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”

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Erev Shabbat Playlist: 3 Forms of Ancient/Modern Mind Expanding Jewish Chanting

The words to these songs are from the Torah and the Book of Psalms (both over 2,000 years old), and Jewish prayers going back many hundreds of years. Open your mind and listen to the soul inside these words as they are revealed through these incredible modern renditions. Continue reading “Erev Shabbat Playlist: 3 Forms of Ancient/Modern Mind Expanding Jewish Chanting”