Dungeons,Dragons & Divinity

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JEWISH MYSTICISM: MAKING IT REAL FOR YOUR LIFE   
Dungeons, Dragons & Divinity: Playing Games for Spiritual Growth, Exploration & Healing Rabbi Menachem Cohen

Tuesday, February 23 @ 7-8 pm CT   

When we meditate, pray, do yoga, chant, and encounter sacred text, we enter a space where the rules of daily living are suspended. We have an experience and leave transformed. The same happens when we play games, where this transformative space is called the magic circle. Participants in this session will learn and experience how roleplaying games (like Dungeons & Dragons)—where players create a character with abilities, personality, and powers, and go on adventures such as finding lost artifacts and rescuing kidnapped villagers—can be used to create these magic circles where transformation happens.
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Menachem Cohen is a spiritual director, rabbi, and tabletop game designer, who has played roleplaying games for 40+ years. Much of his work is in the design and use of games for spiritual work and addressing existential questions. He received his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Seminary in 2003, and is currently Professor of Spirituality and a member of its Board of Directors.  The Forward selected him as one of America’s most inspiring rabbis in 2016.

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