This time of year, I hear my own inner skeptic say, “Why bother?” Isn’t this idea of starting the new year over a bit outdated? After all, we are Jews. There’s no Times Square fanfare or a ball to drop. Yes, there are apples and honey, but frankly, I’d rather eat a brownie.
Shalom, Rabbi, I have a question. Why is it that when I experience true beauty, a mama lion serenely cradling her cub, a cub fully vulnerable and relaxed into her mama’s embrace, do I experience a pain in my heart? I immediately feel a pain and a fear that someone will harm either of them or that bad things will happen to them? What in me needs healing to let go of this fear and despair that beauty is under attack, that vulnerability and love will be destroyed?
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.
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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.
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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.
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.