Four Worlds Shabbat Service: Body, Heart, Mind, and Soul

Saturday, January 23, 2021 from 10:00 – 11:30 am on Zoom—Inspired by the deep structure of the Shaḥarit Service, Rabbi Matt will lead us through Qi Gong movement, niggun (wordless melodies) singing w/guitar, spiritual reading, and meditation.
The Four Worlds Service is inspired by Kabbalah and the teachings from Reb Zalman Schachter Shalomi. He taught how the four parts of Shaḥarit —  Birkhot Hashaḥar, Psukei D’zimra, Shma U’virkhoteiha, and the Amidah align with the Kabbalistic worlds of physical/assiyah, emotional/yetzirah, mental/briyah, and spiritual/atzilut

As an alternative to liturgical forms of tefillah (prayer), Rabbi Matt will share practices that align with the Four Worlds that are not siddur-basedQi Gong for physical (because it involves body movement), niggunim for emotional (because they open our heart), a spiritual reading for mental (because it brings in a sense of awe), and silence/meditation for spiritual (because it is an invitation into connection with Goddess—whatever your preferred Goddess language is!). Reb Zalman taught of the “deep structure” of texts, prayers, and mitzvot and it is from the deep structure of the “Four Worlds” that this service is based. 

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Qi Gong: Movement, Meditation, & more!

Come join Rabbi Matt as he leads us in this calming and centering movement form. Qi gong (pronounced “chee gong”) is an ancient Chinese meditative martial art that is often likened to yoga for its physical, spiritual and emotional benefits. Held on Thursday mornings at 10 am, the sessions consist of 30 minutes of movement followed by meditation and sharing that involves a wide range of topics including how members connect to the Qi Gong practice, kabbalistic insights from the rabbi, some music and more. The discussions are always stimulating and you never know what will come up!

Location: As long as weather permits we will continue to meet outdoors for qi gong. We will go indoors once the colder weather sets in. You must register for class at info@congregationemanuel.ca if you’re interested and you will be given location info and be updated if anything changes.

Qi gong plus kabbalah of the body

qi-gong-1282017_1920 1000Come join Rabbi Matt as he leads us in this calming and centering movement form. Qi gong (pronounced “chee gong”) is an ancient Chinese meditative martial art that is often likened to yoga for its physical, spiritual and emotional benefits. The next qi gong sessions will be on Thursdays, at 10 am. After 30 minutes of movement, those who wish to stay are invited for a discussion-based class on kabbalistic teachings about the spirit-mind-body connection. Come for one or for both!
Location: We’re looking for the best outdoor spot for qi gong and the location may change in the first few weeks. Email info@congregationemanuel.ca if you’re interested and you will be given location info and be updated if it changes.