Return to the Place: The Wisdom of Sefer Yetzirah


Sefer Yetzirah is an ancient and foundational work of Jewish mysticism. This brief and cryptic book imagines letters as the building blocks of the universe, focusing our attention on the components of space, time, and soul and the elements of air, fire, and water. Its goal is to allow adepts to contemplate, and even partake in, the Divine creative process. In this series, we will explore sections from the book closely as well as use images from the text to meditate and reflect on our own spiritual experience. ​In the worldview of the Sefer Yetzirah, we and all things are part of the One, and all we need to do is remember and return.

This course will consist of a series of three pre-recorded video lessons with downloadable text, online chevruta work in study assigned groups, and a final (4th) session that is an interactive webinar with Rabbi Hammer. 

Pre-recorded lessons can be viewed at your leisure. Chevrutas will meet online each Tuesday evening at the regular Zusia class time (7pm PST). On the final Tuesday, our session with Rabbi Hammer.

Instructor: Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD
Prerequisite: None:
Dates: Tuesdays, November 3 – November 24, 2020
Time: 7-9 PM
Course fee for members of Or Shalom: $60
Course fee for non-members: $98
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This course will be hosted online via Zoom. Registered students will be emailed a link to join the meeting on the day of class.

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