REMOTE LEARNING: Rabbi Dayle's Summer 2020/5780 Education Series - Life Story Midrash: Our Stories as a Map for Transformation

posted Jun 3, 2020, 5:42 PM by Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir   [ updated Jun 12, 2020, 2:16 PM ]
LHI's Education Committee is pleased to present Rabbi Dayle Friedman's remote Summer Education Series. Over the course of three sessions, Rabbi Dayle will lead a discussion on the topic
Life Story Midrash: Our Life as a Map For Transformation

Life review is a natural and generative part of growing older. Sociologist Sara Lightfoot-Lawrence says “Our stories are our only map” for the journey beyond midlife.  Through our stories, we can come to recognize tender places, unfinished business, and yearnings that can transform our lives going forward. Re-framing our stories can guide us and heal us.  As Fred Luskin says, “we can always rewrite the stories we carry around.”

In this series, we will investigate the interpretive process of Midrash, the rabbis’ approach to finding meaning in the stories from our sacred text. We’ll sample some key questions Midrash uses in expounding a text, and then we’ll each apply these questions to a story from our lives. We’ll write and re-write our story in order to glean lessons from our pasts and directions for our futures.

Please note: the stories from our lives that we work on will be kept private. We will share reflections only about the process and the lessons we learn.

Session I – June 28: Life Review: A Tool for Spiritual Healing

Reading: Selections from Rachel Naomi Remen, Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal, pp. xxi-xlii, 26-31, 314-17.

Session II: July 12:  The Midrashic Process: Digging for Meaning

Reading: Dayle A. Friedman, “The Journey of Later Life: Moses as Our Guide,” in Midrash and Medicine: Healing Body and Soul in Jewish Interpretive Tradition. Jewish Lights: 2011 (pdf).

Session III: July 26:  Making Own Life Story Midrash

Registration is required and the cost is $10 per session. 

Zoom access information and reading material will be sent to registrants.

All are welcome.  You need not attend all sessions to participate.  Here are the registration links:

June 28 - Session I Registration:

July 12 - Session II Registration:

July 26 - Session III Registration: