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Torah Study


Every Shabbat morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM (currently by Zoom and livestream; check the calendar for class dates and links to class registration pages), a large and enthusiastic group comes together for Torah Study. Members of the Beth Am clergy teach this class, which focuses on a thoughtful reading of the parashah of the week, exploring the historical, ethical and spiritual questions raised by the text.

We explore Torah on three levels:

  1. What meaning did it hold in its original ancient Near East setting?
  2. How have our sages and commentators understood the text over the centuries?
  3. What personal and communal meaning does it hold for us today?

Every session offers learning, lively interchange and ample opportunity for questions and discussion. People of all levels and backgrounds are welcome, and Hebrew knowledge is not required. No prior study of the Torah or Hebrew knowledge is needed. It is not necessary to read ahead or prepare. Although this is an ongoing class, drop-in attendance is welcomed.  Be sure to stay after to continue the conversation through the Good Book Cafe breakout room discussions.

Recommended Resources

Torah Study Archive

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September 18, 2021 | Ha'Azinu, Deuteronomy 32 1–52

Led by Rabbi Heath Watenmaker

September 11, 2021 | Vayeilech, Deuteronomy 31 1–30

Led by Cantor Jonathan Prosnit

September 4, 2021 | Nitzavim, Deuteronomy 29-9–30-20

Led by Rabbi Jeremy Morrison

August 28, 2021  | Ki Tavo Deuteronomy 26-1–29-8

Led by Rabbi Sara Weissman

August 21, 2021 |  Ki Teitzei  Deuteronomy 21-10–25-19

Led by Rabbi Heath Watenmaker

August 14, 2021 | Shof'tim, Deuteronomy 16-18–21-9

Led by Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit

Tue, September 21 2021 15 Tishrei 5782