Sefer ... Sofer ... Sipur • It’s the Book • It’s the Writer • It’s the Story   The   Sofrim   of   Sofer   On   Site    are   famed   as   Key-Note   speakers,   Storytellers   and   Lectures.   Listening   to a    topic    delivered    by    one    of    our    speakers    is    always    insightful,    engaging,    meaningful    and    often humorous.   Our   Sofrim   can   lecture   on   many   subjects   however   here   is   a   short   list   of   suggested   topics for   classes,   discussion   groups   and   lectures   for   larger   audiences.   These   titles   should   be   used   as   a base to structure the program you desire. Learning and Lecture Opportunities Mysteries   of   the   Hebrew   Letters.   Can   letters   be   more   than   just   a   tool   for   language?   Revealing   the secrets   beyond   what   you   see   at   first   glance.   Beyond   the   artistic   beauty   of   their   shapes,   woven   into these   letters   are   deep   and   inspirational   meanings   that   provide   lessons   and   guidance   for   living.   But then, would you expect anything less from G-dly letters? Rule   #1   -   Be   Thankful   –   Modeh Ani:    The    wisdom    and    insight   behind   the   famous   prayer   we   say each   morning   as   taught   according   to   PaRDeS.   The   Pardes   system   of   exegesis,   understanding   of Biblical   text   in   Judaism   is   divided   among   peshat   (simple   meaning),   remez   (hints,   clues),   derash (interpretation) and sod (mystical, lit. "secret")}. Be inspired and be truly grateful! The   Secrets   of   the   Sh’ma:    Congregations    chant    it,    Jews    have   died   saying   it,   some   whisper   it, and   all   know   this   to   be   the   pinnacle   essential   creed   of   Judaism.   What   is   its   hidden   meaning   that has    inspired    the    Jewish    nation    throughout    history?    The    answer    may    be    greater    than    you expected! Rosh   Chodesh   -   Women’s   Learning:    Jewish    Woman    and   the   impact   they   have   had   on   the cradle   of   our   religion.   Jewish   Feminism   -   Is   there   such   a   thing?   A   deeper   insight   into   the   better half of man. Gematria   -   What’s   Your   Number?    The    Torah    as    a    mathematical   code   -   Gematria,   with   a   crystal clear   out-look.   Counting   sand   or   sapphires   -   you   choose,   but   can   numbers    give    your    life    meaning   and   value?   Dress   Me   Up   and   Take   Me   Out:    And   I   thought   only   people   get   dressed?   Why   do   we   dress   a Torah   and   from   where   is   this   custom   originated?   Torah   decorations,   ornaments   and   just   being well   dressed   will   unfold   before   your   eyes   as   we   delve   into   this   ancient   tradition   that   transcend time. The   Making   of   a   Torah:    From    birth    to    marriage,    from    cow    to   Torah,   come   and   explore   this ancient   and   fascinating   art   while   using   the   latest   digital   technology.   The   old   and   new   come   together   to   create   a   G-dly   instrument. Jewish   Money   and   Spiritual   Credit:    Money    comes    and    Money   goes   but   can   we   keep   what   we earn,   and   is   it   really   ours?   Yes   there   is   a   way   to   have   your   cake   and   eat   it!   Find   out    in    the    Jewish   way   of   “Money   Permanent   Management.” The   Torah,   Its   Relevance   in   Our   Days:    “But    we    live    in    the    modern   times”…   sounds   familiar? This   statement   is   also   over   3000   years   old!   And   furthermore,   how   can   a   3000   year   old   book make   sense   of   our   year   2012?   But   then   again   is   it   really   only   another   “book”?   Come   and   explore the hidden and reveled paths to finding guidance and meaning   for   our   day   and   age. Health,   Kabala,   and   Hebrew   Letters:    How    can    we    make    sense   of   our   health?   Is   it   all   just   a coincidence   with   no   one   to   blame?   Even   a   leaf   does   not   fall   from   the   tree   without   a   divine   reason. The   Ba’al   Shem   Tov   and   other   Jewish   mystic   masters   have   taught   the   connection   between   our physical   and   spiritual   existence   and   how   they   are   connected   through   the    Hebrew    letters.    Tzu   Gezunt! What's   the   Meaning   of   Your   Name?    Shakespeare    said,    “What’s   in   a   name?”   When   creation was   finished,   Man   was   instructed   to   give   names   and   distinctiveness   to   all   the   animals.   When   a child   is   born,   it   is   the   parents’   first   gift   –   a   name   that   becomes   an   identity.   Learn   how   Jewish names   are   collections   of   stories,   events,   namesakes,   actions   and   Jewish    symbolism.    So    what’s   your   name? Kosher   Magic:    Have    you    seen    a    real    Magician    your    whole    life   and   didn’t   notice   him?   You   can   (if you    wish)    touch    the    infinite,    make    an    object    appear    out    of    nowhere,    and    (really)    see nothingness... It’s Jewish Magic at it’s best & Kosher! Wow,   this   is   a   program   not   to   miss!   Lettering   Our   Legacy;   Make   Your   Mark:    Can    we    really    leave   an   everlasting   and   purposeful mark   in   this   world. A   very   lofty   idea   with   down   to   earth   realities. Are   all   marks   the   same   and   how about   half   a   mark?   When   does   it   begin   and   does   it   ever   end?   Come   and   join   us   on   a   Journey   not of self discovery but rather towards completing our goal and reason for existence. Adam,   Jacob,   Enron   and   You:    Do    you    know    what    the    last    story   of   the   Torah   is,   or   what   is   the last   Mitzvah   (commandment)   of   the   Torah?   Learn   how   the   Torah   is   not   just   the   story   of   events   in our   history,   but   how   the   Mitzvot   are   woven   into   that   storyline.   How   can   a   Mitzvah   resonate   with   us in our minds, our hearts and deeds? A   Little   Scribble   Here;   A   Little   Scribble   There:    Why    are    there   laws   on   how   to   write   the   letters of   the   Torah?   What   happens   if   one   letter   is   wrong   in   a   Torah?   If   a   talented   artist   wants   to   write   a Sefer   Torah,   is   it   permissible?   What   is   the   most   important   skill   needed   to   write   a   Torah   scroll? Can YOU write a Torah? Tune   In,   Turn   On:    We    all    have    the    spark       we    just    have    to    give   it   more   fuel!   Explore   questions pertaining   to   personal   spirituality   and   holiness.   How   do   we   understand   them   perhaps   differently from the rest of the world? Can I be ignited?
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