Torah Studies - Adult Education
A Torah Studies course delving into the modern lessons from the ancient themes of the weekly Parsha.
Torah Studies is a series of stimulating text and discussion based classes that take place on a weekly basis. These classes will engage and challenge you intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. They explore contemporary issues through a Torah perspective as well as tackling timeless questions in the Jewish tradition.
Each class is a standalone unit, so feel free to come along when you can.
Join the discussion, over a bowl of steamy chicken soup!
Instructor: Rabbi Mendy Singer.
Registration is free. Student Guide book: £15 (optional).
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If these times or topics do not suit you, please be in touch to setup a one-on-one study session or a class on a topic of interest.
Weekly: Thursday, 7:30 - 8:45pm
It’s Just a Mistake, Isn’t It?
Thursday, 2 May
Identifying Your Unconscious Self
We all make mistakes. Period. That’s a fact of life. So why does the Torah require atonement for an inadvertent sin? Explore the pathways of consciousness exemplified in the Torah’s prescription for sin. You’ll be surprised to learn that you may not be who you really think you are.
Allocation, Allocation, Allocation
Thursday, 9 May
Everything Has a Time and Place: Use Wisely
What if you were as strong as Samson, rich as Jeff Bezos, and beautiful as Cinderella? An interesting question, but completely irrelevant to you. A curious mix of the yearly donations to the Temple and an announcement about forbidden mixtures packs a powerful punch about staying—and thriving—in your lane.
*Sunday, 12 May
A Word Is Not Just a Word
For too long, we have been told how we ought to refrain from negative speech. It’s time to flip the narrative and take an opposite approach: speak, and speak a lot: just make sure it’s positive speech. Never underestimate the impact of a good word, so get talking!
Head in the Clouds, Feet on the Ground
*Sunday, 19 May
The Deepest Connection Is the Simplest One
Is it, “I love you, therefore I am committed to our relationship”? Or is it, “I am committed to our relationship, therefore I love you”? The man who single-handedly brought kabbalah to the world and burned fields with his eyes, yet was simultaneously very down-to-earth, shines a light on this important question.
When “WIIFM” Is a Good Thing
Thursday, 30 May
Judaism Is Not about Spirituality; It’s about Life
A six-week cruise with five-star accommodations, all expenses paid, plus free gifts. While that sounds like a terrific bonus package, it’s hardly what you would expect in return for leading a pious life. One would expect promises for spiritual delights and G-dly pleasures. Well, Judaism has a radical idea about what religion means. Come discover what it is.
The Day G-d Gave Us the Torah . . . Or Not?
Thursday, 6 June
Making Sense of the Holiday of Shavuot
Shavuot is known as the day the Torah was given. A look at the phenomenon of crossing the international date line before the holiday unravels a whole new element to the holiday—and lends us fresh perspective on what it means to be Jewish.
Give It All You’ve Got!
Thursday, 13 June
Frugality or Extravagance? A Third Option
Are you letting your inner artist go to waste? What about that project that you really wish you can accomplish one day: Are you letting the opportunity slip away? From the surprising behavior of certain desert princes, we learn that maximizing your potential is to realize the divinity in creation.
When a Moment Counts
Thursday, 20 June
One Less Second of Pain Is Worth the World
An entire nation was put on hold. Travel plans for millions of people were thrown off course. Why? To hold off the inevitable suffering of one woman just a little longer. Let that sink in. Such is the import of one person’s pain. We ought to pay attention.
Be Humble, Egoless . . . and Great
Thursday, 27 June
A Jewish Primer on Healthy Self-Esteem. It’s Not What You Think It Is
The meek, helpless Jew is a stereotype that has not boded well for the tribe. But taking one look at the doctrine of servitude embedded in the faith, one cannot help but think that we are some sort of seriously indentured bunch. Discover the secret to maintaining a healthy, if not glorious, sense of self-esteem in the Jewish way of life.
Pipeline for Success
Thursday, 4 July
Remembering Whence the Blessings Come
Did you know that almonds bloom extremely quickly? If you’re not botanically inclined, don’t worry: this class is just for you. From hastily flowering almonds, we move on to how to make a living and the formula for a successful life-work-faith balance. Not a bad deal for a bunch of tree nuts.
Thursday, 11 July
A Fresh Perspective on Life’s Miracles
When we look back at rough times and see how things turned out for the best, we become aware of the miracles in our lives. But perhaps the greatest miracles are the ones we are not even aware of. When we keep in mind the work G-d is doing for us, we can truly be at ease.
When You Dream a Dream
Thursday, 18 July
The Power of Imagination and Thought
In an effort to understand Judaism’s fascination with dreams, we explore the human capacity for prophecy and examine scenarios in which a single thought can make a world of difference.