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Exploring the Landscape of Love through the Song of Songs
Lev Shalem Institute of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation
Woodstock, NY
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Friday, April 29, 4:30pm - Sunday, May 1, 2pm

On Passover we are commanded to remember the story of our Journey to Freedom and on the Shabbat of Passover we read The Song of Songs, so that we can actualize that Freedom. What is this amazing text and what place does it have in our Tradition and in our lives? "The whole Torah is Holy," says Rabbi Akiva, "but The Song of Songs is the Holy of Holies." Furthermore he said that "Had the Torah not been given, we could live our lives by the Song of Songs." What would it mean to place this erotic, sensual, sexually explicit and most beautiful poem at the center of our tradition? What would it mean to live our lives by the Song of Songs? How can we use this text as a guide in growing our love for each other and for The Great Mystery that is God? How can this text be the vehicle for our journey to Freedom? These are the questions that Jewish mystics have wrestled with for thousands of years.

In this workshop, we will enter into the landscape of this Sacred Song through the practices of chant, meditation, and the contemplation of our path as Lovers.

LSI is thrilled to welcome our dear friend and transformative leader Rabbi Shefa Gold as guest LSI faculty.

Details: This weekend workshop meets at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation and begins with registration late Friday afternoon, continues all day Saturday and concludes at 2:00 pm on Sunday. There are modest additional fees for meals. The delicious catered meal plan includes Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch. Special dietary needs can be accommodated. Contact the institute for more information.

Rabbi Shefa Gold is a leader in Aleph: the Alliance for Jewish Renewal and received her ordination both from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. She is the director of C-DEEP The Center for Devotional, Energy and Ecstatic Practice in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Shefa composes and performs spiritual music, has produced ten albums, and her liturgies have been published in several new prayer-books. She teaches workshops and retreats on the theory and art of Chanting, Devotional Healing, Spiritual Community Building, Meditation, and trains Chant Leaders in Kol Zimra, a two year program for rabbis, cantors and lay leaders. She is a resource faculty for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and a fellow for CLAL's Rabbis without Borders. She was recently named "One of the 33 most Inspiring Rabbis in America" by the Jewish Forward. Shefa combines her grounding in Judaism with a background in Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, and Native American spiritual traditions to make her uniquely qualified as a spiritual bridge celebrating the shared path of devotion. She is the author of Torah Journeys: The Inner Path to the Promised Land and In the Fever of Love: An Illumination of the Song of Songs, both published by Ben Yehuda Press; and The Magic of Hebrew Chant: Healing the Spirit, Transforming the Mind, Deepening Love published by Jewish Lights.
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Lev Shalem Institute of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation (View)
1682 Glasco Turnpike
Woodstock, NY 12498
United States


Other > Spiritual

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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