The Power to Creatively Explore Our Jewish Heritage
The Torah portion, Beha'alotcha, opens with G-d's command to Aaron, the High Priest, to light the lamps of
the menorah in the Tabernacle. We understand that the light of the candles symbolizes the spread of the
light of the Torah. Our sages comment on the Torah's use of an unusual verb for lighting the candles.
Usually the word would be "l'hadlik." But the Torah uses the word "l'haalot," which means to lift up or
elevate. Apparently, Aaron was to hold the flame in place until the fire of the newly lit candle went up by
itself. The message is that it is not enough to kindle a flame, but you have to ensure that the flame has the
power to burn on its own.
Our teachers at Shoresh not only kindled the flame within us about our Jewish heritage, but also
encouraged within us the power to continue to creatively explore our Jewish heritage and learning. (Class
Shoresh Has Changed Us
Shoresh itself has transitioned us, not just in Jewish thought, but in critical thought, and not just intellectually,
but also emotionally. How we relate to our Jewish life has forever been changed by Shoresh. (Class of
Questions We Will Need to Answer
As we leave home for new places, Megillat Esther raises questions that we will need to personally
answer. We will need to decide how and when to assert ourselves, how to maintain our Judaism, and how
to fit in to a different secular social group. (Class of 2010)
A Foundation of Jewish Knowledge
From our discussions of Kohelet in Shoresh, I was able to more fully grasp the overarching theme and idea
of The Sun Also Rises. This is, in my opinion, one of the most rewarding aspects of Shoresh. Through the
study of ancient texts and discussions about contemporary issues, I now have a foundation of Judaic
knowledge from which all my future studies will be based. (Class of 2010)
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