3 Reasons Why I’m Glad I Plugged My Jewish Mind into Limmud JLM

Growing up I hated school. I also hated Hebrew school. Until later in life, I didn’t have positive associations with the word ‘education.’ Last week I went back to school and loved it. Along with¬†150 presenters (they are like the teachers) and 500 students, we gathered at Jerusalem’s Har Herzl complex for a two day celebration of informal Jewish learning known as ‘Limmud.’ ¬†This was my first Limmud and I would defiantly go back. Here are three reasons why. Continue reading “3 Reasons Why I’m Glad I Plugged My Jewish Mind into Limmud JLM”

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How Blowing the Shofar Can Blow Your Mind and Awaken Your True Self

Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer, the Baal Shem Tov (Master of the Good Name), was a mystic and spiritual teacher who lived in the 18th century Eastern Europe and founded the Hasidic movement in Judaism. According to Hasidic teachings, a Jewish spiritual practice is a mitzvah, an opportunity for the soul to connect to the Divine. Rosh Hashanah is associated with the mitzvah of sounding the Shofar (traditionally a ram’s horn) to wake the soul from its spiritual slumber and during Elul (the month preceding Rosh Hashanah). It is customary to sound the Shofar every day during morning prayers to prepare for the Jewish New Year. Continue reading “How Blowing the Shofar Can Blow Your Mind and Awaken Your True Self”