Jewish spirituality

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Regalim, Pilgrimage, Compassion: A Vision of Sovereignty in Israel

Jerusalem May 25, 2012 5 Sivan Erev shabbat, shavuot, What do you bow down to? Refinement of Sovereignty Dear Ones, Tonight in the Jewish calendar we encounter the highest refinement of our sovereignty. We have the opportunity to finish a week of refining our sovereignty by encountering the essence of sovereignty. The suchness of sovereignty. … Continue reading

Palestians and Israelis Holding Each Others’ Pain/Counting the Omer

Day 38 – Tiferet of Yesod: Compassion in Bonding Bonding needs to be not only loving but also compassionate, feeling your friend’s pain and empathizing with him. Is my bonding conditional? Do I withdraw when I am uncomfortable with my friend’s troubles? (Counting the Omer, Simon Jacobson) We explored and witnessed and experienced just this … Continue reading

What Holds Us Back from Opening to the Other Person

Tonight in the Old City of Jerusalem about 25 of us, mostly religious Jewish women, learned and practiced transforming our judgments about others. We started by thinking of someone we have a judgment of. Then by coming up with one thing they do that supports that judgment. Then we took on the transformative work of … Continue reading

Holy night in the holy city

Just finishing Passover and Shabbat in the Old City of Jerusalem where I am now staying for a few weeks. The fragrance of the orange tree blossoms at the end of the lane is intoxicating on this warm night. Tonight is Easter for the Orthodox Christians. I watched teenagers hanging out outside the Syrian Orthodox … Continue reading

Syria and Purim

March 15 or so, 2012 I am in a 7 day silent meditation retreat at Kibbutz Hannaton, on a hill in the Galillee, over looking other hills, hills on all sides with sprawling Arab and Bedouin villages, and beyond those hills, less than a day’s drive if there were roads and no borders, blood is … Continue reading