Virtual: Psalms Brown Bag Series with Rabbi Diane Tiferet Lakein with Congregation Nevei Kodesh

Date: April 30, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm

Ivdu et Hashem b’Simcha – Let us serve YHVH with joy! (Psalm 100: 2) 

$10 Nevei Kodesh members/$12 guests
This third lunchtime brown bag series will explore four new psalms as a way into both a deeper understanding of the Jewish traditional texts and a deeper appreciation of our own souls’ yearnings. Especially in times of increased anxiety and stress, psalms can provide us with a vehicle both for expressing our dismay and fear, and also for reconnecting us with a sense of possibility and Presence. We will begin our exploration this spring with Psalm 16, a psalm “expressing the quiet joy one can experience when one ‘takes refuge’ in God” (R Richard Levy). Next, we will turn our attention to two psalms which are used in the traditional Saturday morning liturgy – Psalm 34, which invites us to “taste and see that YaH is good” and Psalm 90, which acknowledges how fleeting the lifespan of humans is, compared to God’s eternity, and how crucial it is to treasure hayom/this day. We will end on a high note, with Psalm 126, which celebrates our coming home to the land, and expresses a longing for “homecoming to a state of well-being, at-homeness with both our Earth and our God” (R Miryam Glazer). Newcomers are welcome at any point!* It will be possible to attend the class by means of a virtual classroom with Zoom for those who pre-register online. You will receive the Zoom link upon registration. *No Hebrew is required. The texts will be provided both in Hebrew and in traditional and alternative English translations, including those of Rebbe Zalman himself.
Thursdays, April 2, 16, 30 | Noon