Parsha Va’yeitzi – Resting on a Stone

In this week’s parsha, Jacob leaves his hometown of Beer Sheva. He has just received a blessing that was intended for his brother Esau by impersonating him and deceiving their father. Jacob must forever leave behind everything and everyone familiar to him. The story of Jacob is not a simple story of struggle and salvation. […]

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Monday Morning Poem

My Heart by Kim Addonizio That Mississippi chicken shack. That initial-scarred tabletop, that tiny little dance floor to the left of the band. That kiosk at the mall selling caramels and kitsch. That tollbooth with its white-plastic-gloved worker handing you your change. That phone booth with the receiver ripped out. That dressing room in the […]

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Monday Morning Poem

Any Morning by William Stafford Just lying on the couch and being happy. Only humming a little, the quiet sound in the head. Trouble is busy elsewhere at the moment, it has so much to do in the world. People who might judge are mostly asleep; they can’t monitor you all the time, and sometimes […]

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Last Night’s Walking Meditation Across the Brooklyn Bridge

Last night we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, slowly and silently. There’s something so radical about paying attention, not just going through the motions. In that awareness, something shifts. One person said, last night, “how could I not come walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in silence. It’s the greatest idea!” And it’s a good reminder, […]

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Getting in the Mood for Chanukah

Chanukah starts next week, and JMC is “Getting in the Mood” with a workshop this Thursday night (7:45pm – 9pm at BZC). In preparation for the workshop, I’ve been thinking a lot about miracles, bringing light into darkness, and dedication. The word chanukah means dedication, and in the story of the holiday the holy Temple […]

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Monday Morning Poem

Prayers: I by Kadya Molodowsky, translated by Kathryn Hellerstein Don’t let me fall As a stone falls upon the hard ground. And don’t let my hands become dry As the twigs of a tree When the wind beats down the last leaves. And when the storm raises dust from the earth With anger and howling, […]

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Monday Morning Poem

Words by Shinkichi Takahashi I don’t take your words Merely as words Far from it. I listen To what makes you talk – Whatever that is – And me listen.

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Plugging In

I was recently on vacation with my sister, friend and aunt when they asked me to explain exactly WHAT meditation is. My sister, an artist, was most interested in the ways it makes you feel deeply sensitized to the world, rather than “transcending” outside it. I think I agree with her – that is my […]

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Take the JMC Survey!

We created a survey to help us better serve the Jewish meditation community in Brooklyn and beyond. Please take a minute (seriously, it’s short) to fill out our survey.  Not only will you be helping us to create the best mix of programming and plans, you can win a $25 gift certificate to Powell’s Books […]

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Monday Morning Poem

Momentum by Catherine Doty Your friends won’t try to talk you out of the barrel, or your brag to go first, which has nothing to do with bravery. And you’re so hungry to earn their love you forget to claim first your, perhaps, last look at this mountain— crab apples hanging sour in the sun, […]

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