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Estelle Frankel, MFT, Shabbaton

Mussar Practices for Uncertain Times;

Passover, Freedom and the Wisdom of Not Knowing

The Havurah Synagogue and Temple Emek Shalom are co-hosting a dynamic weekend of learning, prayer, music and community featuring Estelle Frankel, MFT on April 5-7, 2019.


Using insights and spiritual practices from Kabbalah, Mussar, and positive psychology, we will explore the rich symbolism of Passover and engage with the Middot (soul traits) associated with its rites..

On Passover, as we relive the ancient ancestral journey from slavery to freedom, we express gratitude for our freedom and commit ourselves to the liberation of others. We also seek inner freedom–the ability to live in the present moment, free of the baggage of the past. We seek to heal the wounds of history (personal and collective) that imprison us in an old story.

The ritual foods we place on the Seder plate teach us powerful lessons about inner freedom. Each one symbolizes an essential Middah, or soul trait we need for the journey. Using insights and spiritual practices from Kabbalah, Musar and positive psychology, we will explore how humility (matzah), courage (zeroah), curiosity (mah nishtana), lovingkindness (charoset), patience (bitter herbs) and beginner’s mind (parsely) enable us to live joyful lives, in harmony with our highest aspirations.

Estelle Frankel, MFT is a practicing psychotherapist, spiritual advisor and seasoned teacher of Jewish mysticism who blends the healing wisdom and spiritual practices of kabbalah and Musar with insights from depth psychology.  Ordained as a spiritual director by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Estelle has taught Jewish studies in Israel and throughout the U.S. for over forty years and is currently on the faculty of Lehrhaus Judaica and Chochmat Halev in Berkeley, Ca. where she offers courses in “Kabbalah as Sacred Psychology” and “Musar, Mindfulness and Positive Psychology.”  She is the author of two award-winning books: Sacred Therapy:  Jewish Spiritual Teachings on Emotional Healing and Inner Wholeness and The Wisdom of Not Knowing: Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty (Shambhala). Additional info at: www.estellefrankel.com

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