"Reyim" means friends, and our friendships are the life of our community.
We look to the stories, wisdom, spiritual insights, and halacha of our tradition to bring meaning into our lives.
Our community is defined by the core Jewish value of gemilut hasadim, compassion and loving kindness.
As rational, twenty-first-century Jews, we often tend to think of God as unknowable and, therefore, best to avoid trying to describe. Ancient rabbinic texts present an alternate model, one which recognizes the distance post-Biblical humans feel from God, but also taps into the closeness that can come from both the performance of ritual acts and the creation of midrash. We will explore some of these texts and discuss what it might look like to translate this model into a theology for today.
Sara Wolf is Assistant Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Her research focus on practices of textual interpretation and the formation of interpretive communities in ancient and medieval Jewish culture. She received her B.A. from Yale University and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.
We are renewing our commitment to fulfill the Jewish mandate to care for those who are vulnerable through social advocacy and action. We want to learn from you:
Please join us on one of these two dates for a rich and important conversation led by our Areyvut Committee Chair, Kim Gilbert, President Mara Bloom, and Rabbi Berman
It is important that you RSVP here so we can plan accordingly.
Seeking spiritual meaning is the heart of Jewish tradition. In modern times, however, it so often eludes us. We were taught to read or even sing the words in a siddur, but did we also learn how to pray?; how to develop a relationship with the Sacred?; how to call out and express our thoughts, fears, joy, hope, wonder, and vulnerability?
This new lab for Jewish spirituality at Reyim is meant to help us deepen our Jewish spiritual growth and learning. Together we will create a spiritual development program that will include the study of Mussar (the Jewish ethical spiritual tradition), singing nigunim, Jewish meditation, study of Jewish mysticism and Hasidism, spiritually-focused prayer services, individual spiritual direction/counseling, and creativity in arts that help us connect our lives to a sense of the holy.
Looking to the wisdom of our ancient tradition helps us clarify what we feel is true and morally non-negotiable, and find purpose and meaning in our lives. We will study Talmudic texts that address universal concerns that, two millennia later, are still at the heart of the human struggle.
This class will be interactive, conversational and spiritually-focused. While we will be looking at Hebrew and Aramaic to deepen our understanding of the texts, you don't need any background to join us.
Please join us on Tuesday November 19. Winter semester class continues on the following dates: December 3 and 10, January 7 and 21 and February 4 and 25.
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