There are a few precious spaces left in Rabbi Diane Elliot’s offering for Kallah 2013, ‘Embodying Torah.’ For those of you who’ve put off registering for this year’s event, the opportunity to learn with this amazing teacher will spur you on! So why register for this class? Because we are not robotic repeaters of rote religious regulations: we are Renewalniks! And to perform the essential function of Jewish Renewal, it behooves each of us to regularly practice ridding ourselves of the mind/body split and re-member the Divine Name that lives in our unified bodymind. We must put our whole selves into the study of Torah, allowing the text to move our bodies. Participants will breathe, chant, and dance their way through text from the Torah portion for the week of Kallah. Our “reading” will be done with the whole body and through all the senses. By Shabbos that week, part of you will live in Torah portion Mattot-Masei–and Mattot-Masei will dwell within you. If the poetry of movement is your first language, join us! If the gap between your body/mind is fairly large, we’d like to especially entice you to embody this unfamiliar way of learning. Even if you don’t consider your body a personal friend, you might want to consider the challenge of joining us. The teacher, Rabbi Diane Elliot, is an extremely friendly and un-intimidating, seasoned and internationally-known dancer, choreographer, and somatic therapist, as well as a much beloved spiritual teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area and San Diego Jewish Renewal communities. Rabbi Diane also directs ALEPH’s Embodying Spirit, En-spiriting Body Jewish movement leaders’ training program. You can learn more about the program at www.ruachhararetz.com and about Rabbi Diane’s work at www.whollypresent.org.