Course Title: Gratitude, Suffering, Joy, and Wonder: There’s a Blessing for That!
Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning
Instructor: Natasha Shabat (see bio)
Day/Time: Wednesdays 7-8:30pm Eastern
Dates: October 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 2023
Session: Fall 2023
Fee: $240 Financial Scholarships available
Sometimes we choose the blessing; sometimes it chooses us. Each week we’ll examine a few lesser-known Hebrew blessings (b’rakhot). Going beyond the blessings for lighting candles and drinking wine, we’ll focus on those that express gratitude for our physical body; blessings for times of suffering; for expressing joy, such as when seeing a friend for the first time in a year; and blessings for wonder at natural phenomena like thunder and lightning. We’ll learn a few Hebrew terms that make each blessing unique.
We’ll also study one longer blessing in detail: “The One Who Formed” (Asher Yatzar). How might we apply to our own lives this ancient invitation to view all bodily functions as miraculous?
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