Adult Summer Limud


Exploring the Impact of Little Known Jewish Texts on Your Life

Summer Limud is an empowering five session series designed to apply ancient wisdom to contemporary life. Along with the TRS clergy and community, you will find personal meaning and be transformed by a deeper understanding of our historic texts.

No RSVP is necessary. All are encouraged and welcome to attend any or all the sessions!

All of the Limud sessions are live streamed here. They are available after the presentation in our streaming archives here.

Breaking the Code

Tuesday, July 1 from 7:30 – 9:00 PM with Rabbi Amy Schwartzman

The Shulchan Aruch is the code of Jewish Law written in 1563 by Rabbi Yosef Karo. Explore the legal genius of this ancient rabbi.

Handouts from Rabbi Schwartzman’s session:

Overview of Jewish Texts

Shulchan Aruch Chapter 671

Erotic Love Poetry

Tuesday, July 8 from 7:30 – 9:00 PM with Cantors Michael Shochet and Rachel Rhodes

Shir HaShirim/Song of Songs is our book of Biblical love poetry. You’ll be surprised at its sensual nature and hidden meanings.

Handout from Cantors Michael Shochet and Rachel Rhodes session:

Song of Songs Translation

Flights of Fancy

Tuesday, July 15 from 7:30 – 9:00 PM with Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein

Pirkei D’Rabbi Eliezer is a midrashic retelling of Biblical stories composed around the 8th century. This is what you wouldn’t normally expect from a biblical story; find deeper meaning in these classics.

Handout from Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein’s session:

Joseph in Egypt from Pirkei D’Rabbi Eliezer

Pirkei D’Rabbi Eliezer Text Study

Pathways to Moral Growth

Tuesday, July 22 from 7:30 – 9:00 PM with Cantor Allen Leider

Mussar and the Writings of Rabbi Israel Salanter is a practice of living middot/Jewish virtues that began in the 19th century. Come learn about the newest oldest thing in personal spiritual development.

Magical Mystical Tour

Tuesday, July 29 from 7:30 – 9:00 PM with Rabbi Jeffrey Saxe

The Zohar is the foundational work of Jewish mysticism from the 13th century. Delve into new understandings of our relationship with God and Creation.