Conformity means a bunch of individuals forming a collective ego, an I. Community means a bunch of individuals building a whole that transcends the individual “I”s (egos) and creates a collective higher self.
A “person” may be human, but a “person” may also be another life form, including other animals and plants. The world is filled with persons we don’t even realize are there.
Breath + words = creation (Gen 1)
Inspiration = Dreamtime
A Roman charioteer was actually the most well-paid athlete in history.
There is life and death in every breath.
Feelings are there to point us in the right direction.
We all need to rest, and so does the earth. That’s why we have shabbat and why the earth has a sabbatical year.
Someone once said, “God is in the details.” That’s why observation, research and scholarship, and study are fundamental.
Learning from experience leads to wisdom.
Search your core. There you will find genuine stories.
There are lots of I’s that are the same, but there is no You other than You.
You are what the I conceals.
Num 1.52, “Each person under his or her banner”: Each person is uniquely himself and herself.
Lev 19:18: “Love your neighbor as yourself” actually reads in Hebrew: “You shall show love to your neighbor as you would (show it to) yourself.” In other words, love is not simply a feeling state, but also an act of doing.
Gen 28:12: Why do the angels first go up the ladder and then down it in Jacob’s dream? Because some of us are the angels.
Thinking is a part of feeling.
We will never ultimately win a race against time, because time does not sleep.
The more you are aware of your body, the more you feel the energy that shapes your greater self.
Spend some time doing nothing. That’s what allows you to do something worthwhile. Shabbat.
Anxiety and daily dramas cover and surpress the longings of our spirit for sustenance.
Meditation, study, dreaming, praying: moments when time and the I depart and the Source enters.
Ironically, when we let go of our I, we feel a deep connection to others and understand Lev 19.18: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Ed Koch defends Obama on the NYC mosque (comparing Obama’s comments to George Washington’s letter on behalf of Jews) and condemns attempts to amend the fourteenth amendment.
“Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico is considering whether to grant a pardon to Billy the Kid. Among opponents are descendants of the sheriff who killed him.”
Our accomplishments belong as much to others as they do to us.
So small in the vastness of the universe am i, yet complete and whole.
After Jacob and Joseph died, Jews became slaves in Egypt. Why? Because they lost track of their ancestors, their home, their Source. Roots let us grow and thrive. They are the ties that both bind and liberate. We cannot help but be products of generations past to the beginning of time. The question is: Do we sever ourselves from the past, simply reuse the past by forgetting that we are each born anew, or integrate the past into a new creation?
Stepping outside of your I gives the Source room to enter.
Full breath means full life.
When something painful happens to you, remember that a guardian angel is by your side every moment.
We Jews are haunted by the cries of Abel’s heirs from the earth. The specter of annhilation has a way of improving your hearing. Hence tikkun olam, repair of the world.
And this is 3.4 million years ago: Puts the use of tools at a much earlier date than formerly thought.
Wisdom arises from the inside.
Noah did not argue with the Source for the impending human genocide. Abraham argued with the Source for Sodom, but not for Isaac. Moses argued incessantly with the Source. So did the great Hasidic rebbe, Isaac of Berditchev. We are supposed to act like Moses and Isaac of Berditchev.
True relaxation: not a vacation, but a way of life.
The Source breathed life into Adam (Gen 2.7). Every time we exhale, we also bring life into others.
Each of our cells contains a universe. We are each a cell in another universe.
Humility is the beginning of wisdom.
Jewish tradition says that every part of our body corresponds to a mitzvah (a commandment). So, when our body is in proper attunement, we will then feel the presence of the Source and act accordingly.
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