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Adult Education Class
April 4 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 2:30 pm on Sunday, repeating until May 2, 2021
Adult Education on “The Wilderness Journey” — April 4, 11, 18, 25 & May 2, from 2:30 to 4 pm
Our next adult education class is about to begin — and, to misquote the Seder, this class will be different from all other classes! It will be a combination of text study, discussion, deep exploration and personal exercises. During the class, we will journey together through the five step process of a spiritual “Wilderness Journey”:
Step 1: Stuck in the Narrow Place.
We can’t move toward freedom and the “promised land” until we first develop an awareness of where we are stuck and constricted. We’ll look at Pharaoh’s “heart diseases” to diagnose our narrow place, as well as understanding that a Divine response can only come after we learn how to “cry out.”
Step 2: Crossing the Sea
How do we prepare to “cross the sea,” to take a leap of faith, and to step into unknown waters? We’ll look at some mystical texts about that leap, and also listen to some musical explorations.
Step 3: The Sweet and the Bitter
Wilderness can be purifying, but it can also highlight bitterness. Through the metaphor of the Exodus struggles with water bitter and sweet, we’ll explore what’s hidden in our own wells, what needs to bubble up, and the purposes of bitterness.
Step 4: Standing at Sinai
What does the idea of revelation mean to us as modern, Reform Jews? Can we really receive something new? Can we find new ways of seeing, or tear through the veils we have created around ourselves? And what is the connection between revelation and wilderness?
Step 5: Building the Holy Place
Why was the sanctuary built in the desert? What does it mean to create a space for the Holy to dwell? What is the difference between building out of obligation and building through generosity? And how do we make the holy “portable” — something that is able to remain with us and to continue to adapt through our various life changes.
Because this class will be taught online, it is also open to non-Temple members, so feel free to tell your friends.
Please email Rabbi Daniel if you are interested in the class, so he can make sure you have all the necessary in-formation. The class will be on Zoom at this link or from the Zoom app, enter Meeting ID: 884 5060 5698 and Passcode: Midbar
- April 4
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
- Zoom Teleconference
- United States