Study Torah at CBJ

“Torah Study reveals echoes of modern meaning in echoes of the oldest migration journey ever recorded…”

One of the long standing study opportunities at Congregation Beth Jacob is the weekly Torah Study that takes place every Shabbat morning at 9:00 a.m.  Rather than following the weekly Torah readings, these sessions consist of an extremely close reading of text.  The group started with Genesis, and has proceeded word by word. Now in its 11th year, the group consisting of ‘regulars’ and drop-ins has reached the first chapter of the final book of the Torah, Deuteronomy.  

Rabbi Ezray leads the group with careful preparation each week, bringing selected passages of medieval and modern commentary.  The group carefully studies the text in English, while also reviewing the Hebrew.  The discussion is directed to seeking echoes to other Torah texts, as well as exploring how the text that’s being read resonates with modern life.

Newcomers are always welcome and everyone contributes and shares insights about the meaning of what is being discussed each week.

Here are some of the responses from participants when asked about what brings them to CBJ each Saturday morning:

“We are so blessed to have Rabbi Ezray, an incredibly learned and talented Torah scholar and teacher to lead us every Shabbat in Torah Study. I look forward to it every week because the class teaches me how our ancient texts are so relevant in our lives today.”

“Torah Study is the sanest hour of my week…”

“Torah Study at CBJ is my favorite hour of the week.  It’s a reflective and thoughtful discussion, and a wonderfully welcoming and accepting community.”  

“Torah Study reveals echoes of modern meaning in echoes of the oldest migration journey ever recorded…”

Like these participants who find weekly Torah study to be one of the highlights of the week, come to observe, join the discussion, and become inspired by the texts at the heart of Judaism.

 

 

Ann Chalmer
serves as CBJ's adult learning chair. She hopes to see you at Torah study.