Sefirat Ha’omer - or, the counting of the Omer - is the yearly practice of counting the 49 days and 7 weeks between Passover and Shavuot. As a seasonal spiritual practice, it builds a bridge between the expansive freedom of the Passover Seder, and the revelatory experience of receiving the Torah on Shavuot.
Kabbalistic teachings regard “the Omer” as a potent season of self-cultivation and growth; a period focused on bringing attention to the Divine qualities within ourselves as a preparation for receiving the revelation of Torah. The seven weeks of the Sefirah are mirrored by the seven lower Sefirot - the fundamental Divine energies that are expressed throughout Creation.
The sefirot provide a map for understanding the underlying forces of Creation. These sefirot are not just conceptual or metaphysical principles - they are embodied aspects of our own being as well, and the fundamental elements of our own personality. In this regard, the sefirot can provide a map of the Self, offering an understanding of our own inner workings, and a template through which we can cultivate and develop different aspects of ourselves.
Drawing on Biblical, Rabbinic, Kabbalistic and Chassidic texts, this seven-week course guides participants through an exploration of the sefirot. The text study will anchor our understanding of each sefirah, including the archetypal, spiritual and personal qualities of each one. We will also engage in guided meditations and practices to offer an embodied point of contact with each sefirah, and provide a framework for cultivating these qualities within ourselves.
The seven sessions will cover:
1. Chesed: Expansive Flow
2. Gevurah: The Boundaries of Self
3. Tiferet: Integrating Polarities
4. Netzach: Resilient Strength
5. Hod: Allowing Reality
6. Yesod: Connecting to the Inner Point
7. Malchut: Becoming a Vessel
All texts will be provided in Hebrew and English translation. This course is open to novices and advanced learners of all backgrounds and orientations.
How does it work?
The course consists of seven weekly live online sessions, of approximately 1.25 hours each. Each session includes studying primary texts as well as a guided practice to ground the learning in embodied experience.
Each session will be recorded (in audio and video), allowing participants who cannot attend the live sessions to watch or listen at their own convenience. The recordings will be shared with all the participants after each session.
We will also form a WhatsApp discussion group to allow participants to share thoughts, questions and experiences throughout the duration of the course.
This offers a wonderful resource for participants to give and receive support in their ongoing practice. R’ Ami will be available by email and through the WhatsApp group to respond as well.
*Please note that due to the course beginning during the Passover holiday, the first two sessions will be at different weekly times than the ensuing five sessions of the course.
The course begins on Tuesday March 30th, 2021 and concludes on Sunday May 9th, 2021.
See exact dates below.
Live sessions will be held over Zoom at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm UK / 8pm Israel time. Sessions can be joined live and/or listened to or watched via recordings at your convenience.
*Tuesday March 30
*Monday April 5
Sunday April 11
Sunday April 18
Sunday April 25
Sunday May 2
Sunday May 9
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- Carter Wise
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