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Friday 1:55 PM–2:55 PM

Bible: Interrupted

Amichai Lau-Lavie

Canceled, sorry

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  • Saturday 9:00 PM–10:15 PM Orange
Through interactive text study and a modeling of Storahtelling's maven method, Amichai Lau-Lavie presents a story of self-discovery and a manifesto for reclaiming tradition to make our lives richer. Based on Amichai’s book-in-process, this program tells of a personal journey from Jerusalem to New York, through Baghdad and Berlin, spanning two millennia, three religions, and four continents, and presenting five principles for bridging the gap between modern society and its sacred legacies.

Greed and Insatiability – Why Enough is Never Enough

Shmuley Boteach

Canceled, sorry

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  • Sunday 10:00 AM–11:00 AM Columbia

Identity & Global Culture, Spiritual Practice

The Western economies are collapsing due to overspending. Greed and material insatiability has crept into the human soul. The focus on objects bringing us happiness is leading to a generation characterized by existential emptiness. Examine the spiritual root of the West’s chronic greed and the story of Adam and Eve to discover what went wrong and why enough never seems enough. Finally, Boteach offers a profound spiritual and practical remedy to lead a more holistic, spiritual and fulfilling life.

Limmud Chavruta: Eretz (Earth)

Karen Radkowsky

Friday 1:55 PM–2:55 PM The View

Sacred Text & Thought

In this interactive session, we will explore the creation of humanity, the holy land, God’s dominion and where the beauty of the world was perfected. Ancient sources, modern scholarship, song lyrics and more will be used. Everyone is welcome, whether you have studied Jewish texts before or not, and knowledge of Hebrew is not required. Part of the new Limmud Chavruta Series: ‘Elements.’ Come to one session; or even better, come to all four!

Marking the Moment

Roni Handler

Friday 1:55 PM–2:55 PM Orange

Spiritual Practice

Judaism offers a wealth of prayers and blessings to mark important lifecycle moments, from the birth of a healthy child, to weddings, and mourning rituals. But what about all of the other transformative moments we experience? Marking a miscarriage or stillbirth, gender transitioning, engaging in social justice, starting a new job, retiring, and countless other major life moments also call out for Jewish rituals to help us to celebrate, mourn, and heal. Come explore what others have created.

Mystic Breezes in the Garden of Eden

Essential Teachings of Jewish Mysticism

Yitzhak Buxbaum

Friday 1:55 PM–2:55 PM Columbia

Sacred Text & Thought, Spiritual Practice

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.

Roundtable: How Is Meditation Already Jewish?

Karen Schiff

Friday 1:55 PM–2:55 PM Empire Lounge

Sacred Text & Thought, Spiritual Practice

"Jewish Meditation" has become popular in recent years; this session explores how plain sitting meditation is already consonant with many aspects of Judaism. After setting some sociohistorical and autobiographical contexts, and offering initial observations based on Jewish texts, this session invites dialogue about further connections — and areas of potential incompatibility — between meditation and Jewish philosophy/observance.

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