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

Shabbat Va-eira - January 12-13 - 26 Tevet

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

Discussion for this week will focus on the challenges of a "hardened heart", the free will to repent, and other issues around Pharaoh and Moses and the Divine in the Sixth and Seventh Chapters of Exodus.

Discussion text comes from Sheldon Lewis' Torah of Reconciliation, and supporting texts from the Etz Hayim Torah Commentary.

Torah of Reconciliation - Va-eira

Commentators' Bible - Some Va-eira Texts

Shabbat Shemot - January 5-6 - 19 Tevet

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

Discussion for this week will look at the challenges raised by the opening chapter of the Book of Exodus - what does personal responsibility have to do with oppression?

Discussion text comes from Aviva Gottlieb-Zornberg's The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus.

Gottlieb Zornberg - Shemot

Shabbat Va-Yishlach - December 1-2 - 14 Kislev

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

Discussion for this week will look at the many issues raised in Jacob's return to Canaan, his encounter with a divine "man" and his brother Esau, and maybe even the Rape of Dinah.

Discussion text comes from Sheldon Lewis' Torah of Reconciliation, and supporting texts from the Etz Hayim Torah Commentary.

Torah of Reconciliation - Va-Yishlach

Etz Hayim - Va-Yishlach Texts - Jacob

 

Shabbat Tol'dot - November 18 - 29 Cheshvan

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, November 18, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

Discussion for this week will look at the challenge of deception for our ancestors. Does Jacob overcome his deception of Esau, and if so how? Can we ever get out from the shadow of our bad behavior?

Discussion text comes from Aviva Gottlieb Zornberg's The Beginning of Desire - Reflections on Genesis, and supporting texts from the Etz Hayim Torah Commentary.

Gottlieb Zornberg - Tol'dot

Etz Hayim - Tol'dot Texts

Shabbat Lech L'cha - October 28 - 8 ChesHvan

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, October 28, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

Discussion for this week will look at the background to the call to Abraham. What makes Abraham the kind of person that God would reach out to? What is different about Abraham and Sarah from others in the story so far? 

Discussion text comes from Aviva Gottlieb Zornberg's The Beginning of Desire - Reflections on Genesis, and supporting texts from the Etz Hayim Torah Commentary.

Gottlieb Zornberg - Lech L'cha

Etz Hayim - Lech L'cha Texts

Shabbat No-ach - October 21 - 1 Cheshvan 5778

Torah Study this Shabbat
Saturday, October 21, 9:15 AM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

Discussion for this week will look at the situation that led to the Flood - what went wrong, and why Noah was the right person for the job of saving humanity from itself. Discussion text comes from Aviva Gottlieb Zornberg's The Beginning of Desire - Reflections on Genesis, and supporting texts from the Etz Hayim Torah Commentary.

Gottlieb Zornberg - No-ach

Etz Hayim - No-ach Texts

Shabbat B'reisheet - October 14 - 24 Tishrei

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

Discussion for this week will look at the opening words of the Book of Genesis - a teaching inspired by the Zohar, and at the ideas of Creation and Creationism of the first three chapters of Genesis, as explored by Marc Zvi Brettler in "How to Read the Jewish Bible". Supporting material from an earlier chapter in Brettler's book.

The First Three Words of Torah - a reading from the Zohar

How to Read the Jewish Bible - Chapter 6 - Genesis 1-3

How to Read the Jewish Bible - Chapter 3 - The Art of Reading the Bible

Shabbat Yom Kippur - September 30 - 10 Tishrei

Torah Study this Shabbat, Yom Kippur
Saturday, September 2, 2:15 PM
Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.

This week we come together between the end of our Yom Kippur Morning Worship, and the beginning of Yom Kippur Afternoon and Evening Worship. We will discuss implications for personal and communal reconciliation from the text of the Holiness Code, from Leviticus, Chapter 19, which we read during Yom Kippur Afternoon's Torah Service.

Torah of Reconciliation - K'doshim