Major Trends of Jewish Mysticism
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It is with great excitement that we welcome Nathan Fisher to the team as our Temple Shir Tikva Center for Jewish Spirituality Fellow through June 2019.  Nathan is a devoted student of Judaism, contemplative practices, mysticism, mindfulness, and Torah.  He will be developing and teaching the offerings below and will also be engaging in a listening campaign to hear your stories, gather ideas, and help us flesh out the full picture of the needs of our community as we grow this dimension of our program. He is eager to reach out to those of you who have participated as learners and leaders in our TSTCJS program and is happy to meet with anyone who would like to engage in these practices. Nathan can be contacted at: Nfisher@shirtikva.org.

Monday Evenings (7 - 8:30pm) -” Major Trends of Jewish Mysticism": This class (8 weeks) will survey the most important Jewish mystical movements over the past 2,000 years and what survives of them today. We will explore Talmudic Chariot mysticism, the "Jewish Sufism" of medieval Egypt, the birth of Kabbalah and the Zohar, the revolution of Lurianic Kabbalah, Hasidism, and contemporary movements like Chabad and Neo-Hasidism. 

March 4, 11, 18 25, April 1, 8,  May 13, 20 & June 3, 10, 17

Bio: Nathan Fisher is a PhD student at the University of California, Santa Barbara in Religious Studies and Cognitive Science. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2011 and then joined the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at Brown University where he managed the “Varieties of Contemplative Experience” study from 2012-2015. Before starting graduate school, he was a visiting scholar at the Mind and Life Institute and lived in Jerusalem for two years to explore some of the living traditions of Jewish mysticism and meditation. He has studied Torah with Rabbi Alan Ullman for twenty years and his current research investigates nonlinearity in Abrahamic contemplative systems.

Register at http://www.shirtikva.org/majortrends

 

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