Torah Studies: A Weekly Journey Into the Soul of Torah - 5777 Season 1


11 lessons that probe into the depths of contemporary Torah thought, with a special focus on issues surrounding spirituality, the human psyche, love, and relationships. Every experience offers meaningful and timely lessons – from the most timeless of texts. You will walk away surprised, inspired, and knowing more about who we are as Jews, and who you are as an individual.


Lesson 1

The Raven and the Dove

Someone you know has suffered abuse, tragedy, or crisis. What now? How is it possible to rebuild after tragic loss? After witnessing the universe descend into chaos and destruction, Noah learned to find the healthy balance of love and distance, openness and boundaries.


Lesson 2

The Top Ten Percent

If you are like most people, you work hard for your money. And while instinct may say to keep your paycheck, we are obligated to set aside ten percent to charity. By giving that ten percent, we boldly affirm what we all really know—that G-d is the true owner of the world.


Lesson 3

Sorry, No Shortcuts Here

After Avraham’s circumcision, why did G-d wait until the third day to visit him? Didn’t He want Avraham to get well right away? Far from it. He (and Avraham) knew that for some things, there just are no shortcuts.


Lesson 4

Matchmaker, Make Me a Match

Do arranged marriages exist today in the Jewish community? May parents force a child to marry someone of their choosing? An exploration of dating practices in the Orthodox Jewish community reveals some profound dating advice from a source you might least expect—the rabbis.   


Lesson 5

Truth or Consequences

We are taught from an early age the value of truth. But what if telling the truth comes at a high price? Is there any circumstance under which one may utter something untrue? By examining the conduct of our forefathers, we gain insight into this moral dilemma.


Lesson 6

The Nighttime Plea

If you ever need help, you can simply ask. But if things have gotten to the point where nobody understands what you’re going through, what can you do? This lesson about prayer teaches how to ask G-d at a time you don’t even know what to ask for.


Lesson 7

The Principles of Punishment

Too often, legitimate punishment turns into personal vengeance. How do we draw the line between the two? The actions of Levi and Shimon, wiping out the entire city of Shechem, show that when it comes to punishment, intention and action are equally important.


Lesson 8

Do Something, Anything

When faced with a challenge, are you the type to wait for something to happen? Or do you get up and do something about it? The butler's and the baker’s dreams teach the importance of action. Make a move, any move, and there is hope. But sitting and brooding about your lot is unlikely to get you very far.  


Lesson 9

The Psychology of the Chanukah Candles

Where does self-improvement start? By fixing what’s wrong or by starting to do what’s right? An age old debate about the Chanukah candles reveals how generations before Freud vs. Skinner, the sages weighed the pros and cons of cognitive versus behavioral therapy.


Lesson 10

My Brother?s Keeper

Helping each other out is obviously a very Jewish value. In fact, Judaism teaches that we are all responsible for each other’s well-being. So, what is the extent of our responsibility to one another?


Lesson 11

When is Mashiach Coming?

For over two thousand years, we have waited and waited for the Mashiach to come. Why hasn’t he finally come? This class examines the age-old hope of the Jewish people, and illuminates what it means to be truly redeemed.

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In loving memory of Rav Dovid ben Nissan HaKohen Moradoff and Reb Rafael ben Moshe - By the Bharier Family, London, UK