The Stanley and Lillian Wilen Memorial Lecture Fund Scholar in Residence Rabbi Eliezer Diamond “Finding God and Ourselves: The Theory and Practice of Deep Spiritual Connection” January 10-12, 2020
Prayer is an essential, but challenging, component of Jewish tradition. We yearn for spiritual fulfillment, but the idea of communicating with God can be daunting. Spend the weekend developing personal pathways for meaningful worship with one of our movement’s leading scholars. Over the course of the weekend, Rabbi Diamond will lead us in prayer, teach us, speak with us, and engage us in many of modes of methods of thinking about prayer and praying together.
Friday, January 10 5:30 p.m. – Wine & Cheese Reception 6:00 p.m. – Shir Shabbat Services & Traditional Shabbat Services 7:15 p.m. – Shabbat Dinner (Reservations required) – RSVP & Pay Online Below, or call the synagogue office – 410-486-6400 8:15 p.m. – Learning Session: Preparing to Pray (Free and Open) – How do we transform our mindset and prepare for prayer?
Saturday, January 11 11:15 a.m. – (approx.) “How Liturgy Changes” Sermon by Rabbi Diamond 12:30 p.m. – Lunch in the Krieger Auditorium followed by Learning “Authenticity and Change in the Liturgy” We want our prayer services to be authentic and we want them to be personally meaningful and relevant. How do we achieve this in our worship services? 6-7:30 p.m. – Havdalah and jam with the ShirShabbat band For those of you who play an instrument or like to sing this is your chance to come be a part of the Shir Shabbat band. Join us for Havdalah and then jam along with Jewish and secular musical favorites.
Sunday, January 12 9:15 a.m. – Shaharit with Kavanah (intentionality) led by Rabbi Diamond 10:15 a.m. – Learning Session “Performative Prayer” – This session will focus on how we daven (pray), especially the mechanics of prayer, the movement of our bodies, and the modes of participation. Rabbi Eliezer Diamond is the Rabbi Judah Nadich Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at The Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the author of Holy Men and Hunger Artists: Fasting and Asceticism in Rabbinic Culture, which offers a reassessment of the role that asceticism plays in rabbinic Judaism. Dr. Diamond has written on prayer, asceticism, and issues of environmental law and ethics. He is the editor of a forthcoming commentary on Yerushalmi Pesahim written by the late Professor Louis Ginzberg. Dr. Diamond was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University and received his doctorate in Talmud from JTS.