Coffee and Commentary with the Rabbi and Rashi

RabHershensonWebTemple Beth Tikvah will be restarting Torah study in January with a fresh approach. If you’ve been meaning to get to the weekly Torah study, but hadn’t gotten started yet, this is the perfect time to begin. Study sessions will begin on Friday, January 19th, with our new format - Revisiting the Torah text through the commentary of Rashi. Rabbi Johanna Hershenson will be leading the weekly Friday sessions from 10:00 to 11:30 am at the home of Evie Lerner.

Rashi image 1Rashi was an 11th century rabbi from the Provence region of France. He was a vintner and opened a yeshiva. Rashi’s Torah commentary seeks to clarify ambiguities in text through the filter of the whole of classic Rabbinic literature. In effect, Rashi employs the midrash interpretations he deemed essential to most accurately understand a Jewish reading of Torah and Jewish Law. Rabbi Johanna will select several of Rashi’s comments to guide each week’s Torah study discussion.

For this class, we would like RSVPs from those who are planning to attend so that Rabbi Johanna can prepare and send a week-by-week PDF study guide. The guide will start with the first three months, so please try to plan for 12-13 weeks of participation. A regular “core” group makes for richer discussions. Rabbi Johanna also suggests downloading onto your mobile device the free Sefaria app, which is an immense Jewish library that includes Rashi’s commentary on the Torah. For those who wish to view the information on their computers, the website link is:

  • 10:00 to 11:30 am on Fridays, beginning January 19th, at the home of Evie Lerner
  • Coffee, tea and nosh provided
  • Pre-registration requested so Rabbi Johanna and Evie know how many to plan for and who needs the study guide
  • Please plan for a 3-month commitment. While we understand that nobody can attend every session, we would like a regular “core” group of participants.
  • Parents with pre-schoolers are welcome. Please let Evie know if you are bringing children.

For RSVP and/or host questions, contact Evie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
For questions about the study, contact Rabbi Johanna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Check the calendar for the current schedule. Click here for this week’s parashat.