Aish Essentials

My perception of yeshiva study is that it’s very academic. Right now I want to learn more about the basic philosophy and also the mystical side. Is there any program in Israel that offers this?

The Aish Rabbi Replies:

Aish addresses the Jewish educational aims of people like yourself. Our introductory program called Essentials is a perfect start for your spiritual quest. We give over both the mystical and the rational approach to Judaism. You can drop in for one class, a day, a week, or a month. Classes are held in Aish's new building directly opposite the Western Wall. (Talk about an inspiring place to learn!)

Teachers include Dr. Gerald Schroeder (MIT physicist and former member of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission), Rabbi Motty Berger, Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser (former professional surfer), Rabbi Gavriel Friedman, Rabbi Zelig Pliskin (noted psychologist and author), and other leading experts on Jewish thought and practice. The Essentials program does great touring, too.

Here is a typical schedule of classes:

9-10am Unlock Your Potential

10-11am Practical Spirituality

11-12 Genesis and the Big Bang

12-1pm Zionism and Judaism

1-2 pm Lunch

2-3 pm Break

3-4pm The Holocaust: Why the Jews?

4-5pm Soul and the Afterlife

5-6pm Jewish Dating Ethics

6-7pm Hebrew Ulpan

This may be exactly what you would be interested in. For more information call 02-628-5666 and ask for Rabbi Shmuel Schwartz, or email Online at:

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