Oasis in Time
May 11 - June 1, 2011
(Only 4 classes)
With Rabbi Yossi New
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Synopsis of Topics:
The Gift of Rest
What is the role of rest? Is it merely a pause to
recharge and re-energize before returning to
work? Or can it play a more active role, allowing
the work itself to mature in a way that is not
possible while one is active?
More significantly, what does rest teach us
about ourselves? Might rest be a way of freeing
ourselves from defining ourselves by what we
do and value ourselves for who we are instead?
The Gift of Purpose
The lesson focuses on the need to create a safe space,
a sanctuary in time, to transcend our
everyday involvements and to rethink the course
of our accomplishments. We probe the
specific nature of “work.”
The Gift of Investment
The quality of our life experiences are directly
impacted by the degree to which one invests in
preparations and planning.
We focus on the emphasis Jewish
culture places on Shabbat preparation and the
essential role it plays in creating the Shabbat
The Gift of Love
Shabbat edifies the fundamental importance
of dedicated family time to build and fortify
healthy, loving family units.
More significantly, Shabbat observances form a
clear roadmap to resolving conflict and building
solid and sustainable relationships.
The Gift of Pleasure
In this time of great bounty, we have
never found it harder to negotiate the concept
of moderation with healthy pleasure.
Shabbat provides the perfect model for
synthesizing spirituality and pleasure. We provide a
three-step plan for discovering a balanced and
healthy relationship with the pleasures in life.
The Gift of Every Moment
Everyone has moments of clarity.
Instead of escaping chaos to find serenity, we
learn to discover serenity within the chaotic
moments themselves. The lesson provides the
tools to recognize what differentiates good
times and bad times. We then explore how this
awareness provides perspective to see how the
worst of times are potentially the best of times,
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