Meditation Workshop on the High Holidays
This Meditation Workshop for the High Holidays will focus on the themes of the Jewish month of Elul and the high holidays; combining learning, meditation and sharing of our experiences of these very special times
Meditation Workshop on the High Holidays: Lesson 1
Shalom Shalom. Welcome to the Elul Zman of webyeshiva. Tonight we will be a discuss the renewal, of the individual, the nation, and the creation, in light of the evolving structure of the worlds. We will also discuss time and how a person can renew himself daily, just as Hashem renews the entire creation, moment by moment. This work is essential, both as a practical path for learning the techniques of renewal and attaching ourselves to this light, each according to his level. I apologize this letter is coming out so late, but hopefully we will be there, together, in spirit, or at least, in the Archives. Look forward to seeing your there. Avraham Shira.
Meditation Workshop on the High Holidays: Lesson 2
Shalom and Blessing, Tomorrow night we will continue our exploration of the Holy Days of Tishrei with a glimpse into some of the Kabbala of Yom Kippur and the meditations appropriate for this awesome day, this gift that of all things comes with a bit of self affliction. We will examine this idea, which is a ‘double-edged sword’, and how Yom Kippur realigns us, our priorities as individuals, families, communities, as a nation, and ideally the entire world. We will ask the question, what is atonement, why do we need it and what does it do for us. Look forward to seeing all of you there.l Avraham Shira
Meditation Workshop on the High Holidays: Lesson 3
Welcome and Shalom. Tomorrow night we will complete our survey of meditation and the high holidays with a discussion of Succot and the nature of the idea of building a temporary structure in which to dwell, which is essentially what we try to do in Jewish meditation, in the mind. We will explore various definitions of divine inspiration and prophecy, and the nature of this phenomenon in the modern world, and its evolution from a national to a personal character. Look forward to seeing all of you. always, Avraham
Rabbi Avraham Shira received smicha from Rabbi Benayahu Shmueli, Rosh Yeshivat HaMekubalim, Nahar Shalom, in Jerusalem. He has been a student and teacher in the Yeshiva since 1993. Since 1996 he has taught for twelve years at the Berot Bat Ayin Seminary, specializing in Likutei Moharan, and conducting workshops in meditation, and spiritual creative writing. He has also received a Masters Degree in Clinical Sociology & Family Therapy from the University of North Texas, Neve Yerushalayim Campus. Rabbi Shira has published a novel and translates a newsletter for Nahar Shalom. He lives with his wife, Elisheva and their five children in Bat Ayin, Gush Etzion.