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Omer Day Five: Splendor Nestled within Lovingkindness

Posted by Rabbi Goldie Milgram |
Photo credit: "Contemplating Orange" by Barry Bub

Before the sun sets today there is still time for today's Day Five Omer practice of Hod sheh b'Chessed. Hod—incubating splendor nestled within the embrace of Divine Lovingkindness, i.e., Chessed. While contemplating this pair of sephirot at sunset last night and now, I sense a prodding around my heart, it is orange, the color Reb Zalman associated with Hod. Here it comes within again and again, as though asking for attention. The prodding is not painful, it's…almost…a memory? So I welcome it, asking: What do you need? Why have come?

Omer Day Four: Knowing Your Divine Driving Force

Posted by Rabbi Goldie Milgram |
Photo credit: Google images

Before the sun sets today there is still time for today's Day Four Omer practice of Netzakh sheh b'Chessed—Netzakh--the Divine acting as a driving force wrapped in the flowing embrace of chessed—overflowing lovingkindness. While contemplating this pair of sephirot from my perch on the Tree of Life, an email binged and truth to tell, reflexively I looked at it.

Omer Day Three: Beauty of Balance within Lovingkindness

Posted by Rabbi Goldie Milgram |
Photo credit: Barry Bub, his Latvian Matzah Balls love wraps pine nuts, onions, ground meat, cardamon, rolled in cinnamon

Firstly, I've just created and posted a full 2015 Omer calendar, in color and black and white that you can print out, with each of the Kabbalists' pairs of qualities (sephirot) of the Tree of Life listed and explained. And, before the sun sets today there is still time for today's Day Three Omer practice of Tiferet sheh b'Chessed—Tiferet is the Beauty of Balance, our harmonizing the opposites of restraint and flowing within the embrace of Chessed--Lovingkindness.

Omer Day Two: Restraint within Lovingkindness

Posted by Rabbi Goldie Milgram |
Photo credit: Google images

Before the sun sets today there is still time for this Day Two Omer practice of Restraint within Lovingkindness--Gevurah sheh b'Chessed. We begin by contemplating how what my teacher Reb Zalman called "the G*d field" functions. The original energy of creation is present around and through us and yet is filtered by the atmosphere, and clouds, and the original star dust is that from which we are made. Compressed energy takes form as clouds, rivers, the human genome, and the DNA of the letters of Torah.

Omer Day One: Lovingkindness within Lovingkindness

Posted by Rabbi Goldie Milgram |
Street sweeper pauses to help a homeless person make a sign. Photo Credit: Barry Bub

Walking in today's omer state of consciousness, lovingkindness within lovingkindness, my sweet Hubbatzin Barry came upon this street sweeper pausing to help a very shaky homeless person write a sign asking for spare change.

Renewing the Joy of Passover

Posted by Rabbi Goldie Milgram |

Photo credit google imagesHappy Passover! Here's a joyful free story for your Shabbat Seder or family time by Noa Baum from our newest book in our award-winning Mitzvah Stories series.
 

Purim Stories

Posted by Rabbi Goldie Milgram |

Purim is a "rite of reversal". Everything in the megillah turns out backwards to how it was during the time of the Persian Empire. Such a story, when paired with ritual as in Purim, serves as a powerful, safe way of venting our frustrations and moving toward our highest hopes.

We invite you to adapt, adopt or excerpt from our explanation and integrative ritual for Tu B'Shvat

Posted by Rabbi Goldie Milgram |

    The Jewish festival of the trees, our “earth day” — Tu B’Shvat, begins tonight. "An Original Environmental Tu B'Shvat Ritual" is an article we wrote that just went live at the Philadelphia Jewish Voice.

Due date extended for written submissions to The Wisdom of Reb Zalman

Posted by Rabbi Goldie Milgram |
We heard you cry out to us in the wilderness: "We need more time!" Accordingly the new written submissions due date for the juried volume "The Wisdom of Reb Zaman" Schachter-Shalomi is March 15. True quotes, vignettes, stories, ritual moments, his advocacy for feminism, tikkun olam, neo-hassidism, deeo ecumenism, and other highlights from your encounters and transcriptions of his teachings that illuminate Reb Zalman's ways of being in the world are invited--up to 1800 words.

Example Programs, Workshops and Shabbatonim

Posted by Rabbi Goldie Milgram |

Some Recent Shabbatonim, Scholar-in-Residencies and Workshops
Given for Communities and Conferences
by Rabbi Goldie Milgram