Torch Adult Ed

The Mitzvah Series: Each week we will survey one of the 613 mitzvos of the Torah. The class will cover a basic overview of the mitzvah, offer some tips regarding its application, detail some interesting or unusual aspects of that mitzvah, and share some of the pertinent teachings gleaned from our Sages in the Talmud. There is no better way to familiarize yourself with the 613 mitzvos!

The Pirkei Avot Series: Pirkei Avot, Chapters or Ethics of our Fathers, is the curated teachings of the Sages of the Jewish Nation in the First and Second Century. These short axioms are loaded with meaning and depth, and can open up for us new vistas of understanding into human nature, good character, and the ideals and morals of the Torah. Each class will begin with a biographical sketch of the author of that teaching and continue with dissecting the teaching itself and trying to discover its essence.

Jewish Holidays Primers: Before major holidays and Festivals, we will prepare with a primer on that occasion. In those classes we will discuss the history of the holiday, its origins, themes, laws, and other aspects to make it more understandable and meaningful.

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Course Instructor: Rabbi Yaakov Wolbe moved from Jerusalem to Houston to join the staff of TORCH as Director of Education and Outreach in 2012. In that capacity he has delivered hundreds of lectures, classes and workshops on a wide range of subjects including courses on Jewish History; Mussar (The Jewish philosophy of character improvement and ethical refinement); a deeper understanding of the meaning, ritual and practice of the Jewish holidays; Jewish Philosophy and Theology; the weekly Parsha; Jewish medical and legal Ethics and his favorite topic – Talmud. Through the Shalhevet Congregational Partnership of TORCH, Rabbi Wolbe thus far lectured at 16 Houston area congregations.

Rabbi Wolbe was born and raised in New York. At the age of 16 he began intensive Talmudic and Rabbinic training in The Yad Aharon Institute for Advanced Talmudic Scholarship in Jerusalem. After one year, Rabbi Wolbe transferred to the renowned Mir Yeshiva where he studied for additional three and a half years under the tutelage of Rabbi Asher Arieli. He then joined the Kollel Elyon at Aish HaTorah where he engaged in the writing and teaching of chaburas to elite Talmudic scholars on a regular basis. Rabbi Wolbe eventually joined the faculty of Aish HaTorah and taught a daily Talmud class for their Intermediate Division students, served as the expedited Mishnayos Instructor for Beis Midrash students and was a frequent lecturer at the Jewish Essentials Program geared towards beginners who do not have a strong background in traditional Jewish learning.

Rabbi Wolbe holds Rabbinic ordinations from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, Chief Justice of the Supreme Rabbinical Court of Jerusalem and Rabbi Hillel Weinberg, Rosh Yeshiva Aish HaTorah.
Rabbi Wolbe is married to Chaya Wolbe. They are the proud and frequently frazzled parents of Akiva, Yehoshua, Miriam, Shlomo and Yitzy.