Yiddish Tkhines and Spontaneous Prayer

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Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning: Texts and Traditions
Rabbi Noam Lerman (Read bio)
Day and Time: Tuesdays 6-7:30 p.m. Eastern
Dates: 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/14, 3/21, 2023 (5 sessions)
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $180 Generous financial scholarships available

Did Rebbe Nachman learn hisbodedus, the practice of praying and conversing with G-d in the woods, from his grandma? Come explore the history and practice of Yiddish Tkhines, Ashkenazi supplications that were once regularly written and prayed by women, trans, and gender non-conforming people. While we are together, we will lean into the practice of zogn tkhines, of speaking and writing our spontaneous prayers as grandmothers and trAncestors once did. There will be singing, storytelling, embodied ritual, praying, and writing, as together we discover how spontaneous prayer has been passed down by women, trans, and gender-non-conforming people from generation to generation.

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