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.
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 new approach to meaning-making. Enroll for the year now, or choose to try one month at a time.
|Hebrew Month||Gregorian Month||Modalities or Techniques of Practice||Subjects of Study|
|Shevat||Jan-Feb||Eating 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
|Adar||Feb-Mar||Dance and movement||Purim, beginner's mind, not-knowing, joy, laughter, |
surprise, depression, equanimity and wholeness
|Nisan||Mar-Apr||Speech, story-telling, narrative therapy||Pesach, renewal, self-acceptance, self-love freedom from |
vs freedom to, connection to community and beyond
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
|Sivan||May-Jun||Cultivating love and compassion|
Shavuot, how kindness builds the world,
loving relationship, universalism vs particularism i.e.
how Judaism relates to Jews, converts and gentiles.
|Tammuz||Jun-Jul||Hitbodedut (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
|Av||Jul-Aug||Listening to and creating music||Tisha B'Av and Tu B'Av, turning from grief to love, listening |
deeply to ourselves and others, re-opening our hearts,
music and joy
|Elul||Aug-Sep||Active 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
|Tishrei||Sep-Oct||Radical 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
|Cheshvan||Oct-Nov||Spiritual writing, Shabbat||Shabbat and the six days of the week, intuition, listening to|
our inner voice, the balance between work and Shabbat
|Kislev||Nov-Dec||Visualization||Chanukah, wonder, humility, dedication, purification, |
manifesting our own unique potential
|Tevet||Dec-Jan||Prayer||Concentration, routine, spontaneity, boredom, distracting|
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 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 the recordings at their own convenience. Audio of the classes is also shared as an MP3 for those who prefer to listen to it. The classes take place every two weeks, on Sundays at 2pm EST / 9pm Israel time.
Because our practice 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.