For millennia, people have asked: What is the secret to Jewish continuity? How have we survived and thrived through thousands of years of hate, persecution and genocide? How have we maintained our identity, values and relationship with G‑d despite all we’ve faced? 

Our survival is not due to our might, brains or luck. There is one thing that has kept the Jewish people throughout all of history. 

The Torah. 

In addition to the Torah teaching the basic what-to-do-and-what-not-to-do stuff, there's the stories and legends. And there's the real deep what-is-life-all-about wisdom, including the secrets of the Kabbalah and Chassidic masters. Torah is more than just books of Jewish information. It is the core of our Jewish identity. "Learning Torah isn’t like any other study. Other studies are means to gain knowledge, while learning Torah is an end in itself."

It's all there waiting for you. In fact, it's your personal heritage. It's waiting for you.

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Torah can refer to just the Five Books of Moses, but the term is also used to refer to the entire body of Jewish wisdom. Torah literally means “instructions.” It also means “light.” Torah is meant to shine a light on the world and provide a path for life. Whatever it is that one may be learning, one will can always discover it's relevance and practical application.

 

Here are a few ways to pick up that wisdom—and let it pick you up:

  1. Join our Tuesday night online study group click here for details

  2. check out the endless amount of classes, lectures and Torah content at www.chabad.org.

  3. Click here to begin a dialogue with a scholar.

  4. Set up a weekly one-on-one with Rabbi Sandhaus or at JNet. 

  5. And if you are ready to dive in to an experience of a lifetime, sign up for a retreat with Beit Chana or the National Jewish Retreat.