Yesterday, I received a very exciting email from friend and fellow sojourner, Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler, the author of Ten From the Nations. As an adult educator, for some months she has been pondering starting a Torah School for non-Jews who visit the Land and want to learn some of the deeper things of Torah while connecting in a meaningful way with Orthodox Jews. Following is her email explaining this really neat opportunity in Jerusalem during the week of Pesach. It is on my ‘to do’ list. Come join me!!
Are you coming to Jerusalem for Passover?
Here’s a chance to learn Torah from Jewish educators in Israel. On Sunday, April 1, 2018, Torah School for the Nations will be in session for a day of intensive study.
SPECIAL NOTE: Torah School for the Nations stands firmly against proselytization of all kinds and focuses on the twin goals of delving into what we share and helping us understand one another better.
Classes are especially designed for students from the Nations and no prior background is required.
11:15-12:10 – Introduction to the Rabbinic Tradition in Judaism
Many people have been taught to fear or distrust the Talmud and other expressions of rabbinic Judaism. This introduction will dispel the myths and help you understand the role of rabbinic literature in Torah.
Faculty Member: Rabbi Elan Adler
Rabbi Elan Adler was a synagogue rabbi in the United States for 25 years before making aliyah (moving to Israel) in 2010. He is known for his warm and gentle humor and for making Judaism accessible to adults.
12:15-13:10 – Universal Worship of God in The Bible and Jewish Liturgy
Throughout the Bible and in Jewish prayer, the theme of all people worshiping the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob at the End of Days appears again and again. We will look at these verses and discuss the implications for such a Messianic vision, both for the Jewish people and for people from the Nations.
Faculty Member: Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler
Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler is an adult Jewish educator, freelance journalist and editor of Ten From the Nations: Torah Awakening Among Non-Jews.
13:15-14:10 – Kosher for Passover lunch (included with your tuition)
Matzah, cheeses, tuna salad, egg salad, vegetable platter, soup and desserts. Hot and cold drinks will be available all day.
14:15-15:10 – Jewish Perspective on the Messianic Times: A Review of Biblical and Talmudic Sources
While the majority of the Babylonian Talmud deals with legal discussions, folk lore and moral teachings are included as well, including the fantastic and fascinating projections of how the Biblical messianic prophecies will come to pass. In our days, when so many of these prophecies are coming true, we will look into some of these Talmudic sources and the Biblical passages they are based on.
Faculty Member: Gidon Ariel
Gidon is the founder of Root Source, which offers online classes taught by Orthodox Jews from Israel for Christians worldwide. He is also the co-author of Israel FIRST!: The Key to Understanding the Blood Moons, Shemitah, Promises to Israel, the Coming Jubilee, and How it all Fits Together and Jubilee NOW!
15:15-16:10 – Learning Hebrew Through a Traditional Passover Song
After the Passover Seder concludes, Jewish families throughout the world stay at the table and sing Echad Mi Yodea (“Who Knows One?”). This song is easy to learn and through it, you will discover some of the richness of Jewish tradition, an introduction to the meaning of the Hebrew letters and how to count to 13 in Hebrew.
Faculty Member: Chaya Bluma Hadar
After completing a BA in Behavioral Sciences and Religious Studies at Rice University, Chaya Bluma made aliyah in 1989. Her love affair with Hebrew is over forty years old.
Originally priced at $125, the new price for a full day of learning plus a kosher for Passover lunch is now just $60/person for those who register by February 1, 2018. Beginning February 2, the regular price will be $75/person.
Torah School for the Nations will meet in the lower level of the Pnei Shmuel synagogue in the beautiful Judean city of Ma’ale Adumim, just east of Jerusalem. Ma’ale Adumim is easily accessible by public bus or a combination of the Jerusalem Light Rail and public bus. Round trip fare from Jerusalem is 17.70 NIS ($5) or 11.80 NIS ($3.40) depending on your starting location.
For questions or to register, contact Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler at firstname.lastname@example.org.