A bounty of teachings on how to prepare for Rosh HaShana and how to direct one's intentions on the day itself. Teachings about teshuva, prayer and shofar.
WOMEN’S EICHA READING by Hanna Yaffe CLASS afterwards by Sarah Yehudit Schneider Given
The Torah, says Sefer Yetzira, is really three in one. There’s the Torah of Bereshit, the Torah of Sinai, and the Torah of souls. Our job, says the Baal Shem Tov, is to unify these three Torot with every word we speak and breath we take.
The Zohar is teaching that HaShem (so to speak) looked into Him/Her/Itself and articulated a will for a creation that would revel in the glory of G-d. That vision and all the myriad ways it could materialize and all the laws that define its parameters…that is the primordial Torah.
The matzah itself is a neutral object. It is simple flat bread that sits at the center of the table and doesn’t talk or move and yet, even still, it goes through changes. As we evolve and enlighten in the course of the evening we project a whole string of meanings and transformations onto that matzah, just like we do in real life vis a vis the world around us (and also vis a vis our conception of G-d).
This Torah of Atzilut was what Adam would have received had he not opted for duality, preferring Knowledge of Good and Evil over the Tree of Life’s non-dual Knowledge-of-the-Holy-One. It is also the Torah that we received at Sinai, but forfeited when we too betrayed its calling.
Shavuot 5778 / 2018 Sarah Yehudit Schneider “And you shall know the soul
This Chanukka teaching is dedicated to Yaku, daughter of Heltcha: “Thank you for
Shavuot 2016 /5776 Sarah Yehudit Schneider The Torah revealed at Sinai (on Shavuot) is
Pesach 2016 /5776 Sarah Yehudit Schneider “The reward phase of history called the
A Model for Ahavat Yisrael Sarah Yehudit Schneider כִּי הָמָן בֶּן-הַמְּדָתָא הָאֲגָגִי צֹרֵר
A spiritual path asks its adherents to walk their talk. Yet that is
One of the most difficult and subtle challenges of a spiritual path is
Chanukka (2015 / 5776) Sarah Yehudit Schneider Based on teachings by R. Tsadok
Prayer is called “service of the heart” because it’s challenge (and calling) is
Textual Study as Meditation alternates study with meditation in a way that dissolves
Our break from work on Shabbat creates an atmosphere of rest that permeates
This FIFTH video teaching on Jewish meditation explains how meditation, and in particular the
“Everything that the Merciful One does is good.” That means everything, without exception.
When HaShem revealed the Torah at Sinai, the Israelites died at every word.
Jacob’s ladder reaches up through the worlds to the inwardness of G-d called