Wisdom of the Prophets IV: Sufism & Judaism

With Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, Netanel Miles-Yépez, & Pir Zia Inayat-Khan
April 27-30, New Lebanon, New York

“The Sacred Name, the sacred Word, were always esteemed in the Jewish religion,” says Hazrat Inayat Khan, and thus the theme of ‘remembrance’ of the Divine Name is common to both Sufism and Judaism. Moreover, he says, “Traces of Sufism are to be found in all periods of history, but mostly during the age of Hebrew prophets and ecstatics, who themselves were Sufis.”

In this fourth installment of the Wisdom of the Prophets series on “Sufism & Judaism,” Rabbi Tirzah Firestone and Reb Netanel Miles-Yépez, both close students of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Hasidic master and founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, will explore the connections between Jewish spirituality (including Hasidism and Kabbalah) with the universalist Sufi path of Hazrat Inayat Khan, through spiritual conversation and practice, music and zikr with his grandson and successor, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan.

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During the three-day program, Reb Tirzah will introduce participants to Shabbat, the Sabbath of Judaism, as well as aspects of Jewish spiritual teaching and practice, and Reb Netanel, to the deep connections between Hasidism and Sufism, all in dialogue with Pir Zia, who will teach from his forthcoming book Mingled Waters: Sufism & the Mystical Unity of Religions (Spring 2017).

Wisdom of the Prophets is a six-part series of courses, offered in-person or online, which offers students the opportunity to study and practice the inner teachings of the prophets as enshrined in the wisdom traditions that derive from their revelations.

Video and materials from the first three courses on Sufism & and Hinduism (Nov 2015), Sufism & and Buddhism (May 2016), and Sufism & and Zoroastrianism (Nov 2016), may be purchased in the Multimedia Area.

The series will continue and conclude itself with courses on Sufism & Christianity (Nov 2017) and Sufism & Islam (May 2018).

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tirzah image 2Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist and the founding rabbi of Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado. A senior student of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, Reb Tirzah is known for her deep explorations of the Divine Feminine in Judaism and Jewish mysticism, her work on Jewish ancestral trauma, and her spiritual activism and peacemaking efforts in the United States and Israel. She is the author of the memoir, With Roots in Heaven: One Woman’s Passionate Journey into the Heart of Her Faith (1998), and The Receiving: Reclaiming Jewish Women’s Wisdom (2004). She lives with her husband in Boulder, Colorado. (tirzahfire.com)

NMY_Headshot_2015bNetanel Miles-Yépez, D.D., is a teacher of religion and Pir of the Inayati-Maimuni lineage of Sufism, co-founded with his teacher, Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, fusing the Sufi and Hasidic principles of spirituality and practice espoused by Rabbi Avraham Maimuni in 13th-century Egypt with the teachings of the Ba’al Shem Tov and Hazrat Inayat Khan. He is the translator of My Love Stands Behind a Wall: A Translation of the Songs of Songs and Other Poems (2015), and co-author of A Heart Afire: Stories and Teachings of the Early Hasidic Masters (2009). Currently, he is the Spiritual Director of the Abode of the Message in New Lebanon, New York, and adjunct faculty at Naropa University. (inayati-maimunis.org)


Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Ph.D., familiarly known as Sarafil Bawa, is the spiritual leader of The Inayati Order. His books include Saracen Chivalry: Counsels on Valor, Generosity and the Mystical Quest (2012) and Mingled Waters: Sufism & the Mystical Unity of Religions (2017). (pirzia.org)



All pricing includes tuition, plus room & board for three nights, or commuter fees for three days.

Single Room – $595
Shared Room – $550
Dorm (3+ People) – $490
Commuter – $430
Young Adult Dorm (39 & under) – $240
Young Adult Commuter (39 & under) – $195
Abode Resident (on meal plan) – $195
Online Participation Only** – $165

Please ask about a special discount for Cherags within the Universel Worship*.
Please ask about a special discount for Canadians (to help offset the exchange rate)*.

* Special tuition rates do not apply to the online option for the program.

**Details about how to access the online program will be sent separately, closer to the event. Everyone who signs up for the in-person program will receive credentials to access the online option as well.


Registration is open! The easiest way to register is by using our online system, through our Wisdom of the Prophets: Sufism & Judaism page on EventBrite. You may also call Molly “Moon” Mooney in the Inayati Order office at 518-794-7834. Questions? Email: astana@inayatiorder.org.


We accept cancellations (minus a $50 processing fee) through Monday, April 10th.
After this date, we accept cancellations (50% refund) through Monday, April 24th.
We do not accept cancellations within 48 hours of opening on-site registration for the gathering. Thank you for understanding the importance of this policy!

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