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An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism: To Gaze Upon the Beauty of God, to Frequent His Temple

February 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Although we are told that God is beyond the reach of humans, the mystics never tire of seeking communion or union with the Divine. In our seminar we will learn about several trends in Jewish mysticism and understand the worldview that is formed by each. We will start our seminar with Heikhalot Literature of the first centuries, followed by the mediaeval Kabbalah in Provence and Spain and end our seminar in the Land of Israel with 16th century Lurianic Kabbalah. Taught by Rabbi Dr. Haim O. Rechnitzer.

Teacher Bio: Rabbi Dr. Haim O. Rechnitzer is Professor of Jewish Thought at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati, Ohio and a poet. He earned his doctorate at the Hebrew University, and his rabbinical ordination from HUC-JIR (Jerusalem) in 2003. His research is dedicated to themes of political theology, theological trends in Hebrew poetry, Israeli theology and Jewish education. Recent books include Prophecy and the Perfect Political Order: The Political Theology of Leo Strauss and two volumes of poetry; Songs of the Third Exile and Shibolet (Vortex). His forthcoming books are Ars-Prophetica: Theology in the Poetry of 20th Century Israeli Poets Avraham Ḥalfi, Shin Shalom, Amir Gilboa and T. Carmi (Hebrew Union College Press, Cincinnati) and a bilingual (Hebrew-English) poetry book Pictures / Reproductions (Carmel, Jerusalem 2022). He has published papers and lectured on political theology, philosophy of education, the renaissance of Piyyut (Jewish religious hymns) and modern Hebrew poetry. Previously Rabbi Dr. Rechnitzer taught in several academic institutions in Israel and was on the faculty of the Franklin and Marshall College (P.A).

This class meets every Wednesday starting January 11, 2023 through February 8, 2023.

6:00 – 7:30 PM.   

Join us in-person and via Zoom for 5 Sessions $54/student for five classes.  

Please register for the class by clicking HERE



February 1
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm