"Jews are a People of the Book; Jews also are a People of the Song. In fear, poverty, war and exile, song packed light and eased the way. This spiritual secret is encoded in Jewish spiritual DNA: we can sing our way through. Even for those of us who wouldn’t describe ourselves as singers, the ancient secret of song is ours to rediscover and reclaim in modern life. The secret begins in bondage...."
"...Leading up to the silence, I become intensely anxious. I spend the first 20 minutes of silence watching my mind race back and forth between things I have to do back home and reasons why a silent retreat isn’t right for me. When my mind finally exhausts itself, I enter into a true silence, and observe what happens...."
"...Tu B’shvat, the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shvat, is often referred to as the Jewish Arbor Day. In early rabbinic text, Tu B’shvat is referred to as ‘Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot’, literally the ‘New Year of the Trees.’ In our day and age, one in which our abuse of the environment is evident to almost everyone in the scientific community, it is a source of pride that the Jewish tradition has always been wise to draw special attention to the trees, and to nature in general.
"Sharing someplace, or someone, you love is never simple — especially if you are not sure how those with whom you share will respond to the people and places you love. And if they respond in genuinely negative ways, it can be anger-making and downright painful...."
"...our approach is that...[Clal, TheWisdomDaily.com], and writing come from an ‘inside-out’ perspective. One in which we are informed by our beliefs but are motivated to turn them into improving the entire world. That means that every person on earth has something to contribute, and that wisdom is a shared reality.
Rabbi Dan Ain presents Because Jewish Saturday Morning Services on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 10 AM at 18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215. Because Jewish is fiscally sponsored by Clal and Rabbi Dan Ain is a Clal Rabbis Without Borders Fellow.
Adult Smart. Kid Friendly. Jazz Infused. Monthly services led by Rabbi Dan, Miriam Eisenberger and Avi Steinhardt.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
"MLK’s ‘I Have A Dream Speech’ is his most famous and has made a lasting impression on me. I don’t know exactly how old I was when I first heard this speech. I was in elementary school, probably 3rd or 4th grade. Upon hearing these words, I felt immediately embraced by Dr. King and included in his vision. With one phrase, he made me feel heard, ‘Jews and Gentiles....’"
On January 19th and 20th in Yonkers, NY, treat yourself to The Art and Passion of Hebrew Kirtan: Opening Your Heart through Music, Meditation and Study. A two-day, DIY workshop. Join the ‘Kirtan Rabbi,’ Rabbi Andrew Hahn, for a deep immersion in this cutting-edge practice. We will chant a lot. And we'll discuss creating and leading chants, do easy meditation and voice exercises, and study related Jewish texts.
On Sunday, March 13, 2016, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, don't miss Clal Resident Rabbi Andrew Hahn, PhD, the Kirtan Rabbi and Rabbi Elyssa Joy Auster as they host a one-day retreat which includes meditation, chanting, movement, cooking and art.
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As another lawsuit is launched in Ohio to remove the words “In God We Trust” from the U.S. currency, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield considers the issue. With 85% of the population believing in some form of higher power, is the reference to faith on the currency a “Fundamental violation of separation of church and state with the government imposing its religious views upon all people” or simply “No big deal”? Watch the video for more insight and discussion.
From Odyssey Networks’ FAITH ON THE RECORD