Life is complicated and, like a ship being tossed about by a raging sea, we often struggle to stay above water amidst the chaos. We constantly wrestle with questions surrounding family, relationships, career, and identity, questions about how to be more successful and ful- lled; how to be happier; how to stay focused on what’s important; how to align ourselves with our true values. Yet, in life’s turbulent waters, it’s easy to lose our sense of direction.
Simple Truths, a new seven-part course for women, explores twelve foundational core beliefs and per- spectives of Judaism. They are insights that anchor us, empower us, and guide us in times of doubt and uncer- tainty; that nourish our inner oasis of calm and stability; that give us the con dence and know-how to navigate life’s most di cult challenges.
Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” While the beauty of Judaism’s “simple truths” lies in their power to simplify our lives, they require us to think deeply about ourselves and our world, to uncover layers of sophistication and nuance, to examine and reexamine our preconceived notions. Throughout the seven lessons of this course, students will delve into these core ideas through hands-on work- shops and a kaleidoscope of both ancient and contem- porary Jewish texts—from the biblical to Talmudic to Kabbalistic and Chasidic—and leave with transforma- tional, concrete tools for weathering the storms of life.
Personal growth and inner change do not come easily. It takes hard work to attain and even harder work to maintain genuine self-transformation. Judaism, however, seems obsessed with constant growth and improvement. Is this expectation realistic?
This lesson explores personal goals and development through the prism of Jewish thought, and offers insight into the ability to step steadily forward throughout life while avoiding burnout.
Wednesday, March 1st 7:00 pm @ Chabad 2312 Bethards Drive (Sonoma: 1:00 pm)
Lesson 5 Discovering Your Inner Worth
Low self-esteem can cast a damper on every area of our lives. How can we attain genuine happiness, confidence, and contentment when our personal mirrors forecast gloom? By extension, how can others feel comfortable around us when we are not comfortable in our own skins?
This lesson extracts Judaism’s brightest diamonds on the development of self-image and self-worth, and demonstrates that we can only appreciate our intrinsic value when we fully understand the ultimate source of that worth.
Wednesday, March 29th 7:00 pm @ Chabad 2312 Bethards Drive (Sonoma: 1:00 pm)
Lesson 6 The Beauty of the Struggle
Lack of discipline invites impulsivity colored by self-destructive emotions. Unchecked anger or laziness, for example, will rise up to dominate us and compel us to succumb to all sorts of cravings, failures, and feelings of low self-esteem.
This lesson views the fine art of self-discipline and control through the Torah’s insightful lenses. It demonstrates the method of discerning precisely what we can or cannot expect to regulate, and based on that awareness, it explores ways of introducing order, discipline, and a sense of inner peace and harmony to our lives.
Wednesday, May 3rd 7:00 pm @ Chabad 2312 Bethards Drive (Sonoma: 1:00 pm)
Lesson 7 Joy Revealed
If you assumed that Judaism was about being somber and sullen, you have not met the real deal. This lesson demonstrates the extraordinary emphasis that Judaism places on being joyful. It explores the role of happiness for the sake of personal wellbeing and success, and also for the benefit of those with whom we interact. This cheerful lesson presents a step-by- step journey to achieving happiness based on a deeper appreciation of the purpose of life.