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Lisa Goldstein
Creating and Destroying Worlds


Although occasionally I am told that I should have been a lawyer, the truth is that I really don't like arguing very much. As a child and young woman, arguments and disagreements frightened me. But since, like it or not, arguments are part of how this life is, I have tried to learn how to conduct them wisely, whether they happen over the Thanksgiving table or on the larger political scene. 

One of my great teachers in this endeavor has been Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. He teaches that a machloket, an argument, has the power both to destroy worlds and to create them. The difference is a question of emunah, of faith.

Practices in this Letter... 
Rabbi Nancy
Rabbi Jonathan Slater
Rabbi Myriam Klotz
Cantor Richard Cohn
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Nancy Flam
Cultivating Equanimity
Rabbi Nancy Flam

Shiviti Adonai l'negdi tamid. I place the Divine before me always. (Psalm 16:8)

Equanimity suggests balance, centeredness, not being pulled internally too far in one direction or another.
Jonathan Slater
Text Study
Rabbi Jonathan Slater

Jacob Joseph of Polnoyye, a student of the Ba'al Shem Tov, interprets verse, Ps. 16:8 "I place YHVH  before me always; with God at my right hand, I will not totter," in the words of his teacher, the Baal Shem Tov. 
Guided Practice for Equanimity
R abbi Myriam Klotz

Each time you practice yoga, you can cultivate the quality of  hishtavut  - equanimity.  Hishtavut  is the capacity to stay present and open even as we notice our reactions to sensations and input of many kinds.

Focus Phrases for Equanimity

All beings are owners of their actions, heirs to their actions. Their happiness or unhappiness depends upon their actions and not upon my wishes.

Focus Chant for Equanimity

Shiviti Adonai l'negdi tamid ki mimini balemot.
I place the Divine before me always; with the Eternal at my right hand, I will not be moved. (Psalm 16:8)

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