Parsha Chayei Sarah – Still Yourself and Receive Life’s Blessings

This week’s parsha, Chayei Sarah, begins with the death of Sarah, at age 127. Abraham, her husband, purchases a burial property for her, and later marries another woman, Keturah,  who bears him six more children. He also sends his most senior servant to his birth land to find a wife for his son Isaac, and […]

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Jonah and In-Between-ness

Here we are in the Days of Awe, between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. The books of life and death are open. This is the time, we’re told, that the gates to heaven are open. Teshuvah (returning/realigning/repenting) is most possible now. It’s a good time to meditate, I think. We can watch our own shifts […]

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Listening (a story)

One of my favorite meditations is about listening. Listening to all of the sounds around me- the morning birds, passing car radios, upstairs footsteps, kids yelling, my breath- and in me- my heart beating, ears buzzing, throat swallowing, and also a deep silence around all of these sounds. Thinking about this reminded me of a […]

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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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