For thousands of years Jews have been studying in pairs or in groups, respectfully debating each other, and learning the stories and legal texts of Judaism. Some people condense what they have learned about a certain subject into a d'var Torah, or a brief sermon, to help share knowledge with others.Read more
Why Study Torah?
An end in itself, another way of worshiping God.
Studying Torah is valued by Jewish tradition as one of the most important activities for both children and adults.
Studying Jewish texts is an act of communal identification and communication.
In Jewish practice, Torah study often takes on a ritualized role similar to that of prayer.
How to Write a Dvar Torah
How to begin writing some words of Torah.
Factor your audience's expectations and the limits of their patience into your presentation.
Thinking of your d'var Torah as an example of a standard form can help you plan what to say.
A method for learning Torah, developed by the rabbis of the Talmud.
Debate and Conversation
Arguing is the Jewish national sport.
Jewish tradition prefers to promote discussion rather than correctness.
A lesson from the Talmud for today's Jewish community.
A modern emphasis on peer-guided text study reflects new social realities.
Both internal and external books have been banned from Judaism throughout history.
Edited by Barry Holtz
By David Epstein and Suzanne Stutman
By Marc-Alain Ouaknin
By Rabbi Ronald H. Isaacs