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Rabbi Yonah Sklare

Rabbi Yonah Sklare serves as the Resident Lecturer (Magid Shiur) of Congregation Shomrei Emunah of Baltimore. His fresh, creative approach to textual discovery, along with his warm captivating presentation style have attracted a large beloved following. He lectures extensively in the Baltimore-Washington area, and beyond as a Scholar in Residence. Rabbi Sklare received both his semicha and his PhD in Talmudic Law from Ner Israel Rabbinical College, and he has authored eight volumes of Talmudic novella.

Shavuos: The Role of Humanism in Matan Torah

May 31, 2022, by

Humanism, culture, and character development. All of these are valuable, even indispensable, but only as means to Matan Torah. First one must be a mensch, but menshlachkeit within itself rings hollow. Only Torah- our connection the Divine- can infuses meaning to our existence.

Shavuos: Fidelity in Our “Marriage” to the Torah

May 24, 2022, by

This shiur will develop the metaphor of marriage between the Jewish people and Torah. Just like in human relationship, this marriage is based not only on passion and love, but on loyalty and trust as well. We are ‘’good listeners’’ who hear want the Torah wants, and remain fully committed to her interests.

Asking Hashem the Mah Nishtana

April 11, 2022, by

The loving exchange between parents and children at the Seder by extension informs our conception of Hashem as our Father in Heaven. This awareness turns the whole notion of authority figures on its head; the image of a caring parent supplants the tyrannical model of authority exuded by Pharaoh in Mitzrayim.

Adar: What’s So Funny?

March 9, 2022, by

Frivolity, gaiety, and laughter. These traits are not generally associated with Yiddishkeit, yet they so characterize the Purim season. A deeper understanding of what laughter is all about will shed light not only on this period, but on why the year-round psyche of a Jew and why he never despairs.