Visiting Israel for Sukkot? Here’s a chance to learn Torah from Jewish educators in Jerusalem. On Thursday, October 17, 2019, 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 Root-Source.
Sukkot Torah School will be held at the AMI Jerusalem Center in Jerusalem’s Talbiya neighborhood.
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.
10:00 – 10:30 AM – Registration
Check in with staff, get your name tag, grab a hot or cold drink and pick your seat.
10:30 – 10:45 AM – Welcome and Greeting
This is our opportunity to welcome you to the day of learning and answer any questions you may have. You will also hear a brief history of the AMI Center where we will be meeting.
10:45 -11:35 AM – God’s Governance of the World: Chosen People, Chosen Times, Chosen Place
A glimpse into how G-d governs and runs His world through the chosen elements.
Hebrew, the key to understanding the Bible.
Chosen People: Who are the People of Israel and what is their task?
Chosen Place: Jerusalem’s significance.
Chosen Times: Jewish festivals embedded in the Hebrew calendar, and its ongoing influence in the world and world events.
Faculty Member: AnaRina Heymann worked successfully in the broadcast and marketing industry in South Africa before joining the Jewish Agency for Israel in Johannesburg where she promoted aliyah (Jewish immigration to Israel). She made aliyah herself in 2011. In Israel, she continued working for the Jewish Agency’s Aliyah Department. She joined the City of David in 2014 and started the Jerusalem Watch Project. In November 2018, Heymann launched a new Biblical Advocacy program called Align With Zion. The project aims to assist pro-Israel supporters in understanding the eternal covenant and dynamic between God and His people (Am Israel), how it plays out in modern history, and to ultimately empower them in their support of Israel, by aligning them with the true essence of Zion.
11:45 -12:35 PM – The Biblical Significance of 71 and Its Lessons For Us This Year
Last year, there was so much hype around the 70th anniversary of Israeli independence, since 70 in Judaism represents the Nations of the world, that the 71st year seems anti-climatic. Yet, from a Biblical perspective, 71 is also a number with great significance.
Faculty Member: Rabbi 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.
12:35-1:30 PM – Lunch
If you pre-ordered a boxed lunch, it will be available for you. It is also possible to bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy on the grounds of the AMI Center. A small sukkah will be available for those who need one.
12:45-1:15 PM – Optional “Ask The Rabbi” Session
For those who prefer to grab a quick lunch and return to learning, Rabbi Elan Adler will be available 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.
1:30-2:20 PM The Exciting Value of Learning Torah
It has been said that during their exile, the Jewish People had a “portable homeland” – the Torah.
While more and more non-Jews are discovering that Torah in our day, the study of Torah has always been more of a love affair for Jews than an academic pursuit. Discover (or rediscover!) some of the sources in the Torah that have been powering this engagement for thousands of years.
Faculty Member: Gidon Ariel is the founder and CEO of Root Source, an organization dedicated to promoting respectful relationships between pro-Israel Christians and Jews. Gidon made Aliyah from Queens, NY when he was 14. He spent close to a decade in advanced Jewish studies institutes (Yeshivas) and the Israeli Army. Gidon is married with five children. He lives in Maale Hever, a suburb of Hebron.
2:30-3:20 PM – Bringing God into the World: Understanding the attributes of God in the Torah through the wisdom of the Hebrew language
While in English, we use the word God to describe the Creator, the Hebrew language of the Torah uses many different names, each one encapsulating unique attributes and characteristics. In this talk, we will explore several of the names for God as they appear in the Five Books of Moses, ancient and modern understandings of God across a spectrum of Torah commentaries, and our human potential to bring Godliness into the world.
Faculty Member: Dr. Azriela Jankovic is the author of Beyond all Things: 50 Insights to Awaken our Purpose and Spiritual Connection. She is an educator and the creator of SOULcare Coaching
3:20-3:45 PM Break
3:45-4:35 PM – Spiritual Secrets of Shabbat
The Holy Shabbat is a 25-hour period of detaching from our weekday activities in order to focus on more spiritual matters. The laws of how to properly observe Shabbat are numerous. The rituals of the evening and day of Shabbat are relatively simple. But is there more than meets the eye? We’ll discover the secrets of Shabbat, the mystical aspects of the day that are easy to miss, but necessary to mine. Come with what you already know or have heard about Shabbat, and you’ll leave brimming with spiritual joy.
Faculty Member: 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. He teaches all ages from high school to senior adults and offers counseling services in the Jerusalem area.
4:45-5:35 PM – Understanding The Temple’s Importance For The Nations
There is a Jewish teaching that if only the Nations of the world knew how important the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem was for them, they would have physically prevented the Romans from destroying it. The Jews are commanded by the Torah to sacrifice 70 bulls and oxen during Sukkot on behalf of the 70 original Nations of the world. These special offerings were said to bring down abundant blessing from heaven to the Nations. What does this mean for us today?
Faculty Member: Rabbi Harry Hirschel Moskoff is a Remi Award-winning film producer, writer of The A.R.K. Report: The Ark of the Covenant and the Tunnels of Israel and managing director of Moskoff-Media (Israel). With an intense interest in biblical archaeology and politics, Moskoff is a prolific contributor to several Israeli publications and an internationally acclaimed expert on ancient Temple artifacts from the Roman period. He is also a TV show host in Israel and a member of the White House Press pool, as well as related working-groups regarding the final status of the Temple Mount.
5:35-5:50 PM – Sharing Impressions and Closing Song
After an intense day of study, conversation and reflection, we will meet briefly to share impressions and sing Hinei Ma Tov, as is our Torah School custom, before we go our separate ways.
Optional boxed lunch: $11
Click here to register and pay.
The AMI Jerusalem Center is located at 25 Hovevei Tzion. It is within easy walking distance from the Inbal and Dan Panorama hotels. If traveling with public transportation, use Egged bus #13 or any lines running on Keren Hayesod and King David streets including #71, #72, #74 and #75. There is very limited street parking, so it’s best not to plan to drive.
Kosher boxed lunches are available for an additional $11/person and include your choice of six kinds of sandwiches, mineral water and fresh fruit. Click here to include a lunch order with your registration.
For questions, contact Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler at firstname.lastname@example.org.