Torah is a living tree (etz chayim), never staying the same, always changing and growing.
Life grows as a tree. Slowly the roots extend and descend, while the trunk rises and expands into branches.
This is excellent (not political). It’s an Israeli advertisement for investment that highlights Jewish commitment to learning, entrepreneurship, high tech, and the collaboration of business and government:
Torah teaches us to heal the pain of our ancestors and parents: Abraham for Terah, Jacob for Isaac and Rebecca, Joseph and his brothers for Jacob, Moses for Abraham and Sarah, Joshua for Moses, and we for our own.
Life is a classroom with a never-ending series of pop quizzes. That’s why we’re here.
A true prophet speaks not for him- or herself, but for the Source (Gen 41:15-16).
While others sit, will I stand? While others are silent, will I speak? While others acquiesce, will I challenge? Am I ready to travel a lonely road? Questions for the budding prophet.
“Love your neighbor as yourself” and “made in the image of God” means: Loving your neighbor takes you on the path to loving the Source.
No matter where we go and with whatever people we are spending time, we carry with us the authentic energy that makes us who we are.
40 years in the wilderness. Enough time passed for Jews to unlearn slave habits.
The Source stayed with Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, and Joseph no matter how many mistakes and foolish judgments they made
Awe and reverence are my spiritual touchstones.
Allowing life to unfold takes courage, flexibility, and patience.
YHWH, “Lord” (adonai), actually means “that which brings into being.” In other words, YHWH is the Source, the source of all that is.
”God” is a word, a name, giving us the illusion that we somehow control whatever “God” is. We don’t. That’s why Jews have no name for “God.” That’s why most Buddhists have no “God” at all.
Breathing is life. Breathing is words. Conscious breathing draws us closer to creation.
In Hebrew, a mitzvah (often translated “commandment”) is not an order, but a commitment to be aware of what is holy and to act accordingly.
The Source implanted self-interest in humans in order that they might be able to repair the world.
Every moment of life is holy. Acknowledge it. Say a prayer and meditate. Take off your shoes.
While on the way, we often delay or rush or wish we were on another road. But this is the way appointed for us (Gen 45.24).
We are energy, body and soul, a stream of light in the body and soul of the universe.
Often translated “wind” or “spirit”, ruach in Genesis 1:2 refers to the underlying force of existence and the universe: ” “Energy.” It’s gender is feminine and is frequently understood in Jewish tradition (especially mysticism) as a feminine counterpart to a more masculine organizing creator. Whether or not these gender connotations are useful or accurate in some way, they offer a picturesque and poetic way of describing the ultimate.
Ruach is pregnant energy, partner of the Source in creation (Gen 1.2).
Instead of getting caught up in the trivia of day-to-day life, we may glimpse at what really matters through dreams.
We are Adam’s kin, born out of earth’s womb, ready to return to her loving warmth.
Symbols are the path to meaning. They help makes us human. They allow us to connect to one another and to the universe.
Symbols express the core of who we are.
This is pretty cool: Hermit crabs and human beings as social networkers.
Joseph seeks his brothers (Gen 37:15-16). He does not really find them until they find one another at the end of Genesis.
When we walk through a familiar building, our home or workplace, we are also exploring the pathways of our unconscious and of the Source.
Symbols are the vehicles through which we experience life. Daily activity gives us the illusion that events are tangible and symbols are codes. Dreams allow us to see symbols as they are: the force that channels energy into form.
Jacob wrestling with No-Name: Can we really put a name to most of our struggles? (Gen 32:23-33)
Jacob wrestling with No-Name. That’s what we all do most of the time, isn’t it? (Gen 32.23-33)
“From Freedom Fries to Mecca Cola, a slide show of sadly politicized food to embarrass all eaters…”
Symbols express feeling at the most profound levels. If we do not interpret symbols, we are not fully in touch with our feelings. Without symbols, history describes people as automatons, stick figures empty of life.
There is always something to learn in every place and from every person.
Under waking anesthesia, life moves as a dream does. Time contracts. Moments take on greater meaning. Events do not flow from one to another, but from symbol to symbol, forming a poem and a painting.
Krakow (Poland) opens Oskar Schindler Museum at site of his factory.
Seeing Truth’s wrinkles helps me to stop making the same mistakes.
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