Introduction to Kabbalah

Introduction to Kabbalah:
A Six-Month Course on Jewish Mysticism

with Rabbi Olivier BenHaim

November 6th – April 23rd

Through this course you will…

  • Learn the basic history of the unfolding of Jewish mysticism over the ages.
  • Discover the core principles of Kabbalah and its key teachers.
  • Meet the work of Rabbi Isaac Luria and the teachings that became known as Lurianic Kabbalah.
  • Unpack the complexities of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life.
  • Be a hands-on mystic yourself:
    * Interpret Torah through the lens of Kabbalistic principles.
    * Study a page of the Zohar and/or the Sefer Yetzirah.
    * Experience the writings of mystical Chasidic Masters.
    * Practice Kabbalistic Meditation

Course span: 12 teaching sessions over six months, Tuesdays 7-8:30PM with remote (Zoom) participation available.

Nov. 6 & 20; Dec. 4 & 18; Jan. 8 & 22; Feb. 12 & 26; Mar. 12 & 26; Apr. 9 & 23. (Bet Alef Office)

Costs: $200 members, $270 non-members (monthly payment plans available)

Questions: email Rabbi Olivier at rabbi.olivier@betalef.org

 

 


Past Learning Opportunities

Practical Kabbalah: The Jewish Mystical Path of Mindfulness

Twice Monthly, November 2015 – April 2016, 7:00-8:30 PM

Jewish tradition, and Jewish Mysticism in particular offer a breadth of mindfulness practices. Rabbi Olivier is inviting us to explore this millennia-old Jewish path of mindfulness through the prism of Kabbalah and the teachings of the Chasidic mystics. Inspired by this rich offering, Rabbi Olivier will support us in carving for ourselves a series of personal daily practices to not only enrich our everyday living but also deepen our own spiritual journey.

Kabbalah and Centering Prayer: Two Doorways to Welcome the Divine

Sunday, October 18, 2015, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Join Jeff Renner & Rabbi Olivier BenHaim in an interreligious exploration of two ancient meditative and contemplative practices: Christian Centering Prayer and Kabbalah. Learn more…
Forty Days and Forty Nights of Kabbalistic Meditation

Monday, May 4 – June 12, 2015 
A downloadable course in meditation led by Rabbi Olivier Ben Haim

Many of us have struggled over the years to create a sustainable meditation practice for ourselves. We take a short course here, go on a weekend retreat there, but when we return home and life happens, it becomes almost impossible to stick with a disciplined daily practice. But what if instead of having to leave our home, the meditation practice could come to us directly?

Recovery as a Spiritual Practice For Everyone

Our spiritual masters have taught us that most of our suffering stems from our inherent resistance to “what is” and our addiction to trying to control our experience. We have found that, indeed, our wanting to control our life has only left us more exhausted and depressed, more unhappy than ever before. We are in need of a different path, a different way of being.

Though it was originally created to heal people from their addiction to substance abuse, the Twelve Steps can also be a powerful spiritual process for anyone to free him/herself from the compulsive behaviors that keep us in pain and suffering, unable to find wholeness and equanimity in our life.

A group of like-minded seekers are led by Rabbi Olivier and Lynne Carol, MA, LMHC on the journey toward a new way of life, inspired by spiritual teachings about the recovery process from both the Buddhist and Jewish mystical traditions.

Introduction to Kabbalistic Meditation

Rabbi Olivier has synthesized a six-stage meditation practice based on the principles of Kabbalah that aims at dissolving the concentric circles starting with the outer layer and working our way in. Ultimately, what one discovers at the center is one’s own True Identity, the Face of the One that is every one.

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