The Importance of Teaching Torah

This week we began our monthly Torah Service. See below for pictures capturing the service. We teach Torah in a way that students learn to respect the integrity of the text. While the Torah is certainly a difficult text, it is one which is integral to our identity and education as Jews. The information in the Torah describes many of the same questions young children wonder: How was the world created? What are right and wrong ways to act with other people? What do we know about God? Studying Torah gives them a place to explore these ideas and express these thoughts.

As you may know, we already task our 4th and 5th graders with writing their own D’var Torah to share during Kabbalat Shabbat each week. In this way, our students figure out what the stories of Torah mean to them. “Where are you in the story?” As our children get older and begin to prepare for their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, it is our duty to fully prepare them with Torah Literacy. Every month we host a Morning Torah Service, where the 5th grade students read verses from the Torah portion with one of our Rabbis. This leadership opportunity helps them improve their skills and build their motivation, excitement, and joy in reading Torah.

After the service, Rabbi Sarah Fort taught a lesson on the significance of Tefillin. Tefillin are a set of small black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah. The Torah commands that they should be worn to serve as a “sign” and “remembrance” that God brought the children of Israel out of Egypt.

We hope you will join us for our Morning Torah Services in Freedman Levit Sanctuary at 7:45am on the following days:

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Thursday, May 16, 2019

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