Dance T'filah - Embodying Torah
You are invited to an extraordinary sacred embodiment experience! A new program with Rabbi Ori Har DiGennaro.
Rabbi Ori is a life-long student of yoga and dance as a spiritual path. As a co-leader of services at the Renewal Congregation, Pardes Levavot, in Boulder, and at Rabbi Nadya Gross’s Wisdom School, and Dance T'fila, she infuses Shabbat and Holy Day services with devotional dance using the entire body to access higher states of awareness.
Reb Ori is on the faculty at the Embodying Spirit, En-spiriting Body--a Jewish Embodiment Leadership Training with Rabbi Diane Elliot. This program has began in December, 2011
"Know that the soul yearns to know the experience of the body, and the body in turn yearns to know the experience of the soul." Reb Nachman of Breslav.
If our tradition had kept sacred dance as a form of worship, what would it look like? From Torah we learn to continually be present to the gift of Life.
Imagine dancing through the Four Worlds: listening to your body, allowing expression of your deepest yearning, tuning to the One hum of creation, and diving into your soul and back! Imagine being so open hearted, so attuned to the divine flow; that your whole body becomes an integrated, body-mind-soul experience!
You need only a willingness to move in new ways, and to pray with your body. No background in dance is required.
"I wanted to thank you again for the powerful meditation/movement you led us through at the Wisdom School retreat. I’ve rarely been able to do deep breathing for that long a period of time — unless I’m at Tai Chi class, but there my focus cannot be uninterrupted prayer." --Dr. D'vorah Grenn
In-depth Torah study in Hebrew, through the lens of the Kabbalistic PaRDeS (פרדס) System
For people who want to learn to read and understand the bible in Hebrew, and are interested in studying Torah, as a sacred text, for their spiritual development.
We read the narrative in both Hebrew and English; we meditate upon the readings to discern personal spiritual messages, and discover our own inner Torah, in all four worlds.
Students learn to listen to the different styles and voices within Biblical/Rabbinical/Hassidic/Zoharic interpretation through the lens of the hermeneutics of PaRDeS, encompassing the full range of understanding, from the contextual to the hidden.
Study Biblical Hebrew, and Torah through the lens of PaRDeS
Individual and group study.
"... it was only through learning with you for three years that I discovered how to understand a kabbalistic text, at many levels at once.
"I've never felt so free and beautiful in an unscripted way in my body. The dance was completely expressive and spontaneous, my mind a follower and a servant to my body, which knew just what it needed to do, listening exquisitely, trusting my body to move as an expression of its flowing and unfolding wisdom.
I was so excited and delighted to read the chapter on Miriam and the circle dance, and dance in general as a way to bring down the "lights," the knowing of God, using the entire body to access higher states of awareness, finding a knowing that "permeates every cell and cannot be confined to the organs of brain and mind." That was in fact my experience when you led us in dance at the retreat. Thank you so much for that experience!" --Belle Mann
"Thank you again for a wonderful journey this morning. Your imagery was powerful and your gracious way of being was inviting."--Rabbi Hanna Tiferet
"Thanks for making the Embodiment at wisdom school so fabulous! In the final ritual, many in the circle referred to the dancing as a very special moment in the week!"--Rabbi Nadya Gross