May: Torah Lishma—Contemplative Reading and Application of Scripture
May 4 - 25, 2020—Mondays @ 1 p.m. ET
Every morning, our traditional Jewish prayers include this request: “May we all know your name and study your Torah for its own sake—Torah lishma.” Pursuing Torah lishma means that we don’t study Torah with some other end in sight, but because of the surpassing value and holiness of Scripture itself. In a Messianic Jewish context, we believe that we encounter God through his Ruach in the words of Scripture. This encounter is in itself the reward of study, and it also bears fruit in all aspects of our lives, so that we fulfill the words of Torah. In this class we will explore contemplative reading as an essential part of such study, including the venerable Christian practice of lectio divina, sacred reading. The class is designed to help you, the student, incorporate such practices in your daily life.
Meet Your Instructor
Rabbi Russ Resnik
Russ Resnik founded Adat Yeshua, a Messianic congregation in Albuquerque, NM, which he led for nearly 20 years. He later served for 17 years as executive director of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC). Today, Russ continues as UMJC Rabbinic Counsel and is the editor of Kesher: A Journal of Messianic Judaism.