March 15, 2021
Since the start of the pandemic, it has been a challenge to substitute exciting social gatherings, holiday events and Shabbat dinners with zoom events and Shabbat–to–go packages. Ironically, it is precisely the decline in activities and programs that led to a powerful discovery; the beauty of a one-on-one Torah study session or as they call it in Rabbinical school, chavruta.
It is a transformative experience to use ancient and modern Jewish texts as a springboard for deep discussions on themes relating to the weekly Parsha or current events. And as the Talmud
says, “The Torah is like fire: Just as fire is not lit alone, but with a pile of kindling, so can the flame of Torah only take hold when souls unite in study”.
In the words of Koby Sokoloff, “I love my weekly one-on-one study sessions. It gives me a time each week to connect to the stories from the Torah I studied as a kid at a deeper, more spiritual level. And there is always a great takeaway on how I can apply the message of the weekly portion to my life today!!”
In addition to YJSA’s weekly Torah discussion now taking place on Zoom, Rabbi Eli & Tzivia Block are both available for a private study session either on Zoom or in person. Contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about Young & Jewish San Antonio and the Chabad Center for Jewish Life & Learning at chabadsa.com.
*This article is featured in the print Jewish Journal Passover edition