Source: Spirituality & Practice
This online spiritual course will focus on four ways to embrace God:
• The Way of Wisdom rooted in an understanding of human and divine nature;
• The Way of Study rooted in the teachings of Torah, the Five Books of Moses;
• The Way of Faith rooted in the cultivation of a fearless trust; and
• The Way of Humility rooted in the fact that in the end it isn’t what we know that saves us, but the realization that we know nothing at all.
The course was designed to be delivered daily over four weeks, although other frequencies are also possible. Subscribers receive emails with a short teaching from the writings of one of the Hasidic rebbes on the theme of the week. The Baal Shem Tov (1234-1234), Dov Ber of Mezritch (1704-1772), Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev (1740-1810), Menachem Mendel of Kotsk (1787-1859) are a few of the rebbes whose wisdom is shared. Each teaching is paired with a brief commentary from Rabbi Rami whose translations of and commentary on Hasidic stories and texts are legendary. In addition, Rami will offer a practice for the day designed to help you live the teaching and deepen your understanding of it.
During the original presentation of this course, Rabbi Rami did three teleconferences in which he discussed issues raised by the study with callers. The recordings of those one-hour teleconferences are also available to those taking the course on-demand.
This Online Retreat has been developed by Rabbi Rami Shapiro, profiled in Spirituality & Practice’s Living Spiritual Teachers Project and author of Hasidic Tales Annotated and Explained, and Tanya, a Hasidic Masterpiece. While rooted in Judaism, the teachings of these Hasidic rebbes are applicable to everyone, and Rami’s commentary and practices are designed to engage people of any religious/spiritual tradition and no tradition.