What Is? New Kaballah series 

Six week course, taught by Rabbi Shneur Silberberg. Beginning the week of April 22

Each class is offered twice a week:

(6) Sundays, beginning 4/22, 11:00 am at Bais Chabad of West Bloomfield (complimentary breakfast served) - 5595 West Maple Rd, West Bloomfield, MI 48322

(6) Thursdays, beginning 4/26, 7:00 pm at the Jewish Federation Building - 6735 Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

Contact Rabbi Shneur Silberberg to register or for more information. Rabbishneur@baischabad.com 248-207-5513

Cost: $80 (includes textbook). Bring a friend and receive a %15 discount. Contact us regarding scholarships. 

Course Overview

Imagine that you were able to rethink everything you knew about the universe, the laws of nature, your own consciousness, and the very idea of existence and reality. Imagine the new insights you will gain, the fresh perspective with which you will embark on the journey of life each morning.

What is? does exactly that. Drawing on the wisdom of Kabbalistic and Chassidic teaching (Jewish mysticism), the most basic building blocks of existence are reexamined from the bottom up, revolutionizing our understanding of life, reality, and our place in the world.


Register for the Sunday class

Register for the Thursday clas

You are welcome to alternate locations to best fit your schedule, you are also welcome to try out the first class and then decide on taking the rest of the series.

Course Outline

Lesson One
Is the World Real?

Everything that we experience, we experience inside our heads, leading to the intriguing question: Maybe there is no existence outside of our minds? But perhaps a more fundamental question would be: What practical difference does it make if the world is real or not?

Lesson Two
Is Time Travel Possible?

Is time the engine that drives the whole of existence, or is it just a product of our subjective experience? If the future is impenetrable, the past irretrievable, and the present moment too fleeting to meaningfully inhabit, what part of our lives can we call our own?

Lesson Three
Why does evil exist?

Why do bad things happen to good people? The question has been asked—and answered—for thousands of years. But even if we understood the purpose of evil, would this make it more palatable and acceptable? Would it aid us in our efforts to defeat evil?

Lesson Four
Who is G‑d?

What are we talking about when we talk about G‑d? Is “G‑d” just a word we use when we can’t explain something? If G‑d cannot be explained or described, does this not render the concept of “belief in G‑d” completely meaningless?

Lesson Five
What is consciousness?

All injustice and strife, and even personal unhappiness, can be traced to selfishness. Yet self-esteem is essential for a healthy psyche and a productive life. To navigate this paradox, we first need to unravel the mystery of self-awareness: Where does our sense of self come from?

Lesson Six
Are we bound by fate?

If G‑d already knows what we will do tomorrow, is our “free choice” nothing more than an illusion? And with so many powerful influences outside of our control—or even our awareness—influencing our choices, how “free” could they possibly be?