Interested in engaging me to come to your community for a Shabbaton / scholar-in-residence weekend? Here are some of the subjects on which I am happy to teach. I’m also happy to explore leading or co-leading services, offering divrei Torah, and more.
- Gratitude, morning and night: Jewish tradition offers us powerful tools for cultivating gratitude. We’ll explore morning and evening practices for spiritual transformation.
- The Poetry of Prayer. Explore the poetry of Jewish liturgy in different variations and translations. Which speaks most to / from your heart and soul? How does your experience of these prayers shift when you inhabit different kinds of words?
- A Deep Dive into the Psalms. Study and daven different kinds of psalms (praise, thanksgiving, lament, yearning) and then write your own. (Only for communities where writing on Shabbat is comfortable.)
- Eit Ratzon / A Time of Yearning. Certain times of day, week, and year are considered propitious times to connect with God. We’ll explore the idea of eit ratzon, a time of yearning or will; dive into texts about what God yearns to give to us; and enter into a contemplative practice aimed at unearthing what we yearn for.
- Jewish Time: Where We Are, Where We’re Going. Every moment in the year is part of the tapestry of Jewish time. Festivals like Passover and Sukkot don’t arise from nowhere; there’s a rhythm that links one to the next. We’ll look at where we are, where we’ve come from, and where we’re headed.
- Midrashic Explorations. After we explore the meaning of midrash, and encounter some classical midrashim, choose a favorite (or least favorite) story from Tanakh and be guided through the process of writing midrash exploring that story. (Only for places where writing on Shabbat is appropriate.)
- Death, Mourning and Transformation. Explore texts and practices both ancient and modern relating to death and mourning, and how the mourner’s journey can bring transformation.
- Omer: Text and practice. We’ll discuss different ways of understanding the spiritual practice of Counting the Omer. We’ll enter deep into the Omer journey through engaging in a lectio divina practice with contemporary Omer poetry, and reflect on the journeys and lessons of each week of the count.
- Spirituality on the go. We’re all busy. Sometimes modern life asks us to make meaning, connection, and holiness in the time it takes to tweet. We’ll explore spiritual practices that we can take with us into our multitasking lives.
And if you’re interested in bringing two scholars-in-residence together, I frequently collaborate with Rabbi David Evan Markus, who also offers a variety of workshops, and with whom I am glad to co-lead Shabbat services, se’udah shlishit, havdalah, and more.