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Sacred Fragrances of the Tanach

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 4-6 PM

Shirat HaNefesh Congregation

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

Selihot, 5777

September 4, 2016

Shirat HaNefesh Congregation

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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/

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Developing Your Own Jewish Meditation Practice

Tifereth Israel Congregation, Reamer Chapel
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

Class Outline:

June 8 

  • Is there really such a thing as “Jewish meditation”?
  • Meditation vs. Prayer
  • Meditation in the Bible: the Forefathers, prophetic experiences, revelation

June 15

  • Meditation in Kabbalah and Chasidut
  • “Bringing down the flow”
  • Living in the awareness of God’s presence

June 22

  • “Pour your heart out to God”: Reb Nahman’s meditations
  • Openings for meditative prayer in the Shacharit service

June 29

  • Embodied Jewish practices to deepen our meditations:
    • movement
    • sound
    • herbal fragrance
    • imagery

The Tikkun of Shavu’ot at Shirat HaNefesh

June 11, 2016

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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

Izabella Tabarovsky speaks of Jewish meditation and a number of other topics that have the ring of a lived-experience. In her search for deeper Jewish meaning,  living an authentic Jewish life within the context of modern society, and finding the bridges in liturgy that enhance the meditative experience, she has the gift of infusing her … Continue reading Miriam Ratner, LCSW-C, LICSW, Silver Spring MD

Miriam Ratner, LCSW-C, LICSW, Silver Spring MD

I have been guided by Izabella’s deep sensitivities and expansive knowledge on a number of occasions. Each experience has been both unique and illuminating and I have no doubt that she is a master at helping people open their doors of perception. In one particularly profound meditation she used essential oils to enhance the experience. … Continue reading Stephen Berer, Poet, Bookbinder, Author

Stephen Berer, Poet, Bookbinder, Author

Tsfat - Mosaic path close upI have been guided by Izabella’s deep sensitivities and expansive knowledge on a number of occasions. Each experience has been both unique and illuminating and I have no doubt that she is a master at helping people open their doors of perception.

In one particularly profound meditation she used essential oils to enhance the experience. I confess, I didn’t expect that it would have any meaningful impact. However, the effects were very surprising and unexpected. I literally had to rush out of the room at the end of the meditation, to record a series of remarkable insights and images tumbling through my mind, that would prove to be a breakthrough in a long narrative poem I was composing.

Thank you, Izabella!! May you go from strength to strength.

Stephen Berer, Author

http://www.steveberer.com

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Orchids - whiteIzabella Tabarovsky speaks of Jewish meditation and a number of other topics that have the ring of a lived-experience. In her search for deeper Jewish meaning,  living an authentic Jewish life within the context of modern society, and finding the bridges in liturgy that enhance the meditative experience, she has the gift of infusing her writing with light as well as heat, with knowledge as well as direct experience.  She doesn’t back off her personal and professional goal to be closer to G-d. and to take us with her.  She is a gifted teacher and healer.

Miriam Ratner, LCSW-C, LICSW, Silver Spring MD