Shabbat Mattot-Mas'ei - July 13-14 - 2 Av

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

This week we discuss the double Torah readings of Mattot and Mas'ei - including the issue of women's vows, how intention makes a difference in criminal actions, and self-interest and sacrifice.

Our discussion text comes from Rabbi Bradley Shavit-Artson's reflections in Bedside Torah.

The Bedside Torah - Mattot-Mas'ei

Shabbat Pinchas - July 6-7 - 24 Tammuz

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

This week we discuss the Torah reading of Pinchas, looking at women characters and their names, changing laws to adjust for fairness, and an unusual name of God.

Our discussion text comes from Ellen Frankel's creative commentaries in The Five Books of Miriam and from The Commentators' Bible.

The Five Books of Miriam - Pinchas

Commentators' Bible - Pinchas texts

Shabbat Balak - June 29-30 - 17 Tammuz

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, June 30, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

This week we discuss the Torah reading of Balak, looking at foreign prophets, talking donkeys, and acts of righteousness or zeal.

Our discussion text comes from Rabbi Bradley Shavit-Artson's reflections in Bedside Torah and from The Commentators' Bible.

The Bedside Torah - Balak

Commentators' Bible - Balak texts - Pinchas

Shabbat Chukat - June 22-23 - 10 Tammuz

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

This week we discuss the Torah reading of Chukat, looking at Miriam, Moses' Anger, and the Red Heifer..

Our discussion text comes from Rabbi Bradley Shavit-Artson's reflections in Bedside Torah. We will refer to texts and commentaries from The Commentators' Bible.

The Bedside Torah - Chukat

Commentators' Bible - Chukat texts

Shabbat Korach - June 15-16 - 3 Tammuz

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, June 16, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

This week we discuss Korach focusing on the challenging power dynamics in the relationship between Moses and Korach.

Our discussion text comes from Rabbi Jane Rachel Litwin's essay in Torah Queeries, edited by Gregg Drinkwater, Joshua Lesser, and David Shneer. We will refer to texts and commentaries from The Commentators' Bible.

Torah Queeries - Korach

Commentators' Bible - Korach texts

Shabbat Sh'lach-L'cha - June 8-9 - 26 Sivan

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

This week we discuss Sh'lach L'cha focusing on Hasidic commentaries on the experience of scouting the Land of Israel.

Our discussion texts come from Rabbi Art Green's book Speaking Torah: Spiritual Teachings from Around the Maggid's Table. We will refer to texts and commentaries from The Commentators' Bible.

Speaking Torah - Sh'lach L'cha

Commentators' Bible - Sh'lach L'cha texts

Shabbat B'ha-alot'cha - June 1-2 - 19 Sivan

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, June 2, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

This week we discuss B'ha-alot'cha with special attention to Pride which also occurs this Shabbat at TBZ and this Sunday in Buffalo.

Our discussion texts come from Rabbi Steve Gutow's commentary in Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible, edited by Gregg Drinkwater, Rabbi Josual LEsser, and David Shneer. We will refer to texts and commentaries from Etz Hayim Torah and Commentary.

Torah Queeries - B'ha-alot'cha

Etz Hayim - B'ha-alot'cha texts

Shabbat Naso - May 25-26 - 12 Sivan

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, May 26, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

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

Our discussion texts come from Ellen Frankel's The Five Books of Miriam. We will refer to texts and commentaries from the Commentators' Bible edited by Michael Carasik.

Five Books of Miriam - Naso

Five Books of Miriam - Dramatis Personae

Commentators' Bible - Sotah Sources

Shabbat B'Midbar - May 18-19 - 5 Sivan

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, May 19, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

This week we discuss B'Midbar - the opening section of the Book of Numbers, better called the Book of the Wilderness. We will look at the ideas behind the census, who gets counted, and what it means to be in the Wilderness of Sinai.

Our discussion texts come from Rabbi Sheldon Lewis' Torah of Reconciliation, and Rabbi Bradley Shavit-Artson's book, The Bedside Torah. We will look at original texts and commentaries from the Commentators' Bible edited by Michael Carasik.

Torah of Reconciliation - B'Midbar

Shavit-Artson - B'Midbar

Commentators' Bible - B'Midbar Source

Shabbat B'Har - B'Chukotai - May 11-12 - 27 Iyar

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, May 12, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

This week we discuss B'Har-B'Chukotai - the double parasha discussing the Sabbatical and Jubilee Years, blessings and curses and more.

Our discussion text comes from Rabbi Bradley Shavit-Artson's book, The Bedside Torah.

Shavit-Artson - B'Har - B'Chukotai

Commentators' Bible - B'Har Source

Shabbat Emor - May 4-5 - 20 Iyar

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, May 5, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

This week we discuss the weekly reading, Emor - extrapolating every day teachings of personal conduct from the instructions given to the ancient priests, our festivals, and unreasonable death penalties..

Discussion text comes from Rabbi Larry Tabick's 's The Aura of Torah, and supporting texts from the Commentators' Bible.

Aura of Torah - Emor

Commentators' Bible - Emor Texts

Shabbat Sh'mini - April 13-14 - 28 Nisan

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

This week we discuss the parasha of Sh'mini - encountering one of the most difficult stories in the Torah as well as reasons for kashrut that are bigger than eating.

Discussion text comes from Rabbi Larry Tabick's 's The Aura of Torah, and supporting texts from the Commentators' Bible.

Aura of Torah - Sh'mini

Commentators' Bible - Sh'mini Texts

Shabbat Pesach I - March 30-31 - 15 Nisan

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

This week we discuss the the special parasha for the holiday of Passover.

Why do we read this section on Passover? What can it teach us about Jewish traditions' on-going teaching about the meaning and message of Passover, especially as most of the Biblical practices can no longer be observed?

Commentators' Bible - Pesach Text - Exodus

Shabbat Tzav - March 23-24 - 8 Nisan

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

This week we discuss the parasha of Tzav - different ways of reading the priestly texts to learn about better thinking, behaving, and seeing.

Discussion text comes from Rabbi Larry Tabick's 's The Aura of Torah, and supporting texts from the Commentators' Bible.

Aura of Torah - Tzav

Commentators' Bible - Tzav Texts

Shabbat Va-Yakheil-P'kudei - March 9-10 - 23 Adar

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, March 10, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

This week we discuss the Mishkan - the portable tent space for worship - what does it take to build something together?

Discussion text comes from Sheldon Lewis's Torah of Reconciliation, and supporting texts from the Commentators' Bible.

Lewis - Va-Yakheil-P'kkudei

Commentators' Bible - Va-Yakheil-P'kudei Texts

Shabbat Ki Tissa - March 2-3 - Adar 16

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

This week we explore the Golden Calf incident - timing issues, misunderstandings, and more.

Discussion text comes from Aviva Gottlieb-Zornberg's The Particulars of Rapture, and supporting texts from the Etz Hayim Torah Commentary.

Gottlieb Zornberg - Ki Tissa - Timing is everything

Commentators' Bible - Ki Tissa Texts

Shabbat Yitro - February 2-3 - 18 Shevat

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

This week we explore the complicated ideas around Yitro (Jethro) - Moses' father-in-law, Priest of Midian, and convert.

Discussion text comes from Aviva Gottlieb-Zornberg's The Particulars of Rapture, and supporting texts from the Etz Hayim Torah Commentary.

Gottlieb Zornberg - Yitro - Revelation Trauma

Commentators' Bible - Opening Yitro Texts - Ex 18

Shabbat B0 - January 19-20 - 4 Shevat

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, January 20, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

Discussion for this week will focus on spiritual insights and ethical teachings from the chapters and verses that describe the worst of the plagues and Israelite liberation from Egyptian slavery, in the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth chapters of Exodus.

Discussion text comes from Arthur Green's Speaking Torah, and supporting texts from the Etz Hayim Torah Commentary.

Speaking Torah - Bo

Commentators' Bible - Some Bo Texts