This second video on Jewish Meditation gives useful tips and incentives. Hopefully you have been experimenting with the meditation from the Code of Jewish Law presented in Lesson 1. Before moving to more advanced techniques it is good to have some practice under your belt. The next lesson will suggest ways to deepen the experience.
Holiday Series — Paradox: A Hanukkah Dilemma
Hanukkah teaches us how to survive exile and how to accomplish the purpose of it. And that brings us to the paradox of “isolation and integration,” a Hanukka Dilemma.
This Illustrated Video Teaching introduces the concept of I-centers—an extremely useful tool for sorting through the complexities of paradox. It is always good to build an idea from the ground up. In the next teaching (Part 5 or our series) we will examine the mystical origins of this concept as well as its practical applications.
One of the most difficult and subtle challenges of a spiritual path is the matter of “strange fire” which we’ll define as: “taking pleasure from something that violates one’s own moral code.” It makes sense to avoid temptation whenever possible, but that’s a strategy that needs to be augmented with an equal (perhaps even greater) measure of inner work, i.e., meditation.
Paradox is a subject that is oft-discussed, but there is actually very little instruction about how, practically, to work with it. These 12 Illustrated Video Teachings (of 7 – 10 min. each) present paradox as a spiritual path and provide practical instruction about how to negotiate (and even embrace) paradox.
The original vision—the one HaShem had in mind from the start—was for the community of Israel itself to become a living Mishkan. The people themselves going about their God-centered lives would embody the Presence and shine it into the world . Each person’s life would be, metaphorically, a thread in the curtain, a beam on the wall, a bolt in the plank, or a curtain ring.