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Your First Step begins the Journey

The month of Elul is an essential beginning of the High Holiday season, and it begins this Friday evening. It provides each of us an opportunity—an entire moon cycle of days—to intentionally prepare ourselves for a new spiritual beginning. The birthday of humanity is approaching, and celebrates your specific and unique life journey.  It’s most [...]

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Here Comes the Moon …

I’ve never much liked surprises. I don’t mind the rush of adrenaline that courses through my bloodstream after a sudden burst of surprise. But more, I enjoy the building of anticipation knowing something is going to soon happen. This week, excitement is eagerly building for the arrival of the “Sabbath of Blessing” (Shabbat Mevorchim). On [...]

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A Mandala of Moon Shadows

The new moon of Sivan crested on Monday evening. The night before, the moon moved itself across the surface of the sun. Tickets to “scientifically” view the phenomena were sold out. So instead of heading to the observatory, my man and I went to a tapas & wine bar nearby. “Here’s to Mrs. Ward, who [...]

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A Personal Sigh of Creation

Beautiful Nissan is a moon cycle filled with promises and miracles. No matter how challenging or shocking or devastating life is sometimes, the waxing Nissan moon is a symbolic assurance that nothing is relentlessly difficult forever. Our experiences shift. Whether we are “ready” or not, spring comes again. And it has. Officially, spring has arrived. [...]

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Smile, You Are in Adar

The healing energy during the next four weeks of the Adar moon is joy and laughter. That means the more you can laugh and enjoy yourself this moon cycle, the better off you’ll be. Crack a smile and your whole situation may tilt toward true healing and enjoyment. This is true on the most simple [...]

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Soul Sense

Not everyone walks around aware of the soul. This month, however, this awareness may be easier to access. Your soul is related to your breath and your smell. In fact, they all are connected. If you are conscious of one, you most likely can be attentive to the other two simply by being sensitive of [...]

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The Cantor Within

We opened our family Torah this week. It was passed down to us from my ninety-nine-year-old grandpa. My boy’s eyes grew wide. “Can I read it?” he asked? “Of course,” I replied, even though he doesn’t know Hebrew. Here’s what happened: Click here to see the video: Connecting with the cantor within…

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Celebrate Your Precious Life–Days of Joy

Tonight’s full moon begins the second half of Tishrei, referred to as the Days of Joy and Celebration. So, make the time to celebrate! Look up at the moon—feel yourself within the Divine Unfolding—and exclaim your joy for being alive. Sure, there may be some, maybe many, parts of your life that you hope to [...]

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Full Moon—Sukkot—Joy and Celebration

At its fullest expression, the Tishrei moon is also called the harvest moon. It lights the night sky as no other, illuminating the evenings and gently stirring you from your warm predawn slumber. Tishrei’s full moon is about joy. Not the joy of happy ha! ha! isn’t this fun, but the source of joy that [...]

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Happy New You—I mean, Moon!

The Tishrei moon cycle runs from September 29 through October 28. It is filled with more holidays then any other month of the year. To stay in close connection with yourself, God, and the holiness that surrounds you, use each phase of the Tishrei moon as a cue. Know that whatever it is you are [...]

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