Another Side of Sinai: A Shavuot Gathering
On the second night of Shavuot, from 7 pm to 9:45 pm Eastern time (starting 4 pm Pacific, etc) on Monday May 17, with a 15-minute break in the middle for free song, movement, and breathing, Rabbis Jill Hammer, David Seidenberg, and I will share conversations with you about two texts from “Another Side of Sinai."
In the first, Rabbi Hammer – who co-founded Kohenet, the Institute for Hebrew Priestesses – and I will lead a participatory journey into a remarkable text called “The Thunder: Perfect Mind.” (For any of you who are just getting to know me, I’m one of the pioneers in creating “Eco-Judaism,” and the author most recently of Dancing in God's Earthquake : The Coming Transformation of Religion.
“The Thunder” is often called a Gnostic text from the library discovered at Nag Hamadi. But I think it is a Jewish text, for in it the Voice of Reality speaks, as in the Ten Teachings of the biblical Sinai, as “Anokhi --“I.” But where in Torah “Anokhi” appears once, in “The Thunder” it appears more than 20 times, almost all as the Sacred Feminine in many paradoxical masks. What do we make of this?
Then, after a pause to breathe easy, Rabbi David Seidenberg and I will explore the teachings of the Shabbat Shabbaton, the sabbatical year and Jubilee when Earth and Human Earthlings get to rest, and society gets to catch its breath and breathe in Justice, the sharing of abundance.
Those teachings begin with “B’Har Sinai, On Mount Sinai.” Rabbi Seidenberg is the author of Kabbalah and Ecology: God's Image in the More-Than-Human World. What can we actually make of this, in the midst of a planetary crisis?
Tuition for this double immersion in what came to us from “Another Side of Sinai” is $36. Space in the Zoom virtual frame is limited, so please sign up now.
We will record the sessions, so if you register you can watch and hear even if you can’t be present on Monday the 17th. But we do hope you’ll be involved, not only a spectator.
All three of us look forward to this journey with you.
|Contribution to The Shalom Center||$36.00|
|At present I cannot afford the regular contribution and at the same time want to engage with these alternative outlooks on Sinai||$9.00|
|I want to make a larger contribution, especially to help The Shalom Center meet necessary expenses while also making it possible for people to take part who cannot afford the regular contribution||$72.00|