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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.

Nathaniel Berman

Watson Institute, Brown University

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Nathaniel Berman is a doctoral candidate in Jewish Studies at University College London. His thesis focuses on the Zohar's vision of the demonic, the Sitra Akhra. He has taught kabbalah in many settings, emphasizing the relationship between meditative practice and divine mythology. In his non-kabbalistic life, he is a professor at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies.

Arthur Kurzweil

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Arthur Kurzweil is a writer, teacher, and member of the Society of American Magicians (founded by Houdini). His books include "On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz," "From Generation to Generation: How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy," "Kabbalah for Dummies," "The Torah for Dummies," and "Pebbles of Wisdom from Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz." Arthur performs and teaches for synagogues and Jewish groups across the U.S.

Mark Pearlman


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Mark Pearlman actively supports Jewish organizations where he has completed studies on the "Jewish GDP" and Jewish Internet as well as created JInsider, a Jewish multi-media website and brand. Mark writes a column for The Jewish Week and is a senior executive at The MDE Group—an innovative investment advisory firm.

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.

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