A Friendship of Learners
The Saturday Torah Study is one of the longest running havurot, or friendship communities, at Temple Beth Tikvah. Ostensibly, the purpose of the group is for participants to become thoroughly grounded in Torah, and to explore what these sacred texts mean to us today. However, studying Torah doesn’t begin to describe what happens from 9:00-10:00 on Saturday mornings. Armed with hot coffee and fresh bagels, we discuss and argue, sharing personal experiences and various points of view as we examine sacred biblical texts in detail. And we laugh…a lot.
We number among our group teachers, nurses, lawyers, horticulturalists, actors, housewives, house husbands….you name it, we’ve got it! But there is one profession that we all have in common—that of learner. By the way, there is no such thing as a dumb question in Torah study. People are eager to respond to any queries, no matter what. All opinions are acknowledged, as long as they are presented in a respectful manner. And if you haven’t much to say and just want to listen, that’s okay, too. (Just listening is a great way to learn.)
Those who regularly attend gain a great deal from the cultural and spiritual riches that Torah provides for us all. But just as important are the warmth and friendliness radiated by this wonderful, vibrant group of people.
So if you would like to drop in and see what our “friendship of learners” is like, come to the TBT social hall any Saturday morning at 9:00 am. The entire community is welcome to join us and remember; the bagels, cream cheese, and coffee are free!