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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

After the Storm

During Hurricane Sandy, as I listened to the wind, rain, and tree branches whoosh and whoop outside the windows; as the doors flung themselves open and crashed against the walls, and the lights flickered and went off; and as we watched Mayor Bloomberg offer instructions and updates, I kept returning to a blessing. Baruch Ata […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

Counting the Omer and Transformation

When thinking about the messages I wanted to share on the financial picture of the JMC, I was constantly drawn back to how well this conversation fits with the Jewish calendar. We are in the counting of the Omer, the liminal space between Passover and Shavuot. Our tradition for this time was an agrarian ritual […]

Read more

Parsha Shmini: Holy Sowing Seeds

This parsha reflection was written by Sarah Chandler, Associate Director of Adamah,  a current participant of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training, and an upcoming JMC guest teacher (May 16, 2012 at 7pm!). —————————————————————————————————————- Living Waters & Dry Seeds Only two substances have the status of not acquiring a “ritually impure” state […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

Parsha Va’era

This week’s parsha, or weekly Torah portion, Va’era, is the second parsha in Exodus, the book detailing the Israelites’ exodus from slavery under Pharaoh to freedom. “Va’era” means “I appeared” or “I let Myself be seen.”  God says “Va’era” to Moses, as in, “I let Myself be seen by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,” and by this, God means something […]

Read more