Shabbat Va-Yeishev - November 30 - December 1 - 23 Kislev

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, December 1, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

“Jacob settled…” led to problems with Joseph. Rashi’s explanation by story-telling led to arguments with his grandson RaShbaM. Torah led to Midrash and Talmud and Commentary and Aviva Gottlieb Zornberg!

The Commentator's Bible - Jacob Settled - Gen 37 1 - 14

Babylonian Talmud Brachot 28B - Steinsaltz

Gottlieb Zornberg - Va-Yeishev Part 1

Breisheet Rabbah 84 1-3

Shabbat Va-Yeitzei - November 16-17 - 9 Kislev

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

This week we look at the selective breeding that Jacob does with sheep and goats and see that even more than 2,500 years before Darwin, the Torah observed evolutionary biology in action.

The Commentator's Bible - Jacob breeds sheep - Gen 30 31 - 31 13

Roughgarden - Species Change in the Bible

Shabbat Chayei Sarah - November 2-3 - 25 Cheshvan

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

This week we examine the circumstances of Sarah’s death, as explored in our traditional commentators, and in the “The Beginning of Desire”, by Aviva Gottlieb Zornberg.

The Commentator's Bible - Death of Sarah - Gen 22 19 - 23 9

Gottlieb Zornberg - Chayei Sarah - Part 1

Shabbat Va-Yeira - October 26-27 - 18 Cheshvan

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, October 27, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

This week we examine the the possible reasons for God testing Abraham with the Binding of Isaac from the Commentator’s Bible edited by Michael Carasik, and the “The Beginning of Desire”, by Aviva Gottlieb Zornberg.

The Commentator's Bible - Akeidah - Gen 22 1 - 14

Gottlieb Zornberg - Va-Yeira - Part 1

Shabbat B'reisheet - October 5-6 - 27 Tishrei

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

This week we examine the opening words of Genesis in great depth, using both the classical medieval and renaissance commentators, and the central mystical text of Judaism, the Zohar..

The Commentator's Bible - Ki Tissa - Moses and God

Daniel Matt Zohar - B’reisheet - 1:1

Simple Zohar on B’reisheet

Shabbat Sukkot - September 28-29 - 20 Tishrei

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, September 29, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

This week we discuss the encounter between God and Moses on Mount Sinai, part of the special reading in Exodus for Shabbat during Sukkot.

Our discussion text comes from Aviva Gottlieb Zornerg’s The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus, with supporting texts from Michael Carasik's The Commentator's Bible..

Aviva Gottlieb Zornberg - Ki Tissa - Moses and God

The Commentator's Bible - Ki Tissa - Moses and God

Shabbat Nitzavim - September 7-8 - 28 Elul

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

This week we discuss Nitzavim, one of the last Torah readings in Deuteronomy.

Our discussion text comes from Nehama Leibowitz. Studies in Devarim-Deuteronomy, with supporting texts from Michael Carasik's The Commentator's Bible..

Studies in Devarim - Nitzavim-Vayeilech 1

The Commentator's Bible - Nitzavim texts NL

Shabbat Ki Teitzei - August 24-25 - 14 Elul

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, August 25, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

This week we discuss the Ki Teitzei in Deuteronomy.

Our discussion text comes from Rabbi Sheldon Lewis's reflections in Torah of Reconciliation, with supporting texts from Michael Carasik's The Commentator's Bible..

Torah of Reconciliation - Ki Teitzei

The Commentator's Bible - Ki Teitzei texts

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