Opening Your Heart with Psalm 27

Episode 51: Opening Your Heart with Psalm 27

The period of time from the start of Elul to the end of Sukkot is about the same length of time from Passover to Shavuot. The former period is given focus through the recitation of Psalm 27 (and the chanting/recitation of selichot, or penitential prayers). Rabbi Debra Robbins provides us with tools to make the practice of reciting Psalm 27 a richer, deeper, and more sustained experience in her book.
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Mishkan Ga’avah: Where Pride Dwells

Episode 49: Mishkan Ga’avah: Where Pride Dwells

There are so many ways to open up prayer. The most effective, and most important, is to connect deeply to one’s own life, one’s own heart, and to see oneself. From that clear seeing — or the desire to do so — we can express our deepest desires, most overwhelming fears, greatest joys, and significant commitments. That has inspired the flourishing of prayer in the LGBTQ+ community, which does not often see itself in traditional Jewish prayers. Rabbi Denise Eger introduces us to the richness of this prayer tradition in Mishkan Ga’avah: Where Pride Dwells, A Celebration of LGBTQ Jewish Life and Ritual.
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25-25-50 Meditation

Episode 48: 25-25-50 Meditation

Do you think you could have an “I-Thou” connection to a tree? Well, not sitting in your house you can’t! And, likely just walking up to a tree and saying “HI” won’t work either. Rabbi Mike Comins offers us a practice to help us cultivate our capacity to be outdoors and really BE there, perhaps ultimately to meet it as a “Thou”.
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