Monday, June 06, 2016

AishDas Emunah and Mussar Summer Workshops for Teenagers in Monsey

AishDas Emunah and Mussar Summer Workshops for Teenagers in Monsey

Eight-hour (four two-hour sessions) workshops (separate for girls and boys) are now open for registration.

It is no secret that high school students across the spectrum of Orthodoxy have questions and issues that often remain unanswered over the course of the school year. These are questions of Emunah (basic and core beliefs and the evidence of their authenticity) and Mussar (purpose and meaning in life). These will be addressed in the workshop. Moreover, often during the school year open questions and questioning are discouraged. The workshop will allow and address any and all questions that participants raise.

Topics that will be addressed will include:

  • The Evidence for the existence of God.
  • Evidence of the divine origin of Torah.
  • The Age of the Universe and Evolution.
  • The 13 Core Beliefs of the Rambam.
  • The purpose, mission and destiny of the individual, of society and of the universe.
  • The happiness of Emunah and Bitachon.

The workshops will meet weekly in July. The cost is $54.00 per participant. To register, or for more information, please call 845.481.0613 or email

The workshops will be led by Rabbi Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer.

Rabbi Bechhofer has served as a Rav, Maggid Shiur, Rebbe and Rosh Kollel in the Chicago and New York areas.

Rabbi Bechhofer is one of the few individuals to have served as Maggid Shiur for both Daf Yomi Bavli and Daf Yomi Yerushalmi, completing both. He is also a senior lecturer for the Aishdas Society, an association devoted to more profound understanding and experience of all aspects of Talmud Torah and Avodas Hashem. He has served as a guest Maggid Shiur, scholar in residence, and lecturer in numerous venues, including Alberta, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Ontario, New Jersey, New York, Quebec, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin, Israel and England.

Rabbi Bechhofer is a prolific author. He has served as a writer and editor for Artscroll/Mesorah, and has published many essays in several major Jewish periodicals and journals. His published seforim are: The Contemporary Eruv: Eruvin in Modern Metropolitan Areas, Bigdei Shesh on Bava Basra, and Bigdei Shesh on Sefer Shoftim. Well over one thousand tapes of his lectures and shiurim (including the entire Yerushalmi) are available online in audio and video formats (see his blog,, for links).

Rabbi Bechhofer learned in many yeshivos, including Sha’alvim, Ner Yisroel (Baltimore) and both Mirrer yeshivos (Jerusalem and Brooklyn). He received Semicha from Rabbi Yitzchok Koolitz, Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, and Rabbi Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg, Av Beis Din of Jerusalem. He holds an M.S. in Education (concentration in Counseling and Guidance) from Johns Hopkins University.

The AishDas Society ( empowers Jews to utilize their observance in a process for building thoughtful and passionate relationships with their Creator, other people and themselves. To do so, we offer unique programs, educational events and a supportive community and help other organizations develop programs and curricula.

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