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The Love Your Neighbor Elul Study Challenge

Part of the process of teshuvah (returning, redirecting) is studying what the Torah says about relationships between people and our responsibilities in the world.

One of the unique ways the Jewish community can reshape the world in the new year is by bringing into action our teachings about compassion and justice.

What better way to do both of those things than to study this month a verse that is at the literal
center of the Torah:  וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָV’ahavta l’ray’acha kamocha “Love your neighbor as yourself”

The tradition of Jewish commentary on this phrase, each word, and its context in the Torah make clear that this is not some vague and gooey teaching, but opens up a set of challenges and questions that we have to figure out how to apply in our personal lives and as citizens.

The challenge:
I would like to study this verse during the month of Elul between now and Rosh Hashanah with at least 75 people. One way or another. I hope many will be people who don’t already usually study Torah.

When and How:
If you are interested in hosting a study salon at your home, contact me as soon as possible!
Or, come to one of these ready-made opportunities:

Love Your Neighbor Café (coffee, tea, etc are on me!)

Thursday, Aug. 16 10:00-11:00 a.m. A&E Coffee Roasters
135 Rte 101A, Amherst

Friday, Aug. 17 10:30-11:30 a.m. Buckley’s Bakery and Café
436 Daniel Webster Hwy, Merrimack

Wednesday, Aug. 22 1:00-2:00 p.m. The Village Bean
33 Indian Rock Rd (Rte 111), Windham

Tuesday, Aug. 28 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Riverwalk Café
35 Railroad Square, Nashua

Lunch Hour Torah – call in or participate by video through the web
https://zoom.us/j/5530075723 or (929) 436-2866/(669) 900 6833, meeting ID 553 007 5723
12:00-1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14; Wednesday, Aug. 22; Thursday, Aug. 30

Beit Midrash Intensive – 2 Hours of Torah (With Snacks)

6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 16 and Tuesday, August 28
at Temple Beth Abraham (20 minute interlude for minyan at 7:30 p.m.)

Or set up a time to study with me individually or with a small group!

Fri, November 16 2018 8 Kislev 5779