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I am my Beloved's and my Beloved is Mine (Song of Songs 6:3)

This year, Sr Maureena will focus on what it means to “love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” and to “cleave” (devekut) to God (Deut: 6:5; 4:4).
Two ancient contrasting schools of thought give answers.

Led by: Sr Maureena Fritz

Please arrive by 6pm on Monday. Course ends with lunch on Friday.

Sr Maureena Fritz NDS is rated by our guests as an exceptional teacher and retreat leader, who has the rare gift of bringing the Word of God to life and making it relevant to our own personal journeys. “Amazing teacher and beautiful person” and “We hung on her every word! What a fantastic, amazing and gracious woman. I feel privileged to have met her, and do hope there will be a next time!”

Thankfully there is to be a next time, as we have persuaded Sr Maureena to come all the way from Jerusalem for another Ammerdown retreat in 2013. This time, she will focus what it means to “love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” and to “cleave” (devekut) to God (Deut: 6:5; 4:4).

Two ancient contrasting schools of thought give answers.

School of  Rabbi Ishmael: To cleave to God!  How is it possible “to cleave to God”?  How is it possible to rise heavenward and to cleave to fire? Does not Scripture say, “The Lord your God is a consuming fire” (Deut:4:24)? Also “His throne was fiery flames?” (Daniel 7:9). It can only mean that we are commanded to cleave to the sages and their disciples. We are commanded to walk in God's ways: “After the Lord your God you shall walk” (Deut13:5). “The Holy and Blessed One said, ‘If you fulfil my commandments you will become like Me.’”

School of Rabbi Akiva disagrees with Rabbi Ishmael’s notion that cleaving to God means to walk in the ways of compassion and truth. According to Akiva, to love God with one’s whole heart is to love God directly with one’s whole being including with emotion, without intermediary, as do two lovers. The cleavage may be compared to “two dates that are attached one to the other”. “Blessed is the one who trusts in God and whose trust God is” (Jeremiah17:7); “My soul thirsts for God” (Ps 42:3.).

After examining these two schools of thought, we will focus on the human person’s love affair with God through the use of texts (the Psalms, the Song of Songs, poetry) and with modern film and song.

Maureena, a Sister of our Lady of Sion, is Professor Emerita of the Faculty of Theology, USMC, University of Toronto and is the Founder of the Bat Kol Institute in Jerusalem, whose purpose is defined as “Christians Studying the Bible within its Jewish Milieu, using Jewish Sources”. She continues to teach at the Institute in Jerusalem and to give workshops worldwide. She has written several books on Praying with the Hebrew Scriptures.

 

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Multi-purchase: If you book three or more residential courses all at once, Ammerdown will give you 5% discount on the total fees (N.B. this 5% discount does not apply when a bursary has already been agreed)

Extend your stay: Subject to availability, you are welcome to extend your stay before or after your course. If you choose to do so, Ammerdown will give you a 5% discount on our standard ‘Private Stays’ rates: please contact the centre to arrange this.