Sacred Fragrances of the Tanach
Sunday, December 11, 2016, 4-6 PM
What were the mysterious spices used in the Temple? What was on those trays of incense worshipers offered there? For today’s Jewish spiritual seeker the answers to these questions might reveal one of the Bible’s best-kept secrets.
From Exodus to Psalms to the Song of Songs, the Bible is filled with the sensuality of tantalizing natural fragrances which are meant to elevate our hearts and minds, evoke sacredness, heal our ailments, and enhance our spiritual journeys. In this experiential workshop we’ll look at some of the key texts and use essential oils to experience the Torah in all her fragrant glory. A $5 materials fee is requested of the participants. To sign up : Sacred Fragrances of the the Tanach
September 4, 2016
Shirat HaNefesh Congregation
Saturday, September 3, at Shabbat morning services, and Sunday, September 4, 2016 at Debora Warden and Neil Epstein’s:
I will be leading the discussion on Heshbon HaNefesh -“the accounting of the soul” – that we are commanded to perform during the month of Elul in the run-up to Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.
“Let every person scrutinize their actions with a view to mending them. Let them exclude themselves for one hour every day and examine themselves,” says Rabbi Moshe ben Avraham of Przemyśl. Rabbi Chaim David Azulai says: “During Elul, one should devote more time to fixed periods of introspection and self-evaluation.”
But what does that really mean? Why is spiritual accounting so important during this month? And the biggest question of all: how do we perform it? We will begin this Shabbat morning and continue the next day at Rosh Chodesh Elul celebration. Come join us!
For more information, visit: http://selichot2016.njapf.com/
Developing Your Own Jewish Meditation Practice
7701 16th St., NW (at Juniper), Washington, DC 20012
4 Wednesdays: June 8, 15, 22, 29, 2016, 7:15-8:30 PM
You can attend the entire series or any of the four classes
In this part study / part experiential class, we will discuss meditation philosophy and approaches proposed by Jewish sources, including the Torah, Talmud, Kabbalah and Hasidut. Each class will include a guided or supported meditation session. By the end of the four classes, you will have a set of tools drawn from Jewish sources to establish or enhance your own meditation practice. All meditation levels are welcome.
Read Izabella Tabarovsky’s article: 6 Tips for Creating an Authentically Jewish Meditation Experience. For registration information, please contact izabella.tabarovsky [at] gmail [dot] com
- Is there really such a thing as “Jewish meditation”?
- Meditation vs. Prayer
- Meditation in the Bible: the Forefathers, prophetic experiences, revelation
- Meditation in Kabbalah and Chasidut
- “Bringing down the flow”
- Living in the awareness of God’s presence
- “Pour your heart out to God”: Reb Nahman’s meditations
- Openings for meditative prayer in the Shacharit service
- Embodied Jewish practices to deepen our meditations:
- herbal fragrance
The Tikkun of Shavu’ot at Shirat HaNefesh
June 11, 2016
7.45PM Se’uda Shelishit- the third meal of the Shabbat
Se’udah Shlishit is eaten in the late afternoon. As the sunset gently arrives, we savor the Shabbat’s unique spiritual dimensions for a little longer. Words and songs capture our longing for redemption.
Presented by Hazzan Ramón Tasat
8.15PM Revelation: A One-Time Event or an Ongoing Process?
Is God’s revelation limited to the event at Mount Sinai? Kabbalists believe that God continually reveals himself to us on an individual and personal basis. In their view, there are several primary ways or channels in which we can receive and experience this revelation. These channels are available to each of us at any time. How do we use this understanding to connect to and deepen the sense of God’s presence in our lives? How do we access these channels to energize and empower us on our journeys? Shavuot is just the time to consider that.
Presented by Izabella Tabarovsky,
Director, Center for Embodied Judaism,www.embodiedjudaism.org
9PM The Moon and the Shekhina –
Kabbalistic Insights on Turning Darkness to Light
In time to come, we are told, the moon will again be equal to the sun – but we’re not there yet.
How do we add light to the moon?
How does the moon, which represents God’s governance of our world and the feminine aspect of the Divine personality, add spiritual light to our lives?
This presentation will delve into the mythic and mystic teachings of the Kabbalah as it illuminates the ways in which we mirror and influence God and God mirrors and influences us. The Shekhina is the name for the Presence that joins us when we are most intimately bound to God. She joins us when we study Torah, as we will do this night.
Presented by Rabbi Robert Saks
9.30 PM Birkat HaLevana-The Blessing of the Moon
Upon seeing the moon at the beginning of the month we bless the moon standing under the sky. By lifting our eyes to the moon as she fulfills her mission we recognize God’s might and control over nature. The Talmud reminds us that we should recite Birkat HaLevana with joy and careful enunciation, for it is a way of greeting the Shekhinah.
Presented by Rabbi Gordon Fuller