Teshuva’s Mystical Meanderings toward the Awe-ful Days
From Midrash, Kabbalah and Hasidut we will explore the meaning of the Shofar, the power of Teshuva. The hearts of: Rav Zadok, Rav Simcha Bunim, the Zohar and the Midrash will prepare us for a profound experience wherever we choose to be during this critical period of the Jewish spirit.
Teshuva’s Mystical Meanderings toward the Awe-ful Days: Lesson 1
Reb Simcha Bunim on Rosh Hashanah: Reb Simcha Bunim of Parshischa counted the Kotzker Rebbe, and the Chiddushei HaRim among his students. The book “Kol Simcha” is a collection of his teachings published some thirty years after his death. Tonight we will look at his teaching on the significance of Rosh Hashanah, and why it is a “Yom Teruah” and not a “Yom Shofar”. It will “blow” your mind.
Teshuva’s Mystical Meanderings toward the Awe-ful Days: Lesson 2
No Special Favors…The Shunamit woman contends: The famous Biblical story of Elisha the Prophet repaying a woman’s kindness without her requesting any special favors is a powerful story. The moment when he offers to intervene with powerful authorities on her behalf. She demurs with what has become a memorable response: Amidst my people is where I dwell. The Zohar states that this conversation occurred on Rosh Hashanah…Why? This statement is also juxtaposed by Rav Simcha Bunim with the line from the RH Haftorah: From afar, the Lord appeared to me… What’s the connection? Ater we finish up with last week’s Torah, we will deal with these questions and others. Hope to see you!
Teshuva’s Mystical Meanderings toward the Awe-ful Days: Lesson 3
Rosh Hashana’s over–time to get to work!-Finding it hard to get in the mood of these days? Rav Nachman, The Sefat Emet, and the Maharal of Prague can help! We will be looking at them for guidance to make these days as meaningful as possible. Rav Nachman teaches about the power of fasting, and the Maharal defines humility, and its unique power. The Sefat Emet teaches about Shabbat Shuva, and together these three spiritual masters pack a wallop. Come join us.