We are delighted to announce a Chanukah workshop which Dr Mira Niculescu will be teaching online for HaMakom.
At the peak of winter, Chanukah, the festival of lights, invites us to light a menorah at home, each night for a week. Traditionally, Jews sit in front of the Chanukia after lighting candles, and sing songs or sit quietly, admiring the flames dancing in the dark. Fire is beautiful and hypnotic, but there is also a deeper meaning. The Zohar, one of the major works of mysticism, invites us to a visual meditation on a candle. By looking at the flame, and its various parts – the wick, the colours of the fire, and the halo around it – we are to understand something very deep about what it is like to be human, and how much our light can shine precisely when we embrace our darkness.
This event will include teaching, meditation and time to ask questions. It is open to everyone.
Dr Mira Neshama Niculescu is a Paris-born scholar and teacher of Jewish spirituality and meditation. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociology of Religion at Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (EHESS) and is a Post-Doctoral Golda Meir Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Oxford Centre for Judaism and Hebrew Studies, researching the phenomenon of Judaism and Buddhism and the current revival of Jewish Meditation. A certified Jewish Mindfulness Teacher with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS) and a certified vinyasa ashtanga Yoga teacher, Mira is an Orthodox Smicha Fellow at the Yeshiva Har’El in Jerusalem.
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