Here are some old posts about Simchat Torah/Shemini Atzeret:
The Power to Bless 2016
Life Cycle 2020
And about Parashat Bereshit:
Saying Yes to the Universe 2018
No Man is an Island 2020
Reminder–our new series of classes start after the chagim next Tuesday, October 5!
Upcoming Tal Orot Programs for Shmittah Year 5782
The goal of our Tal Orot series this Shmittah year is to take our meditation practice to a transformative level and integrate it deeply and effectively into our daily lives. In our sessions we will devote more time to rigorous meditation with detailed guidance, and our learning will delve deeply into the exploration of consciousness in kabbalistic, hasidic and Jewish philosophical sources, to provide insight for our meditation practice.
Our Fall series is devoted to the practice of Devekut, constant awareness of God that comes to permeate all our actions, speech and thoughts at every moment. The challenge of Devekut is that God cannot be an object of thought – so how do you maintain steady awareness in a way that does not involve objectifying thought? We will practice Jewish meditation methods that open up different modes of consciousness that give us access to a real, enduring relationship with God. To sign up, please fill out this Google form.
The theme of our Spring series is Kavanah, focused mental intent. The ability to direct attention effectively in prayer, in learning and in meditation is a key element of Jewish spiritual development. The kabbalistic tradition has developed a number of meditation methods, some readily accessible and some quite rigorous, designed to strengthen and refine Kavanah. We will study several of these methods and incorporate them into our daily practice, adding a skill set that can be valuable in many aspects of our lives. To sign up for this series, please fill out this Google form.