A Tuesday(ish) TorahTutors Tidbit About Trees and Bushes and More

In honor of Tu B’Shevat and, in America, Martin Luther King Junior Day, we’ll make this a pre-Tuesday TorahTutors tidbit: real Torah, from real TorahTutors sessions. A TorahTutors student learned about the mitzvot of ma’aser: separating portions of produce for Leviim, poor people, and/or simply to eat oneself in Jerusalem. Different types of ma’aser are…

A Tuesday TorahTutors Tidbit About Grammar and Resurrection of the Dead

A time-traveling #TuesdayTorahTutorsTidbit: Real Torah, from real TorahTutors sessions. A TorahTutors student studied some the Gemara’s many suggested Scriptural sources for the concept of the resurrection of the dead, and one of the texts cited is in this week’s Torah reading. The Gemara in Sanhedrin 91b quotes a baraita that states: Rabbi Meir said: From…

A Tuesday TorahTutors Tidbit About Lofty Goals and the Means to Achieve Them

A #TuesdayTorahTutorsTidbit for the beginning of 2022, about goals and what we need to achieve them; real Torah, from real TorahTutors sessions. According to Rambam (in his Introduction to Perek Chelek), the ultimate good to which a human’s soul might aspire transcends this world and consists in full knowledge of, and thereby unity with, God.…

A Tuesday TorahTutors Tidbit About What We Learn from the Tribe of Levi

A young TorahTutors student learning the weekly Torah portion saw the tribe of Levi demonstrate certain character traits in multiple contexts. In last week’s parsha (Vayechi), Yaakov cursed Levi’s anger and indicated that the tribe would be dispersed (Bereishit 49:7) – seemingly as punishment for Levi’s vengeance. At the same time, some see a positive…

A Tuesday TorahTutors Tidbit About Giving Thanks Where Thanks is Due

A pre-Thanksgiving Tuesday TorahTutors Tidbit: Real Torah, from real TorahTutors sessions. A TorahTutors student learning the Song of Deborah (Judges 5), with the help of commentaries, followed the prophetess’s descriptions of who did and didn’t help in the battle against Sisera. Deborah commends the tribes who sent soldiers and reproaches those who didn’t, emphasizes how…