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Sanctuary: A room of One’s own

Thursday, August 31, 2017 – 7:00pm

Where do we find “safe space”? How does Judaism understand the notion of Sanctuary? Is there a there there?

The Holy of Holies was entered once a year, on Yom Kippur, by the High Priest. None of these places or positions even exist in our world, and yet human beings crave being in a sacred place at sacred times. In this class we will explore the many ways that sacred space is created in Jewish culture and spiritual practice. From the origin story of the temple and its inner sanctum to contemporary practices, we have retained the idea that some places, spaces and gatherings can be protective, nurturing and mystical. Maggid Jhos will riff on some of the traditional language and imagery used to describe Kodesh HaKodashim, the heart of the sanctuary; together we will explore some core texts elaborating on these unique spaces; and we will apply these ideas to our own lived reality. You are invited to bring a photograph of a place that you consider to be a sanctuary as part of our discussion. No Hebrew knowledge necessary, but it’s always a plus!

CHL members – free
General Public – $15


August 31, 2017


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Chochmat Halev
2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States




Maggid Jhos Singer

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