Minyan
Class description

Finishing R. Moshe Feinstein’s view of accepting medical care and moving on to a discussion of minyan.

May 15, 2023 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: Minyan
Class description

When we can continue a service even if a minyan left, how together people have to be to count as a minyan, and when we can force the formation of a minyan.

Handouts
May 22, 2023 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jewish Lifecycle Events: Conversion
Class description

Our last session: conversion and its problems–conversion for marriage, conversion for a prohibited marriage, and a child convert. With appearances by  R. Kook, R. Moshe Feinstein, and R. Zylberstein.

Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein has semicha from YU (RIETS) and a PhD from Harvard. He has worked in shul rabbinate, high school and adult education. He is the author of both fiction and non-fiction, most recently "As If We Were There: Readings for a Transformative Passover Experience". He lives in Riverdale, NY.