No matter your background in Jewish studies, please feel welcome to join a small group of women on Tuesday, June 13 from 6:30 to 8:00pm in one of the cozy private study rooms in the Lafayette Public Library, 775 Baseline Road.
Classes are led by Chany Scheiner, co-director of the Boulder County Center for Judaism, who is a warm and welcoming teacher with many years of experience. They are open to any Jewish woman, whether she has any background in Torah study, Hebrew, or Judaism or not.
We will study Vayaira (And He Appeared), which begins with Chapter 18, Verse 1 of the Book of Genesis in which, among other things:
- G!d reveals Himself to 99-year-old Abraham three days after the first Jew’s circumcision. Abraham welcomes strangers and thus entertains angels, one of whom promises that Sarah (aged 89 and barren all her life) will have a son – she laughs.
- Abraham pleads with G!d to spare Sodom.
- Lot entertains angels and protects them from a mob. They take him and his family out of the city before it is destroyed, leading to the famous pillar of salt incident.
- Sarah is again presented as Abraham’s sister and taken, this time by the king of the Philistines who is warned in a dream to let her go.
- Isaac (Yitzchak, meaning “will laugh”) is born to Sarah and Abraham, the first Jewish child, he is circumcised on the eight day after his birth.
- Hagar and her son Ishmael are banished from Abraham’s home. They don’t die in the desert because G!d shows her a well.
- Then there’s the binding of Isaac, familiar to many from high holy day services, but it is unlikely that we will get this far, as discussion and connections to our lives today add texture and continuity to our conversations while also keeping us from speeding through the parshot.
Please don’t hesitate to come because you have not been at the previous sessions. To date no one has been able to be at every single one and each session is made special by the people who are there as well as the parsha we are studying. So, if you have been to one of these classes, great! Come to another. If you have never joined us, please do so this month.
Chany suggests considering these classes “part of your own personal GPS or blueprint for living,” and as there is a different parsha and a somewhat different group each month, new voices are always welcome as we delve into the timeless teachings of the Chumash (Torah) and connect them to the relevant issues in our day-to-day lives. Attend just this one, or plan to come to them all, whatever works for you is perfect.
The class is free but an RSVP is required. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 720.422.6776.