Counting On Us – Parsha Bamidbar

This week’s Torah portion, Bamidbar, literally translating to “in the desert” begins the book of Numbers, a collection of stories pertaining to the children of Israel during their 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. The book gets it’s name from the events that open the book a little over two years after the events […]

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Toldot and Digging Wells

This week’s Torah portion is Toldot, and Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg gave a really great drash on it during the retreat I was just on, and I wanted to try to repeat what she shared, because she spoke directly to why we practice Jewish meditation and not some other form of spiritual practice. Judaism, thankfully, […]

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Shabbat and Trungpa

I was looking up some mystical interpretations for Shabbat, and I started thinking about how you are supposed to get a new soul (or vayinafash, get re-souled), and found the phrase for that special extra shabbat soul- “neshama yesairah.” Apparently Rashi defined this phrase as a “widened heart for resting and happiness,” which for some […]

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