Unlocking the Gates of our Shabbat Souls,
with Key Hasidic Masters
A live, interactive series led by
R. Prof. Elie Holzer
SPRING SEMESTER 2024
"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 about holydays and on parshat hashavua unlocks wellsprings for our individual spiritual avoda as we embrace the dance offered by that time of the year or that particular Shabbat.
Such reading is a practice that allows us to slow down, to engage deeply with a given Hasidic text, 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 drasha. Drashot will be selected from a variety of Hasidic masters.
New learners are welcome to join our special cohort, and all are encouraged to register for the January 4, 2024 class to get a sense of this learning experience, animated thanks to a warm, insightful, supportive and dialogical group of participants.
THURSDAYS, 9-10:15 a.m. ET
Vaera: January 4 & 11
Beshalach: January 18 & 25
Teruma: February 8 & 15
Vayikra/Purim: March 14 & 21
Tazria: April 4 & 11