We will delve into hidden meanings that lie beneath the simple reading of selected Torah texts through the lenses of Hasidic masters, such as the Baal Shem Tov, Degel Machaneh Efraim, Rebbe Nachman and Sfat Emet.
Each text we encounter will offer insight into our psycho-spiritual lives with the aspiration that our own interiority will be illuminated and expanded though its study. We will look at Moses, Miriam, Pharaoh and other biblical characters and locations as archetypes. What do Egypt/Mitzrayim and the Wilderness/Midbar have to do with us? Is God’s presence found in the text? What do the texts reveal about faith and doubt, belief, our inclinations toward good and evil? The class will utilize music, meditation, hevruta (paired) study and group discussion.
Instructor: Rabbi Lev Friedman
Schedule: Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m., April 1, 8, 22; May 6, 20, 27
Location: Private residence, Newton
Class limited to 10 participants.
About the instructor:
Lev Friedman is currently a free-range rabbi serving different communities and individuals in the Boston area and New England. Under the tutelage of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, he founded B’nai Or Religious Fellowship of Boston in 1980 and served as the community’s spiritual leader for 17 years. During his tenure in this position, he helped many Jews find a way back to their traditions in a contemporary and meaningful way. Later in life, after selling his business, he attended the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. Lev may be the only rabbi to have led a congregation prior to receiving ordination!
He is a seasoned service leader and teacher who brings life experience, knowledge and wisdom along with beautiful music and the teachings of his teachers, Rabbis Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Arthur Green and Ebn Leader, to name a few, to the Jewish community. He is committed to building bridges that enable modern seekers to understand the riches of Judaism.
He was the owner of Kolbo Fine Judaica in Brookline, a world-renowned Judaica gallery, for almost 30 years. Lev is also a singer-songwriter and skilled finger-style guitarist. He uses music to help bring people together in prayer and song. He and his wife, Joyce, live in Newton and have three grown daughters and two grandchildren.+ More... - Less...
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