Retreats

Rabbi Rami offers a number of retreats and seminars for the Spiritually Independent. If you are interested in bringing him to your community, please email him at rabbirami@gmail.com/. Here are brief write–ups of each offering:

The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness. Genesis 1:26 tells us that the Divine intended to create us in the image and likeness of God. The very next verse, however, says we are created in the image of God only. What happened to “likeness”? According to Rabbi Rami the likeness of God—or godliness—is something we have to develop ourselves. Using the rabbinic Thirteen Attributes of God as our guide, we investigate just what it is to be godly, and just how to achieve godliness in our daily lives.

The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice. Bill Wilson, the co–founder of AA, once said, “First we have to stop playing God.” Playing God is pretending that we are in control of our lives and hence the lives of those around us. This illusion gives rise to deep and needless suffering both for others and ourselves. Taking the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous out of the frame of addiction, and examining them from an interfaith perspective, Rabbi Rami helps us discover a way of life that is both practical and liberating.

Biblical Wisdom for Post–Biblical Times. In the Book of Proverbs we are introduced to Chochmah/Sophia/Lady Wisdom, the first manifestation of God whose path is play and who delights in humankind (Proverbs 8:22ff). She is Tao, Kali, the Mother of All Things, Shakti, and Shekhinah, and listening to Her teachings holds the promise of spiritual liberation. In this retreat Rabbi Rami will introduce us to Her message, and share ways we can awaken to Her as a palpable presence in our own lives.

Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent. There are five questions at the heart of almost every spiritual search: Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? How should I live? and Why? Culling the sacred texts of the world’s religions for answers to each question, Rabbi Rami invites us to sharpen our questions and deepen our answers. Blending text study with the practice of Eknath Eswaran’s Passage Meditation participants will learn how to plant the seeds of awakening in their psyches, and nurture them to full bloom in their lives.

Lech Lecha: Walking toward Liberation. In Rabbi Rami’s reading of Genesis 12:1–3 we hear a divine call to liberation: “Lech Lecha (literally “walk toward your Self) and free yourself from the conditioning of nationality, ethnicity, parental bias [as well as religion, gender, race, class, etc.], and step into a new place where you can grow strong and be a blessing to all the families of the earth.” Taking this as the challenge of spiritual independence, and using the teachings of Alan Watts, J. Krishnamurti, Toni Packer, Byron Katie, Ramana Maharshi and others we will learn what it is to be free and how to manifest it.