By: Sara Brandes | June 14, 2019

reflection by Genevieve Greinetz, rabbinic intern
 
It is amazing how much depth we can glean when we sit with one seemingly small detail that arises in meditation. During a recent three-week retreat, I sat with the miniscule details of indecision. My usual indecision was wildly magnified to the point where deciding what to eat for breakfast was.. devastatingly overwhelming. You know the elevated, even chaotic sensitivity that arises in retreat—you might find yourself crying because the steam hovering over your coffee is astounding. I found myself having a nervous freak out encountering the treacherous decision between eggs & oatmeal.
 
As I sat in the hall later that day, indecision arose again. Would I go to yoga or take a walk?...

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By: Sara Brandes | June 14, 2019

reflection by Genevieve Greinetz, rabbinic intern

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By: Sara Brandes | May 08, 2019

By: Rabbi Sara Brandes


Were you to wonder if there is such a thing as Jewish mindfulness, you would need look no further than Parashat Kedoshim, which we read in Israel this Shabbat. For in it we find the claim, which might also be considered the very essence of Judaism, that holiness is created by bringing attention to the moment to moment of our lives, and that such attention is nothing short of Divine.


The Parasha opens: “Speak to the whole Israelite community and say to them: You shall be holy, for I, the LORD your God, am holy.” (Leviticus 19:1) , and later continues “You shall not render an unfair decision: do not favor the poor or show deference to the rich; judge your kinsman fairly. Do not deal basely with your countrymen. Do n...

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By: Sara Brandes | October 30, 2018

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