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breathing and the א of revelation

a Zoom-enabled med­i­ta­tion cir­cle Dur­ing this time of the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic “shel­ter­ing at home” Cen­tral Syn­a­gogue in Man­hat­tan has been main­tain­ing a Zoom-medi­at­ed dai­ly med­i­ta­tion prac­tice. A dai­ly call-in med­i­ta­tion prac­tice and a lit­tle Torah to help relieve stress and cen­ter the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Let’s all do the al chet (1)

[A slight vari­ant of this page appears here 10 times. In each the text remains essen­tial­ly the same. How­ev­er, I will add a link to a new “sur­vey” each time.] I have writ­ten else­where, that I came to the rab­binate out of “poli­ty” not … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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crossover

through a sea of sound Shab­bat Shi­rah usu­al­ly marks the begin­ning of Jew­ish Music Month. How­ev­er, I’ve not seen any ref­er­ence to it this year. Nonethe­less, it is appro­pri­ate that this week marks the cel­e­bra­tion of a sig­nif­i­cant anniver­sary in Amer­i­can Jew­ish … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogelul — do

wwmd? What would you do? Mai­mon­des’ “Hil­chot Teshu­va” (The Rules of Repen­tance) is avail­able at Mechon Mam­re: הלכות תשובה. It was trans­lat­ed from the Hebrew and post­ed at scribd by Rab­bi Yaakov Feld­man. You can read an excerpt and intro­duc­tion … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogelul — bless

may the … be with you Per­haps the most famous bless­ing is that expressed by the ancient priests in Jerusalem as record­ed in the book of Num­bers (6:24–26): יְבָרֶכְךָ יְיָ וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ. יָאֵר יְיָ פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וִיחֻנֶּךָ. יִשָּׂא יְיָ פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וְיָשֵׂם … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogelul — prepare

the upcom­ing event You’ve invit­ed a num­ber of friends over. Even if it is a pot-luck din­ner, there’s much you need to do in advance of the meal. You, as I do, prob­a­bly have lists with sub­lists encom­pass­ing all the projects that go … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : future (tweet #torah at sinai)

aim­ing toward the future How do I long for Your pres­ence? Let me count the days: הִנְנִי מוּכָן וּמְזוֻמָּן לְקַיֵּם מִצְוַת עֲשֵׂה שֶׁל סְפִירַת הָעֹמֶר. Hin’ni muchan um’zuman l’kayem mitz­vat aseh shal s’firat ha’Omer. I am ready to move from free­dom … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : questions

the four ques­tions Our peo­ple has lived all over this earth. Wher­ev­er we go, we ask ques­tions. These are some of our most famous ques­tions, expressed in a grow­ing vari­ety of lan­guages. The youngest able recites: Hebrew מַה נִּשְׁתַּנָּה הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : spring (karpas)

כרפס | karpas | eat the green veg­eta­bles Dip sprigs of pars­ley in salt water and dis­trib­ute them to all present at the Seder table while read­ing the fol­low­ing para­graphs and singing the fol­low­ing songs. My heart over­flows with joy! … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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#blogexodus : spring (springtime holidays)

prepa­ra­tions for pesach Prepa­ra­tions for Pesach could begin as ear­ly as Tu b’Shvat. Some peo­ple have prac­ticed grow­ing their own pars­ley for their seders begin­ning by plant­i­ng seeds at the “birth­day of the trees.” The tim­ing is about right, but … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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