Announcing Torah School for the Nations – Expanded for Sukkot 2018

Are you coming to Israel for Sukkot? Here’s a chance to learn Torah from Jewish educators in Jerusalem. On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, Torah School for the Nations will be in session for a day of intensive study. This Sukkot, we present Torah School for the Nations in association with Yeshiva for the Nations.

We are excited to announce that Sukkot Torah School will be held in Jerusalem, at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center. The address is 6 Sh. A. Nakhon St. just off of Derech Hevron and close to the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. Egged Buses #18, #34, #71 and #72 all stop near the Begin Center.

Please note that there are multiple time slots in which concurrent sessions are being offered.

Classes are specially designed for adults from the Nations and no prior background is required. Torah School for the Nations stands firmly against proselytization of all kinds.

10:15 – 10:45 AM – Registration in the Lobby

Check in with staff in the main lobby of the Menachem Begin Heritage Center and proceed to the lecture hall. This is your opportunity to make a purchase at the snack bar and to get information about the full day’s schedule and locations for each session.

10:45 AM –  Welcome and Greeting (Lecture Hall)

This is our opportunity to welcome you to the day of learning and answer any questions you may have before we divide into groups, depending on which session you choose to attend.

11:00 -11:50 AM – Three Stages of Biblical Prophecy Fulfilled by The State of Israel (Lecture Hall)
The miraculous rebirth of the State of Israel is one of the most unlikely events in world history, however, it was all promised long ago in the Bible! Each milestone in the formation of modern Israel is a significant step in the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy as described throughout Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) and explained by Jewish sages over the centuries. Learn about this exciting and important topic from the editor of The Israel Bible.
Faculty Member: Rabbi Tuly Weisz
Rabbi Naphtali “Tuly” Weisz is the director of Israel365 and serves as the publisher of The Israel Bible and Breaking Israel News, providing latest headlines from a Biblical perspective. Rabbi Tuly attended Yeshiva University (BA), Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (Rabbinic Ordination) and the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law (JD) and served as the Rabbi of the Beth Jacob Congregation in Columbus, Ohio before making aliyah.

11:00 -11:50 AM – Restoring Biblical Culture (Seminar Room)
Topics include Biblical garments, techelet (Biblical blue fringe) and other Biblical colors, Biblical weddings (and anniversaries), ketoret (incense of the Temple) and other Biblical spices, the holy half-shekel and the first Biblically-correct calendar for the Third Temple era.
Faculty Member: Reuven Prager
Reuven Prager is the personality behind Beged Ivri, the Levitical Ministry, established in 1983, for the research and restoration of ancient Israelite customs in preparation for rebuilding the Holy Third Temple in Jerusalem. Beged Ivri will have merchandise for sale at Torah School.

12:00-12:50 PM – What Jews Believe About The Messiah (Lecture Hall)
While Jews and Christians have much in common, one of the fundamental differences is our understanding of the identity of the Messiah. In this session, you will be introduced to the Jewish view of redemption (geula) and the two Messiahs, as understood by Jewish tradition.
Faculty Member: Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler is the editor of Ten From the Nations: Torah Awakening Among Non-Jews. She is currently the Program Director for Yeshiva for the Nations, an adult Jewish educator and freelance journalist. Copies of Ten From The Nations: Torah Awakening Among Non-Jews will be available for sale at Torah School.

12:00-12:50 PM – Choseness: God’s calling for the Jewish people…and everyone else (Seminar Room)
We’ve all heard the saying that the Jewish people are the chosen people, but what exactly does that mean? Chosen for what? And if they are chosen, what are the rest of us, chopped liver? In this intriguing talk, we will explore what it means that the Jewish people are the chosen people, what it means to be a light to the nations, what are the implications of being called to be a “peculiar people” and what is left for the rest of the world.
Faculty Member: Penina Taylor is a dynamic Jewish inspirational speaker. With over 30 years in Christian and Jewish education, Penina teaches a wide variety of audiences from a unique perspective. Her personal story marks a journey from secular Judaism to Christianity to Orthodox Judaism. She is the author of two books and regularly lectures at seminaries and yeshivas in Israel and across the globe. Penina also runs an online spiritual mentoring group which brings together Jewish and non-Jewish women who want to learn about Judaism and Torah.

1:00-2:20 PM – Lunch On Your Own
Options include a snack bar inside the Begin Center, 10 eateries in First Station, a five-minute walk from the Begin Center and a Yellow convenience store at the gas station just across from the Begin Center. Many of the eateries at First Station will have sukkot. It is also possible to bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy on the patio of the Begin Center or at Liberty Bell Park, a
six-minute walk from the Begin Center.

1:45-2:20 PM – Optional “Ask The Rabbi” Session (Seminar Room)
For those who prefer to grab a quick lunch and return to learning, Rabbi Elan Adler will be available in the Seminar Room to answer questions about Sukkot and other Biblical holidays. This session is informal and not intended to keep people from enjoying a relaxing lunch break.

2:30-3:20 PM Replacement Theology – Just what is it? You may be surprised. (Lecture Hall)
What if we are missing even a part of the greatest move of God in the earth today – even just a little? What if the suffering of the Jewish people over the last 2,000 years had something to do with Christianity? What if there are things we can do to make amends for that? What if some of the ways we express our love to the Jewish people are actually hurtful? What if there are even very small things we could do to express our love to the Jewish people in an even better way? The Time to FAVOR Zion has come and to Comfort her people. Let’s explore some “What ifs” together for such a Time as this.
Faculty Member: Donna Jollay, Department of Jewish-Christian Relations
Donna Jollay is a hi-tech entrepreneur, philanthropist, and, most dear to her heart, a deeply committed Christian Zionist. Donna has dedicated her life to being a bridge between the Jewish and Christian world and lives full-time in Israel working for Israel365, an Orthodox Jewish organization. She is the Co-Founder of Yeshiva for the Nations. 

3:30-4:20 PM – Learn To Read Hebrew In Six Weeks (Seminar Room)
In this session, you will be introduced to Miiko’s unique system for learning to read Hebrew. After this session, you will be able to continue your study online. Her book, Learn to Read Hebrew in Six Weeks, based on the method she will introduce to you, will be available for sale during Torah School.
Faculty Member: Miiko Shaffier
Miiko Shaffier is a Hebrew teacher, a certified Pilates instructor and the Community Coordinator for Neve Chabad, a newly developing Jewish village in the Negev desert. Miiko was born in Florida in 1978. She grew up mostly in Canada and spent some time living in both New York and California. She married Aaron in 2000, and in 2007 they immigrated to Israel with their young family. Miiko now lives in Be’er Sheva, the city of Abraham, with her husband and nine children. She is the author of Learn to Read Hebrew in Six Weeks.

3:30-4:20 PM – Hebrew as a Divine Language (Lecture Hall)
Hebrew is God’s language. Jewish tradition teaches that God used Hebrew to create the world. In this session, you will be introduced to the concept of root letters and how they conceptually connect Hebrew words. No background in Hebrew is required.
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.

4:30-5:20 PM – The Secrets of David’s Harps (Lecture Hall)
The harp of David, the national instrument of Israel, has always been known as a powerful mystical instrument of prayer, healing, prophesy, joy and blessing. Hung on the willow trees for thousands of years, it was returned to its rightful place in 1984 when Micah Harrari built one for his wife Shoshanna, based on a 3,000 year-old ancient archeological cave drawing found in the caves of Meggido. Its attention spread all over the world and has become on its own a symbol of redemption (geula) and blessing. Come and learn the secrets of this amazing instrument, its past, but more importantly its future and meaning for us, and all the people of the nations of the world.
Faculty Member: Shoshanna Harrari
Shoshanna Harrari, together with her husband Micah, have been custom building the Biblical harps of David for 36 years. Besides building them for private people, museums and organizations, they also build them for the Temple Institute, where they are kept in safe-keeping for the days to come when they will once again be needed to make sweet music in the future Temple.

4:30-5:20 PM – Deuteronomy 30: A Vision of Redemption (Seminar Room)
Deuteronomy 30 presents a promise of redemption following a period of exile. Verses from this chapter have been incorporated into the official Prayer for the State of Israel. How does this chapter lend clarity to the reality of the State of Israel today and its place in the process of redemption?
Faculty Member: Sondra Oster Baras
Sondra Oster Baras is the director of the Israel office of Christian Friends of Israeli Communities (CFOIC). She is an active spokesperson for the communities of Judea and Samaria. Her greatest passion is studying and teaching the Bible.

5:30-6:20 PM – The Holiday of Sukkot: Re-Creation And A Return To The Garden Of Eden (Lecture Hall)
A special presentation by Member of Knesset Rabbi Yehudah Glick.
Faculty Member: Rabbi Yehudah Glick is an American-born Israeli Orthodox rabbi and politician. He regularly hosts Knesset Bible Study for Jews and Christians and campaigns for expanding Jewish access to the Temple Mount. He is currently a member of the Knesset and serves as the leader of HaLiba, a coalition of groups dedicated to a complete and comprehensive freedom and civil rights for Jews on the Temple Mount.

6:30-7:20 PM The Role of Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) in Guiding our Biblical Ancestors in Keeping the Torah (Lecture Hall)
Although God gives Abraham only one eternal commandment, circumcision; Genesis 26:5 clearly states that Abraham kept all of the Lord’s commands, decrees and instructions. Some aspect of a Torah lifestyle was honored by Abraham. We must also assume that Abraham not only taught his household this Torah, but his children as well. Join a journey of the faith of our biblical Patriarchs and Matriarchs and learn how Ruach HaKodesh enabled them to download Torah prior to the Sinaitic Covenant.
Faculty Member: David Nekrutman is the Executive Director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation.

7:20-7:30 PM – Concluding Words and Closing Song  (Lecture Hall)
After an intense day of study, conversation and reflection, we will meet briefly, all together, before we go our separate ways.

The price for a full day of learning is $75/person. Click here to register and pay.

The Israel Bible and related books and calendars will be available for purchase during Sukkot Torah School.

For questions, contact Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler at


  1. we are unable to be in Jerusalem for Sukkot. we would very much appreciate and learn from each of your speakers. Is it possible to either stream this OR have DVD’s OR CD’s made to enable us and others to purchase these teachings, post Sukkot??

    1. I so appreciate your enthusiasm, but I’m unable to answer affirmatively. It would be a big expense to record the sessions and then prepare them for distribution, especially given that there are two sessions in most time slots. In addition, there is something special about learning Torah in Israel that can’t be duplicated. The rabbis teach that the very air of Israel makes a person wise. This is our third Torah School and we’re already planning for Pesach. If you sign up for the mailing list, you’ll be able to get notification of new programs and also of brief Torah School videos that are free to watch.

      I look forward to meeting you at a future Torah School.

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