Shabbaton 2016 – Judaism and the Mysteries of Life, Death, and the World Beyond

NOVEMBER 25-26, 2016

SHABBATON with Scholar-in-Residence Reb Simcha Raphael, PhD

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FRIDAY NIGHT

6PM Vegetarian Potluck Communal Meal                                  
7PM Joyous Kabbalat Shabbat Service                                                      
with Rabbi Hannah, Reb Laura and Sulam
8PM TEACHING                                                                                              
Jacob’s Deathbed Finale – Guidelines from Genesis for Living and Dying
This presentation explores deathbed tales at the end of Genesis which describe how Jacob and Joseph, were “gathered to their ancestors.” We shall discover the wisdom Torah provides for dealing consciously with death, dying and end-of-life issues in our times. and discover Judaism wisdom for responding to death and loss with both compassion and unadorned honesty.

Childcare provided by reservation from 7-9:30PM                                
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SHABBAT MORNING & AFTERNOON

10AM Shabbat Morning Service, Parashat Chayyei Sarah    
DVAR TORAH: From Machpelah to Joseph’s Bones – Judaism’s Commitment to Sacred Burial                                                                                                  
This week’s parasha highlights Abraham buying the Cave of Machpelah for Sarah’s burial. Our dvar Torah, shall explore the importance of sacred burial in Jewish tradition, and connection traditional burial of our Biblical ancestors at Machpelah, the burial of both Joseph’s Bones in the land of Canaan and the consecration of our own community cemetery.

12:30 Vegetarian Potluck Communal Meal                                
1:30-3PM TISCH: Afterlife Journey of the Soul in Jewish Mysticism
Does Judaism believe in the afterlife? Unequivocally, the answer is yes! However, today many are unaware of traditional Jewish wisdom on life after death. This presentation explores Judaism’s afterlife teachings, particularly in Jewish mysticism. We endeavor to understand relevance of these teachings in dealing with the human encounter with death.

Childcare provided 10:15-12:30; 1:30-3:00
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SATURDAY EVENING

7PM   Twilight Between the Worlds: Jewish Ghost Stories                                                                                                                    

As darkness descends, the crack between the worlds becomes apparent. Through the story- telling traditions of Jewish folk religion we shall enter the invisible worlds populated by ghosts, lost souls, haunting spirits, dybbukim, and heavenly angelic guides.

THE SATURDAY EVENING PROGRAM WILL TAKE PLACE  IN THE CELEBRATION HALL OF MOUNTAIN VIEW CEMETERY
5455 FRASER ST, VANCOUVER 

Registration is required for these events for planning purposes.