A Way In Blog

Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/18/2016 - 7:07am
Each of us, all of us, are being called to step into the fullness of our lives and grow, blossom, become.   In Psalm 18:20, The Mystery calls:   I take you out into the expanse. I deliver you to spaciousness, because I desire you.   We are God’s desire.    Just like the tulips, the young buds and the birds that sing at dawn, We are God’s desire.   To step into the full expanse of our lives is to answer to the Eternal’s yearning.   All of us,...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/17/2016 - 8:00am
The mystics teach that, in Egypt, da’at—awareness -- was in exile.   Egypt was an experience of supreme disconnection.   We didn’t know we were connected to each other, to the earth, to mysterious unfolding of life.   To leave Egypt is to enter into the spaciousness of relational consciousness -- and know (da’at) we live in relationship to all beings.    To leave Egypt is to see ourselves in each other and to see God, the Mystery, in all.  ...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/15/2016 - 12:03pm
A prayer as we enter Shabbat and continue our walk toward Pesach:   May our eyes be open to each other’s pain.   May our ears be open to each other’s cries.   May we live with greater awareness.   May we practice greater forgiveness.   And may we go forward as free people—able to respond to ourselves and each other   With compassion, wonder, appreciation and love.   Shabbat Shalom  Blessings to All
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/14/2016 - 6:38am
Questions for reflection as we search out the chamaytz -- the attitudes and behaviors that keep us bound:   Who and what do I serve with the allocation of my time, energy and resources?   What circumstances cause me to harden my heart and say “no” when ”yes” would be a truer choice?    What habits keep me from growing?
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/13/2016 - 7:03am
During these days of Nisan we search out the chamaytz—the attitudes and habits that bind us to fear and cause us to feel separate and unable to live and love fully. With gentle strength, we notice what causes our judgments to arise and where we are apt to be harsh or unkind. As we search, we place upon our hearts the intention to replace judgment with curiosity and harshness with interest and imagination. This is a practice we do again and again and each time we clear out chamaytz –...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/12/2016 - 7:11am
Patience, Love, Generosity, Willingness, Understanding, Joy, Well-being, Peace What words, intentions, and practices do we want to lay upon our hearts, and place before our eyes? What words, intentions and practices do we want to lift up with our hands and inscribe upon our gates, so that coming and going we will bring forth blessing?
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/11/2016 - 7:05am
As we step into the month of Nisan, we begin the work of tikkun halev—the healing of the hardened heart.    May we       Free ourselves of stories that bind us to anger, jealously and pain.     Let go of habits that perpetuate isolation and fear.     Free ourselves from reacting with harsh judgment and disdain.     Let go of ways of being that keep us from seeing ourselves in each other.   May hardened hearts...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/10/2016 - 8:00am
This month (Nisan) shall mark for you the beginning of the months; it shall be the first of the months of the year for you. -- Exodus 12:1   May we be aligned with the turning, growing and becoming of the earth. May the seasons be alive in us.   May the Earth’s wisdom guide us in living in harmony and peace.    
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/08/2016 - 12:20pm
As the month of Nisan begins tonight, the winds shift and the waters begin to lap at the shores.    Grow, Blossom, Become, the Mystery calls. Break through what keeps you bound and open to the expanse of possibilities.   Like a seed poised to push through the hard earth, the soul senses the enormity of the task.   I call you forth with love, the Mystery whispers, I call you forth because I desire you. The world needs your beauty. The world needs your light. Let yourself...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/07/2016 - 8:00am
We ask ourselves: How have I received guidance during these past two months?  When was a moment that I offered guidance or support to another? What have I discovered that will help me go forward with greater clarity or strength? Then, taking a piece of paper and a pen we spend at least five minutes writing, “I feel grateful for . . . " and fill in the blank.  “I feel grateful for . . . " and fill in the blank. We write what ever comes to mind and just keep...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/06/2016 - 8:01am
  As Adar draws to a close, we acknowledge what might have been a tumultuous time and face ourselves toward spring and Nissan – and the first month of the Jewish year. We may use the words of the Psalms, or those of more contemporary poets and musicians: Here Comes the Sun. *      
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/05/2016 - 8:00am
During the last week of the two months of Adar, we acknowledge some of the challenges and difficulties we might have faced during this time. Adar can demand a lot of one’s body, mind and spirit. These months can shake us to the core by challenging our routines and habits, by questioning the roles and limits we use to define ourselves and by demanding that we face our vulnerabilities and fears. So we are invited to be gentle with ourselves and treat ourselves with kindness and care....
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/04/2016 - 8:00am
  Adar’s methods – a mighty ruach, a spirit that may feel like a gust of wind or a strong wave – usually are not gentle and we might feel a bit worn out demands of this time. But, with gentleness, we are encouraged to examine and acknowledge some of what we have discovered and to give thanks for the guidance and help we have received.        
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/03/2016 - 8:00am
  Sing to the Infinite a new song, Sing to the Infinite all the earth. Sing to the Infinite, bless all that manifests. From moment to moment, From day to day Carry forth the transformative power.       -- Psalm 96:1-2   *      
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/01/2016 - 6:45am
The Infinite Mystery calls to each of us, to all of us, Seeking our presence. Draw close, the Mystery calls, Draw close to me. Make an offering of yourself. Be vulnerable. Be Present. Be real. Bow deeply in gratitude, notice and name your blessings. Be true to your word. Mean what you say. Place phrases upon your heart to live by, to return to. And ask for help.  Do not be stuck the illusion that we do this life alone. Ask for help, for guidance, for support. These are the offerings I...

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