Thank you for joining us this month! We'll tell you where you can catch Sheila Weinberg reading from her new book, Surprisingly Happy
; bring you up to date on our newest cohort - the Jewish Meditation Teacher Training Program; and share with you spiritual practices for Counting the Omer.
| ||Counting the Omer|
We offer practice based podcasts (both meditation and embodied practice) for the Omer period; our most recent podcast is The Spiritual Journey of Divine Compassion
by Rabbi Marc Margolius [4/21/10].
The seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot are marked by
ritually counting each day. Counting the
Omer (so named for the grain offering brought to the Temple at Shavuot) offers us an opportunity to examine
seven of our inner qualities (middot) and the way they interrelate. The seven aspects (associated with the
s'firot and middot) are:
Chesed - lovingkindness [week 1]
G'vurah - restraint, discipline [week 2]
Tiferet - balance, harmony, compassion [week 3]
Netzach - endurance, victory [week 4]
Hod - humility, yielding [week 5]
Yesod - bonding [week 6]
Malchut - nobility, leadership [week 7]
We are currently in the week of Netzach, focusing on the inner quality of endurance, and how it manifests in our
lives. "Envision the person you
long to be, envision the world you long to live in and walk toward these
visions with all your strength", writes Rabbi Yael Levy of Netzach in A
Journey Through the Wilderness: Counting the Omer, A Spiritual Guide. The strength and ability to continue to walk our paths, even with life's
inevitable setbacks, is essential.
middah is essentially about continuing on the path despite inevitable and
temporary setbacks and struggles, and growing strong in the ability to summon
the resiliency to do so. Netzach is that confidence which enables us to
find the willingness and conviction to trust life, to find goodness and meaning
in our practices, and to continue on the journey with our hearts open and our
bodies willing, infused with the vision and certainty that Netzach
provides. In the words of the psalmist, "Even though I walk through
the valley of darkness, I will not fear, for You are with me." (Psalm
to connect with the quality of Netzach this week as you focus on living with
intention, confidence, and the capacity to stay in alignment with your most
noble and wholesome visions for your own life and transformation, for your
family, for your students now and in the future, for the world. When you
lose your balance and fall out of Netzach energy, pause, take a breath, and come right back.
There are numerous resources available on practices for counting the Omer, including Rabbi Jacobson's website and book, the new counting journal The 50th Gate, and Counting the Omer: A Kabbalistic Meditation Guide.
Reminder: Register for the Lay Retreat |
Happiness is...Developing a Deeper Sense of Joy in One's Life
Join us for a
different sort of Shabbat. Truly stepping out of our routine, we will
explore this quality of joy, and begin to understand the significance
of its practice in our lives. Joining with others in conversation,
study, prayer and contemplative silence, we will gain insights into
garnering our inner resources and directing our energies toward that
which may have lasting impact far beyond this weekend together.
Registration: This retreat is open to the public. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.regonline.com/layjuly2010
| ||Reminder: Register for the Hevraya Retreat July 4-8|
L'shem Shamayim: Responding to Conflict with Clarity and Compassion
This retreat will address a subject of pressing importance to many, if not all of us: "L'shem Shamayim: Bringing Compassion and Clarity to Conflict and Difficult Conversations."
In a safe and contemplative context, we will explore how we might
respond to conflict in our lives (e.g. difficult situations and people,
challenging or divisive topics such as Israel, etc.) with greater
awareness, compassion, and clarity. We'll explore as well how we might
apply this mindfulness practice as leaders in Jewish communities, and
help our communities respond to conflict with greater courage and
Registration: Please note, this retreat is only open to Hevraya members. For more information on the retreat and to register, please visit http://www.regonline.com/hevrayajuly2010
Upcoming Dates: Rabbi Sheila Weinberg|
UPDATED SCHEDULE --- Sheila will be at the following events, reading from her new book, Surprisingly Happy at some -
If you would like to invite Sheila to visit your community, please write email@example.com.
Philadelphia, PA - Mishkan Shalom, April 25
New York, NY - Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, workshop on compassion with Bikkur Holim Committee, April 27
- New York, NY - JCC (Makom), book reading and signing, May 12, 7-8:30pm
Malibu Jewish Community, CA - June 1
San Raphael, CA - Rodeph Sholom, June 2
| ||Recent Activities - Beginning a New Cohort|
| |Jewish Meditation Teacher Training Program
We wanted to let you know we are beginning a brand new initiative of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, co-sponsored by the Awakened Heart Project, aimed at training the next generation of mindfulness teachers in the Jewish community.
Enrollment for this cohort is now closed as we have reached our limit of 30
students; our first retreat will take place this May. This program is designed for people with significant experience in retreat and personal mindfulness practice, a strong Jewish background and leadership capacities.
We're thrilled to begin this new program with a full cohort; please let us knowif you'd be interested in participating in a future cohort.
Thank you! |
Thank you for taking time out of your day to be with us; keep an eye out for next month's updates.
Surprisingly Happy: |
New York Reading
Join Sheila for a reading from her new book, Surprisingly Happy:
May 12, 7-8:30pm
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|Join Rabbi Marc Margolius for a teaching on counting the Omer, The Spiritual Journey of Divine Compassion [4/21/10].|
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