Jewish Meditation: Texts and Practices

Teacher: Mira Niculescu

Level: Open to all

Kalonymus_Kalman_ShapiraDescription: Jewish spiritual practices have been at the core of the Jewish tradition for millennia. Reserved to an elite and transmitted orally, they were little known until the middle of the twentieth century. Today, thanks to renewed interest in meditation and the publication of Jewish meditation sources, Jews now learn and practice a variety of Jewish contemplative techniques. In this class, we will explore experientially the world of Jewish meditation, from text to practice. While the main focus will be on modern Chassidut, especially around the work of The Piaczesner Rebbe, we will have sessions on Maimonides, Abulafia, Cordovero, Jewish mindfulness, and more.

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Details: All levels, co-ed. Each session is comprised of text study, guided and silent meditation, a teaching, and niggunim. Class is by donation. Suggested donation of 25 NIS (minimum).

Contact: Mira Niculescu https://www.neshama-community.org/
Dr. Mira Neshama Niculescu is French scholar and teacher of Jewish Meditation. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology of Religion at the EHESS in Paris and learned Torah as an Art Fellow at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Studies. She was a Yesod Fellow at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, where she was certified in Experiential Jewish Education, and she is currently a Fellow at Yeshivat Har’El. A licensed Jewish Mindfulness Teacher from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS), she teaches Jewish meditation with Or ha Lev and Pardes and travels internationally to lecture on Jewish spirituality.