Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center and the Elat Chayyim Center for Jewish Spirituality
Elat Chayyim Center for Jewish Spirituality

Preparation for Pesach

The Purification of the Heart

April 11-13, 2008

Each year as we embark upon Pesach’s journey from slavery into freedom, we are apt to get so caught up in the details of cleaning, searching the house for chametz, cooking and preparing for guests, that we ignore the internal preparation for the purification of our hearts.

Participants in this workshop will use the modalities of text study, chant, meditation, imagery and inner journeying to explore the landscape of the heart and search for the hidden chametz — those soured places within us that can lead to the leavening or inflation of the ego. We’ll use the Song of Songs and a 13th century text by the grandson of Maimonidies to map our journeys toward freedom.

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Rabbi Shefa GoldRabbi Shefa Gold is a leader in Aleph: the Alliance for Jewish Renewal and received her ordination from both the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. She is the director of C-DEEP: The Center for Devotional, Energy and Ecstatic Practice in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Shefa composes and performs spiritual music, has produced ten albums, and her liturgies have been published in several new prayerbooks. She is the author of Torah Journeys: The Inner Path to the Promised Land, published by Ben Yehuda Press.

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