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Scholar in Residence Weekend with Rabbi Eliezer Diamond

Scholar in Residence Weekend with Rabbi Eliezer Diamond

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019

Time: 5:45 pm

Location: B'nai Israel Congregation

Address: 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852

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  • Type: Social Event, Speaker, Worship Service
  • Audience: All
  • Membership: Not Required
  • Registration: Not Required
  • Topic: Israel, Jewish Heritage, Jewish Philosophy, Just for Fun, Prayer, Shabbat, Speaker

God, Undefined: Experiencing the Divine Presence

Prayer is an essential, but challenging, component of Jewish tradition. We yearn for spiritual fulfillment, but the idea of communicating with God can be daunting. Spend the weekend developing personal pathways for meaningful worship with one of our movement’s “leading lights.”

5:45 PM Wine & Cheese Reception
6:15 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Services
7:15 PM Shabbat Dinner (Reservations are necessary. Use register button above.)
8:15 PM Learning Session: Preparing to Pray
How do we transform our mindset and prepare for prayer? Using moments like the donning of the tallit, Rabbi Diamond will teach us how to “suit up” and prepare to enter prayer.

9:00 AM Shabbat Morning Services
11:00 AM Sermon by Rabbi Diamond
12:30 PM Lunch & Learn: Images of God in Our Liturgy and in Our Mind
Our liturgy represents the attempt of our ancestors to describe the world as they would like it to be. How do we, as moderns, follow in their footsteps and find meaning in the tradition?

9:00 AM Shacharit with Kavanah (intentionality) led by Rabbi Diamond
10:00 AM Learning Session: Performative Prayer
This session will focus on how we daven (pray), especially the mechanics of prayer, the movement of our bodies, and the modes of participation.

RABBI ELIEZER DIAMOND is the Rabbi Judah Nadich Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at The Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the author of Holy Men and Hunger Artists: Fasting and Asceticism in Rabbinic Culture, which offers a reassessment of the role that asceticism plays in rabbinic Judaism. Dr. Diamond has written on prayer, asceticism, and issues of environmental law and ethics. He is the editor of a forthcoming commentary on Yerushalmi Pesahim written by the late Professor Louis Ginzberg. Dr. Diamond was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University and received his doctorate in Talmud from JTS.

Click here to download the Shabbat dinner reservation form.

The Scholar in Residence program continues on Saturday. Click here for details.

Organized by: Rabbi Mitchell H. Berkowitz

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