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Monday, 01 October 2012 16:05

an awareness meditation

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-pocketTo complete nearly any task necessitates a fair amount of awareness. To play a game one needs to be aware of its rules. To walk across the street unharmed one must be aware of the traffic conditions. These things also require focus. Yet it seems that the more one focuses on one particular thing, the less aware that same person can become concerning everything else.

Sunday, 23 September 2012 06:11

merging keva and kavana

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-connectedThe act of giving is a relatively simple thing. When you give you are simply transferring something that was once yours to someone else. It is entirely possible to give angrily, happily, begrudgingly, indifferently, or thoughtfully. Generosity, on the other hand is a different matter. Generosity has a component of mindfulness and “heartfulness” that goes beyond the physical act of giving.

Monday, 10 September 2012 05:41

why this waste?

Written by rabbi russ resnik

art-alabasterjar“Enthusiasm,” for most of its history as an English word, has had a mixed connotation. The word literally means “being possessed by a god” and by the 18th century had come to mean “ill-regulated religious emotion or speculation.” The Oxford Universal Dictionary gives a 19th century example: “Everywhere the history of religion betrays a tendency to enthusiasm.”

Sunday, 09 September 2012 17:43

good morning enthusiasm

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-bedjumpRabbi Joseph Karo begins his code of Jewish Law (Shulchan Aruch) with a statement concerning the way one should get up in the morning:

Sunday, 02 September 2012 19:55

being hidden in God

Written by rabbi russ resnik

art-rockcleftDuring the month of Elul and throughout the Days of Awe, our tradition recommends reading Psalm 27 twice each day. In this Psalm, David stirs us up to hope, courage, bold confidence in HaShem, and one other trait that is especially relevant for the High Holy Days, and for the middah of simplicity as well. “One thing,” says David, “have I asked of Hashem, and that will I seek: that I may dwell in the House of Hashem all the days of my life” (Ps. 27:4a).

Sunday, 02 September 2012 19:44

a "key" to success

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-shiftkeyThe first time I ever needed to type out an outline for a school project included what could be considered one of the biggest, “duh,” moments of my life.

Thursday, 23 August 2012 20:37

some uncomplicated time

Written by rabbi russ resnik

art-new-moonCould it be that we sometimes complicate our lives to avoid the simple, life-changing — and scary — encounter with the living God?

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 05:54

order up

Written by rebbetzin malkah

art-moms-taxi“All your actions and possessions should be orderly – each and every one in a set place and set time. Let your thoughts always be free to deal with that which lies ahead of you.” – Rabbi M.M. Lefin of Satanov,  Cheshbon Hanefesh

Monday, 13 August 2012 04:43

universal to personal

Written by rabbi russ resnik

art-tunnelOne of the high points of the traditional morning prayers comes right at the beginning. As the worshiper concludes putting on the tefillin, he wraps the leather strap around the middle finger three times, reciting the words of Hosea 2:19–20.

Monday, 13 August 2012 03:31

compassion through forgiveness

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-openhandsFor the Lord will comfort Zion, He will comfort all its ruins, and He will make its desert like a paradise and its wasteland like the garden of the Lord; joy and happiness shall be found therein, thanksgiving and a voice of song. -- Isaiah 51:3

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