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A Way In | 04/27/2012 - 11:08am
As Rabbi Ezra Weinberg says in this blog on the Huffington Post, the kabbalistic translation of tiferet as a synthesis of chesed and gevurah never quite captures its essence. Weinberg's take on its meaning demonstrates how it can be relevant and insightful in our lives today.  Tiferet allows us to hold tension as an act of grace. It doesn't hit us over the head, but it can throw us (for a loop) because of its comfort with contradiction and paradox. Tiferet is the of holding...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/26/2012 - 10:33am
  Take notice of the sky and the glorious luminance of the day.  Listen to the silence. Forgive yourself, forgive others.  Remember that everything changes and unfolds in its own time.      
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/22/2012 - 9:24pm
The month of iyar begins as we enter into the third week of the omer—the week of tiferet.  Iyar radiates light, healing and the continual opportunity for second chances. The light of iyar is illuminated in the spring days which grow longer all month, it glows from its Biblical name ziv which means radiance and it shines from its name, iyar.  The healing of iyar comes from the crossing of the sea.  After the Israelites stepped into the waters and made it to the shores of a...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/20/2012 - 11:24am
Let’s go as deep as we can Into the hard ground, Softened now by shoots of green And delicate white flowers.   Let’s go as far as we can Into the earth Among seeds planted By fallen leaves.   Let’s call each other into places Where roots grow and life takes form   So each of us, And all of us together Can rise in love And blossom in strength.
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/19/2012 - 10:33am
Hod sh’b Gevurah  the 12th day of the omer The sacred vessels that are our lives. How to be with limitations And to keep ourselves open             To receive and be,             To trust and give thanks.
A Way In | 04/18/2012 - 1:21pm
For each week of the Omer, the Institute for Jewish Spirituality offers short podcasts -- one for meditation and another for embodied practice from two wonderful teachers, Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg and Rabbi Myriam Klotz. They are yet another entry-way into awareness and insight during these special 49 days. For the second week of the Omer, Gevurah, the podcasts focus on the middah (ethical value/character trait) of hagbalah, (restraint.)   
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/18/2012 - 10:38am
The strength to see beyond the limitations We’ve erected out of fear or habit. The endurance to persist in the face of Challenge and despair. The practices that inspire us to see beyond Our wildest imagination And step into a realm where seeds of hope, peace and healing Will be planted, Will be nourished And will grow. Here is a video I found on a post by Rabbi Daniel Brenner of Moving Traditions. It is a great inspiration for this day.  The song, Bukra Fi Mishmish (Arabic for "...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/17/2012 - 11:51am
What if we could see the beauty in each other—within those we disagreed with, within those we have been taught to disregard?  What if we could use our strength and discernment to let harsh judgments fall away? What would shine forth? Joan Osborne—singing “One of Us”… What if… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIJEHcDhnVc&ob=av2n
A Way In | 04/15/2012 - 11:23am
Two years ago, D'vorah Horn Greenberg created a series of paintings for each of the 49 days of the Omer -- they have been printed on individual cards that are available for purchase.  The theme for today, Day 8, Hesed Sh’ B’Gevurah (Compassionate Love in Strength and Discernment," is "It's Hard to Know When To Stop." “The Omer Series," says D'vorah, "takes the viewer on a journey 'out of the narrow place', from liberation to...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/14/2012 - 9:57pm
May we know ourselves as sacred vessels, Holding and bringing forth Sacred generosity and love.   May we cultivate the capacity to view each other with kindness, Knowing each of us is doing the best we can in each moment.  
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/13/2012 - 3:15pm
This 6th day of the omer and the 7th day of Passover we remember the people in our lives who have died.  We feel their love and support and honor all those who have given us the courage to live into our fullness and strength.
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/13/2012 - 12:40pm
My dear friend and hevruta Rabbi Myriam Klotz suggests this song by Stevie Wonder. Here is an invitation to take a 3 and ½ minute pause in our day—and to welcome a beautiful opportunity to open our hearts in appreciation, love and prayer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFt--Wi-npw
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/12/2012 - 1:15pm
Hod sh’b Hesed  Glory within Loving Kindness On this 5th day of the omer Rabbi Margot Stein and I went down to the river to sing out the psalms of Hallel.  Those who know Margot can only imagine how she included the river, rocks and trees in this outpourings of praise.  Here she is by the carrion we built marking this moment on the journey and giving thanks.
Carol Towarnicky | 04/11/2012 - 9:36am
On this Fourth Day of the Omer, Netzach sh'b Chesed -- endurance in love -- some insights: Dear One, perhaps there is something you think you cannot do but want to do? Or something you think you must do but resist doing? Something that feels entirely too large, a goal out of reach, perhaps? An unfulfilled longing? If something comes to mind now or in the course of your day, hold your desire and your obstacles lovingly within the gate of Netzach sh'b Chesed, Persistence within Loving....
Rabbi Yael Levy | 04/09/2012 - 10:02pm
On this 3rd day of the omer we are called to open ourselves to the beauty and the brokenness in the world—to see, to feel the glory and magnificence as well as the pain and the horrors—and ask ourselves what would it mean to respond to all of it with love? Here is a beautiful song from Joan Armatrading for inspiration today. Much blessing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgJLS8y-nnc

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