Spring Study Retreat

At Charney Manor, Oxfordshire

Friday May 11th – Sunday May 13th 2018

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Spring Study Retreat at Charney Manor, Oxfordshire

With Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

Friday 11th – Sunday 13th May 2018

Judaism as a Religion of Blessing: For a child, a mitzvah or an apple

Exploring the Theology, Psychology and Spirituality of Blessing

Join us at Charney Manor, a 13th Century Conference and Retreat Centre, for a weekend of learning, discussion, good food and good company with time to walk, rest and reflect in the beautiful and peaceful surrounding gardens.

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Introduction - Blessing as an attitude to life

Study (1) – What is a Berachah?
What does ‘blessing’ mean? What does berachah mean? What is its spiritual source?

Study (2) – In our hands
God said to Abram: ‘Until now the blessings were in my hands; now they are in yours.’ (Midrash)
Do we have the power to bless, or curse? If so, how? What responsibility does that entail?

After Shabbat
A moment of blessing in my life: we each bring a memory, reflection, poem, prayer, piece of music to share.

Study (3) – Blessings over bad news
‘One must bless over the bad, just as over the good’ (Talmud)
What does the Talmud mean? Is such an attitude possible? Is such an attitude right?

Summing up – Be a blessing: the privilege and the challenge

Study, for all levels, will include Torah, Talmud, Hasidic texts, poetry and lots of conversation and discussion! It will definitely not be over-pious!
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Starts: Friday, May 11th 2018
Ends: Sunday, May 13th 2018

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Timezone: Europe/London
Bookings close: May 11th 2018


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