Rabbi Asher Resnick was born and raised in LA, and graduated from UCLA with a BA in Psychology. He received rabbinic ordination from Aish HaTorah and the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. He served as a senior lecturer at the Institute of Jewish Legal and Medical Ethics in San Francisco, and at the Aish HaTorah Branch in New York. Rabbi Resnick is currently one of the Educational Coordinators of Aish’s Executive Learning Center, and a senior training lecturer for Aish HaTorah’s Rabbinical Ordination program. As a close student of Rav Noach Weinberg zt”l, he developed a special expertise in addressing fundamental issues in Judaism, as well as in bringing classical texts to life. He is now bringing the Jewish clarity he has developed over his past thirty-five years of experience as a teacher, writer, and teacher-trainer, to the wider Jewish world.
Topics to Discuss:
Foundations of Judaism:
Evidence for G-d and Torah
a. Prerequisites to the Proofs
(Obligation to Know, Definitions, Critical thinking, Evaluating evidence, Biases, etc.)
b. Proofs of G-d
1. 1st Cause plus Cosmology (Age of the Universe), 2. Design (Evolution/Science),
3. Moral Imperative, 4. Empirical, 5. Ontological, 6. Experiential, 7. Pragmatic.
c. Proofs of Torah
1. Historical, 2. Prophecy/7 Wonders of Jewish History, 3. Psychological, 4. Genius,
5. Pragmatic, 6. Empirical, 7. Experiential.
Dealing with Controversial Issues:
Why the Chosen People is not a Racist Idea
Understanding and Dealing with Yissurim (Painful Difficulties and Challenges)
Understanding the Torah perspective of Anti-Semitism – Why the Jews?
How Does Judaism Understand the Holocaust?
The Torah view of the End of Days
Understanding classical issues with Free Will
Understanding and dealing with various Women’s issues.
Learning Classical Texts:
Chumash – Weekly Parshah
Pirke Avot – Learn how to discover the meaning and depth
Foundations of Torah
Suffering, Death, and Bereavement Topics:
Hesped (Eulogy) at the Levaya (Funeral) – Saying Goodbye to Ruchama Rivka a”h
1st Yartzeit – Maintaining an Eternal Relationship with the Deceased
2nd Yartzeit – Living with the Loss
3rd Yartzeit – Mo’ed Katan Insights on Aveilus (Mourning)
4th Yartzeit – Yissurim (Painful Difficulties and Challenges) and Simcha (Joy?)
5th Yartzeit – The Meaning of a Life Tragically Cut Short
6th Yartzeit – Dealing with Pain and Anger at G-d
7th Yartzeit – Understanding Divine Messages in Life’s Difficult Challenges
8th Yartzeit – Honoring our Deceased Relatives – Bringing Merit to our Loved Ones
9th Yartzeit – Appreciating the Benefits of Yissurim
10th Yartzeit – Improving our Yissurim – Prayer, Efforts, & Expectations
11th Yartzeit – Responding Properly to Yissurim
12th Yartzeit – Understanding and Accepting Nechama (Consolation)
13th Yartzeit – Communal Difficulties and Challenges
Foundations Classes from my Rosh HaYeshiva – Rav Noach Weinberg zt”l:
ABC’s/Basics of Judaism
The 5 Levels of Pleasure
The 5 Levels of Free Will
How to Get Your Prayers Answered
Essential Kiruv Techniques and Skills Development
Sources for Responsibility to the Klal.
General Guidelines to Kiruv Rechokim (Outreach).
How and What to Teach Beginners.
Reassurances/Misconceptions – Removing basic fears about Judaism.
Mitzvot – How Mitzvot help us to develop our three essential relationships –
to Hashem, Others, and Ourselves.
Philosophical overview of the 271 Mitzvot that apply today (according to the Chafetz Chaim)
a. General Guidelines (w/Jewish view of Time), b. Shabbos, c. Pesach,
d. Shavuot, e. Tisha B’Av/Fast days, f. Rosh Hashannah, g. Yom Kippur,
h. Succot, i. Chanukah, j. Purim
Jewish Medical Ethics
Artificial techniques regarding conception, pregnancy, and childbirth.
Playing G-d – Allocation of limited resources.
Active Euthanasia – pulling the plug vs. Passive Euthanasia – withholding treatment.
Passive Euthanasia – withholding treatment.
Understanding the Torah view on Abortion.
Rate to Skype with Rabbi Resnick: $110/hr