Unlocking the Gates of our Shabbat Souls,
with Key Hasidic Masters
A live, interactive course led by
R. Prof. Elie Holzer
FALL SEMESTER 2021
"No two Shabbatot are alike!" wrote Rabbi AJ Heschel.
The underlying concept of our learning is that close, attuned, and dialogical engagement with Hasidic drashot on parshat hashavua unlocks wellsprings for our individual spiritual avoda as we embrace the dance offered by that particular Shabbat.
Such reading is a practice that allows us to slow down, to engage deeply with a given passage, and to pay attention to the poetics and imagery opened by language. We mix intellect, imagination, and emotion in each session. We learn to bring a fresh mind to reading, and we develop a creative, actively engaged relationship with our own and our colleagues' insights. In doing so, we reconnect to ancient Jewish spiritual traditions of transformative reading.
To facilitate our learning process, we seek to dedicate two sessions in preparation for each Shabbat. Drashot will be selected from a variety of Hasidic masters.
New learners are welcome to join our special cohort, and all are encouraged to participate in two free classes, September 2 and September 9, to get a sense of this unique learning experience.
THURSDAYS from 9-10:15 a.m. ET
Pre-Semester Free Classes:
Sep. 2 & 9: Vayelech (Shabbat Shuva)
Fall Semester 2021:
Sept. 23 (Chol Hamoed) & 30: Bereishit
Oct. 14 & 21: Vayera
Nov. 4 & 18: Vayishlach
Dec. 2 & 9: Vayigash
Dec. 23 & 30: Vaera