A Way In Blog

Rabbi Yael Levy | 12/25/2011 - 8:18pm
Day 6 -- rosh hodesh  The beginning of the month of tevet New light coming in.  A light that calls forth connection, joining, alignment.  The new light reminds us that we stand as a connective channel between heaven and earth, between what has been and what could be.  Practices for today: Standing meditation -- best to do outside, if possible.   Stand in an upright posture, shoulders back, hands facing out by our sides.  Feel our feet connected to the earth, to the...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 12/23/2011 - 5:48pm
  Day 5:  Deep inside the mystery of life, looking outward toward the light.  Feeling the constant movement, the continued motion, everything changing from moment to moment. With each breath in, with each breath out, we can notice the passing, the constant change. The challenge—to open to whatever ever passes through, to notice it and to let it go. Practice: To sit with the breath.  To let the attention rest gently on the breath, to notice how the body moves to...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 12/23/2011 - 9:35am
Day 4: The Door of Possibilities                                           Standing on the threshold — looking out, noticing the possibilities, noticing what is opening. Listening for the calls that beckon us forward.   Practice for today: Sit with the image of an open...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 12/22/2011 - 2:52pm
Day 3: Bringing it all into the heart and creating the gesher ( bridge) that reaches across differences showing us the way to true and lasting healing. The way to connection and relationship is gemilut hasadim, acts of loving kindness.  Practice for today:  Sit with the candles and pray for peace, love and well-being for yourself and nine other people, creating a minyan of blessing. Write a note, make a phone call, have a conversation with someone with whom there is some need for...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 12/21/2011 - 3:53pm
Day 2. Creation. The One entering into the many. Spirit coming into form: All provide the opportunity for relationship and connection. And also the experience of separation, contradiction and paradox. The challenge and invitation is to create the spaciousness inside ourselves to hold everything that arises with compassion and love. Practice: Sit with the following verse as a mantra, repeating it again and again.  Carry the verse with you all through the day. Send forth your light and your...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 12/19/2011 - 11:43pm
                         For with you is the source of life, in your light we see light. -- Psalm 36:10 On Chanukah, as we listen to the traditional story of the purification and rededication of the Holy Temple, we are encouraged to look beyond the narrative into the mystery of our lives and know ourselves as Sacred Temples — each of us a Dwelling Place for the Divine...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 11/29/2011 - 12:59am
The 6th and final week in the echoes of Bereshit practice calls on the final letter of bereshit—tav -- which stands for Torah.  Torah marks the way forward: The journey of a lifetime.  The experience of encounter, the tendency to turn away.  The majesty of vision and revelation and the despondency of doubt and fear.  The Torah teaches everything is here.  Everything is possible.  This week propels us forward by asking us, How will you choose to live?...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 11/27/2011 - 9:58pm
The month of Kislev, the year's darkest month, begins today -- Sunday, Nov 27. An offering of Kislev is to meet the Divine in the night—in possibilities, in shifting perspectives, in the places between the known.  Much is revealed though the imaginative encounter, through dreams, through wondering.  The light of a small candle reveals worlds.  Gateways to expanded consciousness are everywhere. And it is very important to be mindful how we make our way through the...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 11/25/2011 - 3:39pm
Coming to land in the week of yirah in the Echoes of Bereshit practice-here is a verse to be with--from Psalm 111:1 "I give thanks with all my heart"--heart spelled with two bets rather than one--pushes us to acknowledge and stand into everything that arises--the magnificent and the difficult--not to elevate or romanticize pain but to acknowledge everything comes from the One source.  Yirah calls forth spaciousness and an expansive perspective when we use what ever arises –...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 11/20/2011 - 3:21pm
The 5th letter of bereshit, yod, call us to stand into the many layers and realms of yirah, awe.  Awe at the nifla’ot, the wonders and beauty of creation, to allow these wonders to open our hearts and minds.  To cultivate what Abraham Joshua Heschel has called radical amazement: “To get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; to never treat life casually.” To practice being...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 11/15/2011 - 11:19pm
In this week's Torah portion Sarah’s life comes to an end and Avraham decides it is time to find a wife for their son Isaac.  He gives his servant Eliezar this task.  Not knowing how he will determine who will be the right woman for Isaac Eliezar prays for guidance.  In his prayers he hears, “ A woman who has the determination to go to the well again and again and draw water for you and all your camels—she will be the person who will be able to meet Isaac in...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 11/13/2011 - 7:52am
The fourth letter of bereshit, shin, stands for sh’tikah: silence.  The practice of this week is to let the teachings of the first three weeks go deeper within:  -- Bitachon, the cultivation of trust, the cultivation of a depth of knowing, believing, that what ever arises we will meet it well, with strength, love and grace.  -- Ratzon, aligning ourselves with the highest will, standing into the life force that flows through us and all creation.  -- Ahavah, love,...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 11/07/2011 - 12:33pm
This week's Kavannah ties together the scene at the beginning of the Torah portion Vayera (Genesis 18:1) to one of its very last verses (Genesis 22:14. As the portion opens, Avraham is sitting at the entrance to his tent in the middle of the day. Three messengers approach and Avraham rises to meet them.  The messengers are the first experience of God in this story.  As the Torah portion unfolds, God appears in many guises and forms, bringing forth great...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 11/06/2011 - 9:20am
Entering into the third week of the Echoes of Bereshit practice we encounter the third letter of bereshit- aleph.  The letter aleph aims us toward the mystery, toward all we can never know but can, at times, intuit and feel.  The aleph stands for ahava, love and love’s mysterious and guiding power. ahava is love that is cultivated in relationship between ourselves and others. It goes forth from interpersonal relationships toward all of creation, toward God. ahava is a...
Rabbi Yael Levy | 11/03/2011 - 7:29pm
As we are moving towards the end of the week of ratzon here is a verse to place on our hearts and before our eyes: Let the words of my mouth and the intentions of my heart be aligned with the highest will. This is what holds me steady and calls me forth. Psalm 19:15

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