Want to Study Torah Together?
I’ve been thinking a lot that I’d like to have a Torah study group for the month of Elul (mid-August to mid-September) to help get ready for the High Holidays. I don’t really have a local group of people to do this with, but I know have a lot of you out there in cyber-space that might be into it.
What I need to know is how many of you, and which day/time would be best for the majority of us.
Here’s what I’m thinking:
Day/Time: Either Tuesday from 7:30 -9:30pm (EST) or Sunday from 7-9pm (EST) from Mid-August to mid-September (Elul)
What: Exploring the traditional high holiday Torah portions. Most likely, we’ll focus on Rosh Hashanah Torah portions.
How: Everyone will have their own translation (or Hebrew if you like) versions of the text. A leader will begin reading what they have in the text. Whenever the text you have is dramatically, or interestingly, different you “raise your hand” and share what you have. That also would be the same for fascinating notations or if you just have no idea what it meant. The leader, or leaders, may also provide additional commentary along the way and open things for further discussion.
Who: Whoever wants to participate. No knowledge of Torah required. Being Jewish not required — however this will not be a forum to push other spiritual paths as the “right” path. I think an interfaith discussion could be really fascinating and enlightening, but it must be done respectfully. There is no “right” interpretation in my world, so the conversation will be open to what ever anyone sees in the text.
Technology: However I set this up, there will be a dial-in number and a way to chat online. That way people can participate however they like. If you just want to listen — great! If you want to listen and chime in occassionally — great! If you want to lead/guest host — let me know!
Please chime in, via the comment form below or on Facebook, to let me know your interest level and thoughts on day/time. Also — if this were SUPER public like on Blog Talk Radio — would that freak you out? Even if you only had to identify yourself as you chose? Please chime in and let me know what you all are thinking.