Culture in brief: ‘Tzimtzum’ at Bnai Keshet
Rabbi E. Noach Shapiro will talk about “Tzimtzum: The Expansive Power of Personal Retraction” at Bnai Keshet’s Kaplan Minyan on Saturday, April 6, at 10:30 a.m. The Kaplan Minyan, which meets in the Red Gables historic house across the parking lot from the synagogue’s main building, begins with songs and readings.
In this current rabbi-therapist chapter of his professional adventure, Bnai Keshet member Noach Shapiro explores the powerful nexus of spiritual, therapeutic, and psychodynamic work, all directed toward personal, communal, and even cosmic transformation.
The word "tzimtzum" means "contraction," and has a Kabbalistic meaning. Essentially, it's a space where free will can exist.
The Bnai Keshet Kaplan Minyans are named for Reconstructionist Judaism founder Mordecai Kaplan, who sought to create a Jewish framework for discussions of ethics, culture, history and current events. They are designed for people who enjoy a communal Shabbat and want to enrich their understanding of Jewish peoplehood in an alternative, less traditional setting.
Bnai Keshet is at 99 South Fullerton Ave. For more information, visit bnaikeshet.org/event/kaplanminyans.