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Institute for Jewish Spirituality Text Study Classes 5783

Hosted By: Institute for Jewish Spirituality

The Hassidic Classic: Degel Machanah Efrayim (Banner of Ephraim’s Camp)

  • Written for experienced students of Torah, this weekly text study explores a Hasidic classic by Rabbi Moshe Chayim Efrayim of Sudilkov (1748-1800), grandson of the Ba’al Shem Tov, in which he posits that divine revelation is available for each of us if we pay attention to and cultivate our inner lives. Our thoughts and feelings are echoes of Sinai, our bodies are vehicles for encountering the divine, and our consciousness is a wellspring of living Torah that can be tapped if we turn inward, bear witness, and listen deeply. (This text study first appeared in 2017-2018 / 5778.)

The Silent Center of Things

  • This weekly text study, designed for all learners, will explore some of Torah’s everyday wisdom, exploring how each week’s parsha touches themes of struggle, awakening, loneliness, connection, community, joy, and love. Drawing from practitioners and scholars including Dr. Avivah Zornberg, Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg, Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Martin Buber, and others, as well as wisdom from mindfulness, poetry, psychology, and popular culture, you will delve deeply into the text, finding direct application to everyday life. Suggested mindfulness and meditation practices will support your daily practice. (This text study first appeared in 2014-2015 / 5775.)

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