High Holy Day Soul Work, Part 4 The cosmic principle of the entire High Holy Day season is teshuvah - to turn. Unfortunately, it is often translated as “repentance” which sounds severe and judgmental. However, teshuvah actually means “to turn, return, restore.” My teacher, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner writes of teshuvah: “All God ever says is return (teshuvah) to Continue Reading
What is Being Birthed From This Darkness?
There's so much darkness and chaos right now. The environment is cloaked with it. I can see it in my newsfeed. I feel it on the roadways. In moments like this, I have to reach deep, to what I know to be true. Here it is: I know that light comes out of the darkness if we wait long enough. In the very beginning of the Hebrew bible, we read that chaos Continue Reading
You Were Created For Just This Moment
Please - for just one moment - Breathe in: You are a precious sacred being unlike any other on this earth. Exhale: love & compassion for every other creature on this earth. You were created for just this moment - to be uniquely you in this world so desperately in need of love & compassion that only you can give. Rabbi Jill Continue Reading
Shabbat is The Day We Let Go of the Illusion…
Shabbat is the day we let go of the illusion that we are in control. We accept the world as it is given, rather than trying to mold it to our wishes. We are free to impose our will by DO-ing six days of the week. On the seventh day, Shabbat, we are supposed to take a breath and just BE. I love Rabbi Alan Lew's teaching that on Shabbat, God takes a breath. Continue Reading