Did you know Judaism offers spiritual practices to help us increase our gratitude (not just on Thanksgiving!). You can learn new ways to integrate and process or just deal with life.
Meditation, 1/12, 2/9, 3/16
Many associate meditation with Eastern religions, but did you know that meditation also has long history of being an essential part of Judaism? In the Talmud our sages are described as meditating for an hour before and after services.
Shabbat is a time for connecting to oneself by slowing down and centering oneself. During these 30 minute time slots, from 9:15-9:45 am, Rabbi Josh or Rabbi Daria offers gentle guidance on this powerful practice of stilling the mind so that we can engage with the world more as the “human beings” (vs “human doings”) that we are. We may do a “body scan,” open to the wisdom of a small piece of our tradition, and make space for what is inside in different ways.
Come give it a try and join us for a 30-minute guided meditation before Shabbat morning services. If you are interested in the meditation, but don’t want to, or aren’t able to stay for the 10 am service, no worries! Coming just for meditation from 9:15-9:45 is fine. We look forward to quieting our minds with you.
This quarter we
will generally be meeting the 2nd or 3rd Shabbat morning (Saturday) of
the month) for the half-hour meditation: 1/12, 2/9, 3/16
Open to all. No prior experience necessary.
Sacred Hebrew Chanting, 1/12, 3/30
Join us to explore spirtuality and Judiaism in what may be a new way. Come and engage with the prayers in the siddur through music. Expanding upon the morning’s meditation, if you were able to join us, we will use pieces of our liturgy to go deeper. By repeating a sacred phrase, we have the opportunity to let it permeate our being, bringing new insights, integration, or simply allowing for an opening in our often over-full lives. The Torah service this day will have themed aliyot, with an opportunity to connect in a personal way with the Torah portion.
Rabbi Daria’s teacher, Rabbi Shefa Gold, speaks about chant in the following way: “Chanting takes the song that is in our mouths and plants it deep in our hearts. There it can grow and flower and bring forth the fruits of constant remembrance.” Click here for more on Sacred Hebrew chant as a spiritual practice.
In December we experimented with a chanting service for Shabbat morning, and the response was, “More, please!”
Whether or not you have have had the experience of chanting in Sanskrit or another language, come prepared to go “deep” instead of “broad” with the liturgy, as we lift up and focus on just a handful of the morning liturgy, tapping into these prayers in new ways.
This Shabbat service will still include a Torah service, and will next take place on Jan 12 and March 30.
In the words of Rabbi Daria’s chant teacher, Rabbi Shefa Gold, “chanting takes the song that is in our mouths and plants it deep in our hearts. There it can grow and flower and bring forth the fruits of constant remembrance.”
You can read more about chant as a spiritual practice at www.rabbishefagold.com/chant-core-practice/