Hasidic Meditation & the Heart of Tikkun Olam
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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.

Saturday Mornings (8:30 - 9:30am) - "Hasidic Meditation & the Heart of Tikkun Olam": This course (5 weeks) will present an overview of the contemplative system of the founder of the Hasidic movement, Israel Baal Shem Tov, and then we will enter into these practices together. This system is based on the Jewish mystical paradigm that introduced the idea of 'Tikkun Olam' and so is explicitly oriented towards exploring the relationship between one's individual world (olam ha-katan) and the external world (olam ha-gadol) such that both can be repaired at the same time. No registration necessary. 

March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

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.

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