How do I hold myself with love?

Lisa Goldstein
Rabbi Lisa Goldstein
Early this spring, I traveled to California to celebrate my father's 90th birthday. Members of my extended family from as far away as Fiji and New Zealand came to gather, and I was amazed by the connections I saw between cousins who  so rarely have the opportunity to meet in person, the instant bonds of love that we offered--even though we live such different lives!
One of my favorite interactions I witnessed that day was between my father and a visiting cousin, who just turned seven. This young boy was telling my father all about the planets and the solar system, which he was learning about in school, and found exciting and fascinating. My father, an astronomer who has been studying the planets since the 1960s, could certainly--in today's "I know more than you!" world--have brushed this little cousin off. Did he need a little boy to tell him about the retrograde rotation of Venus, or the rings of Saturn, things he himself had discovered? Of course not!
But he did. He listened to this little cousin, as if the way he saw the planets and the stars was the most interesting thing in the whole world to him. And only when he knew that learning from him would bring this cousin even more joy and excitement did he begin to tell him about his own ground-breaking work.

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God's Love is Our Refuge
Nancy Flam
Rabbi Nancy Flam
How precious is Your love, God; 
human beings take refuge under the shelter of Your wings. 
.מַה-יָּקָר חַסְדְּךָ, אֱלֹהִים: וּבְנֵי אָדָם - בְּצֵל כְּנָפֶיךָ, יֶחֱסָיוּן
Ma yakar chasdecha Elohim, u-benei adam b'tzel kenafecha yechesayun.
(Psalm 36:8)

We whisper these words after reciting the blessing offering us sanctity in donning the tallit (prayer shawl), just having thrown the fabric over our shoulders, newly enwrapped in its textile wing-arms.
This is an embodied practice of affirming God's love, affirming God's love as our refuge.

Jordan Bendat-Appell
Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell

There is the possibility that we move through life primarily focused on all that is lacking or unsatisfactory. We may therefore find that we are, over time, developing a pervasive resistance towards life. Jewish mindfulness practice offers a path for cultivating qualities of heart and mind-like chesed (steadfast love)-that can instead open our hearts towards our experience and help us live with a non-antagonistic relationship towards our lives.

I invite you to join me for a guided audio teaching and chesed meditation practice.


The Centrality of Love in the Pursuit of Justice
with Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg
Wednesday, June 7, 3pm EST

In these contentious and fraught political times, what is the role of love? How can we speak and act from a place of compassion, not only for ourselves and those with whom we agree, but for those with whom we may disagree vigorously? How can our actions and words in pursuing justice emerge from a place of deep compassion? In this webinar, renowned Jewish mindfulness teacher Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg, author of "God Loves the Stranger: Stories, Poems, Prayers," will explore these questions and more.
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Hanan Harchol

Kindness (Chesed): Jewish Food for Thought
Kindness (Chesed): Jewish Food for Thought

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