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Fair Lawn Will Explore History and Philosophy of Jewish Spiritual Worship

(Courtesy of Anshei Lubavitch) Rabbi Avrohom Bergstein of Anshei Lubavitch in Fair Lawn is set to offer “With All My Heart,” a new six-session course by the acclaimed Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) that will examine the Jewish art of prayer and spiritual experience.

Beginning Sunday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m., participants in the course will study the history and philosophy of Jewish worship, seeking to discover the deep, elegant structure embedded within the Jewish prayer book and within Judaism’s ancient synagogue traditions.

“Responsibilities pull us in so many directions that we seldom get a chance to reflect on our lives, our mission in this world, what’s true, and what really matters to us,” Rabbi Avrohom Bergstein of Anshei Lubavitch, the local JLI instructor in Fair Lawn told The Jewish Link. “Even much of religion seems to have become routine and devoid of heartfelt feeling and spirituality. This course is out to debunk that notion and reclaim the ‘spirit’ within spiritual practice.”

According to JLI’s website, the course promises to “outline profound Jewish prayer techniques that lend wings to our emotions and words to our yearnings, allowing us to communicate with something much larger than ourselves, and feel comfort and shelter within a reality that’s more whole, more intense, more real and more beautiful.”

“With All My Heart” explores questions such as: What is Jewish prayer? How do we achieve intimacy with God? What is the mystical meaning, power and impact of our prayers? If prayer is a journey, what is its destination? And how do we practice focused mindfulness while engaging in our day-to-day responsibilities?

Like all JLI programs, this course is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple or other house of worship.

Interested students may call 201-362-2712 or visit www.myJLI.com  for registration and for other course-related information.

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