Gentlemen, what a great time it was last night!

For those of you in the land of Israel – or heading home, we will post the audio of the class as soon as it is edited… as well as the handouts. Thanks to those of you who brought wine for our fellowship time.

Speaking of handouts, Rick Spurlock noticed that I had an extra word in the “Donning Tallit” blessing… The Tzadik Class page has the corrected blessing, and the audio is available too. Right now, if you pray that, it turns out your blessing Hashem and asking him to light you on fire, while you wrap yourself in tzitzit. Yikes! If you remove the “l’hadlik”, you’ll be just fine… and won’t get singed on request…

Our classes will parallel the portion number each week… This was class #1, coinciding with the first portion, B’reishit, which will be read this Shabbat. The last portion is actually read TODAY, Hoshanah Rabbah! There are fabulous prayers in your Siddur which are reserved for this week. Avail yourself, it’s a mitzvah!

I trust I will see as many of you as possible tomorrow (Thursday) night, to celebrate the rejoicing of the Torah, Simchat Torah. We will read the entire Torah out loud. It will probably take less than two hours, but it’s a wonderful experience.

Reminder: We are placing a Bella Torah order to for tallit, tallit katan, and tefillin. If you want any of these items, please email me so I can coordinate size, payment, etc. I plan to place the order just before this Shabbat, so you can let me know as late as the Simchat Torah party tomorrow night.


Reminder: We have decided to ask an orthodox Rabbi to teach us once a month for the next six months. Please email me questions for which you would like the Rabbi to prepare.

Questions you should be able to answer as a result of last night’s class:


  1. A tzadik has earned a reputation over time. How would you describe him?
  2. Batya Wooten is a key player in history for what movement? What is a theological problem if her position is brought to its logical extreme?
  3. The Karaite movement was started by whom? They began with two basic tenets. One has to do with tradition, the other with the calendar. Describe each one.
  4. Chronologically, who is closer in time to Buddha, Moses or Rashi?
  5. When we speak of HaNavi, we are talking about Elijah, the prophet. When we speak of HaNasi, to whom are we referring, and what does that title mean? What did he do?
  6. Rashi squashy. What did he do that was so remarkable?
  7. What will provide consistency and structure to our life more than anything else?
  8. Psalm 145 describes the actions of the tzadik. What is the basic premise of the psalm?
  9. Michael Rood and Nehemia Gordon often appear together at seminars. Why would they have an affinity?
  10. There are three times of prayer each day. They are called, Shacharit, Maariv and Minchah. Put the three in order of occurrence.



Class Audio and Handouts