Thirst of the Soul: An Exercise in Practical Mysticism


Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning: Mindfulness
Rabbi David Curiel (Read bio)
Dates: 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/14, 2023 (5 sessions)
Day and Time: Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $180

What does your soul thirst for? How can you tell? Join Rabbi David Curiel in an exploration of text, meditation, and contemporary neurobiology as we seek to better understand the nature of the soul and how to give it expression. We’ll follow Hachsharat haAvrechim – “The Training of Youth”—an instruction manual for the soul by Rabbi Kolonymous Kalman Shapira, the 20th century Piaseczna Rebbe—as well as contemporary research into the vagus, aka “soul nerve,” which researchers posit helps us better understand the body/mind as one interrelated system. Each session will be a mix of a short text study and a guided body-based meditation, framed by this soul nerve research, providing practical techniques for your existing or emerging meditation practices. No prior knowledge or experience is required, just an open heart and the allowance for the possibility that deep change is possible.

Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning is for learners of all backgrounds.