September Courses

Talmud Kiddushin
Rabbi Noah Sonenberg

We will study Tractate Kiddushin exploring areas of law dealing with marriage, acquisitions, honouring one's father and mother and positive time bound mitzvot. Our approach to the text will involve paired learning, as well as, an in depth shiur which will build upon knowledge gained from the material which was explored independently. The course will teach Talmudic structure and terminology and is designed to enhance skills in reading Mishna and Gemara. The course presumes a certain facility with Hebrew text.

Sundays, October 26 - May 31, 8 - 9:30 p.m.
Or Chaim Yeshiva, 159 Almore Avenue

No classes December 21, 28, January 4, February 15, March 29, April 5, 12, May 17


The Thou Shalt's of Shabbat
Rifka Sonenberg

This course will explore on the beauty of the 'thou shalts,' the positive commandments of Shabbat, candle lighting, kiddush, havdallah, tefillah, and other building blocks of the Shabbat experience. Join us for an in-depth look at the positive mitzvot of Shabbat, with a special focus on the particular obligations of women in each category.

Wednesdays, October 29 - November 26, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Shaarei Tefillah Congregation, 3600 Bathurst Street


Dying in the Name of God:
Judaism's Views on Death and Religious Martyrdom
Dr. Jim Diamond

We live in an age when in some religious communities religious martyrdom is a daily occurrence and dying in the name of God is a supreme religious virtue. Martyrdom is particularly crucial for an appreciation of Judaism in general and to understand what Judaism holds sacred. Using a variety of texts, this course will explore the concept of Qiddush HaShem, the sanctification of God's name, within a Jewish context.

Women and men welcome.

Mondays, January 12 - February 2, 8 - 9:30 p.m.
Shaarei Shomayim Congregation, 470 Glencairn Avenue


Jewish Magic: In the Talmud, Non-Talmudic Magic
Dr. B. Barry Levy

Magic is a universal phenomenon, sometimes incorporated by formal religions and sometimes strongly opposed. While there is no generally accepted definition of magic, it is clear that, examined globally, Judaism also has a somewhat ambivalent response to it. We will examine, in chronological order, texts containing biblical and Talmudic responses to magic, Jewish magical texts in Aramaic discovered by archaeologists, Maimonides' treatment of magic, the Shulhan Arukh's codification of related halakhot, and much more.

Women and men welcome.

Mondays, February 23 - March 9, 8 p.m.
Shaarei Shomayim Congregation, 470 Glencairn Avenue


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.......