The Torah of Nature, The Nature of Torah
Founder and Director: Rabbi Natan Maraglit, Ph.D.
UPCOMING AND CURRENT PROGRAMS
Sources of Wisdom: A Five-Part Series in Earth-Based Jewish Practice
Dates and Times:
Sunday, May 2, 12 - 1:30 pm EDT
Wednesday, May 26, 7 - 8:30 pm EDT
Wednesday, June 16, 7 - 8:30 pm EDT
Wednesday, August 4, 12 - 1:30 pm EDT
Sunday, August 15, 4 - 5:30 pm EDT
Cost: $54 for the whole series. $18 per class. Register for the whole series and get 5 classes for the price of 3! Free of charge to past and current Kesher Fellows.
Led by: This five-part Series will be facilitated by Earth-Based Judaism Director and Organic Torah Founder Rabbi Dr. Natan Margalit, and Kesher Director Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife. Individual sessions will be hosted by talented teachers in the diverse emerging field of Earth-Based Judaism. This series is co-sponosred by ALEPH’s Organic Torah Program and ALEPH’s Kesher Fellowship.
Description: In Judaism, all life can be seen as sources of Wisdom— that is what we mean by Organic Torah. Since we understand Torah to be the Tree of Life, we can find Torah wisdom wherever we find life. This series will feature five distinct sources of wisdom: earth, body, text, story and community. Each session will be led by a talented young teacher in the emerging field of Earth-Based Judaism. During each session, these teachers will also be in dialogue with Organic Torah founder Rabbi Natan Margalit and Kesher Program Director Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife. Join us as we explore together the many sources of our wisdom!
Sources of Wisdom: Earth
Sunday, May 2, noon-1:30 pm EDT
Led by: Shani Mink, Jewish Farmer Network Co-Founder and Executive Director
Jewish tradition is built upon a deep listening to the wisdom of the Earth. Join Shani Mink of the Jewish Farmer Network to explore what our precious Earth has to teach us. Together, we will tap into the wisdom of the lands we inhabit and investigate how Shmitah instructs us to sit at the feet of the land as our greatest teacher.
Sources of Wisdom: Torah
Wednesday, May 26, 7 - 8:30 pm EDT
Led by: Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife and Rabbi Dr. Natan Margalit
In this session, we'll explore the ways that The Torah— our Tree of Life— and other Jewish sacred texts are living sources of nourishment. The more we delve into Jewish sacred texts, the more we see that they are organic and follow the same principles and patterns as all life: inter-connectedness and fractal structure, emergence and adaptation, freedom and unpredictability. Explore with us how a midrash is like an organic farm, how the Sh’ma is like a fractal, and more.
Sources of Wisdom: Body
Wednesday, June 16 7-8:30 pm EDT Led by: Yoshi Silverstein, Mitsui Collective Founder & Executive Director
This session will bring us into connection with the physical and spiritual dimensions of rest and release during the coming Shmitah year. We’ll focus on grounding in our bodies and the spaces immediately surrounding us through movement and breathwork practices that help us attune to being and moving in our bodies with presence and creative expression. We’ll then extend our movement and embodiment into practices that take us into deeper connection with the natural world and the nested ecologies of self, community, ecosystem, and beyond.
Sources of Wisdom: Story
Wednesday, August 4, noon-1:30 pm EDT
Led by: Kohenet Rachel Rose Reid, Co-Creater of Yelala and Storyteller, AOP Rabbinic Student
More information coming soon!
Sources of Wisdom: Community
Sunday, August 15 4 - 5:30 pm EDT
Led by: Carly Sugar, Adamah Fellowship Director
In a world ever-focused on the individual, what wisdom does community have to offer? Adamah Fellowship Director, Carly Sugar will share the "how" behind the Adamah magic— touching on creating open and safe learning environments, microbial community wisdom, and Jewish communal tools of resilience.
Though participants are encouraged to register for the entire series, classes may be taken individually. Learn more at the registration link below. Recordings will be made available for those unable to attend every class in real time. Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
ABOUT ORGANIC TORAH
As global citizens we are experiencing a time of major crisis and also the opportunity for groundbreaking innovation. Our fraying environmental and social fabric has brought us to the brink of climate disaster, vital resource depletion, and social and political disintegration. The American Jewish community, along with most American faith traditions, feels the ties of tradition weakening and affiliation declining. Yet, within these upheavals seeds long buried may begin to sprout. People are looking to bring together what has been torn apart.SUPPORT OUR WORK
Organic Torah integrates ancient Jewish wisdom with new directions in modern thought such as ecological and systems thinking which emphasize networks of relationship, context and patterns of connection. This new approach to Jewish texts focuses on their patterns, recovers their organic vibrancy, and opens them up so that we can see their relevance to modern lives.
The renowned Jewish thinker Rabbi A.I. Kook famously said we should “renew the old and make the new holy.” We renew the old by using contemporary tools to gain access to old treasures of Jewish wisdom, and we make the new holy by adding Jewish wisdom to modern efforts to solve problems in environment, education and social justice.
Organic Torah works to spread understanding of this new synthesis between old and new through publications, conferences, workshops and more.
Bringing together old and new, science and religion, heart and mind, Organic Torah is planting the seeds of a new Tree of Life, bringing excitement and creativity back to Judaism and bringing to bear ancient wisdom to help solve the urgent problems of our world.
Rabbi Dr. Natan Margalit (Founder and Director) was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He received rabbinic ordination at The Jerusalem Seminary in 1990 and earned a Ph.D. in Talmud from U.C. Berkeley in 2001. He has taught at Bard College, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. Natan is Rabbi of The Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life, in Connecticut. He is Founder of the Organic Torah Program, which fosters holistic thinking about Judaism, environment and society. He lives in Newton, MA with his wife Ilana and their two sons.
Jake Ya'akov Sapon (Operations Assistant) is fascinated by how we can build a Judaism that is both deeply rooted in Jewish wisdom and relevant to the most pressing issues of our own time. In particular, he is interested in how ancient Jewish texts can illuminate problems like climate change and environmental degradation: how Jewish wisdom can shift our contemporary paradigm from independence and isolation to interdependence and connection. Studying music, mindfulness, and religious studies at Brown University, Jake’s professional background is in experiential education, holistic wellness, communication, and community building. Born and based in Philadelphia, PA, Jake loves soulful davenen, exploring nature, and meeting new cats.
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