In the Local Community

“First Look” Torah Study
with Cantor Randall Miller
Sundays at 12:30 pm
Parashat Behar- Bechukotai,  Leviticus 25:1-27:34
In the Torah portion Behar, YHVH describes the laws surrounding resting the land and crops every seven years, as well as the Jubilee year every 50 years. In Bechukotai, YHVH tells the people of Israel that if they follow God’s commandments, they will be provided with many blessings. but watch out if the Israelites disobey God’s laws!

Cantor Randall’s Zoom room:

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“First Look” is an hour-long Torah study that focuses on Parashat HaShavua (the weekly torah portion) on the first day of each week, Yom Rishon, Sundays, 12:30-1:30 pm Pacific Time. This is an opportunity for an early look at the parashah, to allow us to focus our thoughts toward the Torah as we enter the new week.

The format will be to place the parashah in its larger Torah context, introduce the main ideas or topics of the parashah, then read a section together in English referencing specific Hebrew words or phrases that are of particular interest. Cantor Randall Miller will facilitate these sessions initially with the hope of sharing that role with other leaders in the future. Over the last year, Hazzan Randall has been doing this work privately with other study partners in the community, bringing forth the commentaries of Rabbis Jonathan Sacks, Adin Steinsaltz, Rashi, Levinas, Sugarman, and others, all the while placing a primary focus on the text of Torah. The group would like to expand this learning to others throughout the Rogue Valley Jewish Community. Over time, all aspects of the learning session may evolve to fit the needs of the group. All are welcome and our first session will begin with the book of Exodus, Shmot.

PIRKEI AVOT, The Ethics of our Ancestors with Rabbi Emanuel Ben-David
Every other Thursday at 12:00 noon –
next class October 5

Pirkei Avot is a tractate in Mishnah that contains the words of sages (2nd and 3rd Centuries CE) about life and conduct as a human being. It is considered to be a manual for ethical and moral behavior, as relevant today as it was at its inception, 1800 years ago. In our weekly study sessions we will read selected verses of the original text (in English), and follow it with some commentary to those verses. In between readings, we will converse about what the teaching meant then and how it is relevant today.

This hybrid class will meet in person at the Havurah as well as via Zoom.

Rabbi Emanuel’s Zoom Room:

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Future Dates:

Oct 19, 2023             Nov 2, 2023             Nov 16, 2023