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 Join a new 3 week course! 
Pirkei Avos / Ethics of the Fathers contains timeless wisdom. It is a collection of ethics, interpersonal relationships,honesty, and advice.

Dates:Thursdays, May 5, 12 & 19 at 7:30 PM
Place: Chabad Jewish Center of Novato. 7430 Redwood Blvd. Suite D Novato,
Cost
FREE!

Please let us know you will be joining by emailing rabbi@JewishNovato.com

"He who wishes to become a chassid should fulfill the words of Avot"

Talmud, Bava Kamma 30a

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Jewish Meditation on the Trails of Novato

Did you know that meditation is an authentic Jewish Practice, and has its roots in Biblical sources?

Join us for an exhilarating walk on Stafford Lake Trail followed by an uplifting glimpse into age-old Jewish meditation.

Walk led by Debbie Horowitz. Talk led by Adina Landa

For WOMEN only

WHEN: Sunday, August 12th 2012 at 10:00 am

WHERE: Meet at 2780 Center Road in Novato

Don't forget to bring a water bottle, sun protection, and a friend!

(Free of charge, all women are welcome)

Would love to know if you think you can make but feel free to just show up.

Email  Adina@JewishNovato.com

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On the night of Kristallnacht (November 9, 1938), Isaac Schwartz, a 14-year-old boy in Hamburg, Germany risked his life to rescue a Torah scroll from the ashes of a Nazi bonfire. For 78 years the scroll lay in disrepair, until this year when the Torah was restored and dedicated to honor the lives of those murdered in the Holocaust and in celebration of the revival of Jewish life and Torah study across the globe. Join us as we welcome this historic Torah to Chabad of Novato:

WELCOMING OF THE TORAH
Saturday, February 27 2016

Shabbat Services: 10AM
Reading from the Historic Torah: 11AM
Followed by a Kiddush lunch

Saturday evening, February 27 @ 7:30 PM 
Join us for a musical Havdallah ceremony, a dinner buffet,  inspiration about the rescued Torah and a lively musical performance by Rabbi Ferris, the Chabad Rabbi in Berkeley for nearly 40 years.
An evening not to miss!

Kindly RSVP below by Nov. 23rd. A suggested donation of $18 or any amount is appreciated (and tax deductible).

The time of Jewish unity and community is so important especially now! Every seven years is a Hakhel year. In ancient times, during a Hakhel year, Jews would stream to Jerusalem to unite in the Holy Temple, and hear Torah from the king.

We are in the Hakhel year. Today, you are the king. We each need to play the leadership roles! You have the power to unite Jews. Let's unite with the Hakhel Torah on Saturday, Feb 27.

Watch the video below to see the story of this Torah coming to Novato: 


Watch on TorahCafé.com!

If the video is not playing, please  click here to watch it

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LIFE UNDER HITLER AND AN AMAZING ESCAPE AND SURVIVAL

HERBERT HELLER
Holocaust Survivor

Date & Time: Sunday, February 21st 2017 2:00-4:00 PM
Location: Chabad Jewish center of Novato 7430 Redwood Bl Suite D Novato
Cost: Free admission, RSVP appreciated (see below)

Mr. Heller will speak to us about his amazing life from his childhood in Teplice Samov near Prague, Czechoslovakia to Teresienstadt to Auschwitz, to Prague and then to the United States. He says his story is one of luck. To those who know his story it is a story of courage and determination.

herb heller.jpgMr. Heller owned the popular, well known Heller’s Baby News in San Rafael for 52 years. He was one of the first members of Rodef Shalom. He is a continual inspiration to all who hear him speak and to his devoted friends and family for his Love of Life, his kindness and I first learned of Mr. Heller when I met his daughter Vivian Cohen at classes at the Chabad Center. Vivian is the Administrative Chief of the Marin Medical Reserve Corps. After class one day she mentioned her father and his incredible life. When I saw her face light up just talking about him, I knew he must have a very special story. I called him the following morning and he couldn’t have been more kind and open to 
speaking to us.

Come and enjoy meeting Mr. Heller and one another. Your presence will add light and strength to our Jewish community.

Free admission and open to the public.

Tea, coffee,and light refreshments.

RSVP appreciated by Thursday, February 18th by reserving below.

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A STORY OF HUMOR, DANGER, SPIRITUALITY, THE HAND OF G-D, MEDIA BIAS AND CYBER HATRED


The viral video of White House correspondent Helen Thomas, proclaiming that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and "go home to Poland and Germany", forced Thomas to resign and catapulted her interviewer, David Nesenoff, into the limelight, receiving tens of thousands of hate mail and death threats.

DATE: TUESDAY, OCT. 15 7:30 PM 
LOCATION: CHABAD JEWISH CENTER 
7430 REDWOOD BL. SUITE D. NOVATO, CA

Light refreshments will be served


COST: $15 ADVANCE / $20 AT DOOR / $180 SPONSOR 

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 5000 YEARS IN 5 HOURS 
 Know the story of your People!

Join us for this special "Crash Course in Jewish History" and become knowledgeable in this great story of civilization. Discover the birth and journey, persecutions and ultimate triumph, of the Jewish people. Experience its strength and resilience, rebirth and constant contribution to civilization at every point of its history. Take a closer look at the Golden Chain of Jewish Continuity and find your special link in this incredible story. 

Explore the story of Biblical Israel, the Babylonian Exile, the Second Temple, the long exile of the Jewish people, the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, the Renaissance and Reformation, the Enlightenment and Modernism, the emigration to North America and the Land of Israel, the Holocaust and the 21st century!

5 Consecutive Tuesdays @ 7:30 PM:  
January 14 
January 21 
January 28 
February 4 
February 11 

Course if $50 or $15 per class. Sponsorship for this class is $500. Email Rabbi@JewishNovato.com to sign up.

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Please join us for an evening of inspiration, commemorating the 20th Yarzeit (anniv of passing) of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M Schneerson. Get a glimpse in to the life of a man that changed the course of Judaism in the 20th century, and his impact and legacy felt around the globe.

Thursday, July 3 7:30-9:00 PM 

Chabad Jewish Center  
7430 Redwood Bl Suite D

Special video presentation prepared for the evening * Special guests * Refreshments * Chassidic Nigunim (melodies) 
Please RSVP by emailing Rabbi@JewishNovato.com 

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STRENGTH & STRUGGLE

This course explores intriguing, disturbing, and controversial biblical personalities and events from the times of the Prophets.

At first it may seem that these stories are full of questions. We will discover, however, that they are full of timeless answers to our innermost questions about life.

Date & Time: 3 Part series,Thursday, July 13, 20 & 27 @ 7:30 PM

Location: Chabad Jewish center of Novato
7430 Redwood Blvd Suite D Novato, CA

Cost: Free 

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Apply mind-bending, brain-twisting, hair-splitting Talmudic reasoning to solve real-life modern dilemmas—situations that actually happened yet seem impossible to solve.

What do you do when your gut tells you one thing, and your brain tells you another? Prepare for a mental expedition to mind-wrestle with situations that force us to choose between two reasonable truths.

Analyze, discuss, and debate Talmudic texts with votes and an authentic taste of original, dynamic Talmud study.

DATES & TIME: 3 THURSDAY'S AT 7:30PM - MARCH 8, 15, 22

WHERE: Chabad Jewish Center of Novato - 7430 Redwood Blvd. Suite D Novato

COST: $36 for the entire course

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Feed your Jewish Education 

I invite you for a journey as we explore some of the most interesting and foundational Jewish questions. Bring your Jewish knowledge to a whole new level as we gain insight and perspective on the many "Why's" of Judaism.

DATES & TIME: 4 THURSDAYS AT 7:30 PM January 11, 18, February 1, 8

WHERE: CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF NOVATO: 7430 Redwood Blvd. Suite D

COST: $50 for  the entire course 
(No one will be turned away due to lack of funds, please email me to make arrangements).

This class is well suited for everyone and will give you a broad understanding in many basics of Judaism as well! 

Please let me know you are joining by  RSVPing below or rabbi@jewishnovato.com. 

  You can also email me your own questions which can be addressed too! 

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DATES & TIME: This class will be given in summer 2019 - stay tuned for exact dates

WHERE: CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF NOVATO - 7430 Redwood Blvd. Suite D Novato

COST: $50 for the entire course 

What is a soul? Where does it go after it departs this world? Do Jews believe in heaven and hell? Can souls communicate with us from the afterlife? How does reincarnation work?

Journey of the Soul explores the mysteries surrounding the spiritual dimension of our existence—our destiny that continues even after we've shed our earth-bound body suit. We examine the transition of the soul into the hereafter, the kinds of legacies that are valued even after we've forsaken this earthly existence, and the accompanying emotional journey and rituals that help the soul and those closest to it prepare for its new reality.

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Here's some feedback about this class...
"Like many people I had a preconceived notion of the soul.  My concept was based more on popular culture rather than on Jewish learning.  This class has provided an incredible spiritual depth that can’t be described in a few short sentences.  Thank you for providing this wonderful experience." - Don D.  

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This course focuses on interpersonal relationships. But some of what we learn is equally relevant to our divine relationship as well. Upon completing this class, you will have a thorough and fundamental understanding of the mechanics and application of forgiveness.

Date & Time:  2 Thursdays, September 7th & 14th at 7:30 PM

Where: Chabad Jewish center of Novato 7430 Redwood Blvd. Suite D Novato, CA

Cost: No Cost 

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • Is forgiveness an obligation?
  • Can we forgive people who have done irrevocable damage?
  • How to sincerely forgive.
  • The steps necessary to receive forgiveness.

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Chabad's Jewish Center of Novato is proud to unveil Heaven on Earth, a three-week interactive course that recreates the ancient Temples from the ground up.

Heaven on Earth provides you with an explanation for the central role the Holy Temple plays in the Jews’ mission throughout history. To assist in conceptualizing the ancient Temple, Heaven on Earth employs an interactive and innovative virtual tour. It will allow you to "walk through" the Temple’s ancient corridors, throng with the crowds through Jerusalem’s gates, and discover the marvels of architecture and design that were integral to this sacred site. 

Because envisioning the Temple and longing for it are the first steps towards rebuilding it.

DATES & TIME: 3 THURSDAYS JULY  5, 12 & 19 AT 7:30 PM

LOCATION: CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF NOVATO

COST: $36 + $7 FOR TEXTBOOK

MORE INFO: Two thousand years later, Jews still converge upon the Western Wall, the surviving remnant of the Holy Temple.  

Why does the Temple Mount still retain its hold upon our hearts?   

We invite you to  look beyond the rubble and see the magnificent structure that once was. Join us for a three-week virtual tour of the Holy Temple, the home we shared with G‑d.  Throng with the crowds through the city gates; gaze up in awe as you cross the towering threshold. Discover the marvels of architecture and design that were integral to this sacred site.

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Dive into the Tanya, a classical work of Jewish mysticism, philosophy, and Chassidism. Discover your inner self and how to traverse life’s journey with joy, purpose, and direction.

Date & Time: 6 Tuesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6, 13

Location: Chabad Jewish Center of Novato - 7430 Redwood Blvd. Suite D Novato

Cost: $36(suggested) 

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The Jewish Struggle & Endurance

Dates: Thursdays, March 3, 10 & 17
Place: Chabad Jewish Center of Novato
Cost: $36 for the entire course

In his parting words to his people, Moses stresses the importance of historical perspective - for the present is an outgrowth of the past. By studying history, we are able to relate to current issues with greater understanding. 

This course will look at the Jewish encounters with other cultures in light of what these interactions have meant to us and how they continue to shape our lives as Jews today. 

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The riveting story of the most successful counter-terrorist hostage rescue mission in modern history

MIRACLE IN ENTEBBE

40 Years Later 1976-2016

An evening with Israeli Special Forces Elite Commando: Sassy Reuven

Date & Time: Monday, June 27 2016 at 7:00 PM
Location: Novato Oaks Inn 215 Alameda Del Prado Novato, CA 94949
Cost: $18

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The Five Books of Moses (Chumash) is so essential to Jewish thought and practice, yet sometimes it's hard to get a grasp on the most basic and essential concepts. This course provides an overview and understanding of the 22 central themes and events that appear in the 5 Books of Moses.

5 Consecutives Tuesdays beginning November 13, 2012   
Rotating Homes. 8:00-9:00 PM 

 Location:

The first class will be hold in the home of David and Martina Bedar

16 Pierce Dr. Novato, CA 94947 

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A day to remember... A day to proceed... 
Please join the Jewish community for an evening dedicated to the memory of the 6 million of our brothers and sisters who perished in the Holocaust.  

It is a day of empowerment, to reflect and reaffirm how we will live on their legacy.   
Join us for a lecture, presentation and inspiration with noted lecturer Mr. Yisroel Blumenstein.  
This day is being marked by Jewish communities worldwide. We have the honor of hosting Mr. Blumenstein. 

Date & Time: Sunday, April 7th at 7:30PM 
Location: Novato Oaks Inn-Oaks Room, 215 Alameda Del Prado (Click here for directions). 
Suggested donation: $10.  
Please consider sponsoring this special occasion for $180 or $360. Click here to sponsor. 
RSVP appreciated. Click here to RSVP

 

Mr. Yisroel Blumenstein - a child of 2 survivors - is a noted speaker on Holocaust Eyisroel-y-larry-blumenstein.jpgeducation.  With an extensive background in Holocaust studies, Mr. Blumenstein is a presenter and developer of Holocaust curriculum.  He is also a graduate of the USC-Shoah Foundation Teacher Educator Project; a Museum Teacher Fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM); a graduate of 4 separate seminars of the International School of Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem; a Graduate Fellow of the Torah Umesorah, Holocaust Fellowship and other programs.

He is currently the General Studies Principal at the West Coast Talmudical Seminary in Los Angeles and a Consultant for Holocaust Education Development at Educational Leadership Services, Inc., in Los Angeles.

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PARADIGM SHIFT

Transformational Life Teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe

Known to many simply as “the Rebbe,” Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson assumed leadership of the Chabad Lubavitch movement in 1950, when it consisted of a small group of European refugees struggling to rebuild their lives after the war. Over the next four decades, the Rebbe established a worldwide network of educational, social, and religious institutions.

Under his leadership, from a band of survivors, Chabad grew into a global movement that moved out of the shadow of the Holocaust and embraced a new future and a new world. One of the foremost Jewish leaders of our time, the Rebbe embraced all Jews, regardless of their beliefs or affiliation, and touched the lives of countless individuals across the social spectrum. Despite his passing in 1994, his legacy continues to live on through his teachings and through the work of his emissaries whom he charged with bringing the light of Judaism to every corner of the globe.

The Rohr JLI has undertaken the important task of bringing the Rebbe’s intellectual and spiritual legacy to the thousands of students who attend its courses worldwide. The release of the course, Paradigm Shift: Transformational Life Teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Rebbe’s passing.

In a series of 2 carefully crafted and tactfully presented lessons, the Rebbe’s philosophy is deconstructed and explored from a sweeping range of views, and is then skillfully rebuilt to showcase the Rebbe’s insights into life and his profound messages that so resonate with mankind. The course addresses the following questions: What are the Rebbe’s central teachings and contributions to Judaism and society? What was his understanding of the human being and what were his aspirations for humanity? What accounts for the continued success of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement? And most importantly—how can we apply these insights toward living a more purposeful life?  

Class 1: Tuesday June 17 @ 7:30 PM 
SEEING A BEAUTIFUL GARDEN 
Parts of life you enjoy. Others, you just can’t stand. Without being naive, is it possible to see only the good in everything? How can we find the positive spark in old age, work, struggle—even arrogance, evil, and death? A sophisticated understanding of reality uncovers a world in which there is only opportunity, positivity, and goodness.

Class 2: Tuesday June 24 @ 7:30 PM  
REALIZING YOUR POTENTIAL 
The soul is not a recessive gene. With every movement of the body, its innate perfection finds expression. Discovering this for yourself will not only boost your self-esteem and improve your relationships, but will also lead you to demand more of yourself and push your limits to redefine what is possible. 

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Rosh Hashana class: Monday, September 22 at 7:30 PM

Shofar 

From the fundamental to the spiritual, this class focuses on unlocking the deeper and mystical meaning of Rosh Hashanah. We will also discuss the reasons for many of the customs.


 

Yom Kippur class: Monday, September 29 at 7:30 PM

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Of all things, the Yom Kippur prayers start with the cancellation of vows. Couldn't we choose something a little more inspiring? Discover the fascinating historical background to this ancient tradition—and the reason why Kol Nidrei is the perfect opening pitch.

Sukkot class: Monday,  October 6 at 7:30 PM 

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The greatest hurdle to growth is ourselves. After all, if we’re only this smart and this strong, how can we dream of being something we’re simply not? Who made up this myth that anything is possible? G‑d did—and the story of the Sukkah reveals why.

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Judaism 101:  
A 5 week Crash Course on Jewish basics!  

*  Are you puzzled by parts of Judaism?   
*  Does your family ask you questions about Jewish practices?   
*  Do you have trouble explaining Jewish customs?    
*  Do you want to discover what it means to be Jewish?  

Join Rabbi Landa for a five-week premier course on the foundations of Jewish life. Blending the spiritual and the practical “Judaism: What is it about” will deepen your knowledge and appreciation of Judaism and wet your appetite for continued growth and study in pursuit of your heritage.    

5 Mondays, Begins Jan 5 | 7:30 - 9:00 PM  
$40.00 - course / $10 - class 
Presented by Rabbi Landa at Chabad Jewish Center 7430 Redwood Bl. Suite D

 To Sign up email Rabbi@JewishNovato.com  (write in comment area "Judaism 101").

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TALMUD FOR BEGINNERS

Date & Time: 3 Thursdays, Jan 7, 14 & 21at 7:30 PM
Place: Chabad Jewish Center of Novato
7430 Redwood Bl Suite D Novato, CA
Cost: $36 for the entire course

The Talmud is  masterpiece, challenge your mind, decode the Torahs laws, & delve in to the text.

In this introductory course to Talmud study we will:

- explore the rich history of the Oral Tradition (the Mishna, etc.)

Study Class

- breakdown the structure and layout of the Talmud

- introduce some of its famed personalities

- elucidate basic Talmudic terminology and style

- study a sample of original text

- Understand and discuss the Talmud's modern relevance

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Learn to read in time for the High Holidays! 
You can Learn to Read Hebrew in Just Five Lessons!

Chabad Jewish Center of Novato is offering a Hebrew Reading Crash Course! The course is designed to teach those with little or no basic knowledge of the Hebrew language how to read Hebrew in five easy lessons.

The Hebrew Reading Crash Course focuses on teaching the Hebrew alphabet and reading skills. In only five sessions, participants learn to read Hebrew and follow along in a prayer book. Your commitment would be to show up to the classes, and spend a few minutes a week practicing, By the end of the course, students are noticeably more at ease reading the basic prayers in Hebrew.

Dates: 5 Tuesday Evenings August 30, September 6, 13, 20, 27 at 7:30 PM 
Location: 
Chabad Jewish Center of Novato: 7430 Redwood Bl. Suite D Novato, CA 94945
Cost: $79. Book fee: $18

Click here to reserve your seat. Reservations are needed by Aug 24 to ensure enough text books. The class we only be offered if there are enough reservations. So don't wait till the last minute, reserve today.

Here is what graduates from the last course are saying:

"I always wanted to read Hebrew. I guess it was on my bucket list. Through these easy to follow classes, my dream became a reality." Alan C.

"It very educational, fun and I made good friends through the course. Now I can easily follow the prayers."Judith B.

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KABBALAH 101

An Introduction to Kabbalah 

Kabbalah is a rich tradition of esoteric teachings that have been part of Judaism since antiquity. It offers unparalleled insight into the mysteries of life, reality, and spirituality. Kabbalah penetrates the human psyche and reveals the latent energy that is waiting to be unleashed.

You've always wanted to know ... Now you can ... No Experience Necessary

Date & Time: 3 Thursdays, October 15, 22 & 29 at 7:30PM
Place: Chabad Jewish center of Novato
7430 Redwood Bl. Suite D Novato, CA 94945
Cost: $36 for the course

“The science of Kabbalah was previously hidden. In our generation, its study is not only permitted, but it is our sacred duty to revea l its ancient discipline” 
— Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, 18th Century

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Class #1 - Who, What, Why, When, and Where?

Our introductory class will explain how and where kabbalah fits into Judaism and the Torah. We will take a brief journey from the Prophet Ezekiel to the Baal Shem Tov and the scientific revolution.

  • Do I have to wait until I’m 40 to study kabbalah?
  • Is kabbalah Jewish?
  • The concept of Infinity: Can G‑d create a rock that He can’t pick up?

Class #2 - The Fundamentals of Kabbalah

Become familiar with and understand the basic tenants, questions, and themes woven within the tapestry of kabbalah.

  • The Ten Sefirot: the building blocks of creation
  • Tzimtzum: why don’t I see or sense G‑d?
  • The 'Four Worlds': experiencing deeper dimension of reality - the kabbalah of dreams.
  • 'Lights & Vessels': do we judge a book by its cover?

Class #3 - The Kabbalah of Men & Women:

Kabbalah sees creation and life in terms masculine and feminine energies. This final class will analyze these two energies and explain their role in our relationships. 

  • The secret of “malchut”
  • The kabbalah of relationships and intimacy
  • G‑d: Male, female, or it?

KABBALAH 101

 

An Introduction to Kabbalah 

Kabbalah is a rich tradition of esoteric teachings that have been part of Judaism since antiquity. It offers unparalleled insight into the mysteries of life, reality, and spirituality. Kabbalah penetrates the human psyche and reveals the latent energy that is waiting to be unleashed.

You've always wanted to know ... Now you can ... No Experience Necessary

Date & Time: 3 Thursdays, October 15, 22 & 29 at 7:30PM
Place: Chabad Jewish center of Novato
7430 Redwood Bl. Suite D Novato, CA 94945
Cost: $36 for the course

“The science of Kabbalah was previously hidden. In our generation, its study is not only permitted, but it is our sacred duty to revea l its ancient discipline” 
— Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, 18th Century

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Class #1 - Who, What, Why, When, and Where?

Our introductory class will explain how and where kabbalah fits into Judaism and the Torah. We will take a brief journey from the Prophet Ezekiel to the Baal Shem Tov and the scientific revolution.

  • Do I have to wait until I’m 40 to study kabbalah?
  • Is kabbalah Jewish?
  • The concept of Infinity: Can G‑d create a rock that He can’t pick up?

 

Class #2 - The Fundamentals of Kabbalah

 

Become familiar with and understand the basic tenants, questions, and themes woven within the tapestry of kabbalah.

  • The Ten Sefirot: the building blocks of creation
  • Tzimtzum: why don’t I see or sense G‑d?
  • The 'Four Worlds': experiencing deeper dimension of reality - the kabbalah of dreams.
  • 'Lights & Vessels': do we judge a book by its cover?

 

Class #3 - The Kabbalah of Men & Women:

 

Kabbalah sees creation and life in terms masculine and feminine energies. This final class will analyze these two energies and explain their role in our relationships. 

  • The secret of “malchut”
  • The kabbalah of relationships and intimacy
  • G‑d: Male, female, or it?