Torah Studies: A Weekly Journey Into the Soul of Torah - 5776 Season 2
Tuesday Evenings: January 12 - April 19, 7:30 - 8:30 PM
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Class 1 Tuesday, January 12 2016
THE PERIL OF INDIFFERENCE
Take a Stance
Sometimes we are in the mood and sometimes we resist. And sometimes we simply don’t care. But we learn from the plague of frogs that we can’t just sit back and relax. It is in these moments that it is important for us to face ourselves and make decisions.
Class 2 Tuesday, January 19 2016
AND THEN THERE WAS NIGHT
The Darkness of Division
When our lives are filled with unity and hope, the light shines brightly. But when we are alone and there is little hope, just darkness remains. Just how bad is darkness, and what can we do to avoid it?
Class 3 Tuesday, January 25 2016
THE ENIGMA OF EGYPT
Why Jews Are International
Jewish people can be found anywhere; this isn’t a coincidence. There is a deeper reason why your cousin moved to Europe, and why your friend has a stopover in Bahrain. What is that purpose, and why is Egypt the exception?
Class 4 Tuesday, February 2 2016
THE CLEVES’ GET
An 18th-Century Saga
On August 14, 1766, Isaac, son of Eliezer Neiberg of Mannheim, married Leah, daughter of Jacob Guenzhausen of Bonn. Days later, the bridegroom took 94 gold crowns of the dowry and disappeared. This troubling episode began a stormy debate between the great rabbis of the time.
Class 5 Tuesday, February 9 2016
THE SUN AND THE MOON
Understanding the Jewish Calendar
Our calendar is unique—not quite lunar, not quite solar. What is the rationale behind it? Why is it such a central part of our faith, and what lessons can we learn from it? This class takes an in-depth look at this fascinating aspect of Judaism.
Class 6 Tuesday, February 16 2016
THE WOMAN WHO CRIED WOLF
A Jew Is a Jew
The story of Miriam Bat Bilgah is a tragic one. She abandoned her faith and married a Greek minister, before brazenly entering the Holy Temple and attacking the Holy Ark. How do we approach someone who has sunk so low?
Class 7 Tuesday, February 23 2016
WHEN MOSES WAS MISSING
Understanding True Leadership
From the time Moses enters the story, he is the central character of our nation. But this week, his name is absent from the Torah portion. Why? To answer this question is to understand who Moses really was, and what leadership skills we can learn from him.
Class 8 Tuesday, March 1 2016
NEED CHANGE? INQUIRE WITHIN.
How Repentance Works
Sometimes we are really good at being imperfect. After all, that’s how G‑d created us. On the flip side, G‑d also created us with the ability to change. We can fix our errors, but it requires effort.
Class 9 Tuesday, March 8 2016
TRUE DEDICATION
Building the Tabernacle Together
The Jewish nation as a whole maintains a certain flavor. But the nation is comprised of individuals, each with his or her own unique character. So, if combined effort is the goal, do I need to be myself, or can I just go with the flow?
Class 10 Tuesday, March 15 2016
GOATS OF THE TABERNACLE
Perceiving the Pain of Others
A person who is caring will help someone when they have the time. A person who is generous will share what he has. Sometimes, however, later is not an option and helping out is not enough. Sometimes we need to abandon the modus operandi and just take action.
Class 11 Tuesday, March 22 2016
IN YOUR HANDS
The Dialogue of Mordechai and Esther
If we see someone who needs help, logic suggests that we try to help out. But must we go above and beyond? But what if we don’t feel up to it? Maybe, just maybe, the whole world is waiting for each of us to rise up to the challenge.
Class 11 Tuesday, March 29 2016
DOING G-D’S WORK
Holiness vs. Spirituality
In a large corporation, the CEO may rank higher than the sanitation crew. The work is cleaner and more sophisticated; the pay is higher. But when G‑d is the boss and we are the employees, can we really know what type of labor is most valued?
Class 11 Tuesday, April 5 2016
BE HOOFED
What We Can Learn from Kosher Animals
For an animal to qualify as kosher, it must have hooves. These hooves protect the animal’s feet. When trodding the path of life, we too must take precautions to avoid getting caught in the mud.
Class 11 Tuesday, April 12 2016
FROM FAITH TO FLAVOR
The Process of Redemption
The seder is filled with laws, both biblical commandments and rabbinic decrees. Does it really matter if I have exactly four cups of wine? Yes, it does. Each detail reveals great depth in the theme of the night—freedom—and the theme of Judaism in general.
Class 11 Tuesday, April 19 2016
HOME ALTAR-ATION
Bringing G‑d into Our Personal Space
Of the four volumes of the Jewish Code of Law, there is just one tiny section about the synagogue. The rest is all about the kitchen, the bedroom, and the business place. So, where is the center of Jewish observance?