Monthly Shabbat Morning Study
Resumes June 16, 2018
Where: Congregation Brith Shalom Board Room
When: Conclusion of Shaharit prior to Torah Service (estimated 10:15)
Whom: Everyone is Welcome
Future Dates: July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17, December 8, January 5 (2019), February 9, March 16, April 6, May 11, June 15.
Beginning in June, we will begin a monthly learning session on Shabbat Morning. The learning will consist of series of 3 to 4 sessions on a specific topic.
The topic of the first series will be Sefer Shoftim (Judges) and be facilitated by Andy Hoffman. Over four sessions, Andy will lead discussions which include perspectives from archaeology, anthropology, history, and our biblical text.
Andy’s perspective on Torah study isn’t come and be taught, instead, it is “come and study with me so we learn together.”
The first session will focus on the settlement of Canaan from the perspective of both history and the associated biblical texts. The second session will feature the stories of Othniel and the conflict between Ehud and Eglon. The third session will be on the stories about Gideon vs. Moab and the fourth session will focus on the story of Jephtah.
We are making abundant material available to you to prepare for your participation including copies of the Shoftim text in Hebrew and English translation. (Alternatively, you are welcome to use your own Tanah.) We will share these texts and articles for you to download from a Dropbox. Please print out your own copies if you want them and have them available during the study sessions. This is especially true of the first session as there are fascinating historical perspectives and an awesome article by Richard Elliot Freedman about the Exodus.
A limited number of copies of Andy’s materials will be available at the session. But we do request that participants print and bring with them the materials to be used in the learning session. Background, guidance and session materials are posted here.
Following Andy’s 4 sessions will be sessions led by Debbie Kagan. Other facilitators will follow.