MOONWALK MONTHLY NEWSLETTER - Tevet

Dear Friends of the Moon, 

The Hebrew month of Tevet arrives December 9. In Tevet we experience the tail end of Hanukkah and the brightest of lights, glowing from our Hanukkiah. Over the eight days of Hanukkah we will have lite 36 candles (not counting the shamash, helper candle). 18 (chai) x 2 = 36. Double chai, double life. So what can we create with our one, powerful life? 

The tikkun, access for healing this month, comes from anger. What is anger to you? We know anger can destroy and hurt, ourselves and others. With attention and practice can anger clarify, refine, power? For years I was terrified by anger, especially if it occurred like it was coming at me, exposing me to danger. These days, I try to feel it in me, let it surface with awareness and see if it just might illuminate a dark place ready to be transformed into light, heat or nothing. Nothing is the best. 

Let me know if you'd like to schedule a complementary light-up call. These are 18-minute spiritual kindling calls to spark something bright in your life. 

With Blessings,
Rabbi Alyson Solomon

MOONWALK MONTHLY NEWSLETTER - Kislev

Dear Friends of the Moon,

Lately our Jewish people, and our world's people, have felt the onset of darkness: hate, violence and cruelty. But, darkness can also be creative, healing and frisky. What role does darkness play in your life, in your home, in your world?  

In the Babylonian Talmud, Avodah Zarah 8a, our rabbis imagine the first earthling ever created, Adam. The identity of Adam is ungendered, plural, and stems organically from the Hebrew word for earth, adamah

Adam, the only human in the world at the time, sits as the world grows darker and darker, colder and colder. Adam sits for what turns out to be eight days and fasts and mourns, implicated by the dark sky and hushed world.

At the end of these eight long, treacherous nights, there is solstice. Light dawns and the days become more luminous rather than looming. As the light increases, Adam celebrates with joy and dancing, eating latkes (oh wait, that came later) and for eight days Adam revels in the fresh light. 

Adam, portrayed here in the Talmud, is organically connected with the cosmos. Adam’s experience is theurgic, connected like a pulse to the rhythm of light/the Divine in the world, turning or like a blossom turning towards the light, retreating in the night.

Can you imagine being so connected with the cosmos, like the pull of the moon on the tides? Especially when our world can feel armored and harsh, imagine for a moment being aligned with a deeper pulse, that your heart is tethered to the Heart of the Universe.

I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas about Kislev, which begins at sunset on November 9th. A reminder for all of us - Kislev contains the darkest days but also hints towards Spring fresh light. 

Below you'll find tools to support you during Kislev. 

Wishing you and yours, cozy nights and vivid days. 

With Blessings,
Rabbi Alyson Solomon

MOONWALK MONTHLY NEWSLETTER - Cheshvan

Dear Friends of the Moon,

We made it to the other side! After the soul turning, heart opening, mind bending calisthenics of the Jewish High Holidays, we met the month of Cheshvan, at sunset on October 9th. Cheshvan is empty of formal holidays. Whew. 

To me, Cheshvan is a perfect time to simmer. We get to simmer in the gleanings of transformation - to integrate the growth from Rosh Hashana, the forgiveness of Yom Kippur, the gratitude of Sukkot. 

What are you discovering? Tashlich, for me this year was profound. The personal/community pilgrimage to throw crumbs in the ocean is a ritual I'm still cultivating. These crumbs symbolize our regrets, mistakes, grievances and disappointments of the year behind us. 

Since tashlich I'm still asking: How much can I let go of? What else can I shed to live lighter, softer, with more ease. When I take out the trash, do the dishes or smooth cream on my cheeks I bring my mind to this practice of tashlich, letting go. I'd love to hear a gleaning from the High Holidays that's still with (working on) you.

Blessings in the Sauce,
Rabbi Alyson Solomon

MOONWALK MONTHLY NEWSLETTER - Tishrei

Video: Bigger Than Us. Not About Us. Get Off It. Lo Lanu Psalm 115

Dear Friends of the Moon,

This Tishrei moon is actually one of our FOUR Jewish New Years. You thought eight nights of Hanukkah was a big deal, well, just imagine: we get four new beginnings! According to the Mishnah (1:1 Rosh Hashana), an early collection of Jewish law, we have four New Years:

  1. The month of Tishrei (Sept.-Oct.) celebrates the creation of the world

  2. The month of Shevat (Jan.-Feb.) is when we count the birthday cycle of the trees

  3. The month of Nisan (Mar.-Apr.) marks our historic coming out from Egypt

  4. And the month of Elul (Aug.-Sept.) is when we tithe our animals and anoint our kings.

Tishrei, beginning at sunset on Sept. 9 is about creation: we turn our Jewish calendar and connect with the rebirth of our world, both around us and within us.

Beginnings take courage. In Hebrew the word for courage is ometz - אומץ -sometimes called ometz lev or ometz ruach - אֹמֶץ לֵב or אֹמֶץ רוּחַ - a courageous heart or a courageous spirit. The same is familiar, the new is unknown, and unnatural. To start anew requires strength and courage. What gives me ometz lev  אֹמֶץ לֵב a courageous heart is hope. I hope, as many of you know, that this year will be one in which my beloved finds me, I move closer to my heart’s path and my family stay healthy and connected.

Courage for me comes from hope, Tikvah


Tikvah - תקווה The root of the tikvah is the same root as the word for mikvah, ritual bath, living waters. So, to bolster our spirits, I’ve invited my dear friend, mentor and health wizard, Dr. Petra Caruso, to teach us a hydrating tonic for Tishrei (check it out below!).

As we begin this New Year I join you in the project of mustering courage to begin anew and offer the practice of hope. Not passive hope in a sort of daydream/one day/someday sorta type of hope, but a getter-done, calendar in what matters most, dip into the pool type of hope and commitment to live into what’s possibile from hope. 

With Blessings,
Rabbi Alyson Solomon

MOONWALK MONTHLY NEWSLETTER - Elul

Video: Preparing Our Hearts to Return - Soul Renewal for the New Year

Dear Friends of the Moon,

Soon we will look to the sky and see an eyelash of a moon. The crescent that's coming belongs to the Hebrew month of Elul, beginning sundown Friday, August 10. An acrostic play of the famous phrase, often declared under a wedding canopy, ani l'dodi v'dodi li - 
I am my beloved and my beloved is mine (Song of Songs 6:3). 

Elul is the month of soul preparation in advance of the Jewish New Year, which starts with Rosh Hashana on September 10th. Rosh means head and Shana in Hebrew means cycle or repetition. One of the greatest of cycles is the flow, the river of learning and inspiration.

This Elul is dedicated to teachers and students. One cannot exist or expand without the other. Which are you? When are you? 

May this Elul be one of preparing our hearts, opening them to learn and offering them to teach. Recognizing ourselves as students of teachers and teachers of students. May the cycle of this Elul moon be one of turning and returning - to study, to insight, to vision. 

With Blessings,
Rabbi Alyson Solomon

A New and Sweet Year

A New and Sweet Year

A blessing for you and yours in the video above. 

For insights into the shofar, hear my recent song-filled sermon here. 11 min.

To join us tonight and over these Awesome Days at my shul in San Diego. We will broadcast live - tune in here.

Shana tova!

Professor Elie Wiesel - Catalyst or Memory?

Professor Elie Wiesel - Catalyst or Memory?

Our world is becoming an increasingly scary place. 

We need to strengthen our resolve to seek tov, to seek goodness.

One way: seek peace by looking in each other's eyes.

Click here to listen to me preach about this man as I look into his eyes.  

A Wilderness Prayer: Passover to Shavuot

A Wilderness Prayer: Passover to Shavuot

Walkin' with the One. Such a relief. A prayer for the sacred count up from Passover to Shavuot. Walk with me through the barley fields.  

Tambourines of Hope: 10 Tips so Passover Doesn't Pass Us Over

Tambourines of Hope: 10 Tips so Passover Doesn't Pass Us Over

Check out my 1st published piece in Elephant Journal! Share with your people and try out at home. Would love to hear your favorite Passover Tip! xo

Passover TORAH: Water & Light to Heal

Passover TORAH: Water & Light to Heal

The fresh month of Nisan began this weekend. It's the month of Uri'el, Spring, Passover, blossoms and balance. Click the blossom above to have a special listen in to our April MoonWalk, recorded live 4/5/16. To join, go to http://www.thisisras.com/shop/moonwalk.

Morning Soul Meditation

Morning Soul Meditation

Each night our souls fly high. According to Jewish tradition 1/60th of our soul returns to The One every night. In the morning, as we open our eyes, we sing a song of praise thanking The One that our soul has been re-nested in our body, renewed and refreshed.

Moon by Firelight

Moon by Firelight

Picture this: In rabbinic times, after the destruction of the Temples, Jews lived throughout the Middle East and North Africa. In order to synchronize the calendars, long before Iphones or satellites, a rabbinic court in Jerusalem waited for two witnesses to come and testify that they had seen the New Moon crescent.

Upon hearing from each witness, the judges scrupulously compared their testimonies to make sure they were identical. Once the New Moon was confirmed, the news had to spread immediately to people living far and wide. How, you ask? 

Bonfires. Want in? Click to learn more. 

Big & Small Mind

Big & Small Mind

When you walk on the beach, where do your eyes rest? A VIDEO teaching inspired by Hassidut, Judaism's mystical wild-side. An opportunity to train in spiritual warriorship, to notice our mind's patterns to cultivate choice and empowered self expression. 

Want more? Join me on an upcoming FREE CALLS. Details inside. 

Does Opportunity "Knock"?

Does Opportunity "Knock"?

הִזדַמְנוּת - OPPORTUNITY.

At the root of the the Hebrew word for opportunity is the word for time, or moment. 

What does opportunity look like and sound like, in your life? What is the potential of one moment to alter our lives? Here's a peak into Moses' life and just one of those tiny, GIANT, moments. 

How to Stop

How to Stop

Each day we light fires and put them out. We break things and build. We plant and harvest, tear and smooth. Six days a week we effort, tirelessly to create. In the year 200 C.E., the rabbis of the Mishna got radical. They took a list of 39 artisan techniques -- threshing, winnowing, sowing, skinning, weaving and tearing -- and transformed it from a checklist to create into an invitation to be created. Shabbat is one of these nights.