Changing the World from the Inside Out: Spiritual Wisdom for Turbulent Times

October 23, 2017 West Newton Free
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Partisan rancor, threats of war, rising anti-Semitism and racism and real challenges to our democratic institutions characterize public life in the United States today. Jewish tradition calls on us to respond to these challenges in public life and work to make the world a better place. How do we draw on the rich spiritual resources of Judaism to support and inform the work of social change?

This two-session class will distill centuries of Jewish wisdom about cultivating and refining the inner life into an accessible program for building the qualities necessary for engaging in the work of sustainable change. In this class, through explorations of deep motivation, inner drive, and traits like trust and anger, we will engage questions of self-development and transformation, demonstrating that sustainable social change activism is indeed a spiritual practice.

Changing the World from the Inside Out: Spiritual Wisdom for Turbulent Times with Rabbi David Jaffe meets Monday evenings, Oct. 23 & 30, 7:30-9 p.m.

Rabbi David Jaffe is the author of Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change, winner of the 2016 National Jewish Book Award for Contemporary Jewish Life. He is the Founder and Principal of Kirva Consulting, which helps individuals and organizations access spiritual wisdom for creating healthy, sustainable relationships and communities. He teachers Mussar (applied Jewish ethics) nationally with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and the Mussar Institute and is an adjunct faculty member at Hebrew College.

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Monday, October 23, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Congregation Dorshei Tzedek
60 Highland St
West Newton, MA 02465

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