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A 7-class series taught by Rabbi Diane Elliot, Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman, and Rabbi David J. Cooper
More than the Jewish people have kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept the Jewish people. —Ahad Ha-am
For millennia, individual Jewish practitioners and communal Jewish culture have been fed and sustained, materially and spiritually, by the practice of Shabbat (in English “the Sabbath” or in Yiddish, “Shabbos”), the “pause that refreshes.” Tradition teaches that this most quintessential of Jewish practices is built into the very fabric of Creation.
In the first and second, fourth and fifth classes of this series, Rabbi Diane will guide you in an exploration of the “deep structure” of Shabbat practice, from its roots in Torah and rabbinic tradition, to the intimate secrets of the mystics. Through meditation and chant, text study and conversation, we’ll experience the multiple levels on which Shabbat resonates, delighting and igniting body and soul.
In the third class, Hazzan Shulamit will offer an in-depth introduction to some of the most beloved and powerful of the Shabbat z’mirot (songs) and piyyutim (poems set to music). (See the description for November 5 The Music of Shabbat. This class may be taken as a stand-alone class.)
During the last two classes, Rabbi David will connect the dots from the inner essence to the outer world, revealing how Shabbat has always been—and will continue to be—a subversive force for social justice. Not only has Shabbat preserved the Jewish people, it has motivated social change around the planet for everybody.
Come and jump start your Shabbat practice! We’ll culminate our learning with a freilach (joyful!) Kabbalat Shabbat celebration that evokes the many layers of the Sabbath.
Dates: October 23, 30; November 5, 13, 20, December 4, 11 (Six Thursdays and one Wednesday)
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm Location: Fireside Room
Lead Teacher Schedule:
October 23 – Rabbi Diane Elliot
October 30 – Rabbi Diane Elliot
November 5 – Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman
November 13 – Rabbi Diane Elliot
November 20 – Rabbi Diane Elliot
December 4 – Rabbi David Cooper
December 11 – Rabbi David Cooper