An exploration of Jewish Spirituality—the paths to Divinity
What is Jewish spirituality. After all, spirituality means many things to many people. Here for us, spirituality is a path to something significant and life affirming. Spirituality in this sense is also our connection with the Divine: the experience of knowing that we are part of something greater than ourselves, which also gives meaning to our own existence as human beings and as Jews.
In our four session course we will have the opportunity to ask what spirituality can mean and how we can find it by exploring ancient and some modern spiritual Jewish paths and compare them to Hinduism and Buddhism .
$135 for a 4 week session
Session 1: The variety of Jewish paths to Divinity
Tuesday, January 7th from 7:30 – 9:00 PM
The place of afterlife in our journey to divinity
Session 2: The Jewish passion for a God relationship
Tuesday, January 14th from 7:30 – 9:00 PM
How tradition expresses passion for God everyday
Session 3: Kabbalah, what is hidden and what is known
Tuesday, January 21st from 7:30 – 9:00 PM
Jewish mysticism as a path to the God that is Known and what we can say about the God that Unknown. And how about Hindu and Buddhist paths that seem attractive: do they offer something new or the same in a different spiritual vocabulary.
Session 4: How can we bring the ancient wisdom and practice into our lives?
Tuesday, January 28th from 7:30 – 9:00 PM
How do we use the knowledge we have attained as a means to spiritual attainment.
Course 2: Jewish Spiritual Practice: Prayer, Meditation and Guided imagery
2014 Dates TBD
The four sessions will be devoted to practical ways of achieving spirituality through the use of selected traditional Jewish prayers, learning basic meditation skills and learning how to use guided imagery to find a Divine connection and achieving a measure of relaxation.
Session 1: How we can use selected Jewish prayers for meditation
How we can use the prayers as a mantra
Session 2: Breathing meditation to achieve calmness and relaxation
Proper breathing as a spiritual tool
Session 3: How to use guided imagery to center ourselves and connect with Divinity
The stories we can create to make divine connections
Session 4: How to put it all together: prayer, meditation and guided imagery
Wherever we are that’s the place to link ourselves to the Divine