Introduction to Talmud
Rabbi Noah Sonenberg

This course will introduce participants to the world of Talmudic literature. Through a study of various passages of Tractate Brachot you will be exposed to the content and structure of Talmudic texts and will gain an understanding of the purpose, culture, literary and historical text of the Talmud. We will learn Talmudic terminology, halachic concepts and Aramaic vocabulary.  Learn or refresh your learning about the basics of Talmud study, no prior experience in Talmud is necessary. Series are stand alone.

This course is co-sponsored by Bnei Akiva Schools

Talmud Study (4 weeks) 

We will explore Talmud study through a discussion of prayers, the purpose, and timing of prayer, the connection between redemption and prayer, the purpose and role of disagreement in the Talmud and leniencies and stringencies in halachah. 

Mondays, 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. 
October 23  - November 13
Ulpana Orot High School, 45 Canyon Avenue

Prayer: Why and How (4 weeks)

This session will explore how, why and when we say different blessings, those on food or actions. This will lead to a discussion of whether intentions matter when praying, what happens if you make a mistake in prayer, can we pray in English and why do we have to hear our blessings. Finally, we will explore the correct balance between Torah study and work.

Mondays, 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
November 20 - December 11
Ulpana Orot High School, 45 Canyon Avenue


Ezra and Nechemiah: Leading the Charge to Zion
Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner

Last year we studied most of the Book of Ezra, following the Jewish exiles return to Zion to build a Temple decades after the destruction of the First Temple. We will finish Ezra and then study the Book of Nechemiah which continues the narrative of Ezra. Nechemiah attempts to rally and inspire a small, impoverished and assimilated population of Jews to reclaim their proud heritage. What worked, and what didn’t work? What are the lessons for us? 
New students may join the class as the first class will provide an introduction and summary of the last year's material.
Men and women welcome. 

Tuesdays, October 17 - June 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Shaarei Shomayim Congregation, 470 Glencairn Avenue
No class: December 27, January 3, February 21, April 4 18, May 30
This course is co-sponsored by Yeshiva University Torah Mi'Tzion Beit Midrash Zichron Dov and Shaarei Shomayim Congregation


The Birth of Moral Selfhood:  The Origin and Resolution of Sibling Rivalry
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 and themes studying Genesis, chapters 16 and 22. We will embark on an in-depth study of the story Hagar and Yishmael and the story of Sarah and Yitzchak focusing on the origin and resolution of sibling rivalry in these passages. Through a close reading of the Torah text, the midrash and commentaries, we will explore the pivotal question, is peace between the children of Yishmael and the children of Yitzchak a pipe dream or future reality?

Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., October 17 May 29
Ulpanat Orot High School, 45 Canyon Avenue
No class December 25, January 2, February 27, March 27 and April
Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. October 18 May 30 Shaarei Shomayim Congregation, 470 Glencairn Avenue
No class December 26, January 3, February 28, March 28 and April 4


For information and registration call: 647-70-TORAH (86724)