middahOpen eyes, open ears, open mind, open heart.

Awareness is seeing and knowing what is happening in your locale, the world, and within yourself. It is a constant state of being connected to humanity, your soul and Hashem. Awareness breeds concern and helps to refine the other middot.

Suggested practices:

  • Try and notice 3 new things on your daily commute (sign, tree, house, etc…) that you haven’t noticed before.
  • Become aware of your breathing when you are driving or performing tasks. Do you tend to hold your breath? Practice active awareness with your breath this week, being conscious of full breaths.
  • Find a way to engage in a local event that you normally don’t attend so you can become more aware of your local community.

featured articles


The prophet Jeremiah denounced the men of his generation for their heedlessness. “No one repents of his wickedness, saying, ‘What have I done?’ Everyone turns away in his cour...
by rabbi russ resnik in daily living
To 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 t...
by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld in meditation
There’s never a dull moment around our house. As I’ve been preparing to write an article about the middah of awareness, my wife has found two stray ladybugs in our kitchen. She ...
by rav rafael in torah
And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like ...
by rabbi russ resnik in besorah
Rav Yisrael Salanter zt”l was once invited by one of his talmidim (disciples) to the Friday night Shabbat meal. He told his talmid that he does not eat out without first knowing h...
by riverton mussar in stories
The books of Martin Buber, and especially his seminal work "I-and-Thou", allow us, it seems to me, to distinguish with better precision between Olam Haze and Olam Haba, using crit...
by rebbetzin malkah in mesorah
The Hebrew for awareness is mudaut. Living on the third rock from the sun, we are very aware what would happen if we were closer to the sun or further away.  Life is not supp...
by rebbetzin malkah in meditation
The phrase, “creatures of habit,” is not infrequently used to describe us human beings. This is not surprising given our social/cultural norms and natural makeup. Religious...
by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld in daily living

 

accounting


Use these questions to evaluate your day: Are you aware of how your actions and behavior affect others? Are you aware of your weaknesses in certain middot and working actively t...

quotes


“"All of Israel is responsible for one another."” —Shavuot 39a “Rabbi Eliezer says: "Let other people’s dignity be as precious to you asyour own”." —Pirkei Avot 2:15 Ra...

 

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daily living


The prophet Jeremiah denounced the men of his generation for their heedlessness. “No one repents of his wickedness, saying, ‘What have I done?’ Everyone turns away in his cour...
The phrase, “creatures of habit,” is not infrequently used to describe us human beings. This is not surprising given our social/cultural norms and natural makeup. Religious...

torah


There’s never a dull moment around our house. As I’ve been preparing to write an article about the middah of awareness, my wife has found two stray ladybugs in our kitchen. She ...

besorah


And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like ...

mesorah


The books of Martin Buber, and especially his seminal work "I-and-Thou", allow us, it seems to me, to distinguish with better precision between Olam Haze and Olam Haba, using crit...

meditation


To 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 t...
The Hebrew for awareness is mudaut. Living on the third rock from the sun, we are very aware what would happen if we were closer to the sun or further away.  Life is not supp...

stories


Rav Yisrael Salanter zt”l was once invited by one of his talmidim (disciples) to the Friday night Shabbat meal. He told his talmid that he does not eat out without first knowing h...

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