A Way In Blog

Rabbi Yael Levy | 10/26/2016 - 7:27am
As we step fully back into regular time, we ask ourselves today: What can I do or say that will bring greater understanding and love into the world?  
Rabbi Yael Levy | 10/25/2016 - 7:51am
As we send forth our prayers today may we do so without inhibition or judgment. And may we be open to whatever guidance may appear. Also, let us remember that at times we are the guidance that someone asks for. At times, we are the answer to someone’s prayers.
Rabbi Yael Levy | 10/24/2016 - 8:02am
Today is Shemini Atzeret—the eighth day of gathering, the final day of the holiday season. On this day, the Holy One says to us: we having been through so much together. Stay one more day with me. There is nothing you need to do or be—let’s just stay together one more day.   May we feel the Mystery holding us close in love.
Rabbi Yael Levy | 10/23/2016 - 12:06pm
The festival Simchat Torah –the Joy of Torah -- begins tonight and urges us to celebrate the wisdom we have gathered and raise it up with song and dance.  In celebration, we open the sefer Torah and read from the last few verses in Deuteronomy and from the opening lines in Genesis. We never read the end of the Torah without also reading from the beginning. The very last letter of the Torah is a lamed. The first letter is a beit. Put together these letters spells lev—heart...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 10/21/2016 - 8:51am
As we move into Shabbat Sukkot may we set an intention to create shelters of peace with our words and actions.  May we turn away from rhetoric that calls us to mistrust and condemn each other and may we stand firm in our insistence not to be swayed by fear and hate. May we gather strength from each other and from the beauty of this country and this planet and direct our hearts, our words and our hands in ways that spread over all beings shelters of love, connection and peace....
Rabbi Yael Levy | 10/20/2016 - 11:16am
May we open the doors to possibilities we have not yet imagined.   Taking notice of our strengths we ask, “What is mine to do?”   Open for me the gates of right action I will enter and give thanks. The gate of right action Is the gateway to the Source of All. All those seeking repair will enter.       -- Psalm 118:19-20
Rabbi Yael Levy | 10/19/2016 - 8:37am
May we build bridges across differences, Creating the spaciousness to celebrate the Divine in all.   Let us direct our hearts and trust in the mystery, it is our help and our shield. Let us seek peace and trust in the mystery, it is our help and our shield. Let us cultivate awe and trust in the mystery, it is our help and our shield. Psalm 115:9-11
Rabbi Yael Levy | 10/18/2016 - 9:57am
On Sukkot, we gather and plant. We gather what we have discovered and who we have become over this past year and we plant ideas, thoughts, dreams and visions that came to us during our journeys through Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  On the second day of Sukkot, we ask ourselves: What seeds, what intentions, can I place al levevecha -- upon my heart -- to grow and blossom in their time? To be like a tree, deeply rooted by streams of water, That brings forth fruit in its time, Whose leaves...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 10/14/2016 - 8:44am
As we come to this Shabbat between Yom Kippur and Sukkot May we hear the call to lift our faces And receive blessings that flow from the Mystery And come upon us like rain, Blessings that fall like soft showers, Like dew upon the earth.              May we turn from the tendency to say; I don’t deserve the blessings--             I have fallen short,     ...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 10/13/2016 - 7:56am
As we come back from Yom Kippur may we remember to lift up our eyes to see the Mystery revealed in the beauty and gift of the moment. You, Source of all, are my guide, to you I give thanks. I raise up the Infinite Mystery. -- Psalm 118:28   These days between Yom Kippur and Sukkot encourage us to let the experiences of Yom Kippur remain prominent in our awareness.  We take these next few days to slowly return to  “regular” time as we consider: What did I...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 10/11/2016 - 12:00pm
The Source of all whispers to our hearts, to our souls, to our bodies: I forgive you, just as you have asked.                           Numbers 14:20   We chant this verse tonight as we step into the light of Yom Kippur, beginning this holy time with this offering of forgiveness. And then we spend the next 25 hours opening ourselves to receive this...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 10/11/2016 - 7:31am
A prayer for all humanity A prayer for all beings and all the earth:   May we write ourselves into the Book of Life. May we bring forth blessing, peace, understanding and love. May we be nourished and well cared for. And may we care well for each other. May our encounters be filled with reverence and dignity.   May we go forward for goodness, for life, for wholeness. Blessed is the Mystery that calls us to bring healing and create peace.
Rabbi Yael Levy | 10/10/2016 - 8:00am
Standing on the edge of Yom Kippur may we hear the Mystery call: Come home to me. You are loved for exactly who you are. I see you in your light. I know you in your shadow. You are loved completely for who you are. Come home to me.   May we find the courage to step into the heart of the Mystery and trust we will be received in love.    
Rabbi Yael Levy | 10/09/2016 - 12:00am
I will praise the One with my life. I will sing to the Mystery with all I have.   (Psalm 146:2)   What beauty do I bring into the world? What beauty do I see in others?   * During the time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, it is traditional to say Psalm 130 each morning and let the words of the psalm guide and inspire our teshuvah—our turning toward love and forgiveness. As 5777 begins, we will be posting teachings to guide us into Yom Kippur and Sukkot. Look for...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 10/07/2016 - 1:25pm
This Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is shabbat shuva the Shabbat of turning. Return to your heart, the tradition calls, return to the heart of the world.  Practice compassion, seek opportunities to be kind, welcome generosity. Lift your eyes to the trees and the sky. Feel your feet upon the earth. We are each here for our short time: How do we want to live? Who do we long to be? What goodness can we bring into the world? May this Shabbat nourish and refresh our souls and may...

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