Free Online Class:

Hearing the Shofar with the Piaseczner


With Yiscah Smith

Monday August 2

9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm UK / 7pm Israel for 75 minutes

In the month of Elul, leading up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom HaKippur, a still small voice gently calls out to us through the Shofar. She begins to awaken us to our deeper selves, and invites us to enter our inner chamber, the hallowed space of our Divine soul.


In this interactive online course, taught by Yiscah Smith, we will explore teachings from the Piaseczner Rebbe, Rabbi Kalonymus Kalmish Shapira, also known as the Aish Kodesh (1889-1943).

We will focus on excerpts from his work, Hachsharat HaAvrachim (Training for Students) that empower us to access the deeper meaning of this period leading up to the New Year – experiencing spiritual intimacy within ourselves.


In Hebrew, the four letters that spell Elul - אלול - are an acronym for four words in the Song of Songs – אני לדודי ודודי לי – “I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine.” At this time especially, the intimacy we seek to cultivate with our Divine inner selves is that of beloved with beloved.


Through textual learning and experiential practice, in this course we will explore how to train ourselves to become more sensitive and open to this intimacy. Together, we will learn and experience why passion and feeling are so important to this process, what it means to truly be a feeling person.

All texts will be provided with clear translations, and no prior knowledge or experience with the subject matter is necessary.

Register here for the Zoom link and recording of the class, please write 'Shofar' as your message. 

This class is the first of 8 in an interactive online course, through which our online community will prepare for, and then experience Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, as openings for growth in this most sacred work.


Please see here for full details of the course.