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The spiritual practice of cultivating an “understanding heart” with Yiscah Smith – Cancelled
March 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The spiritual practice of cultivating an “understanding heart”: bringing thought and feeling in partnership and harmony.
With Yiscah Smith, spiritual activist, Torah educator and spiritual mentor from Jerusalem.
In the Talmud, tractate Chagigah 3b, the Rabbis teach, “acquire for yourself an understanding heart – לב מבין.” For many, this term conveys an impossible reality, a contradiction and even nonsense. How can a heart understand? Isn’t the domain of understanding and reason found in the mind? The Piaseczner Rebbe, Rabbi Kalonymus Kalmish Shapira, in his book Bnei Machshava Tova, addresses the important spiritual practice of cultivating an understanding heart – ןלב מבי, which actually dates back in our tradition to Biblical times.
Co-sponsored by the Kavana Cooperative, Congregation Beth Shalom, Mercaz Seattle and an anonymous donor. Admission is free for members of co-sponsoring organizations. For all others, admission is $18, payable at the door by check made out to Yiscah Smith or cash.
Yiscah is a spiritual activist, Torah-based educator, mentor, public speaker and podcaster who addresses the spiritual practice of encountering the Divine spark within, the foundation of authentic living. Most recently she was the subject in the new documentary “I Was Not Born A Mistake”, produced by YesDocu Israel.
She relies on Jewish spiritual teachings to inform and uplift her students and audiences, acting as a compass guiding them to their own authentic paths. As a spiritual trailblazer, Yiscah exemplifies what it means to carve one’s own path, as she has grappled with the entanglements at the intersection of her spirituality, Jewish tradition and passionate desire to live a life of authenticity. Encouraging, ennobling and empowering others to carve their own paths and to cultivate the integrity to remain faithful to their unique paths is indeed her passion and inner calling.
Yiscah teaches Jewish contemplative practice and spiritual texts at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and in her home in Jerusalem, as well as having earned a reputation as a sought-after inspiring international public speaker.