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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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Moon Brings the Tune

In anticipation of Birkat HaChodesh on Saturday, this Blessing-of-the-New-Month-inspired tune fell into my consciousness. I was humming it all day as Av’s waning crescent hung in the sky. Its verses are very loosely based on the formal prayer, but really are just for fun!  Hum along to the tune of the infamous Abbey Road Beatles’ track, [...]

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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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Waning Quarter Moon—Intimacy and Celebration

The waning quarter moon lessens in intensity though not in affect. These final days of Tishrei are good times to reflect on the activity and heart openings you may have experienced earlier in the month. Call to Action: Look up at the moon and bask in the glow of insights you may have gleaned. Smile [...]

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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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Hooked into Pure Holiness

The Tishrei moon grows in intensity for ten days, after which the infusion of light shifts from purpose to holiness.  On the eve of the tenth of Tishrei, as the sunsets, you touch the deepest part of your soul. You are in contact with the Divine in a way that you typically feel only at [...]

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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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