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

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.

Testamonials

“Learning with Rabbi Daniel has transformed my understanding of Judaism and Kabbalah. He brings down deep wisdom from the sages of our tradition with an eye towards application to daily life. In particular, I appreciate learning with him because we study the original texts, but he presents the ideas in a down-to-earth manner.” (Kalman, Stanford)

“To be a female, Jewish-identifying, multi-faith curious, mystic, modern person, I find it grounding and uplifting to learn Kabbalistic perspectives with Rav Daniel. It’s nourishing to hear the Hebrew spoken and participate in the process of uncovering ancient meanings for our current chaotic times. I’m now in my second year of the course and intend to continue through as many cycles as are offered, and I highly recommend this learning journey to any seeker.” (Lisa R., Portland, Oregon)

“Thank you Daniel for this opportunity to learn with you, for your carefully constructed course content, brilliant insights into the wisdom of our tradition and lovely warmth and humour. I am personally gaining a lot of knowledge and you are inspiring me to explore new ideas for my Jewish Yoga and Meditation teaching (Yoga Havaya).” (Deborah Wilfond, Jerusalem)

“Learning with Rav Daniel is a wonderful experience. In his classes he brings an extraordinary range of texts from our tradition and makes them meaningful for our lives today. His deep personal integrity, wisdom and spirituality constantly inspire me to walk the Jewish spiritual path and help me with my own awakening and development.” (Rabbi Danny Newman, London)

“This course is a gem – Rav Daniel’s teaching combines significant Torah learning with emotional depth and creative exploration. The learning I am doing in the course informs me as I teach Torah, live and grow.” (Ariel Goldberg, New York City).

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.