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Torah Studies

Torah Studies

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Welcome to Torah Studies - An Independent Series of Classes Focusing on the Weekly Parshah

Torah Studies classes correspond with the weekly Parshah and we'll extract a profound verse from that week's Torah reading and discover the lessons within.

Our lessons probe the depths of Torah, with a special focus on issues surrounding spirituality, the human psyche, and relationships. Every experience offers meaningful and timely lessons – from the most timeless of texts. You will walk away surprised, inspired, and knowing more about who we are as Jews, and as unique individuals. 

We invite you to browse through the topics in this series and join us for a weekly dose of uplifting Jewish study. Please feel free to pass this invitation along to your friends.

Each class is independent of the other classes. You are welcome to come for one or come for all. There is no charge for these Torah study sessions although an optional textbook is available for $30.

We meet at 7 PM Wednesdays at Chabad House.  Call 419-843-9393 Ext. 2 or rabbi@chabadtoledo.com


 Wednesday, Jan. 2        An Attitude of Gratitude - The Benefits of being Grateful
When it comes to gratitude, it is more important that we are grateful than that the recipient is deserving of our gratitude. Discover how Judaism extends the obligation of gratitude even to objects and enemies.

Wednesday, Jan. 9    Through Thick and Thin - Integrating all areas of Judaism and our lives
Jewish culture is multifaceted; we dance and mourn, fast and feast, in solemn prayer and in jubilant celebration. What's the underlying theme that ties together all this diversity?

Wednesday, Jan. 16    The Steps of Man - How G‑d Guides our Every Move
The seemingly unexplained, random occurrences in life in fact have a unique purpose. This lesson explores the guiding force behind our wants, needs, desires, as well as the happenstance that seems to come out of nowhere.

Wednesday, Jan. 23    Means to an End - Discovering the Meaning in the Mundane
Why do you do what you do? Are you clear on your priorities? Does your life revolve around them? This lesson explores the importance of the means in achieving the end goal.

Wednesday, Jan. 30     Theism vs. Deism - Does G‑d Really Care?
How do you relate to G‑d? Does He dwell in the abstract or does He take interest in your personal affairs? This class explores our relationship with G‑d, and G‑d's relationship with us.

Wednesday, Feb. 6    What Makes Us Jewish? - The Significance of the Conversion Process
Nowadays the conversion process is incomplete. Does this mean converts are less Jewish? Or does this say something about what it means to be a Jew today?

Wednesday, Feb. 13    Jewish Idol - Giving In to the Urge for Idolatry
Idolatry stems from the urge for a tangible, sensory spiritual experience. In biblical times, the cherubs in the temple filled this need. How do we achieve this nowadays?

Wednesday, Feb. 20    The Art of Attraction - Understanding Esther's Beauty
What makes us attractive to others? Are people attracted to those who are proactive and "with it" or to those who bring out the beauty in others?

Wednesday, Feb. 27    Why We Sleep -  An Exploration of Life's Nightly Reset Button
We spend one third of our lives sleeping, but to what end? This lesson discusses how to break with the past and set off on brand new beginnings with each new day.

Wednesday, Mar.  6    Making a Difference - Understanding the Impact of Our Actions
We follow routines sometimes failing to see how our efforts are effective in bettering society. This lesson introduces how-according to Judaism- the world hangs in the balance, dependent upon our every deed.

Wednesday, Mar. 13    The Freedom Ride - Unshackling the Prisoner Within
This lesson explores the secret behind the cups of wine at the Passover seder, uncovering four steps toward spiritual awakening and personal freedom.

Wednesday, March 20     A Stranger to Passover - How to Connect with the Experience
Not unlike fine wine and whiskey, a taste for G‑d needs to be developed. Passover is a time of personal connection, a time to become a real connoisseur of spirituality. This lesson explains how.

 

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