One WOW Moment: Rosh Chodesh Society

January 15, 2024 Atlanta $20.00 - $99.00

7 Biblical Women Who Used 1 Moment to Change Everything, And How We Can Do The Same

A Thrilling New Seven-Part Series with Mrs. Dena Schusterman

Maimonides eloquently expresses Judaism’s liberating perspective on the power of the individual. Rather than offering an exaggerated inflation of an individual’s self-worth, Judaism truly believes that a single positive action of a lone person—no matter who—has the ability to transform a city, a nation, or the course of human history.

When humanity was born with a lone couple in a lovely garden, such a perspective would have come naturally, but billions of bodies now breathe on this planet and the idea that any one of them, without exception, has the potential to deliver untold benefit to the rest seems radical at best. Maimonides, however, was not delivering a sermon; he recorded this perspective as a matter of practical Jewish law for everyday living.

In our own times, the Lubavitcher Rebbe championed this perspective hundreds of times, urging individuals across the globe to adopt Judaism’s empowering mindset, to act decisively in their respective environments and circumstances, and to literally change the world for the better.

Surprising perspectives are best delivered on the wings of tangible demonstration. Within the Jewish nation’s dramatic history, many of the single acts with supremely destiny-changing consequences were delivered through the hands of women. One Wow Moment selects seven such episodes from the narratives that flow through the Tanach (Hebrew Bible), each of which depicts a heroic woman who faced a moment of crisis or a pivotal quandary.

In their unique ways and under dissimilar circumstances, each of these women—three matriarchs, two princesses, one queen, and a queen-to-be—rose to the occasion. Rather than accepting perfectly logical arguments for riding the easy route, they chose to act decisively. History has proven that these women single-handedly tipped the balance of the world to merit and salvation.

One Wow Moment is not an overview of these ancient lives; rather, it analyzes the components of their fateful decisions and weighs the stakes involved. Each of its seven classes challenges participants to consider how they might have reacted under similar circumstances, harvests the life lessons inherent within each biblical narrative, and reframes ancient dilemmas into practical and empowering guidance for personal moments of decision in modern life

February 12 – AVIGAYIL Affection in Direction
Rebuking with Love and Respect
Being advised that we are acting incorrectly is an inescapable feature of life—as is the reality that we will have occasion to inform others of a wrong they are committing. This lesson probes the dramatic story of Avigayil, a brave and wise woman who rebuked an angry king on his way to battle and prevented disaster. Her approach reveals a profound and empathetic motivation that should underline any rebuke, and spills Judaism’s secret of successful intervention and redirection.

March 11 – ESTHER Resource-fullness
Using Every Resource for G-d’s Purpose
Each human owns resources: talent or time, funds or friendship, position or personality, significant supplies or simply a smile. Are they truly ours? Which of them does Judaism expect us to devote to a higher purpose, and to what extent? This lesson consults Queen Esther for advice from her personal experiences in the Persian palace. Her answers are transformative, and guide us toward a comprehensively meaningful existence.

April 8 – BATYAH Against the Tide
Acting Morally in an Immoral Society
Cohesiveness, community, conformity. Judaism promotes these as sacred values with enormous benefits, but not if they lead to morally repugnant results. It can be incredibly difficult to recognize the pull and resist the pressure of peers and surrounding society; swimming against the tide can be draining. A solution to this common quandary was born in an unlikely place: the palace of the pharaohs. This lesson analyzes a moment in the life of heroic Princess Batyah that provides us with tangible tools for handling such pressure.

May 13 – RUTH Stepping Up
Opting for Tough but True
Are we supposed to squeeze life for the maximum pleasure and convenience? Is there anything wrong with selecting the easiest, least burdensome path at each personal crossroad? This lesson examines the story of Ruth, a former Moabite princess who voluntarily became a destitute Jewess. Ruth teaches us the huge advantage of shouldering instead of shirking responsibility; of choosing covenant over convenience and eternal over easy. Ruth unveils our true self-worth and guides us toward unexpected power.

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Monday, January 15, 2024, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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