Posted on Oct. 04, 2010

New Dawn Foundation Presents
Frolicking in the
Garden of Paradox
An Uplifting Weekend with
Rabbi Miriam Maron
and Rabbi Gershon Winkler

Miriam speaking 2Gershon leading chant in Judean desert

Friday May 13, 2011 at 6 PM through Sunday May 15, 2011 at 4 PM

at The Oaks, located on the shores of the Long Island Sound -- an easy commute from NYC,
590 Davenport Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10805

Drawing from ancient Jewish mystery wisdom, Miriam and Gershon
will both humor us and deepen us with illuminating tales, spirited chants,
entrancing movement and breathtaking teachings for biding our time on earth.

A rousing experience of learning, laughter, and contemplation.

Friday Evening 6 PM:

Shabbat Non-Service Service:
A potpourri of spirited chanting, joyful singing, entrancing movement, and enriching wisdom about the mystique of Shabbat, followed by a delicious feast.

Following the meal, Gershon and Miriam will discuss the Jewish malady of
Why we ended up in Egypt, and
why we still obsess with having left.


Saturday Morning 11 AM:

The Mystique Behind Torah

Contrary to what a lot of self-proclaimed experts on Judaism posit, Judaism is very much an oral tradition. Its written scriptures are cryptic, replete with myriad possibilities of interpretation, unlocked only via the oral tradition. The oral tradition of creative interpretation is as sacred, in other words, as the written tradition on which it is based. There isn’t one without the other. Join us as we explore some of the lesser-taught oral traditions and interpretations of the rich and ancient mystery wisdom encrypted within the Torah.

"The Torah was not given to us any differently than we were given wheat from which to derive flour; flax from which to derive cloth" (Midrash Tana D'Bei Eliyahu Zuta, Ch. 2).

“The Torah, she is at the same time hidden and revealed” (Zohar, Vol. 3, folio 98b)

Saturday Afternoon through Havdalah:

Rabbis Miriam and Gershon will lead us on a wild, mind-opening tour of the rarely visited world of Jewish Shamanism.

Jewish Shamanism??!!

The notion of Jewish shamanism may seem like an oxymoron to a lot of us, but it happens to be an integral part of the Jewish tradition. Like many other shamanic traditions, the Jewish tradition teaches about the Four Directions, and the medicine attributes of animals, plants, and minerals. It also emphasizes the sacredness of the earth, and that all organisms, even stars and planets, are imbued with divine consciousness and spirit keepers. There is also a lot of folklore in Judaism that smacks of Native America, such as ancient Jewish mythologies about why the raven hops, or why the phoenix lives forever, or how the mouse got its tail, or how we all originated in star dust. Also unbeknownst to most is that ancient Judaic rites included bowing to the four winds, chanting with drums, and shamanic journeying.

“One day, when King David was praying, he said to God: “Master of the Universe! Is there any other creature in your entire world that has sung to you as many praises as I have?” Just then, a toad sprung up on a rock in front of him and said: “Ribid, ribid…I sing more praises to Creator in a single day than you could possibly muster in your entire lifetime” (Midrash Yalkot Shim’oni 150:6)

Sunday 11 AM-4 PM:
From Behind the Veil

Based largely upon a non-linear way of thinking, Kabbalah offers alternative perspectives on the meaning of life, the paradox of God and evil, the mystique of being human, the intimate relationship of soul with body, and the sanctity and interconnectedness of the earth and her children. Employing the sacred tools of lesser-known ancient and early-medieval Aramaic and Hebraic texts, soul-stirring chants, shamanic journeying and entrancing movement, these two daring mavericks of contemporary Judaica will marinate us in the lesser-promulgated teachings of ancient Jewish mystery wisdom that challenge us toward heightened consciousness, inner-healing,
and joyful audacity.

Cost: $550 for the entire weekend (includes all 6 meals). $300 for Saturday only. $250 for Sunday only. $75 for Friday evening only. Limited lodging available on premises at additional $55/person/night. Nearby motel lodging also available. To register, contact Florence Dupont at



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