Rosh Chodesh Society

  • One Wow Moment

    How do we empower ourselves to make courageous and meaningful decisions?

    The Rosh Chodesh Society’s upcoming course, One Wow Moment, takes a scholarly peek at pivotal moments of personal decision within the lives of seven women of biblical fame, and investigates the psychology and internal strengths that propelled these women, with remarkable effectiveness, across chasms of doubt and timidity. Recognizing that modern life rears a rapid series of crossroads bearing mixed signals, this course is a valuable and intriguing guide to exerting confidence, courage, empowerment, altruism, and deeper purpose when faced with unexpected opportunity, personal dilemmas, and moments of consequential decision.

    Lesson 1

    01/ SARAH
    Two Views of You
    Overcoming Inclination via an External Perspective

    All humans suffer from unconscious bias; we are too close emotionally to our internal trees to see our forest with full objectivity. This lesson analyzes a slice of the life of our Matriarch Sarah, to demonstrate that the seemingly laudable might be unsound, and to reveal a G d sent solution.

    Thursday, November 9th 2023 7:30pm

    Lesson 2

    02/ REBECCA
    Desirable Duplicity
    Being Jewish in All of Life’s Roles

    We seek meaningful lives, but our material needs swallow our time and focus. Our Matriarch Rebecca’s twins embodied the clash between untethered spirituality and untamed materiality. This lesson explores Rebecca’s solution to this impasse as a guide for our own lives.

    Tuesday, December 19th 2023 7:30pm

    Lesson 3

    03/ RACHEL
    Mother of Devotion
    The Limits of Sacrifice

    Humans are primed for self-preservation, not to sacrifice their interests or assets for others. Does Judaism expect us to make such sacrifices, and if so, to what degree? This lesson analyzes the life of our Matriarch Rachel, for inspiration and guidance on the value of acting altruistically.

    Thursday, January 18th 2024 7:30pm

    Lesson 4

    04/ ABIGAIL
    Affection in Direction
    Rebuking with Love and Respect

    Life includes being redirected and redirecting others. This lesson probes the story of Abigail, a wise woman who rebuked a king, to reveal the empathetic motivation underlying her rebuke and to discover Judaism’s secret of successful intervention and redirection.

    Thursday, February 15th 2024 7:30pm

    Lesson 5

    05/ ESTHER
    Using Every Resource for G-d’s Purpose

    Talent, time, funds, friendship, position, personalityâ€"are our resources truly ours? Which of them does Judaism expect us to devote to a higher purpose, and to what extent? This lesson consults Queen Esther; her answers guide us toward a comprehensively meaningful existence.

    Thursday, March 7th 2024 7:30pm

    Lesson 6

    06/ BATYA
    Against the Tide
    Acting Morally in an Immoral Society

    Judaism promotes cohesiveness and community, but not if the result is morally repugnant. It can be incredibly difficult to resist social or peer pressure. This lesson analyzes a moment in the life of heroic Princess Batya, providing us with tangible tools for handling such pressure.

    Tuesday, April 16th 2024 7:30pm

    Lesson 7

    07/ RUTH
    Stepping Up
    Opting for Tough but True

    Is there anything wrong with selecting the easiest, least burdensome path at each personal crossroads? This lesson examines the story of Ruth, which highlights shouldering instead of shirking responsibility, unveils our true self-worth, and guides us toward unexpected power.

    Thursday, May 16th 2024

    At the Telyas Chabad Jewish Center 

    63 Payne Rd.
    Lebanon, NJ 08833

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