04 January 2018

Doing and Understanding

Written by Rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin

This Shabbat will mark the beginning of our deep dive into the 613 Mitzvot. These mitzvot are meant to serve as a framework for how we live our lives each and every day. At Sinai, the Israelites stood before God and said na’aseh v’nishmah, we will do them and we will [seek to] understand them. Now this may seem oddly phrased to some– shouldn’t we understand something before we do it? In some cases, the answer is yes. We understand the mitzvot; they make sense to us, and so we do them. But there are other instances where the meaning and connection may not be clear to us from the beginning. But I believe that there is still meaning to be found in these commandments. Sometimes we must do something in order to give ourselves the opportunity to find meaning in it. Sometimes the connection may not be logical but rather it is emotional or spiritual.

Together, at Torah study, we will study the meaning of the mitzvot, and learn about them, one by one, week by week. Some weeks we will study commandments that we are more familiar with, for others, we will all begin together. We know that this will enhance and enrich our study of Torah. We hope you will join us on this journey!




About the Author

Rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin

Rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin

Rabbi Berezin - Assistant Rabbi

Rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. For the past two years, she has served as the Rabbi Educator at Central Reform Congregation, a vibrant congregation of 780 households in the city of St. Louis. Rabbi Berezin attended HUC-JIR in Los Angeles. She earned a Master of Arts in Jewish Education and was ordained in May of 2014. In addition to student pulpits at Temple Beth Torah, Temple Beth Shalom, Beth Knesset Bamidbar, and at the China Lake Naval Air and Weapons Station, Rabbi Berezin served as the Harold M. Schulweis Rabbinic Intern at Jewish World Watch, an organization that promotes education, advocacy and action around issues of genocide and mass atrocities. She had a second rabbinic internship at Our House Grief Support Center, providing pastoral care to both children and adults. Prior to her enrollment in rabbinic school, Rabbi Berezin attended Indiana University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jewish Studies and Religious Studies and a double minor in Hebrew and Psychology. Rabbi Berezin married Jared Berezin in 2016.

Comments (1)

  • Anonymous

    04 January 2018 at 17:19 |
    Sounds exciting. I am planning on attending. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity

    Lourdes Secola


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