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The Rhythm of the Hebrew Calendar

Past Sessions
Thursday, September 19, 2019 19 Elul 5779 - 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM - LIbrary
Thursday, September 12, 2019 12 Elul 5779 - 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM - Library

Indigenous Peoples in the Americas have used the term ‘Medicine Wheel’ as a sacred symbol to represent knowledge of the universe. It is a symbol of hope and healing for those who seek to be in right relationship to their inner and outer world. Hebrew wisdom, which began as an indigenous wisdom, has a version of this, in the calendar of Jewish practice. Torah teaches us a rhythm that can inform every element of our lives. Rabbi Yosef Mordechai Leiner, The Ishhbitzer says, “…Before going into the land God commanded them to fix the Words of Torah permanently into their hearts…this is what every individual person has to do in his (or her) own life before turning tot ta e care of business affairs and mundane matters. One needs to fix the words of Torah into their heart so that the holiness of them remains in the heart, in order that later they will be able to overcome all the challenges that he meets subsequently in life.” In Class #1, We will look at the daily, weekly, and monthly rituals that are designed to enhance our inner/outer spiritual life. In Class #2 we will explore the seasonal pilgrimage festivals and the yearly holidays that guide our understanding. Our approach will be embodied as well as text-based. Please come ready to explore the rhythms of life from the perspective of Jewish Tradition. Please bring a journal. Students may choose to register for one or both classes. To register, or for more information, contact Charna at


$17.50 for members and $21 for guests per class.


Maggid Charna Rosenholtz has been living into the rhythm of the calendar since 1993. Ordained by Reb Zalman Schacther-Shalomi as a Hebrew wisdom teacher in 2007, she has also studied with medicine women from several different indigenous traditions. Charna is currently a senior student in the Aleph Ordination Rabbinic Program.

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