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The Gates of Divine Inspiration

The Gates of Divine Inspiration
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The Gates of Divine Inspiration
Thursday January 25, 2018
9:00PM
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2 days, 8 hours, 58 minutes
Instructor: Rabbi Avraham Chira
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The Gates of Divine Inspiration


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Course Description

“The Gates of Divine Inspiration” of the Ari”zal.  A concise version of the Ari”zal’s pathway to Ruach Hakodesh.  This class will be theoretical and practical, with short meditations that encompass the ideas in the text.


About Rabbi Avraham Chira
Rabbi Avraham Chira received smicha from Rabbi Benayahu Shmueli, Rosh Yeshivat HaMekubalim, Nahar Shalom, in Jerusalem. He has been a student and teacher in the Yeshiva since 1993. He has taught for twelve years at the Berot Bat Ayin Seminary, specializing in Likutei Moharan, and conducting workshops in meditation, and spiritual creative writing. He has also received a Masters Degree in Clinical Sociology & Family Therapy from the University of North Texas, Neve Yerushalayim Campus. He has published a novel and translates a newsletter for Nahar Shalom. Rabbi Avraham lives with his wife, Elisheva and their five children in Bat Ayin, Gush Etzion.


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January 4, 2018 9:00PM - 10:00PM
The Gates of Divine Inspiration

Shalom and welcome to a new zman at webyeshiva. 

Tonight we begin a series based on the teachings of the Arizal, collected from the Sefer, Sha'ar Ruach HaKodesh; Divine Inspiration.

We begin with a look at the Holy Letters of the Aleph Beit, how we interact with them and their relationship to our service in this world.  This includes how to attach oneself to the Letters, how we 'light the letters' , how they communicate in return to us, and what is the import of their communication.  Much of this material is rooted in the holy Sefer Yetzirah and will challenge our former conceptions of what constitutes the holy language, how we interact with it and how it interacts with us.  We will have to draw on what we have learned in the last three semesters from the Eight Gates and Jewish Mediation.  As in all Torah learning, as we expand our understanding, old ideas will be replaced by new ones, and perceptions will change according to what we merit to receive. I am very excited to learn these ideas together.

Look forward to seeing you there tonight.

Avraham Shira 

 

 
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January 11, 2018 9:00PM - 10:00PM
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Shalom.  Tomorrow night we continue our journey through what I find to be an amazing series of teachings from the Ari'zal.  The Rav, Rebbe Haim Vital reveals to us some of the secrets of Hashem's Name, the Human body and body language and sensitivity to smell, color, and even the behavior of animals towards us.  This material may seem outrageous to many but once we understand how the neshama moves through us, limb by limb, and other creatures that conform to this pattern, we can begin to perceive why nothing is taken for granted at these extremely sensitive levels of human perception.  Some will scoff, others will question, and this is itself a challenge to our faith that we must pass through in order to achieve a greater understanding of how God communicates to us through us and the world around us. 

Look forward to seeing you there.

Always, Avraham

 
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January 18, 2018 9:00PM - 10:00PM
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Shalom and welcome.  Tomorrow night the Rav will explain to us some of the more difficult aspects of understanding and obtaining divine inspiration.  This will include some rather arcane subjects such as the impact of bad smells on perception, confrontation with dead creatures and their effects on the Neshama, the power of joy, and the destructive forces of sadness, depression and anger.  When understood through the filter of Kabbalah, we see that teshuva is manifold and more profound than we expected or could have understood from the outset of our journeys.   The relationship between soul and emotion will be discussed, as will the ultimate kavanah that the Ari sets for all avodat Hashem, that is, unapologetically and unabashedly, our learning and mitzvot should be for the sake of obtaining ruach HaKodesh.  How that squares with 'l'shaim shamayim' will certainly demand our attention and examination.  Look forward to seeing you there.

Avraham Shira

 
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