Torah Study

"It is a tree of life to all who grasp it, and whoever holds on to it is happy; its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all it paths are peace." (Proverbs 3:17-18)

This Week's Torah Portion

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This Week's Torah Portion

Chol HaMo-eid Sukkot
חוֹל הַמֹּעֵד סֻכֹּת
Intermediate Days of Sukkot

Moses said to the Eternal, "See, You say to me, 'Lead this people forward,' but You have not made known to me whom You will send with me. Further, You have said, 'I have singled you out by name, and you have, indeed, gained My favor.'"- Exodus 33:12

Torah

Holidays Exodus 33:12–34:26

Haftarah

Ezekiel 38:18-39:7, The Book of Ecclesiates is read

When

/ 19 Tishri 5782

What is Torah?

Torah usually refers to the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible - Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. These books make up the story of the Jewish people.

These ancient stories touch upon science, history, philosophy, ritual and ethics. Included are stories of individuals, families, wars, slavery and more. Virtually no subject was taboo for Torah.

Running through these stories is the unique lens through which the Jewish people would come to view their world and their God.

For Youth & Families

Torah: The Tree of Life

What is the Torah and why do we study it? Learn more about these ancient stories that touch upon science, history, philosophy, ritual and ethics.

Learn More about the Torah →

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How to Write a D'var Torah

A d’var Torah (a word of Torah) is a talk or essay based on the parashah (the weekly Torah portion). Especially at times of loneliness, distress, indecision or other personal difficulties, you may find it helpful to read and interpret the Torah portion with a particular focus on how the thoughts and actions of our foremothers and forefathers—intensely human characters—might help you deal with your own challenges.

What's New

Creation, Chaos, and Children

September 17, 2021
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters. God said: “Let there be light.” And there was light.

How to Observe Shavuot from Home This Year

May 5, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted so much of how we engage Jewishly, but Shavuot is a fantastic holiday for families to celebrate from the safety of their homes. Here are a few ways you and your family can observe this rich, festive Jewish holiday this year.