We'll start with songs, which we'll read in Yiddish or transliteration and talk about, Yosl Un Sore-Dvoshe, which we didn't get to last time, Vu Iz Dos Gesele?, Where Is the Street?, a song of love and longing, and Shpil, Gitar, Play, Guitar, a song of the Yiddish street. Then we'll hear and see the songs performed on YouTube.
Grammatically, we'll return to and talk about and practice the past, pages 52-58 in our text, Yiddish In 10 Lessons by Chaim Werdyger.
Nochamol, kumt ayner kumt ale (once more, come one come all). As usual, there'll be rugelakh and hamentaschen to nosh.
but manifestations of strength and resolution.” Kahlil Gibran
done something for someone who can never repay you.” ― John Bunyan
rather to be of value." Albert Einstein
The Humanistic Judaism Study Group is a self-facilitated study group that meets the third Thursday of the month. Each month we choose a topic of interest related to Humanistic Judaism to discuss at our next meeting. There is no registration and no fee. We welcome guests.
Jewish Mysticism is the topic for this week’s Humanistic Judaism Study Group. Jewish mysticism had its roots during Second Temple times when mystics attempted to achieve a vision of the divine throne found in the Book of Ezekiel. The chanting of magical hymns and reciting divine names followed during the third and sixth centuries. However, it was during medieval times that Jewish mysticism began to change normative Judaism. Kabbalah flourished in 13th century Spain and is based on The Zohar, a book that focused on understanding the relationship between our world and the divine world. In the 18th century, the Hasidic movement spread throughout Eastern Europe teaching its ideas of having direct experiences with God.
As humanistic Jews we do not seek a relationship with a divine being. However, we have incorporated some of the ideas of mystical Judaism. The idea of tikkun olam (repairing the world) is one of the most well-known adoptions of an idea from mystical Judaism. At Kol Shalom we include the practice of singing a nigun, a wordless melody developed by the Hasidic movement to evoke the soul of the rabbi who wrote the song. Some questions we will consider are: What is spirituality for a humanistic Jew? What does Jewish spirituality look like for a humanistic Jew? What can we learn from Jewish mysticism?
What are your thoughts on Jewish mysticism? We look forward to hearing them!
Kumt gut farbrengen mit undz (come have fun with us). I'll have three songs: In Mayn Gortn, In My Garden, the love song we didn't get to last meeting; Yosl un Sore-Dvoshe, a fun song about a relationship; and A Glezele Lekhayim, a drinking song.
Vocabulary-wise and grammatically, we'll stick with verbs and the future tense, the easiest tense in Yiddish, pages 59-63/64 in Yiddish In 10 Lessons. And maybe also go back to the present and past tenses and the accompanying vocabulary.
Like always, there'll be rugelakh and hamentaschen and friends are welcome.
Hartsike grussn (hearty greetings),
NOTE: Our seder is full up for this year! We are sorry that we are unable to take any more reservations.
Why is our Seder different from all other Seders?
At the Kol Shalom Community Seder you can enjoy the traditional elements of the seder that have made it one of the outstanding traditions of Judaism: explaining the seder plate, sharing matzah, reciting the plagues, drinking four times, from the wine cup, asking and answering the four questions, and telling the story of the Exodus.
But what is different about our seder is that the story is told from a human point of view rather than a supernatural one, with especial relevance to today.
We expect between 80 - 100 people to share this wonderful experience and hope you can be one and join us. Children are welcome as well as people of any religion or no religion. Our community seder will be at the Starlight Room, 1125 Southeast Madison Street, Portland, OR,
We have set prices to only cover our costs.
To come to the seder you’ll need to get tickets in advance either online or downloading this form, filling it out and mailing it in.
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Hope to see you at our Community Seder!
It is Chai Day and almost Passover! The Humanistic Judaism Study Group will be reading and discussing the first section of Exodus; 1.1-15.2. This section tells of the enslavement and the liberation of Israel. Highlights include: the origins of Moses, the objections Moses raises to God’s assignment to lead the Israelites, the ten plagues, God’s instructions on how to celebrate the liberation, and the crossing of the Red Sea. This is the first time the study group has engaged in Torah text study and we selected a lot of text! It will be exciting to see what we uncover and find meaningful.
BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement. There will be two speakers, one supporting BDS and one opposing. The forum will be an informational session, not a debate, and will include time for questions. This forum for Kol Shalom members only.