Lech Lecha: the Torah of Leave-Taking

This week’s parsha, Lech Lecha, contains one of the most famous lines in the Torah: “Go you forth from your land, from your birthplace, from your father’s house to the land I will let you see.” These words from G-d to Abraham begin Abraham’s path to becoming the father of the Jewish people and of the […]

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Enter the ark and find the beauty within the storm – Parsha Noach

This week’s parsha (Torah chapter) is from the first book of the Torah, Genesis or Bereishit which is usually translated as, “In the Beginning.” It involves the famous story of Noah’s Ark. The story says that Noah was the only righteous man in a corrupted world. He is told by G-d to make an ark […]

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Jewel of Elul – Searching for Enlightenment

from Jewels of Elul VII Elul Day 7 – Searching For Enlightenment by Alison Laichter When I was a teenager, I read every book I could find on meditation. Almost all of the books talked about enlightenment, which fascinated me. I thought it meant that if I meditated enough, something would suddenly change. I would […]

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Our Other Head – Parsha Bo

In this week’s parsha, Bo, we read about the last three plagues the Egyptian people endured, and the hurried leaving from our stations of slavery with our unleavened breads in our bags and our worries on our shoulders as we entered the desert and new possibilities.  And we also read about the first mitzvah (commandment) […]

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Fear, vulnerability, a room full of seventh graders

Last night a room full of seventh graders sat silently, followed their breath, contemplated the Sh’ma, practiced listening, and asked lots of insightful and deep questions. Usually these classes are small- five to ten students, but last night the entire 7th grade class decided they wanted to learn Jewish meditation. I tried to get half […]

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Clear your mind, the rest will follow.

This year’s Rosh Hashana was great- I was with family who I love and miss, caught up with cousins I definitely don’t see enough, and spent as much time as humanly possible with the cutest 16-month old on the planet. I also went to synagogue and took long walks up and down hills. My cousins […]

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Beginning Meditation

My name is Alex Davidson and I’m a meditator. Even though it’s only been three days, I consider myself a believer in meditation. I’ve been reading Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Full Catastrophe Living” and it’s insights are what have propelled me to wake up at 6:30am, meditate for 45 minutes, then start my day. What I’ve found […]

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My Meditation Beginning

Now that we’ve started the JMC, a lot of people have been asking a lot of questions about meditation, which is great. We included a quick summary of how we define Jewish meditation on the site, Yael wrote a brilliant post about the reasons for meditation, and I’ve been answering the questions in conversations with […]

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