We’re cooking up resources that will help bring the bet midrash to you (and your chevruta!). Over the next weeks we’ll be populating this page with resources to help support you deepen and support your learning practice. Never learned with SVARA before? Get started here!


Can a person pray in a place of destruction, and what kinds of modes of feeling does prayer give us access to? The text opens up the radical theological idea that God feels grief and despair alongside human beings, and that prayer is a mode that can give voice to grief, both for God and for us. We recommend this text if you’re interested in exploring the possibilities of distance and closeness between human beings and the divine/sacred in hard times. Plus, an exciting Elijah the Prophet appearance! | DOWNLOAD HERE!

What happens when two core values in the Torah come into conflict? How do you know which one to choose? This sugya traces the invention of one of the most famous Jewish legal concepts, pikuah nefesh (the principle of saving a life on Shabbat at all costs)–but we bet it doesn’t mean what you think it means! Watch how the rabbis upgrade our tradition to make it more life-giving. | DOWNLOAD HERE!


Ready to get your gemara on with your chevruta & looking for something to learn?! We’ve got just the thing for you! Check out a packet here with a marked-off daf (page of Talmud), a Hint Sheet, and lots of other goodies to help you on your traditionally radical way!



Looking for another sugya? Be in touch with us!




SVARA-niks are gathering daily in our drop-in Mishnah Chaburah/Collective to dig into Masechet Avot (often called “Pirkei Avot,” one section of mishnah at a time. Can’t join us in real time? Grab your Jastrow & pick a text below!


Looking for something that’s not here? Be in touch with us! Navigating your way through a text and looking for some support? Sign up for a Faculty One-On-One session and a SVARA faculty member will help you out! Not sure where to start? Get started with SVARA-style learning here!