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Meditation and Shabbat — Lesson #6

Our break from work on Shabbat creates an atmosphere of rest that permeates both body and soul. But if we also meditate we harness the principle of resonance to bring the peace of Shabbos into the deepest...
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Elijah the Peacemaker

Pesach 2015 / 5775 Based on R. Tsadok HaKohen, Tsidkat HaTsadik #218 Sarah Yehudit Schneider Between Barekh and Hallel (stage 13 and stage 14 of the seder)—between thanking HaShem for the meal...
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Masters of the Saf — Purim 2015 / 5775

In those days, when Mordekhai sat by the king’s gate, two of the king’s eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, Guardians of the Saf (Threshold), were angry, and sought to lay hand on king Ahasuerus. Mordekhai caught...
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Speaking Truth to Lie — Jewish Meditation Lesson 4

This FOURTH video teaching on Jewish meditation, explains how meditation expands  our field of awareness to include (at least parts of) our unconscious self. And it provides an opportunity to clean out...
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Labeling as a Meditation Tool — Lesson 3

Labeling as a Meditation Tool -- Lesson 3 // Judaism is a fourfold path. There are physical practices that rectify the body, prayer that cleanses the heart, meditation that stills the mind, and Torah study...
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A Chanukka Kavvana

Sarah Yehudit Schneider   When is the time for lighting Chanukka candles? The earliest (and preferable) time is sunset but one can still fulfill the mitzvah until pedestrians disappear from the street.  ...
A Meditation from the Code of Jewish Law

A Meditation from the Code of Jewish Law

Judaism is a fourfold path. There are physical practices that rectify the body, prayer that cleanses the heart, meditation that stills the mind, and Torah study that awakens the deepest layer of soul. The...
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The Secret of Sorting Truth From Lie

Tisha B'Av, 5774/2014 Sarah Yehudit Schneider R. Yehoshua ben Levi met Mashiach and asked him: “When will you come, Master? When will you announce yourself?” Mashiach answered: “Today!” But the...
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Like it Or Not, We Are In This Together

Shavuot 2014 / 5774 Sarah Yehudit Schneider The Torah’s revelation at Sinai was the most profound manifestation of God that ever transpired on the planet. An estimated four million people beheld that...
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Plagues by Land…Plagues by Sea

Pesach 2014 / 5774 Sarah Yehudit Schneider Rabbi Yosi the Gallilean said: The Egyptians were struck by ten plagues in Egypt, and fifty plagues at the sea... Rabbi Eliezer said: …In Egypt they were...
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Remember Amalek…Don’t Forget

PurimBurst 2014 Sarah Yehudit Schneider (1) Remember….(2) to blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under the heavens….(3) Do not forget!      Who is this Amalek that three of our 613 mitzvot...
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A Tribute to Wheat for Tu B’Shvat

Sarah Yehudit Schneider It is customary to eat fruits and drink wine in celebration of Tu B’Shvat, the Rosh HaShana of fruit trees. And it is fitting to admire each fruit and speak its praises...
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Chanukka and the Feminine

by Sarah Yehudit Schneider In Jewish symbology, the masculine archetype conflates with the sun and the feminine with the moon. Based on this equation the Ari maps out a seven-stage sequence from waning to...
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Paradox Video Teaching #10

This video teaching, called Varieties of Paradox, is a summary of the different types of paradox that we encounter in the world. People expressed confusion because we have introduced so many different...
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Sweetening the Dinim

Rosh HaShanna 2013/5774  Sarah Yehudit Schneider  Our Rosh Hashana avoda—its soul-searching, lengthy prayers, and special mitzvot—is all directed toward one mysterious aim called “sweetening the...
Paradox #9 — Hashmal Jig 3/3

Paradox #9 — Hashmal Jig 3/3

This illustrated video teaching, called The Hashmal Jig 3/3, is the ninth installment in our series on Paradox.  It examines the second step of our Hashmal Jig—the need to make a choice despite our...
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Master of Prayer — Tisha b’Av, 5773 / 2013

“Everything that the Merciful One does is good.” That means everything, without exception. Our job is to find that good…and proclaim it. From this perspective complaints with providence expose the...
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Paradox 8–Hashmal Jig 2/3

This video teaching, called The Hashmal Jig 2/3, is the eighth installment in our series on Paradox. It develops the kabbalistic secret of Hashmal—the energy of consciousness generated from dancing between...
Paradox 7 — The Hashmal Jig

Paradox 7 — The Hashmal Jig

This video teaching, called The Hashmal Jig 1/3, is the seventh installment in our series on Paradox. It introduces the kabbalistic secret of Hashmal—the energy of consciousness generated from dancing...
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Dewdrops of Light–Shavuot 5773 / 2013

 When HaShem revealed the Torah at Sinai, the Israelites died at every word. Their souls flew from their bodies and Hashem revived them with the dew that He will use to resurrect the dead.  From where does...