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Ta’am HaTorah

Fridays (2nd & 4th Fridays)
12:00 pm in Rabbi’s Office
No RSVP needed, just show up!
Ta’am HaTorah is a bi-monthly gathering of people at all levels of learning in which we dive into the weekly Torah portion. Rabbi Rose leads a conversation about verses from the Torah and shares commentaries from the Jewish religious tradition. The discussion will send you into Shabbat with ideas about how the Torah is relevant today and ideas for personal growth. All sources are presented in English. We’ll provide paper, pens, books, and anything else you need!


Gates of Light Class at MJCC with Rabbi Rose

Mondays, 2:30 – 3:25 pm, September 9, October 7, November 4, & December 9 at the MJCC Cafe (free & open)

Rabbi Joshua Rose will lead a monthly class delving into the book Sha’arei Orah – Gates of Light, which was a profound influence on many prominent Jewish sages through the centuries and may have even helped shape the Zohar itself. Using this mystical text, our goal will be to walk through its gates in order to discover how its teachings can shape our lives.


Project Zug (requires registration)

In partnership with Machon Hadar in NYC. Through group learning with Rabbi Rose and then ongoing study in pairs, we will delve into a ten-week study of “Love, Sex and Relationships.” 10 week course; $36-$180 sliding scale. To sign up to participate, please click here.

ZUG is the Hebrew word for partner (Chavruta, in Aramaic). Partnered learning is the traditional way to study Jewish texts. Over a 6-week arc, participants will explore a 10-part course using text materials and online resources through CST’s connection to Project Zug. The theme for our first course is Love, Sex, and Relationships in Jewish Tradition.

Rabbi Rose will lead sessions at the shul to introduce each new unit in the course. We will study both in large-group and with our partners those days. The remaining sessions of each unit are for you and your zug (partner) to arrange on your own time and in your preferred method, whether face-to-face or via technology.

DATES & TIMES

The first session will be held on Sunday, October 27. Subsequent sessions are November 10 and November 24 with the final session on December 8. All group sessions will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the shul.

COST

This is the first of what we hope will be many courses Shaarie Torah will offer through Project Zug this year. The offerings were so exciting it was hard for us to choose just one. For this first 10-week course we request a donation on a sliding rate of $36-$180 to support the cost of partnering with Hadar. If the fee is a barrier, please let us know.

MAKING A ZUG CONNECTION

If you have a zug in mind you can request to be partnered with them. If not, we will match you up with a zug based on your answers to a short questionnaire. It is recommended that your zug not be your spouse/partner.

TECHNOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY ARE NOT BARRIERS TO STUDY!

You don’t have to live near your zug to enjoy studying with them. The Sunday sessions will be at shul, and the two in-between sessions can happen in person or over the internet. Of course you will need video-conferencing capabilities (Skype or FaceTime) for that, but you can also choose to meet face-to-face to study.

To register for Love, Sex, and Relationships in Jewish Tradition please click here.

Course Title: Love, Sex, and Relationships in Jewish Tradition

We turn to our tradition for answers to the greatest questions of our times: how to handle the messy business of love, sex and relationships.

In this course, we’ll dive into texts across the Jewish canon, from Torah to Mishnah, Talmud to the Legal Codes, exploring questions of “What does it mean to love someone,” “What does a holy, healthy sex life look like,” and “Is there such thing as permitted, sacred sex outside of marriage?”

No topics are off limits for the rabbis! We turn to our Jewish texts as a jumping off point for our own exploration of what it means to be in a relationship.


What’s the Big Idea

What happens when we bring ancient teaching together with modern issues? Find out at this 3-part forum in which Rabbi Josh Rose invites experts in various fields to discuss pressing contemporary topics.

Thursday, November 7 @ 7:00 p.m. “Hate at Home: Racism and Anti-Semitism in the United States”

Thursday, February 6 @ 7:00 p.m. “What is Happiness and How Do We Find It?

Thursday, May 7 @ 7:00 p.m. “A Nation of Immigrants?”