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Dancing with Fire: The Hassidic Masters with Danny Maseng

Hasidut is a theology that sees miracles in the dirt; God – in a falling shack; redemption in the heart of despair, joy in the darkness of exile. In this sense, Hasidut shares similar origins with Christianity – the sibling religion born to a despairing people in the Galilee, a people who have lost their freedom, their place in the world, their very means to earn a living; a religion focused on a suffering Messiah who not only dies in agony – he dies mostly unrecognized by his own people. It is important to keep these things in mind as we begin dancing with the Hasidic masters, as we venture into a world of time-travelers and miracle workers, of reincarnated souls, of portentous dreams, and visiting angels. In a series of four meetings, we will learn what propelled the Jewish revolution of the 18th century as it swept through Eastern Europe and changed the Jewish religious landscape forever. We will encounter the great Hasidic masters, hear their stories, share their wisdom, and open our hearts with their music.

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Danny Maseng

Born in Israel to American parents, Danny Maseng first came to the United States to star on Broadway in 'Only Fools Are Sad.' A playwright, actor, singer and composer, Danny has served as Evaluator of New American Plays/Opera-Musical Theater for the National Endowment for the Arts, as the Director of the Spielberg Fellowships for the FJC, as Spiritual Leader of URJ congregation Agudas Achim in NY and as Cantor of Temple Israel of Hollywood in California. Danny is most excited to now be the Chazzan and Spiritual Leader of Makom LA, a newish,Jewish, dynamic, post-denominational community, in Los Angeles. Danny's critically acclaimed off-Broadway musical 'Wasting Time with Harry Davidowitz: The Musical Journey of a Jewish Soul,’ along with his innovative 'Soul on Fire' and 'Let There Be Light' productions, are just three exciting projects that have earned Danny accolades. Danny is also one of the most popular and respected composers of contemporary Liturgical and Synagogue music. He has been the invited guest of the American Conference of Cantors, the Cantor's Assembly, as well as the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. His compositions are sung worldwide, with a recent Disney Hall appearance by the renowned Pink Martini, who performed Danny's Elohai N'tzor, and a Carnegie Hall premiere of his ‘Bring on the Light’ by the New York Youth Chorus. Danny has been the Patron Artist of the Avraham Geiger School for Cantorial Arts in Berlin, Germany. Danny's essays, writings and poems, have been included in recent books by leading Jewish rabbis and scholars
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