Spiritual Practices for Real Life
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the prospect of choosing your courses? Snapped at a friend out of anger or impatience? Hesitated to speak up in class even when you knew you had something to say?
What does Judaism have to teach us about our daily behaviors and routines? How might meditation and mindfulness help us on our spiritual path? How can we practice acceptance of ourselves while also continuing to grow? In this class, we will study teachings and practices from several Jewish spiritual traditions, including mindfulness and mussar (the development of positive personal characteristics). Each week, we will explore a different practice through text study, meditation, journaling and group discussion. In between sessions, participants will apply the practices to everyday life and interpersonal relationships.
As we reflect on our experiences, we will grow in our awareness of how our behavior impacts ourselves and the world around us. By the end of the semester, participants will have developed several techniques that can help us navigate ‘real life’ and help us grow through daily living.
This class, taught by Rabbi Nikki, will explore the ethics of gender, sexuality and intimacy in the Jewish tradition. The richness of this conversation has analogues in countless other topics and themes of human experience. We hope you will encounter them in your Jewish journey!
Goals: To explore the ideas of gender, sexuality, intimacy and sexual ethics in a broad range of sources in Jewish thought.
Background: For many of us, sexuality and intimacy are some of the issues that matter most, but around which we receive the least guidance. We will try to explore sexual ethics and the ever-elusive notion of intimacy in a way that honors our minds and bodies and respects our position as modern, thoughtful adults. Our approach is open-minded and non-judgmental.
A Freshman and Sophomore Seminar
College is not only a time to meet new people, to learn the skills of a profession. It is also a time to explore some of the big questions that orient a life well lived. Who am I? What communities am I a part of? Who am I responsible for and why? What is the difference between love, lust and intimacy? What is worth committing myself to and why? While these are universal questions, we believe they can be illuminated through the unique light of Jewish texts and traditions. In this class we will explore the big questions of life as refracted through the Jewish tradition. Taught by Rabbi Jeremy Pappas.