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DovBer Pinson

Iyyun Center for Jewish Spirituality

DovBer Pinson is a world-renowned rabbi, scholar, author, thinker, and beloved spiritual teacher. Through his books, lectures he has touched and inspired the lives of thousands. Pinson is an internationally acclaimed speaker and has lectured in both scholarly and lay settings throughout the globe. DovBer Pinson is the Rosh (Head) Yeshiva of the IYYUN Yeshiva and heads the IYYUN Center in Brownstone Brooklyn.

Kabbalah and Imagery

Enter into the Inner World of Kabbalah

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

Life is a tension between the Word and the Image, between the right hemisphere of the brain and the left. In the West, we focus on the word, the analytical approach for self transformation. The Kabbalists teach that redemption begins with redeeming our imagination. Using creative Visualizations, awareness meditations and other ancient techniques to unlock the inner resources of our psyche and inspire a genuine transformation of self. With source text from Zohar, R. Elizer Ezkari, The Ramak, Reishis Chachmah Noam Elimelech and more.

Finding Meaning in Shabbat

A Panel Discussion

Dasee Berkowitz, David Ingber, Marc Katz, Malya Kurzweil Levin, DovBer Pinson, Karina Zilberman

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Shabbat

As Shabbat begins, so does an exploration of its significance. The diverse observances throughout the Jewish community are a reflection of individuals’ varied meanings of Shabbat. How, as a community, do we respect each others’ Shabbat observances while at the same time exploring a renewed, deeper meaning in our own practices? To explore this and other questions, the panelists will share the rituals and ideas that are most important to them in their observance of Shabbat.

Friday Night Tisch!

A Table of Shabbos Singing and Storytelling

Shir Yaakov Feinstein-Feit, David Ingber, Eden Pearlstein, DovBer Pinson

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Shabbat

Tisch (Yiddish for table) is the Hasidic custom of gathering around a table to share songs, words, and drinks. Come with your whole self and be moved into the full Shabbat spirit as Eden Perlstein's prophetic rap dances with the Hasidic niggunim (songs without words) and teachings of Rav DovBer Pinson and mystical melodies of Shir Yaakov. Note: Alcohol will be available at the Tisch (only for participants who are 21 years of age and older).

One-Foot Kabbalah

A Panel Discussion

Nathaniel Berman, Arthur Kurzweil, Mark Pearlman, DovBer Pinson

101, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

Topics considered in this session include the Soul, Purpose, Prayer, Reincarnation, Spirituality and Mindfulness, Text and Philosophy. This guaranteed quick-paced yet transformative program—inspired by the question asked to Hillel, "Teach me the Torah while I stand on one foot"—will tackle top-of-mind and questions on Kabbalah. No strings attached.

A Glimpse into the Afterlife

Exploring Reincarnation, The Near-Death Experience, Souls, Heaven and Hell, and the Afterlife Journey

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

What happens to us after we physically die? What is consciousness, and can it survive without a physical brain? What is a soul? Can we remember our past lives? Do near-death experiences prove the immortality of the soul? Drawing from ancient Jewish wisdom and modern understanding of consciousness, we will explore the possibility of surviving death, the near-death experience, and a possible glimpse of the peace and unconditional love that awaits, empowering people to live their day-to-day lives with these great spiritual truths.

Kabbalah and Sound

Enter into the Inner World of Kabbalah

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

Enter into the magical world of sounds and the wisdom of Tziruf/combinations used by the great Kabbalists from R. Abulafiah, R. Avraham Azulai, till the Baal Shem Tov. Discovering the mystery of the Aleph Bet, the Vowels, Letters transmutations and the various authentic meditations using sounds to create an expansive mind and an access to Magid-like consciousness. With source text from Sefer Yetzira—The Rokeach—R. Avraham Abulafia - R. Yoseph Gikatalia – the Baal Shem Tov and more.

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