Experiencing the Divine – a series of Adult Learning Sessions with Rabbi Danny Newman

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Date(s) - 14/03/2019
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Experiencing the Divine: Exploring the Chasidic/Kabbalistic writings of the Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto, Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira (1889-1943)

Please come and join us as we explore together how Rabbi Shapira sets out a clear Jewish path to spiritual development. An introduction to Rabbi Shapira and his teachings on mindfulness, the role of the ego and connecting with divinity.

We will read and discuss the original writings of Rabbi Shapira in Hebrew. English translations will be provided, and everyone is welcome regardless of prior knowledge and experience. All you need to bring is an open heart and an open mind.

Session dates – 8.00 pm – 9.30 pm

Wednesday 12 December

Wednesday 9 & 23 January 2019

Wednesday 13 & 27 February 2019

Wednesday 13 & Thursday 28 March 2019

Over the course of the six classes in January, February and March, we will read and discuss together extracts from Rabbi Shapira’s short book which in Hebrew is called “B’nei Machshavah Tovah” and which has been translated into English as both “Experiencing the Divine: A Guide to Jewish Spiritual Practice and Community” and “Conscious Community: A Guide to Inner Work”.

Written in the 1930’s for his students, this book is a guide for adults who live in the ‘real world’ on how to organise and run a spiritual community. It was discovered after World War II in the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto and was quickly accepted as a classic of Jewish spiritual literature.