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28. Memory and Forgetfulness
How one looks back on one’s life, its meaning and quality, success or failure, is most often the by-product of what one remembers or has chosen to forget. How we interpret our past sets the stage for our future. In fact, our memories and how we relate to them form the basis of what we think of ourselves and how will be remembered in the minds of others. Topics include: how memory and forgetfulness need each other to function; the psychological notion of "reframing"; what the Chassidic masters mean when they tell us to remember the future; the broken tablets and the source of forgetfulness; remembering the dead; covenantal remembrance, and much more. (4 part series)

29. The Mind: Seat of the Soul
The human mind, Kabbalistically speaking, is the seat of the soul, a "receiving set" for the infinite. It intuits, conceptualizes, and gives language to things beyond our grasp, including the seemingly incomprehensible. But how do Jewish mystics understand the workings of the mind? How do they define consciousness? Does consciousness have a predisposition? Can we chart and motivate the creative process? Is there a distinction between imagination and fantasy? How can we experience thought as it exists before concept? What is the relationship of mind to matter? In the deepest sense, what does being mindful of G-d really mean? Join Rabbi Fleer as he explores these questions and many more. (4- 5 part series)

30. Mitzvah, and the Paradox of Love and Fear of G-d
Love and fear are primary and often paradoxical aspects of the human condition. How is it possible to love a person we fear, or to fear a person we love? Yet the Torah commands us to love and fear God. Before doing a mitzvah, the Kabbalists pray for the love and fear necessary to accomplish that mitzvah in a way that unites God with the 'Shekhinah' (God's indwelling presence). But exactly how are love and fear united through mitzvah? How does the experience of this unity affect us? In this lecture, Rabbi Fleer will also explore the nature of spiritual passion and the emotional equilibrium required for a Jewish experience of transcendence. (4- 5 part series or one-time lecture min 3 hrs)
Lecture topics 28-30
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