Neshamah Minyan: March 18
“Neshamah” means soul in Hebrew.
The Jewish prayer service is designed as a long guided meditation that connects your soul to God and the Jewish people. The goal of the Neshamah Minyan is to help people who do not understand Hebrew and who do not have an in-depth understanding of the structure and allusions in the Hebrew prayerbook experience that kind of soul connection. Of course, understanding Hebrew and the prayers does not preclude you from participating in the Neshamah Minyan!
The service will include silent meditation, chanting, singing, a discussion of the Torah portion, as well as traditional Jewish prayer. Each prayer will be introduced with a teaching on the essence of the prayer we are about to recite.
The “Neshamah Minyan” will be an alternative service meeting in a separate space; the traditional Shabbat service will be led by Rabbi Joseph in the Kimerling Chapel that morning.
The service will begin at 10 am and finish by 11:45 am or noon so we can join the people participating in the traditional service for kiddush.
If you would like to help plan or lead the Neshamah Minyan, please contact Rav Barry.
Wednesday Morning Minyan Study Session
Congregants have the opportunity to do some learning over bagels with Rav Barry on Wednesday mornings after Minyan. The group decided to study halachah. Halachah is NOT just about WHAT we do – it’s also about WHY we do it. Halachah is the intersection of what we believe with what we do. It’s the process we use for weighing competing values which can include ritual issues, such as when we can say certain prayers or what we can eat, as well as moral issues, such as when is it appropriate to disconnect life support equipment from someone who is terminally ill.
Join us for at 7 am for Minyan, bagels and a study session with Rav Barry and TBE’s Minyanaires.