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Torah Study on Aisle Two

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/torah_study_on_aisle_two_20110111

A 28-year-old struggling writer walked up to a checkout counter at Whole Foods in Tarzana. “What aisle is the Torah study on?” he asked. “Oh, you mean the class with the rabbi? That’s in the back near the nuts,” the woman at the register said. She wasn’t being pejorative — the Torah study really is in the back near the bulk bins of nuts and trail mix. I should know. I’m the nut teaching Torah in a market on Wednesdays. In my 20-plus years as a Jewish educator, I never thought I would be teaching Torah in a supermarket. But then again, I am pretty sure that the two dozen or so students who regularly participate in the class never thought they would be studying Jewish text every week, let alone doing so surrounded by organic produce and herbal supplements.

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