Learning 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. A Jewish Female. Is there such a thing? A deeper insight into the better half of man.•Gematria - Can We Have 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. Why do we dress a Torah? Exploring traditions that transcend time. All you wanted to know about using a Torah scroll in the sanctuary. •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 2006? 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.•A Well Dressed Torah: And I thought only people get dressed? Why do we dress a Torah and where does this custom originate? Torah decorations, ornaments and just being well dressed will unfold before your eyes as we delve into this ancient tradition.
Scholar-In-Residence• Learn it • Live it • It’s yours! The Sofrim at Sofer On Site have been recognized nationwide as being much more than just talented scribes. Each of our traveling Sofrim has many years of experience in the education arena as well as being public speakers.Whether a lecture for an hour, a key note speaker or a scholar in residence for a few days, we offer a wide range of contemporary topics which are often a spring board for ongoing group discussions.See below a sample of our many topics.
Lecture TitlesThe following is a title list of suggested topics for classes, discussion groups and lectures for larger audiences. This list should be used as a base to structure the program you desire.•A Sofer Doesn't Write•Hebrew Letters are Not Letters•The Torah is Not a Book•Discover How a Sefer Torah is Made•Torah sparks & the wonders of the Hebrew letters•Parchment of Light - Ink of Liquid Darkness•Computer vs. the art of the Scribe•Health, Kabala and the Hebrew letters•Have you checked your Mezuzot lately?•Explore and participate in calligraphic writing on parchment•Is your Mezuzah a blessing?•Come see the inside (or recipe) for Tefillin•What makes a Torah holy?•All planes have accurate data in their black boxes. What's in yours?•Mezuzah. The ultimate security system.•The Torah - It's relevance in our days•How to dress and handle the Torah
•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 been a real Magician your whole life and didn't notice it? You can (if you wish) touch the infinite, make an object appear out of nowhere, and (really) see nothingness... 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?•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?•The Aura Of Torah: Distinguishing Light Darkness - A Practical And Spiritual Workshop: Practical: How to protect your community from the modern, rampant deception in the repair and purchase of Torah Scrolls.•Spiritual: Learn the secrets of a Kabalistic Scroll, and why all Torahs reveal more than meets the eye.
•Did you know G-d stands at your door?•Seeing at the speed of light - Jewish Meditation•The Worlds 1st Tourist Guide Book - over 3000 years old•Homosapiens (humans) have 5 Senses - Jews have 12 •Yale's University's Emblem - The Breast Plate•Harvard's Motto - Kail Shakkai•The Great Seal of America•The Liberty Bell and Yovel•Kabalistic Letters in Czech Torah Scrolls•G-d Talk - A Holy Language•Tefillin - our red telephone to upstairs•How authentic is our Torah?•It takes 22 Lines, 713 Letters, 4649 Laws to write ONE Mezuzah•What can make cows skin holy? - A Torah!•Hebrew letters - G-Ds blueprint of the world, can it really be?•So you used it…but did you connect?•Does G-d only listen to expensive Tefillin?•Jewish money & spiritual credit•Stress, meditation and vacation•The everlasting Torah, still in our time?•Is the Torah written 'black on white' or 'white on black'?•Abracadabra is a Hebrew word/toy/magic?•Laugh & Learn