ONLINEJoining All Creation in Yearning for the Face of God With Rabbi Nehemia Polen

January 28, 2021 Free
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Join Rabbi Nehemia Polen, leading expert in Hasidism and Jewish thought, as we delve deep into a mystical commentary on Genesis 2:1-3 and learn a sublime statement of the universality of longing, yearning and dignity in God’s creation. The text for this session is drawn from the Or HaḤayyim, written by the 18th-century Spanish Kabbalist Rabbi Hayim ben Attar. Participants will leave with a deeper sense of connection to Creation through Torah.

Rabbi Dr. Nehemia Polen is a leading expert in Hasidism and Jewish thought. A widely published author, his books include “The Holy Fire: The Teachings of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira,” “The Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto” (Jason Aronson Inc., first ed., 1977); “The Rebbe’s Daughter” (Jewish Publication Society, 2002), based on Polen’s research as a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow and recipient of a National Jewish Book Award; “Filling Words With Light: Hasidic and Mystical Reflections on Jewish Prayer” (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2004), written with Lawrence Kushner; and “From Tiberias, With Love: A Collection of Tiberian Hasidism, Volume I: Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk,” edited by Aubrey Glazer (Fons Vitae Press, 2020.) Polen holds a doctorate from Boston University, where he studied with and served as a teaching fellow for Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel. Prior to his career in Jewish academia, Polen served for 23 years as a congregational rabbi.

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