This Torah portion is one of the shortest Shabbat readings. Vayelekh is primarily concerned with the transition between the old leadership Moshe and the new leader Yehoshua. Moshe is clear that he is giving up his long assignment as leader of Yisrael. He empowers Yehoshua in the presence of the entire community there to witness. “Be strong and of good courage, ” he says, assuring the new leader and people that they do not need to be afraid since Havayah is with them.Read More
In this Torah portion, Nitzavim, we move from warnings and exhortations meant to incentivize fulfilling the covenant to a prophecy about the covenant. The flexibility in Torah is a little more apparent in these sections. The ability to turn back to a better way is offered. This suggests that the universe is a safe place to try things out. Free choice is extended, which is partly a relief and somewhat scary. In between dire warnings and threats, we find potent intentions given in Torah. We are empowered.Read More
This Torah portion is about accountability. Everyone is accountable for their actions. Becoming a nation is a complex task. In the time of Torah, “accountability” was called “blessings, warnings, and curses.”Read More
This week the moon of Elul moves toward fullness and shines its brightest on Shabbat. Virgo, the maiden in the heavens, shines brightly, beckoning us toward T’shuvah’s – return to coherence. It’s an annual invitation to refine.
The Bnay Yisaskhar on Elul teaches that a problem cannot be solved at the level as the problem. The only way to bring about change is by accessing a higher level. Emilie Conrad z”l taught the same in her Santa Monica studio.Read More
Elevate your High Holy Days with Holistic Jew
Rosh Hashanah Eve to honor with Traditional Jewish Renewal prayer, movement, crystal bowls, and meditation followed by kiddish and a sumptuous, ethically sourced kosher mitzvah meal. Vegan options, wine, and grape juice. Rosh Hashanah is the Birthday of the World.
We will initiate Yom Kippur with Kol Nidre followed by Maariv – Jewish Renewal style – to meet the day of at-one-ment. On Yom Kippur – “Time becomes God.”
This month, Elul, is a time when love is in the air. The Beloved on High’s right arm is open and ready to receive all who wish to return into resonance. A sense of Divine Intimacy is present. The Sovereign is relaxing in the field. Say hello. You are invited.Read More