B’ezrat HaShem, beginning the week of 22 Sept., Yiscah Smith, Jewish educator, spiritual mentor, & author, will be teaching “Getting to Know You.” In this shiur she will share the teachings of R. Kalonymus Kalmish Shapira, the Piaseczner Rebbe, the Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto. His inspiring and progressive teachings discuss the divine nature of our body, emotions, thoughts and spirit, how we awaken to that divine nature within us, and how we can integrate these different expressions of the Jewish experience into one whole healthy being.
The shiur meets weekly for 10 weeks. Prior to each class the students will receive via email the PDF text for that week. Following each class the students will receive a link to the audio recording. The classes will be held in person in Jerusalem and in the virtual classroom via the Cisco WebEx platform. Tuition is 100 USD or 350 NIS for the 10 classes. Please email Yiscah at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to register.
May you all be blessed for a Shana Tova U’metukah.
Prologue to my recently published memoir, Forty Years in the Wilderness: My Journey to Authentic Living, for you to read. My memoir is available for purchase on Amazon in the Kindle e-book edition, hardcover, or paperback:
Forty Years in the Wilderness – Prologue (pdf) >>
My story is not simply a tale of personal triumph over inner demons. Rather, I am telling my story in order to, with the help of God, inspire and help others who are mired in obstacles — people for whom achieving a life of authenticity, genuineness, and wholeness feels impossible. I, like many individuals, was paralyzed by fear, shame, and low self-esteem for most of my life. Like me, these individuals find themselves unable to make the leap of faith they need to honor their own inner truth. Many people, deep inside, yearn to somehow catapult past their personal demons, the forces strangling, suffocating, and wringing the life out of them. My demons were gender identity confusion and the passionate desire to live a spiritual life within the Jewish tradition that conflicted with it.
דבר תורה – שבת שובה תשע”ג – a teaching on September 22, 2012
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