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Esther Wein

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Esther Wein has been teaching Jewish women for close to 30 years. She is known for teaching subjects such as Parsha, Tefillah, Navi, History on an intellectually advanced level, but gearing her shiurim towards students with all levels of education. With a strong text based and philosophical emphasis, she strives to expose students to fundamental Jewish ideas and their eternal truths. Drawing on great masters spanning from the Midrash, Rambam, and Ramban to more modern thinkers such as the Maharal, Ramchal, Rav Hirsh, her grandfather Rav Shimon Schwab and Rav Moshe Shapiro, she excites and inspires her audience with the ingenuity and profundity that is hiding just beneath the surface of the text.

Pesach 5772: From Matzah to Bread

March 29, 2012, by

The transition from Pesach to Shavuot: Pesach is parallel to not being able to eat from the Etz Hadaat (which according to one opinion was wheat) & Shavuot, the day we received the Torah (and when we bring the shtei halechem) is parallel to our being permitted to eat from the Etz Hadaat.

Chanukah 5772: Pharaoh’s Dreams & Chanukah

December 23, 2011, by

Fatalism and Freedom: Pharaoh’s Chanukah Dreams: Pharaoh’s dreams, through a long chain of events, led to a great revelation of a single God who controls nature. This concept is the antithesis of what the Greeks believed.

The 3 Weeks Part II: Tov and Ra

August 3, 2011, by

Ra (evil) is that which gets in the way of our achieving the tzurat ha’adam, man in his ideal state, as he was at the time of creation. For part 1 click here.

The 3 Weeks Part I: Tov and Ra

July 22, 2011, by

The big picture: the 3 weeks and the Fragmenting of the Tzurat Ha’adam – a much earlier concept which is found at the beginning of Sefer Bereishit expresses itself during the 3 weeks & especially on Tisha B’Av. For part 2 click here.

Purim 5771: Part III – Hashavat Aveida

March 17, 2011, by

Purim and the Mitzva of Hashavat Aveida (returning a lost object): Why do the terms lost (ibud), return (l’hashiv), & seek (l’vakesh) appear so many times in the megillah? For part 1 click here For part 2 click here