A Year of Building Torah

Introduction to sketchnoting

A Year of Building Torah is a volume of parshanut (Torah commentary) accompanied by #VisualTorah. The volume features a variety of voices (both clergy and lay) from across and beyond the denominations and each essay is accompanied and uplifted by Steve Silbert’s #VisualTorah sketchnotes.

Built on the foundation of Bayit’s animating principle — that the Jewish future is always under construction and that all of us are tasked with building that future — the essays in A Year of Building Torah explore Torah through a building-focused lens.

What does Torah teach us about building the Jewish future wisely and well? What tools do we inherit from Jewish tradition that can help us build? How can we skillfully build on history’s foundations to meet the spiritual needs of today and tomorrow? This volume contains a year’s worth of answers to these questions and more.

This volume also includes an introduction to sketchnoting and to VisualTorah as learning modality and as spiritual practice.

Contributors to the volume include Rabba Wendy Amsellem, Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, Rabbi Bella Bogart, Steven Green, Rabbi Cynthia J. Hoffman, Rabbi Evan J. Krame, Rabbi David Markus, Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, Rabbi Ben Newman, Shoshanna Schechter, Rabbi Alana Suskin, Steve Silbert, and Rabbi Jennifer Singer.

Stay tuned for release date and pre-order information, coming soon.


At Bayit we create and curate tools for “building Jewish.” If you want to support our work, including this volume, we welcome your donations!