eCourse: Applied Jewish Spirituality with Or HaLev

If you would like to register for the course, please click here.

What?

Join us in an exploration of practical wisdom drawn from Jewish tradition. In this eCourse, we will delve into Jewish approaches designed to impact our everyday lives, improving the quality of who we are, what we do, and all of our interactions with others. Join Jewish seekers from around the world, as we explore topics such as: eating and drinking; music; self-care; breathing; joy; despair; dancing; prayer; concentration and distraction; anger; story-telling; speech; self-acceptance, and more. The texts we’ll study are drawn from the entire wellspring of our tradition, from the Torah itself through to modern works, with a significant emphasis on Kabbalistic and Chasidic works. All texts are provided with clear line-by-line translations, and no prior knowledge or experience is necessary.

The course is a 2 – 4 hour commitment per month, comprising two hours of online classes and an optional two hours of preparation time.

Course Syllabus

Hebrew Month Gregorian Month Modalities or Techniques of Practice Subjects of Study
Shevat Jan-Feb Eating and drinking
Tu B’Shvat, why the Torah equates people with trees, sacred ecology, our interconnection with all life, the interrelation between the material and the spiritual, inner renewal
Adar Feb-Mar Dance and movement Purim, beginner’s mind, not-knowing, joy, laughter, surprise, depression, equanimity and wholeness
Nisan Mar-Apr Speech, story-telling, narrative therapy Pesach, renewal, self-acceptance, self-love freedom from vs freedom to, connection to community and beyond
Iyar Apr-May Breathing
Counting the Omer, Lag B’Omer, R’ Shimon Bar Yochai and the Zohar, The Sefirot and the Tree of Life, connecting our unconscious and conscous minds and behaviors, fixing our character traits
Sivan May-Jun Cultivating love and compassion Shavuot, how kindness builds the world, receiving and giving in healthy balance, relationships, passion, love, community
Tammuz Jun-Jul Hitbodedut (speaking to the Divine in one’s own words)
The Three Weeks, converting shadow to light, seeing things as they really are, acknowledging and owning our strengths and achievements
Av Jul-Aug Listening to and creating music Tisha B’Av and Tu B’Av, turning from grief to love, listening deeply to ourselves and others, re-opening our hearts, music and joy
Elul Aug-Sep Active teshuva (return, fixing) through specific actions
Teshuva (return to our best selves), fixing what we can through action, motivating ourselves lovingly, rediscovering and focusing on our essence, setting intentions for the coming year
Tishrei Sep-Oct Radical forgiveness of oneself and others
Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, returning to our highest selves, letting go of unhelpful self images or stories, intimate relationships and sacred sexuality, beginning a new chapter
Cheshvan Oct-Nov Spiritual writing, Shabbat Shabbat and the six days of the week, intuition, listening to our inner voice, the balance between work and Shabbat
Kislev Nov-Dec Visualization Chanukah, wonder, humility, dedication, purification, manifesting our own unique potential
Tevet Dec-Jan Prayer Concentration, routine, spontaneity, boredom, distracting thoughts, anger

 

When?

Applied Jewish Spirituality is a year-long journey, beginning January 14, 2018. Each month our community will explore a new module, a new approach to meaning-making. Enroll for the year now, or choose to pay as you go. Each module includes:

1) Clear and down-to-earth instructions for practicing each technique.

2) Jewish textual sources, provided in full translation with introductory comments and guiding questions.

3) An ongoing, online conversation about the sources and practice instructions, where you can ask anything you like, share whatever thoughts and ideas are arising for you, and receive feedback from Rav Daniel and, if you choose, from other participants as well.

4)   Two live online video classes exploring the sources, providing context, close reading, critical analysis and application to our day-to-day practice. Each class is an hour long and participants are invited to participate live or watch the recordings at their own convenience. The classes will take place every two weeks, on Sundays at 2pm EST / 9pm Israel time, starting on January 28th.

Why?

Because Judaism should speak to the heart, and help us to live more meaningful lives.

If you would like to register for the course, please click here.