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THIRTY-NINE BOOKS:
Our One Volume Guide to the Galaxy

Genesis, Exodus, Psalms, Isaiah, Ezekiel...bible books that are familiar to us from Friday night sermons, Saturday morning Chevrah Torah or our children preparing for Bar/Bat Mitzvah...

But did you know there are a total of 39 books in all? Books that provide guidance, warning, advice, comfort...with themes of renewal, building character, bringing light in times of darkness, showing gratitude, repairing relationships--repairing our world.

While we can't cover all 39 books of the bible, each helps us face life's challenges and gain greater meaning and understanding of ourselvs and the world around us. This year's visiting scholars and our own LT clergy will further advance us on this journey in a variety of ways.   Among them:

CHEVRAH TORAH

Join our Chevrah table, sitting alongside commentators past and present, as we explore a key question in the Torah portion through the prism of its biblical parallels, joining the generations in a conversation for the ages. Begins Saturday, October 3.
Shabbat Mornings, 9-10:20 AM in the Axelrod Chapel, led by Rabbi Jeff Sirkman

BOOK REVIEW [4th Friday SHABBAT Service Feature]

Enter the exploration of seldom encountered Bible moments as they animate the Shabbat Torah themes and consider with our clergy their implications for our lives today.
Fridays, 8PM Service with discussion led by the Rabbis & Cantor

TED TALKS (Torah Enriched dialogue)   

Compelling monthly videos featuring Rabbi Sirkman, Rabbi Miller, Cantor Scher and Rabbi Rudin. Each month a book from the bible will be chosen for discussion with its overarching theme and life questions to help us understand the life challenges we face today.

BEN BAT BINAH--BITE-SIZE VERSION

6 Week Session, Fall, Winter & Spring
Tuesdays at 7:30 PM

An exploration of Jewish Learning & Living with Rabbi Bethie Miller

 

FALL SESSION-TORAH FOR TODAY

October 13 - November 17  

Using the book of Genesis as our core text, we'll investigate different ways of reading and interpreting our ancient sources. We'll learn how generations of commentators brought the text to life, and we'll explore the wisdom and relevance that Torah continues to bring to our lives--to our relationships, families, struggles, journeys, and ongoing search for connection and meaning.

WINTER SESSION--WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT GOD

January 5 - February 9    

Do any of these thoughts sound familiar?

  • Every time I hear about the Torah portion, God seems to be angry with someone... 
  • I'm not sure what I believe, but I definitely have trouble believing in such a temperamental God. Are there other Jewish ways of experienceing God?
  • I feel more spiritual than religious, and I'm curious how Judaism can enrich my daily living.
  • I have faith in science; can I also have faith in God?

If you've found yourself thinking any of these thougths or asking any of these questions, then you should seriously consider joining this six-week bite of Ben Bat Binah. Studying the most influential Jewish thought-leaders from biblical times to today, we'll explore a range of ways to understand and experience God in our lives..

SPRING SESSION--TO PRAY AS A JEW: HOW'S AND WHY'S OF PRAYER

March 1 - April 12 (no class March 22)

This session is great if you are looking to improve your Hebrew skills--starting from the very beginning or reviewing what you learned years ago. We'll practice prayer book Hebrew, study the structure and choreography of Shabbat services, and interpret the beautiful--and also challenging--poetry that constitutes our prayers.

Join us for one session, or for all three!  This structure aims to make the Ben Bat Binah experience accessible and feasible for more LTers. Each bite can stand alone, but also reinforce each other and pave the path to becoming Ben/Bat Binah.

Questions? Curious but want to know more? Contact Rabbi Miller: bmiller@larchmonttemple.org.