The 12th Grade History classes had quite a treat this past Wednesday, hosting Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Weinberg of Yeshiva University for a class on Chassidic Thought. Mr. Dobrick’s 12th Grade History Class joined Mr. Bernstein’s 12th Grade Jewish History Classes for this special presentation. Rabbi Weinberg currently teaches in YU’s Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash Program (SBMP), where he also he serves as Mashgiach Ruchani. He has served as a guest speaker and scholar in residence in Jewish communities and college campuses across the country.

Since our Jewish History classes are learning about the Chassidic Movement, it was only appropriate to explore the Chassic thought behind that movement. Rabbi Weinberg chose to expose the students to a sampling of Chassidic ideas from this week’s parsha, Parshas Vayishlach, and connected these ideas with the story of Chanukah. The goal was to understand that according to Chassidus, there are deeper layers available in the Torah beyond the simple storyline that we all are familiar with. A recording of Wednesday’s class can be found on the MTA channel on


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