Rabbi Resnick

Rabbi Resnick

studyRabbi 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

Rambam:

Foundations of Torah

Character Traits

Learning Torah

Idolatry

Teshuva

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)

Chagim (Holidays):

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