eCourse: Applied Jewish Spirituality with Or HaLev
What is it?
Join us for a step-by-step journey through the kabbalistic wisdom, and related mindfulness practices, relating to each month in our calendar.
In this eCourse, we will delve into the theory and practice of Jewish technologies for improving the quality of who we are, what we do, and all of our interactions with others.
Join dozens of 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 masterpieces, with a significant emphasis on classic Kabbalistic and Chasidic works. All texts are provided with clear line-by-line translations, and no prior knowledge or experience with the subject matter 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.
Each month our community will explore a new module, a unique approach to our inner work based on millennia of wisdom and experience about that month.
|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|
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, loving relationship, universalism vs particularism i.e. how Judaism relates to Jews, converts and gentiles|
|Tammuz||Jun-Jul||Hitbodedut (speaking to the Divine in our 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||Deep listening||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||Spiritual Accounting (Cheshbon HaNefesh), repairing/fixing through action||
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|
How does it work and when does it happen?
Applied Jewish Spirituality is a year-long journey, which you can begin at any point in the year. Each month our community will explore a new module, a unique approach to our inner work based on millennia of wisdom and experience about that month. Enroll for the year now, or choose to try one month at a time. Each module includes:
1) Clear and down-to-earth instructions for that month’s spiritual practice.
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. Here you can ask anything you like, share whatever thoughts and ideas are arising for you, and receive feedback from Rabbi 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 or listen to the recordings at their own convenience. The classes take place every two weeks, on Sundays at 2pm Eastern Time / 9pm Israel time.
Because Judaism is a path that benefits ourselves, all those we interact with, and ultimately all beings.