How do I start a Nazarene Torah study

Q: How do I start a Nazarene Torah study?

  • Open your home to a few friends for an evening Torah study.
  • Using the regular Torah schedule begin with the current portion according to your start date. You can use any translation but we recommend you have a Chumash available in the group.
  • Take 10 to 15 minutes before openning for some get-to-know each other time. (This is only needed in new groups or when there are visitors). Go around the room asking an ice breaking question. Below are a list to work from:
    When did "God" become more than a word to you?
    When did you learn what God's name was?
    What was your religious upbringing?
    What is your favorite book of the Bible? (Why?)
  • Open with prayer including the traditional prayer said before reading the Torah (contact us for a copy if you do not have it).
  • Read the Torah (and optionally the Haftorah) portion.
    Let everyone participate in the reading.
    Divide the verses between those present and then begin reading aloud around the room.
    After you are done go back and use the commentary in the Chumash to help comment about the text.
    In preparing you may also want to:
    + Look up the passages in the back of the Jewish New Testament or Complete Jewish Bible to find thoughts on the text in the NT.
    + If you have THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS; A NEW TRANSLATION by Wise Abegg and Cook you may want to look the passages up in the back of that book to see if there are any good comments in the Dead Sea Scrolls about the text.
  • Encourage everyone to read three Psalms each week as well as a section of Ps. 119 (which is the longest chapter of the Bible and divided into 22 sections, one for each Hebrew letter)
  • Close with prayer including the traditional prayer after Torah reading (if you do not have it we can get it to you.)
  • Fellowship and refreshments.

ATTITUDE: Always welcome everyone. Do not be negative. Maintain Torah as truth and freedom and as a thing to rejoice in.  Also, If you do start a group in your home let us know. We are keeping a list of the study groups and will be corresponding with them in particular concerning Nazarene Judaism.

If you have any questions in regards to Nazarene Torah Study Groups,please contact us: Email:

Don't delay. Get a Nazarene Torah Study Group started in your home. We will help you with the details.

The Sages have said:

In the Code of Jewish Law1 it is written that a Torah scroll should be held in one's right arm (and rested on the right shoulder). This applies even if the one holding the Torah is left-handed. There are two verses that allude to this idea:

1) "From His right hand was a fiery Law for them" -- Deuteronomy 33:2. The Torah was given from G‑d's right hand, as it were, and we therefore hold it in our right hand, too.

2) "And His right hand will embrace me" -- Song of Songs 2:6. G‑d embraces us with His right hand, and we, in turn, embrace His holy Torah with our right hand.

— Rabbi Yisroel Cotlar