Contemplative Torah

This class will focus on a Jewish adaptation of a centuries-old contemplative form of engagement with Bible called ‘lectio divina’ — renamed here ‘kriat ha-kodesh’ — that will focus on learning midrash and then engagement of the heart, mind and soul through a repetitive listening (rather than reading) to biblical text and then praying, meditating on the words and meanings, and finally contemplating on the text in the very personal and intimate context of one's own life. Students will learn the method of ‘kriat ha-kodesh’ and gain an opportunity to practice leading, as we delve slowly and mindfully into Torah's stories.  Our goal is that talmidim will have a new tool to share with their communities so that each person may enter deeply into Torah’s intimate and personal meaning for her/his life.

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