Ten Heroes, Ten Villains: The Power Players of Tanach


Welcome to the homepage of our Ten Heroes and Ten Villains program, scheduled for Tuesday December 25th, 2018, at 159 Almore Ave. in Toronto! We will deliver a full day of classes on the foundation text of Judaism, taking us through Tanach through the lives of its power players! To mark our tenth year, we have chosen ten heroes and ten villains; our focus is on some of the lesser known figures, whose stories and lessons are compelling.

Audio recordings of the classes, with their source sheets, should be available afterward on YUTorah.org. Please see below for more on the program.

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List of Classes
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The List of Classes

To dedicate a specific class from this list, please email info@torontotorah.com. To make a general donation, please go here.

Time Program Speaker Dedication
7:45 AM Shacharit!
9:00-9:30 AM Heroes and Villains: An Overview R’ Mordechai Torczyner Dedicated in recognition of the tireless efforts of the members of the Beit Midrash Zichron Dov in dissemination Torah learning and Torah values throughout the community.
9:30-10:00 AM Nimrod: Mightiest of Hunters Ezer Diena With gratitude from David and Chani Klein; learning about villains like Nimrod is also Torah.
10:00-10:30 AM Kalev:
Spy Par Excellence
Ezer Diena Dedicated in honour of Eli & Renee Rubinstein for their generous support of the Beit Midrash and Jewish learning in our community.
10:30-11:00 AM Pinchas:
Vengeance for G-d
Mrs. Eliana Abbe Dedicated in loving memory of my parents, Lou & Ruth Kirsh z”l.
11:00-11:30 AM Otniel ben Kenaz:
Husband, Brother, Leader
Rabbi Elihu Abbe Dedicated by Dr. Brian and Robbie Schwartz in honour of their children and grandchildren
11:30-12:00 PM Devorah:
Smasher of Stereotypes
R’ Mordechai Torczyner Dedicated by Shayna and Dr. Lazer Friedman l’ilui nishmat HaRav Yechiel Michel ben Harav Eliezer Lipa z”l
12:00-12:30 PM Yael:
The Accidental Assassin
R’ Mordechai Torczyner Dedicated by Asher and Bonnie Saban in honour of our children, Adam and Yael’s recent marriage
12:30-1:00 PM Delilah:
The Traitor
R’ Mordechai Torczyner Dedicated by Mimi and Byron Shore in memory of their mother, Chaya Dabroosah bat Zalman z”l
1:00 PM Light Lunch Served! Dedicated in loving memory of my parents, Lou & Ruth Kirsh z”l.
2:00-2:30 PM Michah:
He Meant Well
R’ Mordechai Torczyner $180
2:30-3:00 PM Chofni & Pinchas: A Deplorable Duo Ezer Diena $180
3:00-3:30 PM Avshalom: Anger and Envy R’ Alex Hecht Dedicated by Fred and Susan Birnbaum in memory of Fred’s mother, Esther bat Shlomo Pesach z”l, whose yahrtzeit is the 19th of Tevet
3:30-4:00 PM Satan:
The Master Villain
R’ Mordechai Torczyner $180
4:00-4:30 PM Batsheva:
Maestro Matriarch
R’ Mordechai Torczyner Dedicated in loving memory of my parents, Lou & Ruth Kirsh z”l.
4:30 PM Minchah/Maariv!
5:00-5:30 PM Yeravam ben Nevat: What will they say of me? Rabbi Elihu Abbe Dedicated by Mimi and Byron Shore in memory of their father, Naftali ben Mendel z”l
5:30-6:00 PM Achav & Izevel:
The Power Couple
Rabbi Alex Hecht $180
6:00-6:30 PM Ataliah: The Killer Queen R’ Mordechai Torczyner $180
6:30-7:00 PM Chizkiyahu: Ambition and Anxiety Rabbi Alex Hecht $180
7:00-7:30 PM Yoshiyahu:
An Early Reformer
Ezer Diena $180
7:30-8:00 PM Chananiah, Mishael & Azaryah: The Power of Selflessness Rabbi Elihu Abbe Dedicated by the family of Morris Sosnovitch in honour of his birthday bo bayom
8:00-8:30 PM Belshazzar: The Last Babylonian King R’ Mordechai Torczyner Dedicated by Brenda and Moshe Bessin and family in memory of Brenda’s parents Ralph and Claire Fromer z”l, and uncles Jack Fromowitz and Jack Bregman
8:30-9:00 PM Cyrus: G-d’s Anointed One R’ Mordechai Torczyner Dedicated by Dr. Ellen Warner and Dr. Jeff Lipton in honour of the December/Tevet birthdays of their children Eiran and Nechama
9:00 PM Ice Cream Siyum! Dedicated in Memory of Arthur Rothman z”l by Rabbi Avram & Ruth Rothman

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