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Inner Light, Sacred Fire: Embracing the Whole Self in Hasidic Mysticism w/Ariel Mayse, 7:30 pm
February 18, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until February 25, 2020
Inner Light, Sacred Fire: Embracing the Whole Self in Hasidic Mysticism: This class explores Hasidic teachings on the emotional life and the importance of cultivating aspects of the self beyond the intellect. The first session will be devoted to Hasidic teachings on the importance of joy as a first-order religious value, understood in these sources not as a simplistic commitment to happiness but rather as a contemplative, mindful approach to life in the world.
Our second class will take up the theme of tikkun ha-middot, on the process of uplifting and transforming one’s inner spiritual qualities as the key to religious transformation.
The third and final session will explore emotion in the teachings of Rabbi Kalonymous Kalman Shapira, the Esh Kodesh, including: his pre-war spiritual diary, his handbook for a mystical fellowship, his guidelines for emotional work, and, of course, in impassioned wartime sermons.
Ariel Evan Mayse joined the faculty of Stanford University in 2017 as an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies, after previously serving as the Director of Jewish Studies and Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts, and a research fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies of the University of Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from Harvard University and rabbinic ordination from Beit Midrash Har’el in Israel.
Ariel Evan Mayse – Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, February 11, 18, 25