Tehila — Summer Learning for Women

Join us for an exciting array of classes!


Don’t blink! Classes begin Monday, June 29th, vary from 2-3 weeks and are held at LMS.

Tehila classes are offered free of charge but donations are respectfully requested to enable our teachers to be compensated. Please make checks payable to “LMS” with “Tehila” in the memo line.


We look forward to learning with you all this summer!

Lisa Eckman, Lisa Lipschutz and Lisa Wise, Tehila Program Chairs

Schedule of Classes:
Rabbi Avraham Shmidman:  Guidance for Tragic times: Responsa Literature of the Holocaust 

Mondays, June 29, July 6 & July 13: 7:30-8:30 pm

This three-part class with analyze halachik queries of the Holocaust. It is a continuation of last year’s class. You need not have attended the class last year; new students are very welcome.


Stacey Goldman: A Lonely Man of Faith: Reconciling the First Two Chapters of Bereishit 
Mondays, July 6, July 13 & July 20: 8:30-9:30 pm

Through the lens of Rav Soleveitchik’s Lonely Man of Faith, we will explore the different ways in which creation is portrayed in the first two chapters of Bereishit. Together we will carefully analyze the textual and thematic differences in these chapters and how the Rav weaves these seemingly irreconcilable archetypes into the psyche of modern humanity.


Rebbetzin Adina Shmidman: Getting a Head Start: The Rosh Hashanah Machzor
Monday, June 29 & Wednesday, July 8: 8:30-9:30 pm

In two sessions, we will explore highlights of the Rosh Hashanah Tefillot. We will look at the unique structure of the Mussaf as well as Aveinu Malkeinu, Nesane Tokef and Tekiyas Shofar. We will also look at the Kriyat HaTorah for both days to explore the meaning behind these particular texts. Please bring a Machzor.


Dr. David Weiss: Halachik Debates of the Rambam: Their Deeper Significance and Relevance for us Today 

Tuesdays, June 30, July 7 & July 14: 7:30-8:30 pm

The series will explore halakhic disputes of the Rambam and other Rishonim whose underpinnings are fundamentally philosophic-Hashkafic in nature. Through the prism of what may appear to be ‘routine’ halachik arguments we will find a gateway to a deeper appreciation of some fundamental aspects of Judaism. Possible topics include: The ‘killer wife’; invasion of privacy; the status of Hebrew; Kedushas Har Ha-Bayis; and Feticide.


Yonina Jacobson: Topics in Sefer Shmot 
Tuesdays, June 30 & July 7: 8:30-9:30 pm

Through the study of classic and modern-day commentators and through the tools of comparative literature, we will explore some of the personalities and themes that we meet in this exciting sefer.


Rabbi Gil Perl: Exploring the Depths: Ha’amek Davar on the Weekly Parsha
Wednesdays, July 1: 7:00-8:00 and July 8 & July 15: 7:30-8:30 pm

Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Yehuda Berlin’s Ha’amek Davar, is widely known as one of the most insightful and creative Torah commentaries ever written.  In this series, we will analyze a section of each week’s parshat ha-shavua through the unique lens of Ha’amek Davar.  In doing so, we will explore his particular methodology of interpreting Chumash while also discovering new meaning in the Torah text.