Published on December 25th, 2011 | by Jeremy Sher2
Upcoming Class Series: Meditation / Modern Jewish Mysticism
Four Wednesday night sessions at Kerem Shalom, Concord, MA
January 11, 18, 25 and February 1, 7:30-9:00 PM
Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Costs are determined by the number of participants
We will combine the actual practice of meditation with study and discussion of Jewish mystical thought from the 18th century to the present day. The two modalities complement each other, as the meditation opens and helps focus our minds, and the study enriches the meditation experience. We will especially be examining the meditation techniques and the thought of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapiro, the “Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto.” His progressive and innovative ideas on education and psychology form the perfect counterpart to his meditations.
Natan Margalit was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, studied anthropology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, made aliya, and studied for many years in Israeli yeshivot. He received rabbinic ordination at The Jerusalem Seminary in 1990 and earned a Ph.D. in Talmud from U.C. Berkeley in 2001. He has held teaching positions at Bard College, the Reconstuctionist Rabbinical College and the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Boston. Natan is spiritual leader of The Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life, in Western Connecticut. He is President of Organic Torah, Inc., a nonprofit organization which fosters holistic thinking about Judaism, environment and society, and produces the OrganicTorah.org website. He has written and taught for many years on Judaism and the environment, innovative approaches to Jewish texts, Jewish mysticism and spirituality, and gender and Judaism. He lives in Newton, MA, with his wife Ilana and sons, Nadav and Eiden.