Scholars-in-Residence - Fall 2014
Forming Light, Creating Darkness:
Quantum Physics and Kabbalah
with Rabbi Fern Feldman and Karen Barad, Ph.D.
October 31 – November 1, 2014
Yavneh invites you to an extraordinary opportunity to learn with a rabbi and a particle physicist. From their different, yet overlapping, perspectives, they shed a new light on creation and Jewish teaching. Drawing on texts from Torah, kabbalah, and quantum physics, learn how our own actions and intentions participate directly in the ongoing life of the universe.
Together, with the guidance of a rabbi and a master teacher of quantum physics, we will come to understand how all existence is alive and involved in the process of creation.
Karen Barad, author of Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning, is Professor of Feminist Studies, Philosophy, and History of Consciousness at University of California, Santa Cruz. She holds a doctorate in particle physics.
Rabbi Fern Feldman received ordination from Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and Spiritual Direction certification from Yedidya. She teaches, writes, leads services, rituals and life cycle events, and provides spiritual counseling. Her interests include exploring the sacred dark in Jewish tradition, and developing non-dual approaches to the ongoing mystical processes of creation.
Friday: 6:00 - 7:15 pm, Kabbalat Shabbat, including a teaching on our sacred topic; 7:30 - 8:15, dinner; 8:30 - 9:30, first study session, “Forming Light/Creating Darkness.”
Saturday: 10:00 am -12:30 pm, Shabbat morning worship, including a d’var Torah on our theme and other teachings; 12:30 -1:30, lunch; 1:45 - 4:15 second study session, “Darkness, Light and Gender”; 4:15 - 4:45, break; 4:45 - 7:00, closing session, “Desire and Causality,” including seudah shlishit, the third meal of Shabbat, a small meditative meal filled with the sweetness and joy; 7:00, Havdallah and closing blessings.