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Aaron L. Raskin

Chabad Lubavitch of Brooklyn Heights

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Aaron L. Raskin is a rabbi who comes from a long line of prominent rabbis. His grandfather, Rabbi Jacob J. Hecht was the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s official translator. Aaron Raskin is the rabbi of Congregation B'nai Avraham, author of 'Letters of Light', and co-author of "The Rabbi & The CEO: The 10 Commandments for 21st Century Leaders." He lives in Brooklyn Heights with his wife Shternie and their 6 children.

Letters of Light

A Mystical Journey Through The Alef-Beis

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

A kabbalistic look at the Hebrew letters and the meanings behind the letters. Each letter will be examined in terms of design, gematria, and Hebrew meaning through the lenses of Midrash, Talmud, Kabbalah and Chassidic philosophy. We will illustrate how the letters continue to be a source of creation, reflection, prayer and inspiration in our everyday lives. No prior experience of Hebrew is required.

Thank You G-d for Making Me a Woman

The Kabbalah of the Feminine Mystique

Identity & Responsibility, Text & Thought

This session examines the role of women in Jewish law and feminine identity in kabbalah. Today more than ever, with women at the forefront in business and leadership, gender roles have become blurred. This class will respectfully and succinctly examine the role of the woman in Jewish history and in the modern world. Aaron Raskin (a rabbi) teaches a weekly Torah study class for women, attended by lawyers, judges, CEOs, and women from all walks of life.

How Can We Love Our Neighbor as Ourself?

A Textual Analysis of Chapter 32 of the "Tanya"

Advanced, Text & Thought

In today's world, with Jews from all walks of life wearing different labels, how can we truly love every Jew as we love ourself? Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, in his holy work the "Tanya," revolutionizes the true path of how we are to feel towards our fellow Jew and how to overcome our differences. The text puts a new spin on the statement of Rabbi Hillel: "That which you despise, do not do unto your neighbor, the rest is commentary." Both Hebrew and English text will be supplied.

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