Sefer Yetzirah: Meditation, Magic, and the Cosmic Architecture with Rav Kohenet Jill Hammer
October 19 through December 21, 2017
Sefer Yetzirah is an ancient and foundational work of Jewish mysticism. This brief and cryptic book imagines letters as the building blocks of the universe, and focuses our attention on the components of space, time, and soul and the elements of air, fire, and water. Its goal is to allow adepts to contemplate, and even partake in, the Divine creative process. We will be reading sections from the book closely in order to understand the meaning of Sefer Yetzirah and its potential role in an earth-based, feminist, contemporary Jewish belief and contemplative practice. We will also be using the book to meditate and reflect on our own spiritual experience. The class will be taught via Zoom and can also be accessed via phone. The class will be available via web recording as well. Thursdays, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Nov. 16, Dec. 7, Dec. 21 from 12 pm-1:15 pm ESTCost: $250, to register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The course comes with a text booklet; you must also purchase the Sefer Yetzirah translation by Aryeh Kaplan. All sessions will be recorded and posted on-line; you can take the class even if the time block does not work for you.