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Spiritual Practice [clear filter]
Saturday, February 14

3:45pm EST

Meditating on Language
We will look at texts from the Jewish tradition (Kabbalah, Hasidut, Buber, Rosenzweig), and Western philosophical tradition (Plato, Aristotle, Heidegger) on the meaning and power of language. Is language simply a tool for expression or is language somehow synonymous with the world itself? We will also explore different techniques for arriving at God-consciousness through our relationship to language in all of its registers (sound, tone, volume, shape, rhythm, pace, and meaning).


Zohar Atkins

Zohar Atkins is a first-year rabbinical school student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He holds an AB in Classics and Judaic Studies and an AM in History from Brown. He recently completed his doctorate in theology at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, where he wrote on Heidegger... Read More →

Saturday February 14, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm EST
Sunday, February 15

8:15pm EST

Songs of the Heart
How do the tunes we sing interpret the liturgy we pray? In this session, we encounter some masterful musical compositions which allow us to connect to the text of the siddur in new and surprising ways. Come learn and sing some old-new niggunim (wordless melodies) and deepen your experience of prayer!


Jonathan Kelsen

Jon Kelsen is the Rosh Kollel and Director of the June Kollel and a full-time faculty member at Drisha. He received ordination from Daniel Landes and holds an MA in Jewish Civilization from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Sunday February 15, 2015 8:15pm - 9:30pm EST
High Ridge
Monday, February 16

10:00am EST

A Rabbi on the Ganges: A Jewish-Hindu Encounter
Heschel once asked: What would Judaism have looked like on the Ganges? Jews know little of Hinduism except to ask about its monotheism. This talk will start to answer the question of looking at the two faiths differently after the encounter. Brill recently spent a Fulbright Sabbatical year in India encountering Hinduism from within the Brahmin world. Explore the commonalities in priestly rituals, dietary restrictions, and purity, as well as tantra, meditation, and text study.


Alan Brill

Alan Brill is the Cooperman/Ross Endowed Chair for Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University. Brill’s books include Judaism and Other Religions (2010) and Judaism and World Religions (2012). Last year, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Varanasi, India. He is currently... Read More →

Monday February 16, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST

11:30am EST

Learn Torah Trope in One Hour!
Admit it: You have always wanted to try it, but it seemed like it would just be too hard. If you always thought that reading Torah was something that was only for experts, think again. In a single Limmud session, you will learn everything you need to know to get started learning how to chant your first Torah reading. You will learn how to chant the special musical alphabet known as ta'amei hamikra (trope), and you will leave with all the resources you will need to prepare your very first Torah reading.


Michael Weis

Michael Weis is the cantor at the Brotherhood Synagogue in Manhattan. Originally from Chicago, he currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife Lisa and their two children, Jayna (5) and Shai (1).

Monday February 16, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm EST