Torah Sparks

United Synagogue (USCJ) is proud and delighted to bring you Torah Sparks, with insights and learning materials on the Parasha (Torah portion) of the week. Torah Sparks is produced by the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem.

Each week there will be a Dvar Torah - a discussion on some aspect of the reading, by CY faculty, alumni and friends; a Vort - a short thought from Chasidic rebbes or other thinkers about some point in the text; and Table Talk - questions to stimulate discussion on the Parsha around the Shabbat table. Torah Sparks is available here on the Conservative Yeshiva's Shiurim Online Beit Midrash website, as well as by subscription to weekly graphical emails. Please select the Parasha you would like to see - it will display articles from each year. A printable PDF is linked at the end of each week's presentation.

Tu BiShvat

Tu BiShvat – How Green is our Judaism?

CY Tu Bishvat SOURCE SHEET (pdf) CY Tu Bishvat E-Shiur  (pdf) The 15th of the month of Shvat, Tu BiShvat, has enjoyed a real growth in popularity in recent generations.  It is probably “celebrated” on a wider scale today than ever before.  Jews all over the world, many totally secular, will eat a variety of fruits […]

Tu BiShvat and the Shehehiyanu Blessing

However, in truth, the Shehehiyanu blessing is recited whenever new fruits are eaten.


These Holiday Shiurim, prepared by Conservative Yeshiva faculty members, were made possible by a generous grant from Temple Zion Israelite Center, Miami, Florida. Multi-session courses about holiday topics can be found in Shiurim's Course list. Additional commentary about the development of holiday practices are available in Shiurim - The Online Beit Midrash's Rabbinic Texts section.
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