Close Encounters of the Divine Kind with Rabbi Ben Chaidell

Details: Mondays, 7:30 PM. Tuition: $35

Dates:  1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20.

Description: A burning bush. A dream. Philisophical contemplation. Song and dance.

Our tradition includes a number of vastly different ways by which human beings encounter G-d. In this class, we will explore stories of people who reach beyond themselves to encounter G-d, from our biblical ancestors in Genesis to the revelation at Mount Sinai, and beyond. We will learn how prophets heard G-d's call in voice and vision, how mystics encounter G-d through meditation, and how the rabbis hear G-d in the voices of students and teachers studying sacred text. We will conclude by discussing the question: Can we encounter G-d in the world today?