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Sara Esther Crispe Lecture Topics

Turning Your Other Half Into Your Other Whole—A Kabbalistic Understanding of Relationships, Marriage and Our Individual Role Within Them

Learn the Torah understanding of a relationship and how marriage is not about two halves coming together, but two complete wholes, who create a new entity while remaining individuals.

Did You Hear What I Meant to Say? A Torah Approach to Successful Communication 

Speech is what defines us as human beings. How we speak determines the type of human beings that we are. This class demonstrates how to properly communicate feelings of need, hurt and criticism in a constructive and loving manner. Through discussing 5 levels of communication, according to Chassidut and Kabbalah, we will see how verbal communication is not only the essential foundation to a healthy relationship but an intrinsic part and predecessor to any form of physical contact.

Mind Control: The Power of Our Thought, Speech and Action:

Does it really matter what we think if we don't ever speak those thoughts, let alone act on them? I mean, isn't daydreaming harmless? Aren't our actions all that really count? Join Sara Esther Crispe as we delve into the inner dimensions of our foundational characteristics, learn how they are the basis for how we interact with the world around us, and discover just how much power they have, and more importantly, how much power we have over them.

Seven Kabbalistic Steps to Highly Effective Parenting:

Educating one’s child is the focal point of being a mother or father. Learn how the Torah guides us in this most rewarding yet incredibly difficult task. From the mundane of diaper changing and toilet training to relaying profound lessons in life, in each and everything we do we are setting an example and we are teaching. Learn seven strategies according to the mystical Jewish tradition for being the best parent we can be.

Transforming Darkness Into Light:

Every time you turn on the news, another disaster is being reported. We constantly hear of death and destruction from terrorism, hurricanes, earthquakes or illness. How does one remain positive with so many terrible things happening around us? Learn how the Torah teaches us to maintain our faith and not only endure difficult times, but transform them.

A Psychological Understanding of the Ten Commandments: 

We all have heard them. They are the most foundational laws we have. And yet, it is easy to think that only some apply to us. How many of us think we struggle with "Do Not Murder" or how can "Don't Commit Adultery" be relevant for people who are not in a relationship? And yet as we will discuss, each and every one has absolute meaning and relevance for us all, at all times in our lives.  

Back to the Future:

Before we can understand where we are going, we need to understand from where we have come. Learning from the past and living in the present while preparing for the future is the challenge we all face. Join us as we delve into how all aspects of our lives and time are interwoven and have lessons that guide us in rectifying what was while creating what will be. Furthermore, learn how past, present and future do not relate only to our individuals lives but are integral components to how we function as a healthy community.

Challah Role (this can also be done with a demonstration or on its own, but talk is about half an hour.)

 There is nothing that is as good as the smell and taste of fresh baked challah. Yet challah is much more than just great bread. In this workshop we will learn the depth of the commandment of challah, why it is one of the three unique mitzvot of women, and how the process of making challah is a lesson for having healthy relationships. As we discuss the necessary ingredients for the best challah you will ever taste, you will also learn how yeast, sugar and salt relate so very deeply to your life in so many other ways as well.

I Place My Soul in Writing—A Writing Workshop for Self-Development and Expression

This interactive class explains the necessity and purpose of writing, according to Kabbalah and Chassidut, in terms of our emotional and intellectual growth. Through learning how writing is the physical expression of our innermost thoughts, we glean lessons and practical projects for communicating and clarifying our ideas, both within and outside of ourselves. Participants must bring paper and pen and a desire to tap into the depths of one’s soul.

From Slavery to Redemption—How a Woman’s Cycle is the Microcosm for our Development as Individuals and as a Collective Whole

Whatever we experience on a physical level is merely a reflection of spiritual realms. Learn how a woman’s cycle is the physical manifestation of our growth as individuals and as a Jewish people as a whole. Beginning with our enslavement in Egypt, our redemption, our wandering through the desert and eventually our preparation for receiving the Torah, we can chart the mikvah process and it’s importance in our lives and relationships.

Anxiety Relief:

We all deal with stress in our lives, the question is how can we manage it so that it does not overwhelm and consume us. Learn three practical stages for putting the anxiety in our life into perspective, and through doing so, not only dealing with it but ideally minimizing if not eliminating it.

The Kabbalah of Multiple Intelligences:

We all have think differently and because of that, we all learn differently. Until recently, this concept had not been widely accepted in educational institutions and society at large. Fortunately, now there is a more open understanding that there are many different ways to acquire knowledge and when we are taught and spoken to according to our strengths as learners, we can all flourish. Even more so, through learning the kind of intelligence that is our strength and of those around us, it helps us in our marriages, as parents and in understanding ourselves. Discover the seven different types of learners, how they correspond to the senses of our soul, to our biblical forefathers and to a mystical understanding of levels of our our mind.

I am Woman:

We all know that men and women are quite different, but how and why? Learn how Jewish mysticism celebrates gender difference and how these very differences serve to unite and complement. Find out how both women and men have masculine and feminine characteristics and through understanding our strengths and weaknesses, we become much more aware of how we must work together toward a common goal. And find out what it means to be a Jewish woman, spiritually, emotionally, physically and practically.

A Woman of Valor—An Ancient Text Revisited for the Modern Woman (this is not a one-time class but for an on-going series)

Through looking at the different verses in the text of Eshet Chayil we are able to learn lessons, values and direction for how to live as Jewish women. Each verse is connected to the letter beginning that verse, its numerical value, form and meaning. Furthermore, each line relates to a different woman in Tanach, often women we have never heard much about. Lastly, we discuss the depth of meaning inherit in the verse itself.

The Three Weeks: A Time for Mourning?

Learn how the most tragic period in Jewish history has embedded within it all the symbolism and hope for what will soon become the most joyous of all times. These three weeks of increased mourning actually teach us on a psychological and spiritual level that hidden within all that is seemingly bad and negative is not only the potential for good, but the seed of all goodness and positivity itself.