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1. Bereshit: An Exploration of the Biblical Story of Creation
This in-depth exploration of the Biblical story of Creation utilizes source materials from the Talmud, Kabbalah, and Chassidic works. Rabbi Fleer will present both accounts of Creation from the first chapters of Genesis, discussing specific questions and ambiguities which are outstanding in the text. Why is the first verse in Genesis introduced as a narrative rather than with the words, "And God said", as are all the other statements pertaining to Creation? Why does the verse proclaim after each creation, "And God saw that it was good"? After all, could something that God creates come out bad? Why do the Sages teach about the words "And the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters" -- "this is the spirit of the Messiah"? These and many more intriguing insights emerge in this five-part lecture series.

2. The Courage to Create
Utilizing Kabbalistic and psychological insights, imagery and meditative methods, Rabbi Fleer provides keys for accessing the infinite in terms of one's creative potential. Participants will learn to remove obstacles littering the path to self-expression and experience the flow of creative energy emanating from its source in Undifferentiated Consciousness - that which is most in the image of God. Rabbi Fleer will also teach about the "Sefirotic Tree of Life" and how its various components actually form a comprehensive model depicting the necessary steps in creative process. This model can be applied to any creative endeavor with surprising and often amazing results. (4-5 part series)

3. Eternity and the Singular Moment
What is the relationship of the Infinite to the Finite? At the core of every experience there is something God-like and holy that can be imparted to us - if only we have the courage to look, the sensitivity to see, and the openness to discover. So how do the Mitzvot (Commandments) fit in with this process of spiritual discovery? The Mitzvot are intended to guide each Jew through life, to help us be aligned with G-d in every situation. What if the spiritual opportunity of a particular moment seems to conflict with one's religious obligation? Learn about the radical views of Rabbi Mordecai Yosef of Ishibitz on this topic, and the response of other Jewish authorities. (one-time lecture)
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