September Courses

The Book of Job
Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner

Job is a record of human doubt and debate about the relationship between G-d and G-d's creations. Why do apparently righteous people suffer? Is goodness rewarded? Is G-d even paying attention? It begins as an apparently righteous individual, Job, suffers the loss of his family, wealth and health, apparently at the instigation of some sort of demonic force, and then it follows with his debates about his fate with four associates, before concluding with a lecture delivered by G-d. Initially, we will focus on the basic text, reading it straight through to see the structure and basic ideas. Once we have a grounding in that we will be able to explore the themes addressed in the text and its commentaries.

This course is open to students of all levels and backgrounds.

Men and women welcome.

Tuesdays, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. NOTE NEW TIME
September 9 - June 23
No class September 23, 30, October 7, 14, December 23, 30, March 3, 31, April 7, May 26

Shaarei Shomayim Congregation, 470 Glencairn Avenue

This course is co-sponsored by Yeshiva University Torah Mi'Tzion Beit Midrash Zichron Dov and Shaarei Shomayim Congregation

Studies in Genesis: The Birth of Moral Selfhood: The Story of Avraham and Sarah

Dr. Shoshana Zolty

We will examine and compare the approaches taken by different commentaries in analyzing the Torah text focusing on elements of language and structure to uncover and interpret literary patterns. Topics to be discussed include, why was Avraham selected to be founder of the 'chosen' nation? Who was Haran? Sarah's moral development from Yiskah to Sarah, the 10 tests of Avraham and how they impact and the idea that the deeds of our ancestors are a model for future generations. The course encourages group discussion and inquiry. The overall goal is to demonstrates the richness of ideas that are contained in each verse.

This course is open to students of all levels and backgrounds.
Course material: $18

Tuesdays, 8 - 9:30 p.m.
September 9 - May 26

No class September 23, 30, October 7, 14, December 23, 30, March 3, 31, April 7

 

To register go to registration page and follow instructions or call 416-877-2050

Watch for courses to be offered in October 2014 - June 2015 including: Talmud Kiddushin, Numbers: The Positive Mitzvot of Shabbat, Maimonides' 13 Principles of Judaism, Judaism's View on Religious Martyrdom and more.......