April: Organic Mysticism—Ritual, Reason, and the Work of the Ruach

April 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2022—Tuesdays @ 1 p.m. ET

Much has been said regarding the supposed dichotomy between “earthly” and “heavenly” things.  This is often pictured as a “tug of war” between the work of the Spirit and ritual performance, or more delicately as an emphasis on rationale versus true spirituality. But doesn’t scripture highly value the world that God has created? How then might we bring the Holy One’s values and insights into the social-moral plane he created for us to inhabit? In these interactive sessions, we will discuss models for understanding the organic relationship between the soul and the spirit, worldly wisdom and heavenly insights, virtue ethics, and ritual performance.  We will also consider the practice of Mussar to mediate these values and grow in our love and obedience to God.

Meet Your Instructor

Rabbi Paul Saal

Rabbi Paul Saal is the founding leader of Congregation Shuvah Yisrael in West Hartford, Connecticut, where he has lived since 1994. He received his rabbinic ordination (smicha) through both the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) and the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council (MJRC). He was a co-founder of Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI) and he currently serves as its Dean of Students as well as an instructor. He holds degrees in Finance and Theology.

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