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Rosh Chodesh Society: Pause & Affect

Rosh Chodesh Society: Pause & Affect

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Shabbat is G‑d’s gift to the Jewish people.
 
Pause & Affect presents not only the beauty of this most precious of Jewish treasures, but invites women of every level of observance to experience the wondrous mystery of this special day.
 
It offers respite from labor and a break from the intrusion of our ubiquitous technologies. It allows family and community the time to connect and reflect without distraction. The warm smell of challah, the glowing candles, and the comfort of ritual all leave their imprint, shaping forever the meaning of family, peoplehood, and one’s place in the universe.
 
The course will be taught once per month for seven consecutive months and is designed for women at all levels of Jewish knowledge. This course allows us to pause and examine the way we live our lives. From the big issues, to the most minor of nuances, it affords us the luxury of not only studying the timeless wisdom of Shabbat, but applying it to every day of the week as well.
 
In a world of aimless confusion, the weekly pause of Shabbat is a daily reminder of how the gift of rest can have a universal impact, affecting all of humanity.”

 


 

Lesson 1: Gift of Rest
Sunday, September 10th, 10 a.m.

Judaism introduced the weekend to the world. Ancient Rome scoffed at Shabbat and the indolence they thought it represented. Why did God impose a pause on the labor of humankind? In this lesson, we ponder the physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits of rest to uncover how proper rest connects us with the essence of our humanity—far beyond the self-awareness and inner cohesion that can be achieved at work.

Lesson 2: Glow of Peace
Sunday, November 5th, 10 a.m.

Why is a candlelit dinner so romantic? How does the right lighting and ambience alter the mood of a home? What is the mysterious power of light that allows it to viscerally change the way we feel? This lesson explores the nature of light and how the kindling of the Shabbat candles creates the perfect setting to welcome in the Shabbat.

Lesson 3: The Feminine Shabbat
Sunday, December 3rd, 10 a.m.

The liturgy of Shabbat is steeped in feminine imagery: A bride, a queen, a woman of valor—what feminine qualities are the poets referring to when they evoke these symbols? What distinguishes men from women? In what ways are women superior to men? And how are these qualities present in the Shabbat experience?

Lesson 4: Divine Delights
Sunday, January 7th, 10 a.m.

Many of us struggle to negotiate between life’s physical pleasures and our ability to withstand its temptations. We know from experience that dieting isn’t easy, but it can be exceptionally rewarding. Why on Shabbat do we indulge in physical delights? How do we reconcile the experience of physical pleasure with spiritual transcendence? And how can we learn to live a more integrated life—one that incorporates physical pleasure alongside soul-connection?

Lesson 5: Sacred Symbolisms
Sunday, February 4th, 10 a.m.

To be human is to have an innate desire for greatness—a drive to pursue our noblest dreams, to actualize our highest potential. In this lesson we will focus on how to capitalize on our strengths. We’ll learn how to draw upon the things about us that are fundamentally good, and transcend our self-perceived limitations to take them to the level of “great”—and, considering the vast reservoir of potential within us, there is never a limit to how great we can become.

Lesson 6: Order from Chaos
Sunday, March 4th, 10 a.m.

At first glance, the rules of Shabbat seem to defy logic. Why is it permitted to lug a heavy table, but forbidden to tie a knot, flick a switch, or jot a quick thank-you note? How did the simple instruction, “Do not work,” turn into a complex list of thirty-nine categories (and hundreds of subcategories) of prohibited labor? Catch a glimpse of the timeless depth of meaning behind the Shabbat regulations, whose elegance and dynamism allow us to seamlessly apply them to new and emerging technologies and circumstances.

Lesson 7: The Farewell
Sunday, April 15th, 10 a.m.

As the sun slips below the horizon and the night stars emerge, the harsh reality of the week ahead sets in, and the jolt from spiritual climax to a sudden loss of serenity levies its emotional toll. How do we best deal with the grief of transition? How can we make a safe landing from powerfully uplifting moments and get back to real life? Havdalah is an experience that encompasses all the senses, it opens our eyes to the differences between Shabbat and the week, and empowers us with the ability to integrate Shabbat into the workweek—to hallow even the mundane.

To Register for any of the above classes
or the whole 7-class series:

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