The Soul in Jewish Mysticism: Opening the Heart to the Inner Life
March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmSuggested Donation: $18
Rabbi Dr. Ariel Evan Mayse
Jewish mysticism, and Hasidism in particular, may be described as an inward journey filled with longing for an immediate encounter with the Divine. Key to this quest is opening the heart and crossing the gateway that leads to the innermost realm of the human soul. This class will explore reflections on the nature and wisdom of the soul in Jewish spirituality from antiquity to the present, including mystical and philosophical thinking on the endurance of the soul in the afterlife, with a special emphasis on the relevance of these ideas for our contemporary devotional lives.
Ariel Evan Mayse is a Research Fellow at the Frankel Institute for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from Harvard University and rabbinic ordination from Beit Midrash Har’el. He recently moved with his wife and two children to Ann Arbor from Jerusalem, where he has been teaching and studying for the past four years. In addition to authoring several scholarly and popular articles on Kabbalah and Chassidut, Rabbi Mayse is co-editor of the two-volume collection Speaking Torah: Spiritual Teachings From Around the Maggid’s Table (Jewish Lights, 2013) and editor of From the Depth of the Well: An Anthology of Jewish Mysticism (Paulist Press, 2014). His current research deals with the role of language in Hasidic theology, expressions of Jewish mysticism in the twentieth century, the formation of early Hasidic literature, and the relationship between spirituality and law.