Thursday, November 1, 2007

Torah class!

It seems like a lifetime ago (actually about 10 years) when I told some friends that I was interested in learning more about the Jewish faith. I told them I would be interested in attending some services and classes but didn't know where to begin. They both ridiculed me and told me that my curiosity would not be welcomed. I believed them.

Fast Forward to the summer of 2006.

I'm talking with my friend, Brad, who tells me about how he's going to start taking Torah classes on Thursday nights. My eyes lit up -- here was my chance -- I asked Brad if there was any way I might be able to come, too.

So it was that last fall I started going to the local Temple on Thursday nights to soak up as much as I could from Rabbi David.

I would come home each Thursday night and tell my wife about what I had learned -- the "new" concepts I was exploring (only things that have been discussed and debated for about 5,000 years now).

The classes went through the early part of this year.

Now, I get to go again!

I think it's safe to say you will be reading a lot about these classes in the months to come.



rhitt.garrett said...

I too participate in these wonderfully rich and revealing Torah studies with Ken. It is unfortunate, and much to our deep poverty, that Christian orthodoxy uniformly rejects and distrusts Jewish guidance for studying /translating Torah. It seems ironic that we think we know more about translating Hebrew than do the Jewish folks themselves. This brings into play the "Authority" issue discussed above.

James said...

Dude, I'm jealous. The Israelites—the original Jews—were God's chosen people, yet we know next to nothing about them. And some things didn't necessarily change after Christ's death/resurrection (e.g. the Passover/Last Supper celebration). So why not go to the experts—the ones who have been studying God's word the way it was interpreted when Jesus was hanging out in the temple?