Rabbi David Jaffe, January 5 – 31, 2020

According to Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, hitbodedut – talking spontaneously with God -every day is the most powerful path to spiritual growth. Over these four weeks we will try out this potent practice, starting with small amounts of time and building each week. Daily assignments will explore preparing to speak, setting intentions, time and space for practice and closing a session. We will address what it means to have a conversation when you are not sure to whom you are speaking or if there is any conversation partner at all! Related practices will include turning Torah into Prayer, a particular technique for connecting the mind and the heart to transform action.

A month of hitbodedut has the power to open the heart, clarify priorities, increase awareness of our soul’s desire and strengthen our connection with God. Hitbodedut is not designed to take the place of liturgical prayer but it can have a profound influence on the quality of our more formal prayer lives, as well.

Course Overview

This 30-day prayer intensive is designed to help you focus on cultivating a specific modality of prayer practice. Each Sunday, you will receive an email with a half-hour video teaching, recorded by Rabbi David Jaffe. These video teachings accompany a written lesson, which may include links to Jewish texts, secular writings, poems, music, videos, and other references to supplement your learning. You can choose the best time in your schedule to watch the half-hour video teaching and read the written lesson, as well as to log onto the community forums to post your questions and reflections. Throughout the week, you will receive daily emails, which will encourage you to keep up with your own internal work with twenty to thirty minutes of daily practice.

As an optional supplement to the course, you may also choose to participate in a weekly processing group with your instructor. These groups are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for an additional fee of $75. They offer the opportunity to engage with your teacher and other participants in a “live” environment, using Zoom video conferencing technology.

Pricing

Month-Long Prayer Intensive: $100
Month-Long Prayer Intensive PLUS Weekly Live Processing Group: $175

Each live processing group is limited to 30 participants.
Once sold out, these groups will no longer be available!

 

Prayer Intensive Plus Thursday Processing Group

Thursdays, 8-9pm ET
$175
  • 4 video teachings and written lessons
  • Additional resources such as Jewish texts, secular writings, poems, music, and videos
  • Daily emails with inspirational quotes
  • Practice partners
  • Discussion forums with practice groups
  • Dedicated online journal
  • Weekly Live Processing Group using Zoom

Prayer Intensive Plus Friday Processing Group

Fridays, 12:00-1:00pm ET
$175
  • 4 video teachings and written lessons
  • Additional resources such as Jewish texts, secular writings, poems, music, and videos
  • Daily emails with inspirational quotes
  • Practice partners
  • Discussion forums with practice groups
  • Dedicated online journal
  • Weekly Live Processing Group using Zoom

Processing Group Schedule:
Group 1: Thursdays, 8 – 9pm ET
Group 2: Fridays, 12:00 – 1:00pm ET