eCourse: Applied Jewish Spirituality with Rabbi Daniel Silverstein

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.

Enroll for the year now, or choose to try one month at a time.

Course Syllabus

Hebrew MonthGregorian MonthModalities or Techniques of PracticeSubjects of Study
ShevatJan-FebEating and drinking
Tu B'Shvat, why the Torah equates people with trees,
sacred ecology, our interconnection with all life, the
interrelation between the material and the spiritual, inner
renewal
AdarFeb-MarDance and movementPurim, beginner's mind, not-knowing, joy, laughter,
surprise, depression, equanimity and wholeness
NisanMar-AprSpeech, story-telling, narrative therapyPesach, renewal, self-acceptance, self-love freedom from
vs freedom to, connection to community and beyond
IyarApr-MayBreathing
Counting the Omer, Lag B'Omer, R' Shimon Bar Yochai
and the Zohar, The Sefirot and the Tree of Life, connecting
our unconscious and conscous minds and behaviors, fixing
our character traits
SivanMay-JunCultivating love and compassion
Shavuot, how kindness builds the world,
loving relationship, universalism vs particularism i.e.
how Judaism relates to Jews, converts and gentiles.
TammuzJun-JulHitbodedut (speaking to the Divine in one's own words)
The Three Weeks, converting shadow to light, seeing thing
s as they really are, acknowledging and owning our
strengths and achievements
AvJul-AugDeep ListeningTisha B'Av and Tu B'Av, turning from grief to love, listening
deeply to ourselves and others, re-opening our hearts,
music and joy
ElulAug-SepSpiritual Accounting (Cheshbon HaNefesh)
Teshuva (return to our best selves), fixing what we can
through action, motivating ourselves lovingly,
rediscovering and focusing on our essence, setting
intentions for the coming year
TishreiSep-OctRadical forgiveness of oneself and others
Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, returning to our
highest selves, letting go of unhelpful self images or
stories, intimate relationships and sacred sexuality,
beginning a new chapter
CheshvanOct-NovSpiritual writing, ShabbatShabbat and the six days of the week, intuition, listening to
our inner voice, the balance between work and Shabbat
KislevNov-DecVisualizationChanukah, wonder, humility, dedication, purification,
manifesting our own unique potential
TevetDec-JanPrayerConcentration, routine, spontaneity, boredom, distracting
thoughts, anger

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.

Why?

Because Judaism is a path that benefits ourselves, all those we interact with, and ultimately all beings.

Rabbi Daniel Raphael Silverstein recently moved to Jerusalem from Palo Alto, where he was Director of Jewish Life & Learning for Hillel at Stanford University. He received his ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School after several years of work in Europe & the US in the arts, education, & Muslim-Jewish relations. He is an accredited meditation teacher & regularly leads retreats and classes for partners including Pardes, the Homestead, Or HaLev, and the OU.