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. 

Click here to enroll for the year now, or to try one month at a time.

 

Course Syllabus

Hebrew Month Gregorian Month Modalities or Techniques of Practice Subjects of Study
Shevat Jan-Feb Eating and drinking
Tu B’Shevat, why the Torah equates people with trees, sacred ecology, our interconnection with all life, inner renewal, setting intentions for the coming months, spiritual service through uplifting the physical (Avodah beGashmiut) mindful and healing eating
Adar Feb-Mar Dance and movement Purim, beginner’s mind, not-knowing, joy, laughter, surprise, depression, equanimity and wholeness, perseverance and humility, integrity, responsibility, action and activism, dance and movement
Nisan Mar-Apr Narrative therapy Pesach, renewal, self-acceptance, self-love, freedom from vs freedom to, connection to community and beyond, imagination, creativity, intimacy, the Omer and the Sefirot, Chesed (Loving-Oneness) and Gevurah (Severity and Boundaries), speech, song and liberation
Iyar Apr-May Breathing Counting the Omer, Lag B’Omer, R’ Shimon Bar Yochai, the Zohar, spiritual vs material pursuits, The Sefirot and the Tree of Life, Tikkun HaMiddot/fixing our character traits, Tiferet (harmony and beauty), Netzach (perseverance), Hod (humility and gratitude), Yesod (integrity and leadership), breathing meditation in Judaism
Sivan May-Jun Cultivating love and compassion Shavuot, Malchut (Sovereignty and Integration), harmony between feminine and masculine forces, spiritual and societal repair, universalism vs particularism i.e. how Judaism relates to Jews, converts and all peoples, humility, opening to receive the Torah, love for the Divine, ourselves and each other
Tammuz Jun-Jul Hitbodedut (speaking to the Divine in our own words)
The Three Weeks, converting shadow to light, sight, seeing things as they really are, acknowledging and owning our strengths and achievements as well as our failings, exile and return, growth through heartfelt speech
Av Jul-Aug Deep listening Tisha B’Av and Tu B’Av, turning from grief, loss and mourning to love, consolation and joy, redemption and rebirth, re-opening our hearts, baseless love, societal unity, music and dance, listening deeply to ourselves and others
Elul Aug-Sep Spiritual Accounting (Cheshbon HaNefesh), repairing what we can through action
Teshuvah (return to our best selves), motivating ourselves lovingly, self-acceptance as an engine of self-change, setting intentions for the coming year, humor, humility, resilience, self-examination, fixing as much as possible through action
Tishrei Sep-Oct Radical forgiveness of ourselves and others Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Teshuvah, returning to our highest selves, intimate relationships and sacred sexuality, re-creating ourselves anew, repairing ourselves and the entire world, judging kindly, guilt, love and radical forgiveness
Cheshvan Oct-Nov Spiritual writing Shabbat and the six days of the week, routine, activity and rest, resilience, intuition, listening to our inner voice, scent/smell, rain and our eco-system, prayer, redeeming our consciousness, the messianic age, spiritual journaling
Kislev Nov-Dec Visualization Chanukah, wonder, humility, dedication, purification, vulnerability, manifesting our own unique potential, surrender, gratitude, spiritual activism, renewal, hope, perseverance and determination, sleep, dreams, visualization techniques in traditional Jewish texts
Tevet Dec-Jan Prayer Concentration, routine, spontaneity, boredom, distracting thoughts, anger, tensions and harmony between Jewish and other peoples/philosophies, the power of language, setting and maintaining intentions during prayer

 

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.

Testimonials

“Learning with Rabbi Daniel has transformed my understanding of Judaism and Kabbalah. He brings down deep wisdom from the sages of our tradition with an eye towards application to daily life. In particular, I appreciate learning with him because we study the original texts, but he presents the ideas in a down-to-earth manner.” (Kalman, Stanford)

“To be a female, Jewish-identifying, multi-faith curious, mystic, modern person, I find it grounding and uplifting to learn Kabbalistic perspectives with Rav Daniel. It’s nourishing to hear the Hebrew spoken and participate in the process of uncovering ancient meanings for our current chaotic times. I’m now in my second year of the course and intend to continue through as many cycles as are offered, and I highly recommend this learning journey to any seeker.” (Lisa R., Portland, Oregon)

“Thank you Daniel for this opportunity to learn with you, for your carefully constructed course content, brilliant insights into the wisdom of our tradition and lovely warmth and humour. I am personally gaining a lot of knowledge and you are inspiring me to explore new ideas for my Jewish Yoga and Meditation teaching (Yoga Havaya).” (Deborah Wilfond, Jerusalem)

“Learning with Rav Daniel is a wonderful experience. In his classes he brings an extraordinary range of texts from our tradition and makes them meaningful for our lives today. His deep personal integrity, wisdom and spirituality constantly inspire me to walk the Jewish spiritual path and help me with my own awakening and development.” (Rabbi Danny Newman, London)

“This course is a gem – Rav Daniel’s teaching combines significant Torah learning with emotional depth and creative exploration. The learning I am doing in the course informs me as I teach Torah, live and grow.” (Ariel Goldberg, New York City).