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Friday, 11 March 2011 11:40

pure perception with calm

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-kotelIn Cheshbon HaNefesh, calmness is not spoken of in terms of an internal state. In fact, it is equanimity that serves as the middah to deal with internal equilibrium. Calmness is spoken in terms of communication. Calmness requires that we step outside our emotional reactions to a situation and connect with true compassion for all who are involved, in a levelheaded and gentle manner. One might think that the primary way to achieve this is to rise above the circumstances of everyday life so that they do not move or affect us. Such an idea frightens me. How could we really be who God would have us be without deep compassion and caring? I cannot be a partner with God in repairing the world if I am mentally and emotionally detached. We need to be as invested in creation as God is if we’re to fulfill our purpose.

Sunday, 12 December 2010 12:11

the narrow bridge

Written by rebbetzin malkah
KOL HA'OLAM KULO
GESHER TSAR ME'OD 

THE WHOLE WORLD
IS A NARROW BRIDGE

Kol Ha'olam kulo
Gesher Tsar me'od
Gesher Tsar me'od
Gesher Tsar me'od

The whole world
is a very narrow bridge
a very narrow bridge
a very narrow bridge

Kol Ha'olam kulo
Gesher Tsar me'od
Gesher Tsar me'od.
The whole world
is a very narrow bridge
A very narrow bridge.
Veha'ikar - veha'ikar
Lo lefached -
lo lefached klal.
And the main thing to recall
is not to be afraid
not to be afraid at all.
Veha'ikar - veha'ikar
lo lefached klal.
And the main thing to recall
is not to be afraid at all.

art-treebridgeThese words, by Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, have been made into a song which many sing around the table or campfire as inspiration. While it makes a nice song, the depth and comfort these words bring are very much in step with the middah of calmness.

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