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David Ingber

David Ingber is a Rabbi, explorer and integrator. His experience spans from training in the Orthodox world to Renewal Judaism, from teaching pilates and gyrotonics to meditating under the guidance of great Zen teachers, from tai chi and yoga to astrology, from great Jewish mystics to western philosophy. He recently founded Romemu in NYC.

Avodah She'ba'lev

Tilling the Heart Field

Spirituality & Mindfulness

Avodah she'ba'lev means service of the heart. Meditation and contemplation are ancient practices that have had a renaissance in the last decades. Jewish meditation too has become an important tool for spiritual awakening. We will explore the territory various schools of Jewish meditation offer, from the Talmud and Abulafia, the Baal Shem Tov, and the contemporary Buddhist-flavored approach. This session will explore how meditation works, how it was practiced, and how we can practice today. This session will offer a 20-minute silent practice—so be prepared to practice and please dress comfortably.

Ecstatic Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Releasing the Week, Receiving Shabbat

Ritual & Prayer, Shabbat, Spirituality & Mindfulness

Lecha dodi n'aytze hasadeh! (Come, my beloved, let us go out to the field!) Come join David Ingber, of Romemu in NYC to find the field of joy, the field of peace and love. Kabbalat Shabbat is the portal through which we receive the the joy and peace of Shabbat. Join us as we use traditional liturgy, soulful music, inspiring teachings, and rejuvenating meditation to bring us into Shabbat. (There will be mixed gender seating, and musical instruments will be used.)

One-Foot Judaism

Sara Hurwitz, David Ingber, Leon Morris, Mark Pearlman

Identity & Responsibility, Interactive, Spirituality & Mindfulness, Text & Thought

This guaranteed quick-paced yet thoughtful program—inspired by the question asked to Hillel, "Teach me the Torah while I stand on one foot"—will tackle top-of-mind and day-to-day questions on how to be Jewish. Answers are by world-class rabbis who offer enduring and practical sound bytes. The three rabbis are limited to short but impactful answers (180 seconds). Questions are all audience submitted, but may include "“How do I find purpose?” and “What issues should modern Jews be most concerned with?”

Friday Night Tisch!

Dasee Berkowitz, Mimi Feigelson, David Ingber, Ethan Tucker, Mishael Zion

Interactive, Shabbat

Tisch (Yiddish for Table) is the Hasidic custom of gathering around a table to share songs, words and drinks — all of the kind that warm up the inside. Come join host Mishael Zion as some of Limmud NY's top presenters share their thoughts, stories and free-associations on "Why We Learn." Prepare yourself to experience the best of Shabbat and Limmud NY all wrapped up in one joyous and uplifting session. Note: Alcohol will be available at the Tisch (only for participants who are 21 years of age and older).

Shift Happens: Space, Quantity, Intentionality

Using The Kabbalistic Paradigm: Olam, Shana, Nefesh

David Ingber, Joe Septimus

Spirituality & Mindfulness, Text & Thought

The kabbalist’s (Jewish mystic's) reality consists of three dimensions: space (infinity), time (quantity) and intentionality (consciousness), all of which are potentially holy. We will learn traditional applications of this concept and explore new frontiers of applicability. We will study rabbinic texts and their practical application in ritual (such as Chanukah candle lighting), prayer relationships, and life planning. We will explore the dynamic relationships and conflicts that arise among the three dimensions.

Community-Wide Havdalah 2010

Michelle Citrin, Arnie Davidson, Avi Fox-Rosen, David Ingber, Billy Jonas, Saul Kaiserman

Ritual & Prayer, Shabbat, Social Programming

Warm your body and soul at this contemporary, communal event that re-imagines the ancient ritual of Havdalah. Join David Ingber and the musical talent of Limmud NY 2010 for a sweet havdalah ceremony filled with music and learning to honor the transition into a new week and then move to your own groove of music, dancing, community, and more.

Ve’heyeh Bracha

Being Blessing, Becoming Blessers

Spirituality & Mindfulness, Text & Thought

The Talmud teaches that all who make 100 blessings every day are assured of life in the world to come, or, in the language of the Zohar (Kabbalist book), the world ‘that is constantly coming, arriving right here, right now.’ Blessings help us arrive in the present moment, opening us to the miraculous mundane. This session will explore the power of having a blessing practice in our everyday lives. We will explore the concept of blessing using texts culled from the Bible, Talmud, Kabbalistic and Chassidic literature. This exploration will then be grounded by the experience of blessing as we chant and meditate, articulating the hidden pattern embedded in each and every blessing we say. Please join us for a journey into the most basic and possibly most transformative of all Jewish practices.

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