In some ways, this kind of experience is very specific to a place; having the setting for our study OUT of the building makes a difference, and while I hope we'll continue to have study opportunities at coffee shops, bookstores and bars (yep, you read that right) throughout the year, I also believe there is the possibility of bringing elements of that experience back into the building.
The question is, what shall this study opportunity look like?
So, if you've come to one (or more) of the Borders study sessions, or you wanted to but couldn't make it, here's your chance to provide some feedback. What would you like to study (assuming we're sticking to Scripture and Torah here), and when? Where in the building (remembering that we're somewhat constrained by the use of space, especially when there's a bar/bat mitzvah in the sanctuary)?
- Parashat Hashavua: that is, looking at the weekly portion, either as a whole or a specific section (borrowing from the Conservative Movement's triennial cycle, where they chop the portion into 3 sections). This is certainly my preference, but I'm open to ideas.
- Continuing with the model we currently have, which is looking at the Pentateuch a couple of verses at a time and doing a long, deep study of the text, taking about 7-ish years to complete the cycle.
- Either, but don't just use Plaut (the Reform Movement's Torah: A Commentary) but other texts as well (Eitz Hayyim, A Women's Commentary, etc.).
- at 9:30-10:30am, as we currently are doing it.
- from 9:00-10:30am, to allow for an additional half-hour and give Cantor Stanton a chance to teach from time to time
- Have it attached or anchored by the morning service somehow.