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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Making solo space within — Parsha Tazria

This week’s Torah portion, Tazria, explains that during specific periods in a person’s life, she or he must spend time in physical seclusion, truly alone, in order to return physically and spiritually to a balanced state of being; once a person returns to this place of balance, she is then ready to return to the […]

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Kosher on the inside – Parsha Sh’mini

This week’s Torah portion, Sh’mini, begins on the eighth day of the consecration of the tabernacle (or mishkan) which is the traveling dwelling place for God’s presence. Moses summons Aaron, his sons, and the elders of Israel and instructs them on the varied offerings they will be bringing before God with the hope of God […]

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But Can We Count the Buddhas in a Minyan?

In That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and Passionate Buddhist, by Sylvia Boorstein, there’s a part about how when first teaching meditation for Rabbis, Sylvia was really concerned about having Buddha statues in the meditation room and spent a lot of time and energy figuring out how to cover or […]

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Sitting with anger…argh!

So I’m a bit jet-lagged and hope this all makes sense. During last night’s sit, we went through a guided meditation and were told to examine, and hold, our current feeling. Mine, unfortunately, was anger. I was angry that I had let one person get to me during my vacation. I was staying in a […]

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Holding On

Just read this article, by Tim Kreider, in the NYTimes Happy Days column.  The author writes about how he realized that he actually enjoyed being angry A couple of years ago, while meditating, I learned something kind of embarrassing: anger feels good. Although we may consciously experience it as upsetting, somatically it feels a lot […]

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