Meditations

Video Practice: Lectio Divina: ‘A Bud Shall Blossom’

November 29, 2021

by Kathy Keary
The practice of Lectio Divina opens my heart to the special message that God has for me on a particular day. It is a way for God to communicate to me and it provides me with the opportunity to reflect on that and respond.

Contemplative Life Video: Practicing Gratitude

November 22, 2021

We’re beginning a new feature in our series The Contemplative Life. Starting today, we will begin to offer videos in which we will walk the viewer through various types of contemplative prayer.

The Call to Compassion in Judaism

November 15, 2021

By Kathy Keary
“Jewish mysticism teaches that the face of God is imprinted on our hearts, and all we have to do is look within in order to know the truth and act accordingly” ~ Mirabai Starr

Contemplative Judaism

November 9, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Through the ages, humanity has exhibited an unquenchable thirst to know and be in communion with the Sacred One. Contemplative practices allow the fulfillment of this deep desire to be within our reach.

The God of Jewish Spirituality

November 1, 2021

by Kathy Keary
Every time we say “yes” to God, we gather up a holy spark and increase God’s presence in our individual lives and in the world.

Shekhinah: The Indwelling Presence of God

October 25, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Rabbinic mystics use the term, Shekhinah, a feminine Hebrew noun for God, to describe the indwelling of God’s Spirit in the human soul. Monica Brown’s beautiful meditative song “titled “Shekhinah” describes this idea: “Shekinah, Shekinah of God, Presence that is seen and touched, heard and felt.”

The Jewish Holiday of Shabbat: A Time of Refreshment, Part 2 of 2

October 18, 2021

Rabbi Heschel describes Shabbat as "a cathedral in time," a place to enjoy sacred rest, a hallowed break from doing to make room for being.

The Jewish Holiday of Shabbat: A Weekly Time of Refreshment

October 11, 2021

By Kathy Keary
“The sages describe Shabbat as a taste of the world to come – a glimpse into the Messianic time of true peace and lovingkindness.” ~ Rabbi Ted Falcon

Sukkot: A Joyful Celebration in the Jewish Tradition

October 4, 2021

By Kathy Keary
The harvest analogy of Sukkot continues to hold significance as the Jewish people reflect on the spiritual and emotional benefit of the experience of heartfelt repentance and forgiveness offered by the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur: A Solemn Day of Atonement

September 27, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Rabbi Ted Falcon describes Yom Kippur as a day during which "atonement" becomes "at-one-ment," when Jews “feel an extraordinary sense of release and spiritual unity that comes with forgiveness.”

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