Rabbi Baer of Radoshitz sought out the advice of his rebbe, the Seer of Lublin. "Master, show me a way all people can follow in service to God." "There is no one way," the Seer replied. For some the way is the way of study, for others the way of prayer, and for still others the way of fasting or eating or good deeds. There is no one way for all, only the right way for each. Choose the way that is right for you and then engage it with all your might."
Hasidism, one of the most important Jewish spiritual movements, embraces many ways to God, and in this Online Retreat and Practice Circle we will focus on four them:
• The Way of Wisdom rooted in an understanding of human and divine nature;
• The Way of Study rooted in the teachings of Torah, the Five Books of Moses;
• The Way of Faith rooted in the cultivation of a fearless trust; and
• The Way of Humility rooted in the fact that in the end it isn’t what we know that saves us, but the realization that we know nothing at all.
The course was designed to be delivered daily over four weeks, although other frequencies are also possible. Subscribers receive emails with a short teaching from the writings of one of the Hasidic rebbes on the theme of the week. The Baal Shem Tov (1234-1234), Dov Ber of Mezritch (1704-1772), Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev (1740-1810), Menachem Mendel of Kotsk (1787-1859) are a few of the rebbes whose wisdom is shared. Each teaching is paired with a brief commentary from Rabbi Rami whose translations of and commentary on Hasidic stories and texts are legendary. In addition, Rami will offer a practice for the day designed to help you live the teaching and deepen your understanding of it.
During the original presentation of this course, Rabbi Rami did three teleconferences in which he discussed issues raised by the study with callers. The recordings of those one-hour teleconferences are also available to those taking the course on-demand.
This Online Retreat has been developed by Rabbi Rami Shapiro, profiled in Spirituality & Practice's Living Spiritual Teachers Project and author of Hasidic Tales Annotated and Explained, and Tanya, a Hasidic Masterpiece. While rooted in Judaism, the teachings of these Hasidic rebbes are applicable to everyone, and Rami’s commentary and practices are designed to engage people of any religious/spiritual tradition and no tradition.
To read a brief interview with Rabbi Rami about how the "crazy wisdom" of the rebbes speaks to our times, click here.
(4 CEHs for Chaplains available.)
(choose your own start date and frequency)