In keeping with Izhbitz hasidic custom, our seudah shelishit – third meal of Shabbat – will focus more on feeding our souls than our bodies, so we’ll eat only a morsel and keep speech to a minimum. As the sun sets and night falls, we’ll learn deep hasidic teachings and sing our way higher through soulful niggunim (wordless melodies). We’ll then conclude Shabbat with a musical havdalah.
Rabbi David Seidenberg is the creator of neohasid.org and the author of Kabbalah and Ecology: God’s Image in the More-Than-Human World. He brings not only expertise in science (ecology, cosmology, and astronomy) and texts (midrash, Talmud, philosophy, Kabbalah, and Chasidus), but also engagement with spirit (mysticism, meditation, davening, and nigunim), embodiment, and ritual. He was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. One of the foremost Jewish eco-theologians, David is also a liturgist and translator, and an avid singer and dancer.