Drawing the Light of Chanukah into the everyday
Sunday, December 16, 2012
This workshop is based on Gift Economy... Share what feels good!
What is the deeper mystical purpose behind lighting the Chanukah lights? What does it mean to be a “light” and to bring “light” into this world? Chanukah is about the celebration and publicizing of God’s revealed miracles during the time of the Maccabees, and the hidden miracles of now. What do “miracles” and “light” have to do with one another?
Come explore the hidden and revealed nature of miracles and discover how Chanukah reminds us and teaches us how to be true Lights of transformation in a world of darkness and confusion. Chanukah will officially be over, but the light of the menorah will still be burning strong in our bodies, hearts, minds and souls, as we continue to celebrate in the isru chag tradition. (The idea of Isru Chag is that one draws some of the holiness of the festival celebration into the less spiritually elevated reality of everyday life. For more info check http://www.jewishtreats.org/2010/04/what-is-isru-chag.html)
We will use texts, movement, journaling and meditation, to inspire authentic transformation. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a journal if you have one... Paper and pens will be provided for those who don’t.
Gavriel Strauss is an innovator in the world of Jewish religion and practice. He is deeply committed to the evolution of mainstream religion while focusing on the Hebraic Spirit Path. Together with the foundations of his orthodox Jewish upbringing and education, his knowledge of Kabbalah (Jewish Mysticism), and other esoteric wisdom paths, Gavriel presents a Jewish model for human development. Having recently left his home in Tsfat, Israel where he was studying Kabbalah, teaching yoga, and helping run an environmental NGO, he has returned to the US to share his universal view of the Jewish/Hebraic tradition and practice as taught through Kabbalah. He is currently working as a freelance educator and Spirit Guide in the East Bay. His website is www.evolvingjudaism.org