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In the year 1777, a group of Jewish spiritual seekers from Eastern Europe set sail in search of a promised land. Weathering challenges both socio-economic and geographic, this emigrating group sought to establish a center in the Holy Land for a burgeoning hasidic ethos that would radiate to the diaspora. Tiberian Hasidism provides a model of an intensive contemplative life focused on mystical theology, devotional practice, and the ecstasy of deep friendship. In this presentation, Aubrey Glazer, co-editor of the seven-volume series From Tiberias, With Love, will present two case studies of Tiberian Hasidic responses to the Plague of 1786 and the 1929 riots in Mandatory Palestine, which feel strikingly relevant today.
Aubrey L. Glazer is senior rabbi of Congregation Shaare Zion in Montreal and director of Panui, an incubator for contemplative practice and conscious community building in San Francisco. He has dedicated decades to researching, publishing, teaching, and performing piyyut in many incarnations, as well as translating and collaborating with contemporary Hebrew poets and paytannim. Glazer holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and is the author of numerous publications. His most recent books include Mystical Vertigo, Tangle of Matter & Ghost: Leonard Cohen’s Post-Secular Songbook of Mysticism(s) Jewish & Beyond, and From Tiberias, With Love: A Collection of Tiberian Hasidism.