Feel the Love!

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To feel loved is to feel trust. To feel loved is to know that you have a safe relationship, one which even your greatest weaknesses can’t destroy. To feel loved is to feel that someone genuinely wants you to be your best self, because that’s the best for YOU. To feel loved is to never be alone, even when there’s no one around for miles. G-d’s profound gift to us is pure love. Our very existence is an act of G-d’s love. And our opportunities to develop an ever-greater connection with the Divine, our Mitzvot, are given to us as an act of love. Years ago, I met with a young lady who professed disenchantment with her Judaism. She told me that she had completed Hebrew School, been “Bat-Mitzvah’d and confirmed”, and majored in Judaic Studies while at University. Yet, she still hadn’t found a single Jewish authority figure willing to tell her that G-d loves her. My heart was broken. Our theology is built on the faith that we all have a Divine Parent Who creates us and guides us through life. Judaism shouts G-d’s love for us. When G-d gave us the Torah at Mount Sinai, G-d began with: ”I am G-d who took you out of Egypt”. It’s strange. After centuries of history, G-d is finally communicating directly with humanity (as distinct from a specific prophet). It’s the big introduction. Why not say “I am G-d Who created you”? Isn’t that a greater, more inimitable feat than freeing slaves? Our Sages explain that G-d was establishing the First Principle, the backbone to Torah and of our relationship with the Divine: “I am G-d Who CARES about you. I took you out of Egypt, because I suffer when you suffer. I know that there will be individual “Egypts” in each of your lives and I will be there with you. Because I love you, and I’m always with you. Treasure this Torah and keep yourselves open to a relationship with me. Then you’ll feel the love”. In G-d's world, to live is to be loved! Shabbat Shalom! Rabbi Yanky and Rivky Klein

This email is In Loving memory of my dear father R' Yerachmiel Binyamin Halevi ben R, Menachem Klein OBM

A Weekly Journey into the Soul!

The International Jewish Community is proud to present our Torah Studies catalog of our weekly classes. At the IJC , we value a deep, rich learning experience and we aim to provide this in an unequivocal way. This is why we have brought you a Torah Studies program of the highest caliber, developed by the world-renowned Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. The program brings you a series of stimulating text and discussion based classes that take place on a weekly basis. Our lessons will engage you in a multidimensional way by challenging you intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. They explore contemporary issues through a Torah perspective as well as tackling timeless questions in the Jewish tradition. I invite you to browse through the topics in this catalog and to join us for some weekly inspirational study. These classes are open to all, whatever your level of learning may be, and I encourage you to bring your friends along. Shalom, Rabbi Yaakov Klein IJC - Center for Jewish Life