Building the Temple of the Heart: The Three Pillars of the Spiritual Life – Rabbi Yoel Glick

Sunday, March 1, 2015

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Rabbi Yoel Glick

Rabbi Yoel Glick


In the Hebrew Bible, God commands Israel: “Make me a sanctuary and I shall dwell in your midst.” The Baal Shem teaches that each of us is a living temple. The rabbis set out the three pillars of this inner Temple: Torah (study of spiritual wisdom), Avodah (Worship) and Gimilut Hasadim (Acts of Loving-kindness). These three pillars correspond to the three Yogas of Hinduism: Jnana yoga, Bhakti yoga, and Karma yoga. They can also be defined as the expansion of our consciousness, the constant remembrance of God, and the inner work of self-transformation. In this talk and experiential workshop, we explore how to use these three paths to build a sacred space inside us where the Divine Presence dwells.

The rabbi spoke with us earlier the same day on “Seeking the Living Presence of God: The Story of My Spiritual Journey” which you can listen to here.

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