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Explore your Dreams through a broad range of Jewish texts, and modern psychoanalytic theory.
Join us for this exciting new course at AJS with clinical psychologist and rabbi Mordechai Zeller, as we delve into some ancient dream texts from the Tanach (Hebrew Bible), Talmud, Zohar and from the diaries of the Mystics and Hassidic masters - read together with some classic psychological theory, from Freud and Jung to Bion, Ogden and Eigen.
Each session will focus on archetypal and recurring dream themes. We will trace their appearance in Jewish teachings, from ancient to modern. And then we will learn how to record our dreams and how to begin working with them as engines of transformation in our lives.
Why are stories and storytelling so important? How can stories, especially those that transcend time and space, work on us, change us, deepen or even heal us? What do Midrashic and Hasidic sources say about the power of stories? And how, in a time of crisis, might we use stories to heal our world?
In this online course with Rabbi Ariel Burger, we will together explore tales from the biblical, rabbinic, and Hasidic periods, including some lesser-known stories that challenge and complicate simplistic notions about God, what it means to be human, ethics, and meaning. Among them we will find tales of conflict, of miracles, of hope in the face of despair, and of redemption.
Each class will include careful text study, time for reflection and discussion, and take-home exercises.
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Come and join Yiscah and our global community as we meet once a week on Thursdays, from October 7 - December 30 (with one week off for Thanksgiving).
Each session will be an hour long in total. The first 45 minutes are essential, and the last 15 minutes are optional.
We will begin with a brief teaching from Yiscah (approx. 15 minutes) followed by a sit (approx. 25 minutes) and then conclude with optional sharing and Q & A.
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"The courses offered through Applied Jewish Spirituality not only provide a window into the vast world of Chasidic and mystical teachings, but translate the esoteric into practices that can be integrated into ones daily spiritual life. The source sheets for every class are a remarkable resource full of deep and powerful Torah to make the teachings accessible to learners of all backgrounds."
- Rabbi Adam Gindea
"In so many ways the AJS course I followed redefined 'learning' for me. This is because of the unique way our course leader synthesised rigorous scholarship with practical spiritual practice. Through his personal skills he also created a sense of a community amongst us all - no mean feat for online learning! I ended the course feeling transformed and inspired."
- Jyll Bradley
"Not only does AJS provide access to an incredibly vast and rich well of Jewish material, but the faculty are really all masters at distilling and effectively transmitting information that ordinarily would remain hidden and inaccessible to curious beginning students. That said, faculty at AJS enthusiastically welcome and cater to the beginners mind who might otherwise feel too intimidated, or perhaps a bit too shy wandering into a traditional beit midrash of learned scholars and other big-time ball players. One really does get the sense that there is a larger learning taking place that the course as a single entity - material, teachers, and students all - participates in. And the importance of this really can’t be understated because its the facilitation of that mutual transmission of mind, body, and spirit that underlies and upholds the integrity of the great worldly wisdom traditions. I don’t know if I would have a Jewish practice if it weren’t for AJS."
- Gabe Gould
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Appreciation for use of images:
Glasses image by FotoRieth
Women and Torah image by Miriam Leibowitz
Aleph and Hebrew Calligraphy by Michel d'Anastasio
Sefirot and Tree of Life images by David Friedman from Kosmic Kabbalah
Ram and Calendar images by Federico Parolo from Deuteronomy Press
Prayer photo (Shemoneh Esrei) by Mazhar Zandsalimi