|Posted on February 2, 2020 at 4:00 PM||comments (1)|
I am taking a class from Rav Doniel Katz in his Elevation Project and decided to post here my homework answering a specific question:
What is the purpose of meditation and emotional transformation from the Torah’s perspective?
Torah and especially Kabbalah explained by Hasidut gives a beautiful understanding of the purpose of emotional transformation and the reasons for meditation. And it all surrounds its answers regarding the meaning of life and why we exist as hum...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 28, 2018 at 5:05 PM||comments (0)|
I just had to write today in response to the recent tragedy in Pittsburgh. I especially wanted to share with you the Jewish response to any tragedy or darkness and that is to reach for the Light.
My rabbi, Yochanon Friedman, of ChabadbytheSea.com said something that inspired me to send out this email: we need to respond to this tragedy by bringing more kindness and holiness into the world. I have a card that represents ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 2, 2018 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
I have had the idea to write about this for many weeks now and just wasn't feeling comfortable enough to do so until today. This subject will reveal a lot of my own blocks and insecurities but I have been thinking it would be more interesting for me to get real than to give you some facts about Judaism and Jewish holidays.
Today a new caregiver showed up to give me respite with my husband every Sunday. I am so grateful for that and feel so blessed to have that support. But V...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 27, 2018 at 8:40 PM||comments (0)|
Today I pulled my Teshuvah card for the day and wrote in my journal that I am returning to believing I am surrounded by love and worthy of support. It seems appropriate to the challenges I am going through in my life of being a caregiver for my husband.
It also seems appropriate for today,Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 8, 2018 at 6:25 PM||comments (0)|
You might be surprised but as a therapist, I work with mostly non-Jews. I live in Santa Cruz, California and most of California except for pockets in the Los Angeles area is predominately Christian. In fact, growing up, I was the only Jew in most of my classes. One time in elementary school I forgot to bring in a hard-boiled egg to dye for Easter and was punished by the teacher. So you might say, I have been quite acclimated to living in a Christian society.
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|Posted on May 4, 2018 at 8:20 PM||comments (0)|
Doesn't it seem random that there are 7 days in a week? Why not 10? Over the millennia different cultures have tried to establish other configurations to the week but none of them have stuck. The month makes sense - the number of days in the moon cycle. The year is the number of days that the earth rotates around the sun. But why 7 for the week?
Of course, in Genesis, the 7 day week was esta...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 6, 2018 at 7:35 PM||comments (0)|
How often has your life felt like a series of waves? Some days, the body surfing is like a smooth, fun ride - easily floating over the top. At other times, the waves can get quite large and break at the top. During those times you may find yourself holding your breath and diving into the middle, knowing that you'll be able to breathe again once the wave passes. Then there are those times when life feels like being hit by a tidal wave! I have had many times in my life when I've been hit by a t...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 6, 2018 at 6:15 PM||comments (0)|
Imagine you were taken against your will to be part of a King's harem. Would you be scared? Excited? Then, he chooses YOU to be his next queen!! And then he gives permission to kill all of your relatives. Now that's the kind of Valentine's Day story full of palace intrigue, meaningful coincidence and horror that's pretty standard for most Jewish holidays. "They tried to kill us, we won, now let's eat."
The new month on the Jewish calendar, starting with tonight's new moon...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 22, 2018 at 7:30 PM||comments (0)|
Today is the first day of the month of Shevat on the Jewish calendar. Each new month starts with the new moon and an astrological sign. So on the Jewish calendar, today is the first day of the month of Aquarius. By the full moon, we have a special holiday that honors trees - and especially fruit trees.
It's actually the birthday of the tree and the ancient rabbis in Israel would say that this is the day when the sap rises in the tree. The Baal Shem Tov, founder of Chassidism...Read Full Post »
|Posted on December 11, 2017 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
It's been awhile since I've written you due to my moving into a new home. Things are brighter here in some ways and darker in others. Most importantly, I am finding the light within the darkness which is my hope for you too. During the Jewish month of Kislev, as we begin to celebrate the winter's darkest days, Chanukah shines a bright light. By the end of Kislev, when the moon is its darkest, our menorah shines its brightest.
I loved this video by the 8th Day about the "neis...Read Full Post »