Jewish Sparks - Unit 4 - Sparks of Redemption & Renewal

  • October 16, 2016
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Shir Tikvah


  • Jewish Sparks

    Mondays, 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Shir Tikvah

    Inside every Jew, the Rabbis teach, is a n’kudah tovah – a spark of holiness, goodness – a unique gift that no one else in the world has. The mystics explain that this is a spark of divine holiness, the chamber of our souls. What are those sparks in inside us that animate Jewish life? What are those words of our tradition that ignite hope and the call to justice? The spark that demands we confront fear with compassion, that we make our world a better place for our children and the creatures of the earth? Those of us who grew up in the liberal Jewish world may not have learned – or remembered – much about the richness of Jewish life, or how our Jewish traditions can nourish our daily lives and work in the world.

    This survey course is appropriate for those who want to know more about their Jewish heritage and those exploring conversion. Each session will have at-home reading to prepare in advance, so that when we meet we can go deeper into the topics and how they relate to our lives and world today. The course will unfold over four 7-session units, each of which will cover some of the foundations of Jewish literacy. The series may be taken together or individually. Details on the Shir Tikvah website.

    Taught by Rabbis Latz and Rappaport.

    Mondays, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

    Unit 1 SPARKS OF TIME & SOUL (Fall 2015) October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14

    Unit 2 SPARKS OF PEOPLEHOOD (Winter 2016) Feb 1, 8, 22, 29; March 7, 14, 21

    Unit 3 SPARKS OF HISTORY, PAIN, & JUSTICE (Spring 2016) April 4, 11, 18, May 2, 9, 16, 23

    Unit 4 SPARKS OF REDEMPTION & RENEWAL (Fall 2016) September 12, 19, 26, October 10, 17, 24, 31


Here is your chance to go deep into the teachings and meanings of the High Holy Days season. We will form a cohort to learn together and accompany one another on the journey from Tisha B’Av through Simchat-Torah. As appropriate, we will also explore Mussar Middot – personal qualities that we want to cultivate, with tools for how to do so.

This course is open to all levels of learners, with the assumption that participants will do specified background readings before each session.

August 15 – Tisha B’Av, Tu B’Av, and the Season of Turning Inward

August 29 – Teshuvah, the work of Elul

September 12 – Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year

September 19 – the Ten Days of Awe

September, 26 – Yom Kippur

October 16 – Sukkot & Shmini Atzeret

October 23 – Simchat Torah and Siyyum - Closing

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