Exile & Redemption
Here’s 4 and 1/2 ways history has shaped Jewish identity. Join Rabbi Avraham Shira and explore the relationship between Jewish Experience in the exiles of Egypt, Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome and the distinctions between these exiles that helped form different aspects of Jewish character and identity.
We will also look at how each of the five festivals or holidays are designed as the tikun of the Jewish experience in these exiles and in five areas of the soul of each person. We will also draw parallels from these exiles and redemptions to the experiences of the Jewish people today, the challenges we face as a nation and as individuals.
Rabbi Avraham Shira 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. Since 1996 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. Rabbi Shira has published a novel and translates a newsletter for Nahar Shalom. He lives with his wife, Elisheva and their five children in Bat Ayin, Gush Etzion.