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Circle Dance and the Experience of Oneness

Mattisyahu Brown, Rachel Ravitz

Movement, Text & Thought

Through both textual learning and simple movement experiments, we will explore the kavanot (intentions) that the Chasidic masters used in their spiritual dancing. When divine unity is our group focus, the circle dance can give us a vivid taste of higher consciousness. Mattisyahu Brown brings to this workshop his life-experience as a meditator and as a professional choreographer.

Mattisyahu Brown

Rachel & Matti

Mattisyahu Brown brings holy passion and harmony to orthodox services. He is an official Baal Tefillah of the Soho Synagogue, the IYYUN Center, and Bnai Avraham. A singer-songwriter, he explores the mystic depths of Shir haShirim (Song of Songs) and Tehillim (Psalms), and performs with his wife, Rachel Ravitz. His greatest joy is participatory singing, when all voices unite in praise of the One.

Rachel Ravitz

Rachel & Matti

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Rachel Ravitz received her BA in Theater from the University of Massachussets in Amherst. She is a singer and an ordained maggidah (storyteller) in the lineage of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. She developed and has presented her one-woman show, A Song of Ascents: A Spiritual Journey back to Judaism, throughout the country. She co-writes and performs original Jewish music both solo and with her husband, Mattisyahu Brown, and they just released a CD of original Jewish music called My Love, My Friend.

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