According to our tradition, we recite the following before we study: Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha’olam asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu la’asok b’divreiTorah. “Praised are You, Adonai, Our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has made us holy with commandments and commanded us to engage in the study of Torah.”
The words of this blessing encourage us to “engage in the study of Torah;” to embrace our studies, to discuss and wrestle with what we learn. Furthermore, we are to be actively involved in a community of learners – so that together we can make each encounter with Judaism worthwhile.
Traditionally Jews have come together to learn in a part of the synagogue known as the Beit HaMidrash. Translated as “the house of study,” it was the room in which group learning occurred. One who entered could expect to find all sorts of opportunities – to listen, to learn, to argue, to discuss, to experience, to grow. It was a place where all learners were welcome regardless of background or previous knowledge. The Beit HaMidrash then was an important gathering place within the community for all those who wanted to learn more about their Judaism.
The Adult Education program here at Temple Emanuel is named to reflect this traditional learning model. Many exciting things are being planned in our Beit HaMidrash – all designed to help our Temple Family learn and grow together. All sessions are held at Temple and are free of charge unless otherwise noted.
La’asok b’divrei Torah – As we join together to share the joy of learning, may we grow closer to our tradition, and to each other as well.
If you have any questions or are interested in any of the Adult Education programs, please contact the Beit HaMidrash team.