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Torah Studies

Torah Studies

Monday 7:30 PM


Torah Studies brings you a series of stimulating English text and discussion based classes that take place on a weekly basis. We meet every Monday evening (unless indicated otherwise) 7:30pm at the Water Garden Hotel.

Our lessons will engage you in a multidimensional way by challenging you intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. They explore contemporary issues through a Torah perspective as well as tackling timeless questions in the Jewish tradition.

I invite you to browse through the topics below and to join us for some weekly inspirational study. These classes are open to all, Men and Women, whatever your affiliation or level of learning may be, and I encourage you to bring your friends along.

Rabbi Bentzion Alperowitz


Class 1 Monday, May 1 2017
The Theology of Theft
An Honest Look at Honesty
As good people, most of us don’t take other people’s stuff, obviously. So when the Torah cautions us, “Thou shalt not steal,” we must consider what deeper ethical message is implied, beyond outright theft. What can an honest person learn from the laws of honesty?
Class 1 Monday, May 8 2017
Have a Jewish Field Day
Why and How We Celebrate Lag Ba'Omer
The thirty-third day of the omer is a day of celebration, bonfires, and a variety of interesting customs. What lies behind it all? In presenting the story of Lag Ba’Omer, this class reveals the specialness of the day and what message we can take from it.
Class 1 Monday, May 15 2017
The Heart of the Deal
Giving G‑d Possession of Our Faculties
Shopping used to be the activity of buying the things you need. But today it seems we often buy for the sake of buying. Interestingly, the Torah views acquisition of property as more than just the transfer of ownership. Rather, a sale is a matter of profound theological and inspirational value.
Class 1 Monday, May 22 2017
Making Sense of the Census
Why G‑d Counts the Jewish People
Numerous times G‑d counted the Jewish people. Was He obsessed with numbers or is there some message hidden in the numbers game? This class gets to the bottom of the numbers game and explains how counting us makes us count.
Class 1 Monday, May 29 2017
The First Chasid
Ba'al Shem Tov: The Man and His Movement
The Chasidic movement was founded in the eighteenth century by Rabbi Israel Ba’al Shem. What is the story of this man and what was his mission? Enjoy a biography of the Ba’al Shem Tov, and a glimpse of his teachings and the revolution he sparked.
Class 1 Monday, June 5 2017
DIY Judaism
Achieving Spiritual Independence
Visit the Western Wall? Check. Talk to a rabbi? Check. Go to synagogue frequently? Check. There are many external ways to nurture Jewish inspiration, and we should make use of them. But our ultimate goal should be to stand spiritually on our own two feet.
Class 1 Monday, June 12 2017
Timeless Moments
On Visiting the Resting Place of the Righteous
The resting place of a saintly Jewish leader or scholar is also a place of prayer and introspection. But are we really allowed to pray to the dead? That sounds awfully pagan! Discover what happens when we pray at a tzaddik’s graveside, and how it enables us to experience a unique, timeless connection with G‑d.
Class 1 Monday, June 19 2017
Journey of a Blessing
Turning Spiritual Capital into Physical Goods
If we are judged during the High Holidays for the coming year, why do we pray each day? What are we praying for if everything has already been decided? This lesson explores how spiritual blessing translates into material well-being—and the role of the kohanim in making that happen.
  No class on 26 June
Class 1 Monday, July 3 2017
Don?t Be a Fool
Turning on the Light in the Theater of the Absurd
Ever wonder why smart people do such stupid things? Before you spend all your money on self-help books about effective time management or finding the secrets of success, come to this class, and learn the Torah-prescribed habits of highly successful people.
Class 1 Monday, July 10 2017
A Time to Renew
Why We Celebrate Rosh Chodesh
Each month, the Jewish people celebrate Rosh Chodesh, and the beginning of a new Jewish month. What exactly are we celebrating, and how do we celebrate it? This class explores Rosh Chodesh traditions and explains the connection between the Jewish people, the new moon, and the miracle of renewal.

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