RETURNING WITH LOVE:

TESHUVA M'AHAVA

What is this course?

 

Teshuva is returning to our highest self and our Divine potential. It is a central idea and practice in Judaism, and our sages teach that when motivated by love (ahava), it is a deeply powerful, transformative process.

In this interactive online course, taught by Rabbi Daniel Silverstein, we will study and discuss key texts from throughout Judaism on the process of Teshuva. We will assist each other as we integrate practices into our lives that help make our transformation loving and sustainable.

Our calendar invites us to focus on Teshuva with particular attention during the Fall, as we prepare for the key festivals of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. These High Holidays are crucial opportunities to engage with Teshuva, to choose who we want to be and how to live going forward.

Together, we will explore how to open ourselves to lasting changes in our lives that Teshuva M'Ahava can bring, from the wisdom of the Torah, ancient sages, Kabbalists, Chasidic Masters and contemporary teachers.

We will also learn and implement practices based on these teachings, and support one another in the daily work of deepening our vision, resolve and agency in every area of our lives.

All texts are provided with clear line-by-line translations, and no prior knowledge or experience with the subject matter is necessary.

 

How does it work?

Returning with Love: Teshuva M'Ahava e is a 6-class journey.

 

The classes are recorded (audio and video) and participants can watch or listen to the recordings of the classes at any time they like. 

Each class includes:

1) Live, Interactive Online Instruction and Practice with Rabbi Daniel. The sessions will last for 1.25 hours and consist of two components: 

a) A close reading of key texts about Teshuva M'Ahava, clearly translated and explained, together with relevant background information and discussion about how to apply the ideas in our daily lives;

b) A guided meditative practice based on the texts studied in that session.

Live sessions will be held over Zoom on Tuesday nights at 9pm Israel time / 7pm UK Time / 2pm Eastern US Time / 11AM Pacific US Time. Sessions can be joined live and/or listened to or watched at your convenience. Audio and video recordings will be shared each week for participants to use at their own convenience.

2) A printable handout of relevant texts from Biblical, Rabbinic, Kabbalistic and Chassidic sources, provided in full translation with introductory comments and guiding questions.

3) Clear and down-to-earth practice instructions for continuing to work with the themes of each session at home.

4)  An ongoing WhatsApp discussion group in which participants can share thoughts and experiences, ask questions and receive support in their ongoing practice.

When?

The course begins on Tuesday, August 18 2020, and continues through September 22 2020.

 

Live sessions will be held over Zoom on Tuesday nights at 9pm Israel time / 7pm UK Time / 2pm Eastern US Time / 11AM Pacific US Time.

 

Sessions can be joined live and/or listened to or watched at your convenience.

 

Audio and video recordings will be shared each week for participants to use at their own convenience.

The Six Sessions

1) August 18 - Teshuva​, Creation and Us. 

What is the unique power of Teshuva that is motivated by love? How fundamental is Teshuva to our human condition? What can we learn from the stories of Eden that can impact our own process of transformation?

2) August 25 - Reuben Returns. 

How did Reuben upset his father, the patriarch Jacob, and then do Teshuva for his misdeed? Why is his process of Teshuva seen as a key example by our sages and Kabbalists? What can we learn about our own habits and practices from his journey? 

3) September 1 - Maimonides on Teshuva, Part I. 

What does Teshuva look like in our behavior, and in our inner life?​ What is the profound relationship between Teshuva, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur? How can these special days help us to connect with our ultimate potential and embrace lasting change? 

4) September 8 - Maimonides on Teshuva, Part II. 

How free are we to create our own reality? How does Teshuva heal our character traits, our past misdeeds, our inner narrative and our identity? How does it connect us to our infinite potential and increase our capacity for loving relationship with ourselves, others and the Divine?

5) September 15 - Rosh Hashana: Self-Conception.

Our New Year festival offers us a precious opportunity to step outside the usual flow of our lives, and to look with clarity at who and how we are. Who would we like to be? How would we like to live? What can we do this year to move closer to our goals with joy and love?

6) September 22 - Yom Kippur: Death and Rebirth.

The Day of At-One-Ment is the Holy of Holies, the inner sanctuary of Jewish time. Its 25 hours of are an opening to let go of whatever is holding us back. How can we forgive ourselves and others for our failures and hurts, and let a new self emerge, with a greater capacity for creativity, love and intimacy?

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Testimonials 

"Rabbi Daniel's knowledge and engaging teaching style has been transformative in deepening my spiritual practice in a subject dearest to my heart. He's truly fulfilling the mitzvah of Talmud Torah."

​- Carmella Michals

​"Learning with Rabbi Daniel has transformed my understanding of Judaism and Kabbalah. He brings down deep wisdom from the sages of our tradition with an eye towards application to daily life. In particular, I appreciate learning with him because we study the original texts, but he presents the ideas in a down-to-earth manner."

 - Kalman K.

"Thank you Rabbi Daniel for this opportunity to learn with you, for your carefully constructed course content, brilliant insights into the wisdom of our tradition and lovely warmth and humour. I have personally gained a lot of knowledge and you have inspired me to explore new ideas for my Jewish Yoga and Meditation teaching (Yoga Havaya)." 

- Deborah Wilfond

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