JLITorahStudies_Wide.jpg Upcoming Torah Studies Classes

  Season Two 

Thursday, January 11, 2018 

Class 1  A Believer?s Question
Challenging G‑d as a Pathway to Faith

 To believe is to follow G‑d unquestionably. Right? Wrong. Through the eyes of such greats as Abraham and Moses, we discover that to believe is to challenge; to wrestle with G‑d and emerge stronger. After all, if you don’t really believe, who cares?



Thursday, January 18, 2018

untitled1.png  The Power of Power
Power Doesn?t Have to Absolutely Corrupt

Sounds pretty unbelievable, right? The more power, the more corruption is the word on the street. As we journey across Egypt and witness the devastation of the firstborn, we learn that the story of the Exodus is a story about abuse of power—and how to avoid such corruption.



 Thursday, January 25, 2018

untitled2.png  When the River Split
The Story of another Marine Miracle

 When a Talmudic sage was on his way to performing a mitzvah, crazy things happened: A donkey kept a mitzvah, and a river split in half to make way for his entourage. What’s the message of this wondrous tale?



 Thursday, February 1, 2018

untitled3.png Father(-in-law)ly Advice
Why You Need a Mentor

 While many great leaders are too busy for the average folk, Moses helped every Jew sort through their personal issues. But when his father-in-law advised him to take it easy, Moses took a step back. Why? Moses is a great help, but there’s no substitute for internal transformation. For that, you need a mentor, not a Moses. 



 Thursday, February 8, 2018


untitled4.png Kindness Wins
Discipline Is Necessary; Compassion Is Crucial

 Scholars throughout the ages were mystified by the law against mixing meat and milk. A ride through the kabbalah of these two culinary counterparts, coupled with a detail in kosher law, delivers a profound lesson about managing your emotional bank account.



Thursday, February 15, 2018

untitled5.png  The Synagogue Story
More than Just a Place to Pray

 For millennia, the synagogue has served as the hub of Jewish life. These structures, large and small, are used for prayer, celebration, and a bevy of communal functions. Explore the importance of synagogues, the laws mandating their construction and maintenance, and proper synagogue conduct.



Thursday, February 22, 2018 


untitled6.png  Bold, Brash . . . Braggadocious?
Wear Your Judaism with Pride

 When the first mitzvah tanks rolled out on the streets of New York, many people turned heads . . . and noses. We’ve come a long way since, and it’s time to settle the score: Should we wear our Judaism on our sleeve, or keep our religious lives to ourselves?




    Monday , February 26, 2018

untitled7.png  Woodstock: The Real Story
What We Can Learn from the Hippy Movement

 Remember the hippy counterculture, when droves of young Americans rejected the sensible path of their parents? What caused that sort of mayhem? The Purim story teaches that what may have looked like a wild, senseless party was, in fact, a symptom of a longing for meaning. Sometimes, real growth only comes through rejecting the “establishment.” 


   Thursday, March 8, 2018

untitled8.png  Art and Soul
Creativity as a Means to Touch the Divine

Musicians, dancers, photographers, poets, artists, and many other people bursting with creativity endow our world with color, meaning, and beauty. At the core of such abundant creativity lies an unbridled spirit, a freedom of expression, and boundless energy. How does that jive with a religious lifestyle that appears so restrictive and limiting?


  Thursday, March 15, 2018

untitled9.png  Where Do I Fit In?
The Synthesis between Community and Individual

 What makes you most proud? Your individual accomplishments, or your contribution to the community? Are those perhaps the same thing? What if they clash? And which one is more important? Sacrificial goats, the tablets at Sinai, and the breastplate of the High Priest are the surprising authors of insightful commentary on these very questions.


  Thursday, March 22, 2018

untitled10.png Stealing Freedom
When Jailbreaking Is the Only Option

 “You don’t have what it takes.” “Stop faking it.” “Who do you think you are?” Ever heard those before? Yeah, we all have. You want to turn things around, be a better you . . . despite all the naysayers. What to do? Take a cue from the Passover story and “snatch your  afikomen”—steal your way to a brighter future.


Monday, March 26, 2018

untitled11.png  Consumer Culture
Balancing Mind and Matter

 Many great sages sufficed with bread and water, shunning the caviar and the Rolls Royce. But is having a few extras really so bad? Discover how, when, and why we ought to make use of the finer things in life in a way that complements, rather than contradicts, our spiritual selves.