We are continually seeking ways to create different approaches for engaging together during our services. As part of this, we will introduce, as an experiment, an alternative to the traditional sermon using a more interactive discussion aligned with the weekly Torah reading. We plan to do this on four upcoming Shabbatot on January 14 and 28 and February 11 and 25.
On these days, rather than a 15-minute sermon before Musaf, we will engage in a D'var Torah Dialogue woven between the Torah reading. In keeping with our values of connecting and learning, the Socratic method of D'var Torah will be more participatory and engaging leading to a deeper understanding and retention of lessons from the weekly Parashah.
To participate fully in the dialogue, please arrive at the beginning of the Torah service at approximately 10:10 a.m. No pre-reading of the Parashah is necessary, though it never hurts! Come as you are and be ready to learn together.
Mark your calendars and join us on January 14 and 28 and February 11 and 25. Following these dates, a short feedback survey will be included in the e-newsletters for those who joined us.
Rabbi Steven Wernick, The Anne and Max Tanenbaum Senior Rabbinic Chair
Mitch Max, Ritual Committee Chair