Rabbi Jay Yaacov Schwartz, LMSW, of Ramat Bet Shemesh, is to serve as scholar-in-residence at Congregation Shaaray Tefila of Lawrence for Shabbos Parashas Vayeishev, December 12–13. Rabbi Schwartz is a popular community rabbi, teacher, and experienced family and individual therapist. In fall 2013, Rabbi Schwartz was designated as the rav for a newly emerging neighborhood called Emerald Gardens–Emerald Heights in the Mishkafayim section of Ramat Bet Shemesh Aleph, slated for completion in summer 2016.
Rabbi Schwartz will also be giving shiurim and lectures at the rabbinic training program of Yeshiva University (December 9) and his former congregation, Congregation Ohav Sholom on the Upper West Side (motzaeiShabbos, December 13), as well as at other locations and private gatherings.
Topics of discussion will include:
Bereishis—The World at War. An analysis of Bereishisperekyud and other Midrashic and rabbinic sources regarding the original World War and its implications for today.
5775—EisTzara l’Yaakov U’mimeno Yivashei’a (a time of crisis for Yaakov, and from it he will be redeemed): Based on the teachings of Ramchal, the Vilna Gaon, and others, mapping our current place in the era of Redemption and understanding our immediate challenges.
7 Wisdoms, 8 Lights: Exploring the mysterious relationship of Greek wisdom to Torah knowledge.
Emunah Therapy and Spiritual Technology: How clinical science has discovered faith as the key to personal success, happiness, and mental health.
Fighting for Our Lives: An analysis of the halachic, emotional, and social issues that observant Jews face in the current ethical and healthcare environment in Israel and in the U.S.
Rabbi Schwartz will be available for private meetings and consultations with couples, individuals, or families, especially those who would like to bring the light and wisdom of EretzYisrael into their personal lives and futures. To schedule a meeting, class, or lecture, please contact his office at 516-568-5765 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.