7 2016


28 2016

"To-rah or Not To-rah. Give Us 4 Weeks and We'll Give You 4,000 Years"

7:30PM - 9:00PM  

Jewish Federation of Howard County 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400
Columbia, MD 21044

Contact Judy Katz

This is an introductory course for those who'd like to know more about Torah and how to study it. It will be taught by Rabbi Gordon Fuller and held on Mondays, November 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2016. The class will be a participatory, discussion-style class rather than a lecture. Participants' questions, thoughts, and desires are more important than the course outline. This is a learning journey we will take together.

  • Session I - Where do we get the authority to "wrestle" with Torah? Who wrote the Torah and when? How do I make it my own?
  • Session II - How are Torah scrolls made? What are the rules and customs around them? When are they read and how does the weekly cycle work? Can anyone read them or have an aliyah?
  • Session III - Who are the traditional commentators and how do I learn/study about them? Who are the modern ones? What is the "Parsha Project" anyway?
  • Session IV - How do I make Torah part of my everyday life without feeling/becoming "religious"? What is the difference between Written Law and Oral law? What is Midrash?

Rabbi Gordon Fuller relocated to Maryland about a year ago to be closer to his children and grandchildren. He has been teaching and preparing b’nei mitzvah students at the Oseh Shalom religious school. Previously, he lived primarily in Chicago and Texas, where, among other activities, he was a congregational rabbi for 11 years and a Jewish educator at the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.

The fee for the course is $60 for members of Oseh Shalom and $75 for non-members. To reserve a space in the class, please send your check payable to Oseh Shalom at 7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel, MD 20707, Attention: Lifelong Learning Committee. For questions, contact

Sponsor: Oseh Shalom Lifelong Learning Committee