Tuesdays With Torah

Same day: Tuesday

Same time: Noon – 1:00 PM

Same place: Wise Center

Same topic: Torah!

Take a middle-of-the-day break to feed your mind. Fascinating content led by our expert rabbis and rabbinic interns will give you a deeper understanding of the Torah and its meaning in our lives.

In-person classes are temporarily suspended but you can attend virtual classes with the Rabbis via Zoom meeting.

Please register for all classes using the red registration buttons. You will be emailed Zoom login information within 24 hours after registering.

Questions? Contact Terri Snavely, 513.793.2997.

Class Descriptions:

October – May

Oct 13, 20, 27 From out of the Fire: Embers of Hope
with Rabbi Kamrass
Having led the German Jewish community and survived the Nazi camps, Rabbi Leo Baeck’s writing from that unique experience represents a heroic example of Jewish life, learning and teaching that can enrich us all.   His life, his wisdom and his stirring prose challenge us in our own day with deep devotion to Judaism expressed in a universalist message of faith from the Jewish heart.  Join Rabbi Kamrass in studying Baeck’s writing, themes and values for our day.
Nov 3, 10, 17 Values, Virtues and Vice in Jewish Tradition
with Rabbi Danziger
Is legal good enough?  Should we strive for perfection? How much is too much?  How nice do we have to be?  Explore stories and sources from our tradition that see to teach us about which thoughts and behaviors are to be cherished, and which ones are to be avoided.
Dec 1, 8, 15 Sermons Delivered in Trying Times
with Rabbi Thomashow
It may not surprise you to learn that even as the current pandemic unfolds, archives and their archivist are currently collecting sermons from pulpit rabbis on the pandemic. Perhaps these sermons will be catalogued next to sermons delivered during the Civil War, the First or Second World War, the Cold War, the Gulf War, the Spanish Flu, the AIDS epidemic, and more. There are sermons from rabbis serving pulpits in the US and sermons from rabbis serving pulpits in England, and even sermons that respond to one another across the seas! I trust that we may gain some wisdom and perspective on our current times upon a closer study of these sermons delivered in trying times.
Jan 5 and 12 The Hidden World of Jewish Craftsmanship
with Jonathan Falco
In today’s world, the expression “Jewish professional” rarely elicits the image of a woodworker with a Star of David around his neck. Unbeknownst to most, our tradition has a rich history of artisanal craftsmanship and artistry, echoes of which continue to reverberate today. Join us in exploring this world of Jewish craftsmanship – the products upon which our sacred communal spaces rely.
Jan 19 and 26 “Jewish Texts and “The Other”
with Libby Fisher
Historically, the Jewish community has been a strong ally and advocate for social justice, especially when it comes to issues of racial justice. But what do our Jewish texts have to say about our relationships with “the other”? Together, we will dissect some of our texts, both troubling and uplifting, and explore how we can continue our legacy of social justice work.
Feb 2, 9, 16, 23 American Jewish Thought Since 1934
with Rabbi Thomashow
Leading contemporary Rabbis David Ellenson and Michael Marmur edited a fabulous book of essays in May with this title. A leading book review of it reads: “The editors are careful to point out how a plurality of approaches emerged in response to the fundamental ruptures and challenges of continuity posed by the Holocaust, the establishment of the state of Israel, and the civil rights movement in the twentieth century.” During these four sessions, we will take one essay per week and examine the modern Jewish thought within its pages.
Mar 2, 9, 16, 23 Decoding Our Diary: Unlocking the History, Mysteries, and Meanings of our Prayer Book
with Rabbi Danziger
Though much about our worship may look different than it once did, the guidebook to our worship has maintained much of its structure and content.  Its development reflects the history of the Jewish people, its words chronicle our most deeply held beliefs and desires, and its use has punctuated Jewish daily life for generations.  Our past is in its pages; our story is waiting for us to discover it.
Apr 6, 13, 20 Permanent Economic Inequality:  Jewish Aspirations of Resolving Generational Poverty
with Rabbi Kamrass
As far back as biblical days, our Jewish tradition addressed permanent economic quality with texts, ideals, aspirations, and structures to directly address generational poverty and the economic inequalities of every society in which we have lived.    Join Rabbi Kamrass in exploring those texts and ideas suggested through the ages to the persistent question of permanent economic inequality.
Apr 27, May 4, 11 Rabbi Akiva’s Three Loves: People, Torah and God
with Rabbi Jan Katzew
Rabbi Akiva ben Joseph clearly would have a place on the rabbinic version of Mount Rushmore. Indeed, he is widely considered to be second to Moses a teacher of Torah and an exemplar of love. In three sessions, we will focus on three dimensions of Rabbi Akiva’s love: humanity, divinity and the thread that holds them together, Torah. The timing of this series – between Passover and Shavuot – is intentional, since during this period we walk from slavery to freedom, from degradation to praise, from hatred to love.