In this course, we’ll be exploring the Shem MiShmuel, a collection of homilies on the weekly parshah by the second Sochotchover Rebbe, Rabbi Shmuel Bornsztain. Major themes the Shem Mishmuel explores include the importance of humility, the apparent tension between bodily desires to spiritual ones, the relationship of the individual to the community, and especially the omnisignificance of Shabbat--that is, the ways in which a proper understanding of Shabbat explains nearly every aspect of Torah.
R. Micha’el Rosenberg is a member of the Hadar faculty. He holds rabbinic ordination both from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and from his teacher, R. Elisha Ancselovits, and has a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the author of Signs of Virginity: Testing Virgins and Making Men in Late Antiquity (2018), and, with Rabbi Ethan Tucker, of Gender Equality and Prayer in Jewish Law (2017).