Yitzhak Buxbaum is a Jewish spiritual master and mystic. One of the foremost authors on Jewish spirituality in our time, his ten books include Jewish Spiritual Practices, The Light and Fire of the Baal Shem Tov, and Jewish Tales of Holy Women. He is a maggid (Jewish inspirational teacher and storyteller), ordained by Rabbis Shlomo Carlebach and Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. He founded and directs the Jewish Spirit Quest Program and the Jewish Spirit Maggid Program. His website is jewishspirit.com.
Mystic Breezes in the Garden of Eden
Essential Teachings of Jewish Mysticism
Sacred Text & Thought,
How can one develop love of God and make Judaism come alive? Jewish mystics teach how to do all activities with devotional God-consciousness, until one attains a constant awareness of God's presence, a blissful state called "being in the Garden of Eden." Anyone who attains even one moment of real God-awareness will taste great joy. We learn the guiding principles of Jewish mysticism, about spiritual practices such as mantras, eating meditation, and the Jewish way of soulfulness.
The Light and Fire of the Baal Shem Tov
Sacred Text & Thought,
Many of us have been profoundly affected by the spiritual waves set in motion by Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism and the greatest Jewish mystic. We have been moved by hasidic stories and songs, for example. But how much do we know of the Baal Shem Tov’s personality, his life and teachings? We will study the Besht’s core teachings, the legends about him, in order to infuse light and fire into our spiritual life.
Seudah Shelishit (Third Meal)
Sacred Storytelling and Spiritual Snacking
The Shabbat experience wouldn't be complete without the mellow and meditative "Third Meal" made popular by the Kabbalists. Join storytellers Yitzhak Buxbaum and Carole Forman for learning, stories, singing, and a light meal.
My Four Greatest Insights in Forty Years of Torah Study
Sacred Text & Thought
After studying Torah for forty years and writing ten books four insights stand out. The questions: What actually is the “divine image”? / How could Abraham and God conspire to sacrifice Isaac? Were they both crazy? / The popular story of Two Brothers and the Temple Site is found in Muslim, Christian, and Korean versions! Is it a Jewish story at all? / What is the real meaning of Chad Gadya in the Haggadah? The answers will blow your mind, open your heart, and thrill your soul.
The Path of the Maggid
When the Jewish people needed an infusion of new life, a great maggid, the Baal Shem Tov, blazed a path to spiritual renewal and inspired others to become maggidim and continue his holy work. Now, in our generation, the maggid’s role of inspirational speaker and storyteller is being revived. Do you want to draw the Jewish people back to their Source? Do you yearn to share your inspiration with others and spread God’s light? Find out if the path of the maggid is for you.