eCourse: Applied Jewish Spirituality with Rav Daniel Silverstein

What?

Join us in an exploration of practical wisdom drawn from Jewish tradition. In this eCourse, we will delve into Jewish approaches designed to impact our everyday lives, improving the quality of who we are, what we do, and all of our interactions with others. Join 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 works, with a significant emphasis on Kabbalistic and Chasidic works. All texts are provided with clear line-by-line translations, and no prior knowledge or experience is necessary.


Please Note: The course is a 2 - 4 hour commitment per month, comprising two hours of online classes and an optional two hours of preparation time.

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 compassionShavuot, how kindness builds the world, receiving and
giving in healthy balance, relationships, passion, love,
community 
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-AugListening to and creating musicTisha 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-SepActive teshuva (return, fixing) through specific actions
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

When?

Applied Jewish Spirituality is a year-long journey, beginning January 14, 2018. Each month our community will explore a new module, a new approach to meaning-making. Enroll for the year now, or choose to pay as you go. Each module includes:


1) Clear and down-to-earth instructions for practicing each technique.


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, where you can ask anything you like, share whatever thoughts and ideas are arising for you, and receive feedback from Rav 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 the recordings at their own convenience. The classes will take place every two weeks, on Sundays at 2pm EST / 9pm Israel time, starting on January 28th.

Why?

Because Judaism should speak to the heart, and help us to live more meaningful lives.

Rav 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 & facilitates a weekly sit group in Jerusalem.