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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 7:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until January 31, 2018
Tikkun Ha’Nefesh: Spiritual Growth Circle with Rabbi Burt Jacobson
The word tikkun means healing, fixing what is broken, or transformation. We usually associate this word with the phrase tikkun ha’olam, fixing, healing or transforming the world.
Among liberal and progressive Jews, tikkun ha’olam refers primarily to engaging in issues that encompass social compassion and justice. This kind of activity has always been central to the leaders and members of Kehilla. Yet according to Jewish tradition, tikkun ha’olam is only one kind of tikkun. There are other kinds of healing and transformation as well.
Throughout the Middle Ages Jewish writers spoke of tikkun ha’nefesh, which might be translated the healing, fixing or transformation of the soul. The focus of this kind of tikkun is the human self, most specifically the transformation of our negative personal qualities into positive virtues. As long as we are subject to greed, jealousy, ill will, indifference, and fear we contribute to the brokenness of the world. When our lives are grounded in wisdom, equanimity, compassion, loving kindness, and joy, on the other hand, we can instead contribute to tikkun ha’olam, and we can experience our profound unity and our interrelatedness with every manifestation of the unfolding universe and with the mystery underlying all reality.
This Fall I will be initiating a new adult program that I am calling “Tikkun HaNefesh: Spiritual Growth Circle.” Jewish Renewal offers a rich assemblage of approaches and techniques for the cultivation of tikkun ha’nefesh, many of them inspired by the teachings of the Ba’al Shem Tov and his disciples. At our bi-weekly Wednesday evening group meetings we will employ Hasidic niggun (melody), meditation, prayer, spiritual readings, intimate group sharing and enneagram work—all in the service of personal spiritual growth and transformation.
The group will meet ten times over the course of four months from 7:00-9:15pm in the Back Classroom (Main Floor) at Kehilla. The dates of the meetings are the following: October 18, November 1, 15, 29, December 13, January 3, 17, 31. There will be assignments between class meetings including readings, journaling and spiritual exercises. It will be essential for participants to attend all of the meetings.
The circle will consist of a maximum of eight individuals, which will allow for deeper connection and closeness among its members. Registration priority will be given to members of Kehilla.
The cost of the program is $300 for Kehilla members, but scholarships will be available, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The cost for non-members is $400. If you are interested and you feel that you cannot afford the full fee, please call Kehilla’s Executive Director, Michael Saxe-Taller at 547-2424 to arrange for a scholarship.
If you have questions about the Spiritual Growth Circle, or you would like to register, please email me at email@example.com, or call me at 510.283.5704.
Class Dates: Wednesday’s – October 18, November 1, 15, 29, December 13, 2017 and January 3, 17, 31, 2018
Cost: $300 for Kehilla members/$400 for non-members
Location: Back Classroom at Kehilla
Registration: Email Rabbi Burt at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 510.283.5704.
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