Busy Busy Busy: Making Space on the High Holy Days

As the High Holy Days approach and I prepare to join Rabbi Dan Ain and Jeremiah Lockwood for 92Y’s OBSERVE: High Holy Days in Brooklyn services, I’ve been thinking about the Jewish practice of creating spaces for people to gather and reflect. It seems like there’s often no time in the day to really pay […]

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Thanksgiving Meditation

There is a built-in sense of indebtedness in the consciousness of man, an awareness of owing gratitude, or being called upon at certain moments to reciprocate, to answer, to live in a way which is compatible with the grandeur and mystery of living.  – Abraham Joshua Heschel One of the reasons I love holidays is […]

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Vegetarian Teshuvah

During Labor Day I was thinking a lot about the idea of labor and what it means to work. I kept coming back to the fact that we’re in this preparatory period, the month of Elul, leading to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and it’s so much work! This time is all about teshuvah, meaning […]

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The Wisdom of the Simple Child – Passover Kavanah

This week, we are stepping away from the weekly Torah portion to focus more closely on the Passover, or Pesach, holiday. As my connection to Judaism and spirituality has grown, changed, faded, and then evolved entirely, so has my understanding of Passover and how it relates to my modern day life. Such is a struggle […]

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Passover as a birthing story

I have to admit I’ve avoided writing this for a long time. Not because I didn’t want to write about it and not because I don’t love the topic – as a long-time meditator, longer-time Jew, Jewish Meditation Center Board member and sit leader in my local community, I’m pretty involved. It’s just that when […]

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JMC Passover Roundup

Passover starts next week… Click below to get in the mood for the Passover holiday: From the JMC Blog Archives: Passover as a birthing story by Jessica Simkovic Zissen Pesach/Gut Yontif/Chag Sameach/Happy Passover! by Shuli Passow Between Chametz and Matzah by Moshe Berko Let Your Pharoah Go by Alison Laichter JMC’s Passover Haggadah Inserts: Freeing Your Inner Pharaoh […]

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JMC Purim Roundup

Purim is near, and we have some links to share with you to help get you dressed up in the holiday spirit. From the JMC archives: Purim Roundup Our 2010 edition Masking and Unmasking A JMC Purim Writing Meditation found on our website’s resources page From around the Web: Purim 101 Need a refresher on […]

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JMC Tu B’Shvat Roundup

Tu B’Shvat is coming… get ready with some of our favorite links across the world wide internets: From the JMC Blog Archives: Shana Tova Trees! by Alison Laichter From around the web: Tu B’Shvat: A Beginner’s Guide Judiasm 101 de-mystifies the “Jewish Arbor Day” A Tu B’Shvat Haggadah By Hazon.org G-dcast does Tu B’Shvat! Rebirthing the […]

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Chanukah Blog Roundup

From the JMC Archives: Chanukah – 5771 – 8 days of practice by Yael Levy Honoring Two Sides of the Same Moon with Faith by Brian Kaye Come Light the Menorah… by Alison Laichter JMC’s Getting in the Mood… for ChanukahWritingMeditation From around the web: Defining Hanukkah:  Spiritual vs Political  Seeking inner light at the darkest time of the year G–dcast does Chanukah! Bake Off Tablet reviews Hanukkah recipe books Hanukkah and the Olive Harvest The holiday’s secret “roots” as a harvest festival.  […]

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Honoring Two Sides of the Same Moon with Faith

As the moon arcs its cycle from new moon to full moon, we can notice our own cycles of darkness and light.  The moon has guided our ancestors in the planting, sowing and reaping of their crops and we can be inspired to observe and honor the same cycles which connect us to the natural […]

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