"Torah Alchemy” – informal, lay led Torah study. Get into that Shabbat feeling on the 2nd Friday evening of each month,before services from 6:30PM – 7:45PM in the Library.
It's a "brown bag" Shabbat. Bring your own dinner. Shabbat candles,Challah, and wine will be provided. Shabbat dinner is followed by study of the weekly Parsha. The format includes some reading from the weekly Parsha, how it might connect with us personally, and in our contemporary culture.
Read, discuss and discover pieces of wisdom with other curious Torah explorers.
This week's Torah portion, Leviticus 16-18 - Acharei Mot,
"After the death" [of two of Aaron's sons], continues the focus on ritual purity that began earlier in Leviticus, and begins the section of the book known as the Holiness Code. Included are commandments regarding sacrifice and food, limitations on sexual behavior, and the ritual observance of Yom Kippur (although the term "Yom Kippur" does not appear in the parashah) in the wilderness, and, presumably, later when the Temple stood in Jerusalem.Instructions concerning the sacrifices and how to install the priests into service.
We can look at this as we are each commanded to take responsibility for the holiness of our world, and address the “priest” in each of us.
Looking forward to seeing you on Friday!To get on the email list and for more information contact Barry Epstein, Marian Eisner or Rich Kessler.