The Jewish community in Montreal has long treasured the unique classes on Chassidus delivered by Dr. Yaakov Brawer, longtime professor of anatomy and cell biology at McGill University Faculty of Medicine.
Dr. Brawer’s clarity and ability to describe the most sublime concepts in easy-to-understand language have long made his classes an opportunity for novices and seasoned scholars alike to learn Chassidic teachings from the original texts, gaining solid comprehension of the subject matter.
Most of those legendary classes were delivered on Shabbat afternoon, when recording is forbidden.
We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Brawer has agreed to give a weekly class on Jewish.tv, allowing people all over the world to experience authentic Torah study at its best.
He will be presenting on Samech-Vov, a series of Chassidic discourses originally taught by Rabbi Sholom DovBer, the fifth rebbe of Lubavitch, known as the Rebbe Rashab.
Samech-Vov is one of the most studied classics in the canon of Chabad thought. It deals with the ultimate purpose of existence, and explains the spiritual significance of Torah study, mitzvah observance and the service of G‑d.
Discussing how the Rebbe Rashab’s teachings can be compared to those of Maimonides—clear, all-encompassing and lucid—the Rebbe, of righteous memory, singled out this series of discourses as being extraordinary in how they convey the deepest mystical teachings couched as well-defined and well-organized concepts that are understandable to the rational mind.
The first class will air on Sunday, February 8, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. EST. This will be a weekly class, and you can even sign up for live alerts to let you know whenever this or other live classes will air. If you’re on a smartphone, you can also view the class on our app, available at the App Store and on Google Play.
Samach Vov: Hashamayim Mesaprim, Part 1
After an introduction to the maamar, we examine the verse that recalls the unique love of our youth.