Encountering the Divine Presence Within

Faculty: Yiscah Smith

Level: Open to all

Description: Rabbi Akiva would say, “How beloved it is that the human being was created in the image of G-d; how even more beloved it is that one knows that one was created in the Image.” Pirkei Avot 3, 14

This class will explore the teachings of R. Kalonymus Kalmish Shapira, the Piaseczna Rebbe, the Aish Kodesh. We shall examine texts that describe Jewish living and tradition as the cultivation of a spiritual practice. His inspiring and progressive ideas discuss the spiritual nature of our body, mind and heart, how we awaken to the Divine presence within us, and how we can integrate these components and expressions of the Jewish experience into one whole healthy being.