Mindfulness and Meaningfulness: Living a Deep and Fulfilling Life Rabbi Dr. Laibl Wolf of Spiritgrow–The Josef Kryss Wholistic Growth Centre (Australia) visits Northbrook’s Darchei Noam Glenbrook on Saturday, November 3, 8:00 pm


Darchei Noam Glenbrook welcomes Rabbi Dr. Laibl Wolf as our scholar-in-residence for Parasha Chayei Sarah on November 2-3.  He will speak at a special Friday night dinner and Shabbos lunch and will give a special lecture open to the entire community Motzei Shabbos at 8:00 pm on November 3.

No matter where you are on life’s journey, there’s room for more mindfulness and meaningfulness.  The world is changing fast, reshaping your mind and inviting a new default – worry and stress. The modern person suffers from anxiousness, low self-esteem, and low self-worth.  Anxiety is fast becoming a habit – a habitual response to life.

It’s time to flex your muscles of mind and emotion. Science and technology are clearly demonstrating that our brains are constantly changing – and that we can shape these changes.  Medicine and psychology are increasingly synchronous with Jewish spiritual teachings, showing us that our habits of mind and feelings are subject to self-mastery. The emerging field of neuroplasticity informs us that we can reframe reality, creating new attitudes and positive emotional patterns.  We have an innate ability to overcome stress and its concomitant illnesses.

Rabbi Wolf, who has been described as the Jewish synthesis of Deepak Chopra, Steven Covey, and Anthony Robbins, has spent over 30 years studying and serving as a spiritual mentor of the mystical side of Judaism.  He explores what “mindfulness” means in a Jewish context, imparts to others practices of meditation for inner balance, teaches people how to better focus and de-stress, and shares the Kabbalah of mind and emotion.

Rabbi Wolf is a master of, and draws his teachings from, the 4,000-year-old esoteric and encrypted texts of the Kabbalah, which provides a guide to the mysteries of cosmic and human consciousness and which is the source for much of the “new age” wisdom that we are familiar with today.

While based on the Kabbalah, Rabbi Wolf’s philosophies are modern and progressive and facilitate the growth of one’s inner spirit in a technologically driven society. Although an orthodox Chassidic rabbi, his teachings are universal and open to people of all backgrounds and spiritual orientations.

Rabbi Wolf’s teachings focus on personal growth and emotional mastery. He uses the wisdom contained in the Kabbalistic texts to reveal the inner workings of the mind-emotion balance. His teachings are both spiritually based and highly pragmatic. Rabbi Wolf has translated the complicated Kabbalistic insights into a practical system of application to the minutiae of everyday life. He is able to help people discover the motivation behind their thoughts and emotions, which enables them to understand their behavioral patterns. To this end, Rabbi Wolf has developed the original system of “Behavioral Kabbalah,” which transmutes the ancient mystical teachings into a pathway of personal fulfillment. His teachings bring his audience to deeper levels of spiritual enlightenment. He has called his approach MindYoga®.

Addressing groups as divergent as the American Psychological Association, the Fortune 500 convention, and Buddhist monks, he is often the keynote speaker at worldwide conferences such as the recent Argentinean Economy and Psycho/Spiritual Solutions in Argentina. As Rabbi Wolf is attuned to the similarities between Eastern spirituality and Kabbalist teachings, he has met with many leaders of other spiritual communities, including an extensive two-hour private session with the Dalai Lama. Melbourne University has appointed Rabbi Wolf as its founding lecturer in Jewish mysticism and spirituality.

Rabbi Wolf is the founder of Spiritgrow–The Josef Kryss Wholistic Growth Centre in Melbourne, Australia.  Spiritgrow is a cutting-edge personal growth training facility whose goal is to improve people’s lives by creating a more values-conscious society through a holistic approach to life informed by Jewish spiritual wisdom coupled with contemporary insights of modern scientific research.

Rabbi Wolf has written and produced a highly regarded series of meditation and self-mastery audiovisual materials, which are sold internationally, and is the author of the best-selling book Practical Kabbalah (Three Rivers Press® of Random House, Inc., 1999). He has lectured in over 350 cities across the globe and is a sought-after speaker, conducting retreats, seminars, master classes, and training programs continually throughout the world. Through his meditation techniques and MindYoga® approach, Rabbi Wolf’s audiences are able to master their emotions and empower their lives.

The son of Polish Holocaust survivors, Rabbi Wolf is also a lawyer and educational psychologist, specializing in teenage rebellion. He is the founder and director of the Human Development Institute, a foundation dedicated to the progress of humankind through insight and personal mastery. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbi of Israel and has studied under great Hassidic masters, his foremost mentor being the revered Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, who was known globally for the passionate wisdom he bestowed on humankind. Rabbi Wolf lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife, Leah, and the younger two of their seven children.

Rabbi Wolf will present “Neutralize Stress and Anxiety: Mindfulness as an antidote to worry and anxiousness” as part of the scholar-in-residence weekend at Darchei Noam Glenbrook. Everyone in the community is invited to hear this master synthesizer of Eastern, Western, ancient, and modern thought on Saturday, November 3, at 8:00 pm at Darchei Noam Glenbrook, 3465 Techny Road in Northbrook.  The event is free of charge, but your RSVP to margo@darcheinoamglenbrook.org or 224.306.9364 would be appreciated.

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