Rabbi Mel Gottlieb leads this 8-session Community Course that is free and open to all. The course will meet on Wednesdays from 4-5pm PT starting on November 4th.
Participants will go on a psycho-spiritual journey and dive into the teachings of three spiritual masters:
- Rav Kook – Abraham Isaac Kook (1865-1935) was an Orthodox rabbi and the first Chief Rabbi of Israel. His notions of unity, living authentically, spiritually and working to include the different parts of the Jewish Community were key to his teachings. In addition, his focus on how light is contained in every segment of the world if we’re open to it were central to his beliefs.
- Chofetz Chaim — Rabbi Israel Meir HaCohen Kagan (1838-1933) is commonly known as the “Chafetz Chaim,” the name of his famous work on guarding one’s tongue. He published twenty one books and he spent much of writing focusing on kindness as the essence of Judaism and the power speech to change the world (for both good and harm).
- Ba’al Shem Tov — Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer (circa 1698-1760) is known as Ba’al Shem Tov and is considered the founder of the Hasidic movement. A central tenet in his teaching is the direct connection with the divine, “dvekut”, which is infused in every human activity and every waking hour. Prayer is of supreme importance, along with the mystical significance of Hebrew letters and words.
This course is for those who want to discover the psycho-spiritual gems found within the Jewish tradition and learn the classic ideas that these spiritual masters articulate in their works, and the commentary on these works. It is open to those just beginning their study and those who have already had exposure to Jewish texts.
- Abraham Isaac Kook: The Lights of Penitence, the Moral Principles, Lights of Holiness, Essays, Letters, and Poems by Ben Zion Boxer
- Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution by Yehudah Mirsky
- Ahavat Chesed: The Love of Kindness as Required by God by Chafetz Chaim
- The Concise Book of the Mitzvoth: The Commandments that can be Observed Today by Chafetz Chaim
- Hasidism and Modern Man by Martin Buber
- Souls on Fire: Portraits and Legends of Hasidic Masters by Elie Wiesel
- Various writings of Rav Kook via Sefaria
To register for this free class, please follow this link: https://forms.gle/BApxtWjVU4savNo28