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Center for Jewish Life Torah Studies
May 25 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until July 14, 2022
May 25: Discovering the Spiritual Opportunity of a Human Moment. When things are clicking and you’re feeling inspired, well, it’s just great. But here’s the problem: that’s not reality. Life is messy, challenging, and often leaves you exhausted and uninspired. What to do then? It is precisely then that you have a real chance to finally do what G-d always wanted you—and the entire world—to do.
June 1: Whatever Your Reason, Keep at It. Eventually It’ll Rope You In Conventional wisdom would say that if you’re studying something for the wrong reasons, you shouldn’t study it at all. But that’s not what the Torah says. And that’s because there’s a unique dynamic at play: the Torah is G-d’s wisdom; eventually, it’ll awaken something inside of you.
June 8: You Can’t Control the Result, but You Can Certainly Control the Process. In one the Bible’s most rousing stories, a weeping childless woman makes a solemn vow to consecrate her son to G-d, should she be so blessed. The woman is Chanah, and the son the prophet Samuel. From what would appear to be a dubiously legal move, we learn that parents must do their utmost to guide their children along the proper path.
June 15: Why Jews Spend So Much on Their Religion. Jews do Judaism with grandeur. Thousands on an etrog, fine china for Shabbat dinner, and gilded synagogues that match the finest architecture anywhere. But why? Because we understand that when it comes to our relationship with G-d, only the best will do. Anything less may not be lacking, but it is wanting—and we’ll have none of that.
June 22: G-d Doesn’t Only Pay Attention to Big Things and Important People. “Omnipresent” is a word thrown around as a name for G-d, which is a fancy way of saying, “He’s everywhere and always paying attention.” It’s a great name: G-d really is paying attention to everything He created, and He cares very much about what they do—including you.
June 29: “We’re All the Same!” Is Tempting. It’s Also Premature. Korach’s rebellion that saw him yelling, “We’re all equal, why do you, Moses, get the fancy title?!” can be mistaken for a romantic everyman’s struggle. In a way, Korach really was on to something, but ultimately, he was mistaken. Walk the tightrope of “different but equal” through the lenses of our nation’s first uprising of the proletariat.
July 6: When the Hour Demands, Rise to the Occasion. We all have our comfort zones. You’re forgiven for wanting to stay there. But remember this: If you do, you will never grow. Worse yet, when someone else needs you, they’ll receive no answer. A curious plot twist in an ancient desert story with clouds of glory and heavenly mann calls us to get uncomfortable and be there for someone else—even if it’s not “your thing.”
July 13: Determining the Precise Moment the Jewish Nation Was Born. Avraham was the first Jew, right? But wait. What about the events at Mount Sinai, when everyone received the Torah: Wasn’t that the moment of nationhood? Come to think of it, were the Jewish people not born at the Exodus from Egypt? An enthralling roller-coaster ride through the literature explores this important question.