Exercise: Think of someone about whom you care with compassion. Perhaps imagine your love / concern / compassion flowing towards them as a beam of light or a stream of water. Now bring to mind someone with whom you have difficulties or even of whom you are jealous. Think of their own circumstance. Is there … Continue reading Compassion
Exercise: At the end of the day, take five long breaths. Then draw to mind three good things that happened to you today. As you recall those good events, say the following: “My ancestors were slaves to Pharaoh, and oppressed as exiles in (your family’s land of origin). Now this has happened to me. Thank … Continue reading Staying Connected to Gratitude
I really enjoyed Passover. I found the holiday uplifting and joyous. I was filled with gratitude and wanting to bring that quality of appreciation into my life outside the holiday. So we made Havdalah after Shabbat and I went upstairs to check my cellphone and then go out for chametz (in our case, an ice … Continue reading Shooting in Poway
My dear friend and hevruta (study partner) pointed me to a 1920s Zionist Haggadah. It has some fascinating changes. For example, on the passage “This is the bread of affliction which our ancestors ate in the land of the Egypt,” they say: “This the bread of affliction: that we aren’t living in Israel.” For them, … Continue reading Sovereignty!
It’s that time of year when Jews get a little crazy. We clean our homes, scrub everything out, and get ready for Passover. We work quite hard to make sure that not even the merest smidge of chametz remains. That external work parallels an inner process. That is, the cleaning itself points towards a deeply … Continue reading Cleaning for Passover