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Ritual Craft Workshop Handouts

Ritual Craft Workshop Handouts

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Handouts from the Limmud Philly workshop: Ritual Craft: A framework for ritual designing better Jewish rituals
Handouts from the Limmud Philly workshop: Ritual Craft: A framework for ritual designing better Jewish rituals

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Ritual Craft - Section 1: IntentCarly Lesser (Ketzirah) © 2012 / 5772 www.peelapom.com
Ritual Craft 1: Kavanah
Ritual Intent
“The intention is the guiding force;without its presence, a ritual becomes a shell of what it can be.”
The Art of Ritual
Defining Ritual
Joseph Campbell
A ritual can be defined as the enactment of a myth. Byparticipating in a ritual, you are actually experiencing amythological life. And it's out of that participation thatone can learn to live spiritually.
Renee Beck and Sydney Barbara Metrick
This is the purpose of creative ritual--increasingbalance and connection within ourselves, with eachother, the world and with the larger rhythms andenergies that bring stability and light to our lives.
The Art of Ritual, Pg 6
Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi
The essence of ritual is that something done in the physical realm is related to thehigher worlds...Ritual is the mode of formalizing action and giving it not only meaning,but creating a contact with other worlds.
The Art of Ritual, Pg 6
Ritual: Perspectives and Dimensions, Revised Edition
by Catherine Bell
Ritual portrays the idealized way that things in this world should be organized,although participants are very aware that real life keeps threatening to collapseinto chaos and meaninglessness. Ritual, he suggests, is an opportunity to reflecton the disjuncture between what is and what ought to be; it is a focusing lensthrough which people can attempt to see, or argue for, what is significant in reallife
Ritual as the means for acting out social conflicts in a series of activities throughwhich people experience the authority and flexibility of the social order, theliminality and bonds of egalitarian communitas, and the passage from an oldplace in the social order to a new status in a reconstituted order.
myth and ritual are the means by which people keep forging some sense of thisunity of human experience.
rituals are designed to arouse a passionate intensity, feelings of effervescence, inwhich individuals experience something larger than themselves. These emotionalresponses cause people to identify their innermost selves with this sense of alarger reality, what is, in effect, the collective community in a disguised form.
Types of Ritual for Intent
Community Building
Cycles (Seasonal, Physical)
Transitions (Beginning/Ending/ Merging)
Adjuration (Requests, Healings, etc.)
Four Elements of Ritual 
Kavanah 2.
 Aggadah  3.
Ritual Craft - Section 2: AggadahCarly Lesser (Ketzirah) © 2012 / 5772 www.peelapom.com
Ritual Craft 2: Aggadah
Sacred Myths and Archetypes
A myth is a sacred narrative that explainshow the world and humanity came to be in their present form.
Alan Dundes,
Sacred Narrative: Readings in the Theory of Myth (pg 1)
Defining Myth by Function
Lauri Honko
Finnish professor of folklore studies and comparative religion
The ritual acting out of myth implies the defence of theworld order; by imitating sacred exemplars the world isprevented from being brought to chaos.
The Problem of Defining Myth".
Sacred Narrative: Readings in the Theory of Myth(pg49)
Mircea Eliade
Romanian historian of religion, philosopher, writer and professor 
“Myth is to establish models for behavior and that myths
may also provide a religious experience. By telling orreenacting myths, members of traditional societies detach themselves from the presentand return to the mythical age, thereby bringing themselves closer to the divine
Myth and Reality 
, Mircea Eliade
Joseph Campbell
 American mythologist, writer and lecturer 
Mystical: experiencing the awe of the universe
Cosmological: explaining the shape of the universe
Sociological: supporting and validating a certain social order
Pedagogical: how to live a human lifetime under any circumstances
The Power of Myth
, Joseph Campbell
Types of Myth
“Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.”
Joseph Campbell,
Myths to Live By 
Eschatology /Destruction
Messianic andMilleniarian
Time and Eternity
Memory andForgetting
High Beings andCelestial Gods
Mythic Archetypes
Ancient patterns that exist in human consciousness
-- Caroline Myss
Youth/ Maiden
Damsel in Distress
Great Mother
Trickster or Fox
Devil or Satan
Crone / Sage
Selected Sources: wikipedia.org/wiki/Archetype, www.myss.com/library/contracts/determine.asp, www.kohenet.org
Four Elements of Ritual 
Kavanah 2.
 Aggadah  3.
Ritual Craft - Section 3: SymbolsCarly Lesser (Ketzirah) © 2012 / 5772 www.peelapom.com
Ritual Craft 3: Otot
Symbols and Correspondences
“[Symbols] serve as a culture’s consciousness and conscience. Theycontain a people’s memory, its values, and it’s dreams
Ellen Frankel,
Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols (pg xiii)
Symbols are a key to a deeper story, myth, or reality
Elements of a Symbol
Character is cultural, not natural2.
Interpretation is inexhaustive3.
Significance is expressed within a social context4.
Content is both emotional and cognitive5.
Sum equals more than its parts
Ellen Frankel,
Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols
(pg xiV)
A relation between sets in which each member of one setis associated with one or more members of the other
Merriam Webster Dictionary 
Elemental Correspondences from Zohar
Element Water Fire Air EarthDirection South North East WestArchangel Michael Gabriel Uriel RaphaelAspect Love Strength Balance ShekhinahPatriarch Abraham Isaac Jacob DavidMatriarch Sarah Rebekah Leah RachelMetal Silver Gold Bronze Iron
Source: http://telshemesh.org/earth/the_four_elements_and_the_four_seasons.html
Twelve Tribes Correspondences from Sefer Yetzirah (excerpted)
Month Sign Tribe (Ex) Tribe (Num) HouseNissan Aries Reuben Judah LifeIyyar Taurus Simeon Issachar PropertySivan Gemini Levi Zebulon AttractionTamuz Cancer Judah Reuben AncestorsAv Leo Issachar Simeon DescendentsElul Virgo Zebulon Gad Health
Sefir Yetzirah
, Aryeh Kaplan translation
Psalm Correspondences from Traditional Sources:
Communal distress:
20, 28, 85, 86, 102, 130, 142
 Recovery from illness: 6, 30, 41, 88, 103Healing
(R’N of Breslov)
: 16, 32, 41, 42, 59, 77,90, 105, 137, and 150Gratitude: 9, 18,21, 57,91, 95, 116,118, 138Grief: 13, 77, 88Protection: 16, 23, 91Pregnancy: 1, 4, 5, 8, 20, 35, 57, 93, 108Labor and Birth: 20, 118, 12
Four Elements of Ritual 
Kavanah 2.
 Aggadah  3.

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