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53. Teshuvah: A Process of Return
The sages taught that Teshuvah (the potential for "return") was created before the universe was brought into existence (T.B. Pesachim 54a). Teshuvah allows us to draw constantly closer to our source in the Divine and provides us with a means for achieving forgiveness and ultimate atonement. Rabbi Fleer will discuss the various levels of Teshuvah, many of which do not involve the concept of sin. He will elaborate on Rebbe Nachman's fascinating notion of "Teshuvah on Teshuvah". He will also attempt to explain how and why Teshuvah absolves people from types of wrongdoing such as murder, where restoration, compensation or seeking forgiveness from the injured party is virtually impossible. We will learn about the Jewish idea of grace, examine the Talmudic legend of Jeroboam son of Nebat who refused God's offer of return, and much more. (4-5 part series or one-time lecture, min 2 hrs)

54. Tzedakah: Spiritual Development through Giving
The Jewish mitzvah of Tzedakah is so much more than Charity. It can be an act of personal transformation. Topics include: distinguishing between Tzedakah and "Gemilut Chassadim" (acts of kindness), a Jewish understanding of emulating G-d , Altruism and the eight degrees of giving , Priorities in charity , Profound spiritual and universal ramifications of selfless generosity. (4-5 part series or individual lecture if necessary, best as series)

55. The Way of the Jewish Mystic: Experiencing G-d's Presence in Our Lives
When a person wants to experience the reality of G-d's presence in his/her life, what are the challenges he/she faces? What guidance does the Jewish Mystical Tradition uniquely offer to the spiritual seeker? We will explore the path of the Jewish Mystic and gain insight into: how to live life as a continual process of becoming; the Jewish way of letting go of attachments and opening to transcendence; reconciling mystical teachings concerning self-abnegation with one's psychological need for self-confirmation; personal revelation and the pragmatism of halakha (Jewish law); the attitude of the kabbalistic Jew toward suffering and facing the unknown; the 3 types of relationships necessary for a life of total devotion to G-d. In addition, practices designed to open the doors to spiritual sensitivity will be discussed. (individual lecture)

56. Zohar: The Bible of Jewish Mysticism The Zohar is one of the most important works in Kabbalah. This text-based class is a rare opportunity to study the Zohar with one of today’s leading authorities on Kabbalah. (text based class, multi-sessions or one-time, each 1 ½ hrs)

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