Shabbat Ki Teitzei - September 13-14 - 14 Elul

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, September 14, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

Stoning rebellious sons, death penalties, cross-dressing, and Judaism as a progressive tradition that started millennia ago. Reflections from Torah Queeries by Elliot Kukla and Reuben Zellman and sources from the Commentator’s Bible.

The Commentator's Bible - Ki Teitzei Texts

Ki Teitzei - Torah Queeries - Kukla Zellman

Shabbat Shoftim - September 6-7 - 7 Elul

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, September 7, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

This week we grapple with how to create something new, something feminist, from an ancient text that seems resistant to change.

Our discussion texts come from Rabbi Susan Fendrick's reflections in The Women’s Torah Commentary. 

We will refer to texts and commentaries from the Commentators' Bible edited by Michael Carasik.

Rabbi Susan Fendrick - Shoftim

Commentators' Bible - Shoftim Sources

Shabbat R'eih - August 30-31 - 30 Av

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, August 31, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

This week we discuss the difficulties involved in the Torah’s commandments about cultural boundaries and conquest.

Our discussion texts come from Rabbi Laura Rappaport's reflections in The Women’s Torah Commentary. 

We will refer to texts and commentaries from the Commentators' Bible edited by Michael Carasik, the Mishnah on Sukkot, and a few verses from the Book of Ezekiel.

Rabbi Laura Rappaport - R’eih

Commentators' Bible - R’eih Sources

Mishnah Sukkot 5:4

Ezekiel 8:16

Shabbat Eikev - August 23-24 - 23 Av

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, August 24, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

This week we discuss the ideas and gendered questions around the phrase “circumcision of the heart”.

Our discussion texts come from Rabbi Gila Colman Ruskin's commentary in The Women’s Torah Commentary. 

We will refer to texts and commentaries from the Commentators' Bible edited by Michael Carasik and Tractate B’rachot in the Steinsaltz version of the Talmud.

Rabbi Gila Colman Ruskin - Eikev

Commentators' Bible - Eikev Sources

B’rachot - 33B Steinsaltz 225

Shabbat Va-etchanan - August 16-17 - 16 Av

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, August 17, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

This week we discuss the idea of a land flowing with milk and honey, as it appears in this week’s Torah reading, from a feminist perspective - what does it really say about the Land?

Our discussion texts come from Rabbi Rochelle Robin's commentary in The Women’s Torah Commentary. 
We will refer to texts and commentaries from the Commentators' Bible edited by Michael Carasik, and other texts from the Book of Nachum, and the Song of Songs.

Rabbi Rochelle Robins - Va’etchanan

Commentators' Bible - Va’etchanan Sources

Song of Songs Verses

Nachum Verses

Shabbat Matot-Masei - August 2-3 - 2 Av

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, August 3, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

This week we discuss the tail end of the Book of Numbers, the last chapters of Masei - boundaries and limits in behavior and Jewish law.

Our discussion texts come from Rabbi Hara Person's commentary in The Women’s Torah Commentary. 
We will refer to texts and commentaries from the Commentators' Bible edited by Michael Carasik.

Rabbi Hara Person - Masei

Commentators' Bible - Masei Sources

Shabbat Korach - July 5-6 - 3 Tamuz

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, July 6, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

This week we discuss Korach - from where do we derive authority in Judaism?

Our discussion texts come from Rabbi Elyse Frishman's commentary in The Women’s Torah Commentary. 
We will refer to texts and commentaries from the Commentators' Bible edited by Michael Carasik.

Rabbi Elyse Frishman - Korach

Commentators' Bible - Korach Sources

Shabbat Naso - June 14-15 - 12 Sivan

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, June 15, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

This week we discuss Naso - and focus again on the trial by ordeal called Sotah..

Our discussion texts come from Rabbi Sarra Lev's commentary in The Women’s Torah Commentary. We will refer to texts and commentaries from the Commentators' Bible edited by Michael Carasik.

Rabbi Sarra Levine - Naso

Commentators' Bible - Sotah Sources

Shabbat B'Midbar - June 7-8 - 5 Sivan

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, June 8, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

Wilderness, Numbers, presence, counting, absence, not counting, and bears - oh my! The fascinating elements of the opening of the Book of Numbers and more!

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner - Bears

The Commentator's Bible - B’Midbar Texts to Gottlieb Zornberg

Aviva Gottlieb Zornberg - Bewilderments 3-11

Shabbat M'tzora - April 12-13 - 8 Nisan

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, April 13, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

Bodily discharges and moldy buildings - making the ancient relevant every week via Torah Study that takes us from the Biblical to the Contemporary. We are up to this week’s challenge!

The Commentator's Bible - M’tzora - Lev 15

Women’s Torah Commentary - M’tzora - Rabbi Geller

Shabbat Tzav - March 22-23 - 16 Adar II

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, March 23, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

Message and Messenger in the offerings of the Priesthood, supporting texts, and maybe the Book of Esther - plenty to choose from this Shabbat at Torah Study at TBZ!

The Commentator's Bible - Tzav Opening

Women’s Torah Commentary - Tzav - Rabbi Magidovitch Green

Leibovitz - Tzav 1 - Sefer ha-Chinuch

Gottlieb Zornberg - Ester 1