Contenporay Issues in the Talmud
Rabbi Noah Sonenberg

Study various sections throughout the Talmud which relate to contemporary issues. The course is offered in 3 sessions. Students can join for one or more session, as each will be stand alone. The class includes preparatory chavruta-style learning of classic Talmud text and commentaries and a shiur that includes applying the material studied to practical situations. The course presumes a certain facility with Hebrew text but does not require it.
Session 1: $80, session 2: $100, session 3: $60            

Mondays, October  31 –  December 19, 8 - 9:30 p.m.
January  6 –  April 3
April 24 – May 29
Or Chaim Yeshiva, 159 Almore Avenue
No classes December 25, January 1,  8, February 19, March 12, April 9
This course is co-sponsored by Women's Beit Midrash for the YU Torah Mitzion Beit Midrash Zichron Dov and Bnei Akiva Schools.


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

Decades after the destruction of the First Temple, the Book of Ezra begins with Persian King Cyrus sponsoring Jewish exiles to return to Zion and build a Temple. The books of Ezra and Nechemiah tell the story of two very different leaders who attempt 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?
Men and women welcome.                                                 $175

Tuesdays, November 1 - 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 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 and themes studying Genesis, chapters 15 and 16, we will embark on an in-depth study of Brit Bein Habetarim, the Covenant Between the Parts and brit milah, the Covenant of Circumcision, exploring the notion of covenant. Why would God want to make a treaty with a human being? What was it that God promised in these formal agreements? And why was there a need not just for one, but for two treaties? And why the decree of exile? This course is open to students of all levels and backgrounds.

Tuesdays, Sept. 20-27, November 1 – June 13 , 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Shaarei Tefillah Congregation, 3600 Bathurst Street
No class December 29, January 6, April  4, 11, 18, May 30
Wednesdays, Sept. 21 - 28, November 2 – June 14,  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Shaarei Shomayim Congregation, 470 Glencairn Avenue
No class December 30, January 7, April  5, 12, 19, May 31


Why Are There So Many Stories in the Torah?
Ora  Ziring

The course will explore the ways in which the narrative and legal sections of the Torah act as commentaries on each other.  We will outline the purposes of narrative in general, and then study several stories in depth, highlighting how they provide background for legal/halachic sections later in Torah text.

Thursdays, 10 – 11:15 a.m.
November  3 -  December 1
Shaarei Tefillah Congregation, 3600 Bathurst Street
This course is co-sponsored by Shaarei Tefillah Congregation.


Naming a Nameless God: Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh
James Diamond

God’s revelation as 'I will be who I will be' to Moses has generated more discussion about its meaning in both Jewish and Christian theology than any other phrase in the Bible. From medieval rationalist like Maimonides, through kabbalists like Nahmanides. The debate rages on all the way to contemporary existentialist like Martin Buber and Rav Kook. Did God simply evade Moses’ demand for identification or does the apparent nonsensical redundancy of the verb to be provide the key to who Jews worship as their God?
Men and women welcome.

Wednesdays, 8 – 9:30 p.m.
November 9 and 16
Shaarei Shomayim Congregation, 470 Glencairn Avenue

This course is co-sponsored by Shaarei Shomayim Congregation.


Coming in 2017:

Behind the Scenes in the Book of Bamidbar
Rifka Sonenberg

Join us as we take a deeper look at some of the most familiar stories in the Torah: the failure of the spies and the rebellion of Korach, the zeal of Pinchas and the temerity of Tzelofchad's daughters. We will rethink these incidents and reflect on the ways they can teach us about living up to our ideals with integrity.

Mondays, 10 – 11:15 a.m.
February 27 – March 27
Location: TBA


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