The Shabbat: Prayer, Deeds and Personal Experience

Zoom course with Rabbi Benjamin Segal, Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. (Israel time), starting Nov 1st, 2023.

Dates: (mm/dd/yyyy)
Wednesday, 01/11/2023 | 18:00 - 19:15
Wednesday, 08/11/2023 | 18:00 - 19:15
Wednesday, 15/11/2023 | 18:00 - 19:15
Wednesday, 22/11/2023 | 18:00 - 19:15
Wednesday, 29/11/2023 | 18:00 - 19:15
Wednesday, 06/12/2023 | 18:00 - 19:15
Online via Zoom

This course will enable participants to delve into the Shabbat, both its spiritual and historical aspects, and confront the varied meanings in our acts, prayers, and personal experience. Each session is based on texts, which participants will receive via email. The six sessions will explore the following themes:

  • Shabbat as understood in biblical texts;
  • Halacha – the bases and categorization of “work,” including responsa on Shabbat;
  • the marriage image of Shabbat as a bride;
  • Zemirot (Shabbat songs) and poetry;
  • Shabbat prayers in the siddur;
  • three very different 20th century philosophical approaches to Shabbat – that of Abraham Joshua Heschel, Mordecai Kaplan, and Erich Fromm.


NIS 390 (US$110*) per course

10% discount price for 2 series of classes, 

15% discount price for 3 series of classes or more

*dollar price dependent upon exchange rate on date of payment

Cancellation Policy:

Prior to start of course – 100% refund or 100% credit for another course.

Following one class – 90% refund or 100% credit for another course (except for fieldtrip courses where only a 75% refund will be given after one meeting).

No cancellation after 2 classes (in special cases, e.g. illness, a credit will be given for another course).


The weekly zoom link will be sent via email to all registered students one week before the start of classes.

Details of meeting place for in-person courses will be sent one week before the start of classes.

For further information

The Shabbat: Prayer, Deeds and Personal Experience

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