Join Yerusha as we celebrate 50 years of partnership in life, love, and work for our co-founders, Rabbis Nadya and Victor Gross. Throughout this "Golden Jubilee Year," our bookclub will explore some of the texts that have had the greatest impact on their careers and personal development. This month, we read one of Reb Victor's favorites: "A Heart Afire" by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.
Reb Victor will launch the month off with an introductory lecture about the book, its place in his career, and overall impact. At the end of the month, we will come together for a facilitated Siyyum [conclusion] to discuss our own reactions and discoveries. In between, there will be chances for online discussion. Once you've registered, be sure to order your book as soon as possible.
These book groups are free of charge, as part of Yerusha's "Golden Jubilee Year" programming. The Golden Jubilee is Yerusha's annual campaign for 2023. If you have not yet given or would like to make a donation in recognition of this year-long celebration, please consider doing so when you sign up.
When one seeks a path to spiritual growth, a wonderful source is a master teacher - and Reb Zalman is one of the best. In A Heart Afire, Reb Zalman combines the stories and teachings of certain Hassidic Rebbes to help us grow spiritually. He transforms the material from a parochial Eastern European perspective to a more universal application. Reb Zalman called himself a practitioner of generic religion, and in his retelling of the stories and teachings he broadens and deepens our understanding by bringing in other spiritual traditions. This book is like fine brandy - to be savored over and over again as our consciousness expands.
Reb Victor Says: When this book was first published, Reb Shaya Isenberg, z”l, and I read it together as we prepared to use it in our teaching. We discovered that it contained within it the Foundations of the Fourth Turning of Hasidism - the 21st century update for spiritual advancement. It was discernible but not readily observable. The book is a blueprint for the inner work that needs doing, and it is offered with Reb Zalman’s characteristic charm and teasing, suggesting and not proscribing.