Dance

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Dance
May we, might we, shall we dance? For I think Hashem’s playing our tune, the one that can carry us o’er clouds to the garden above, where all the world’s awash in Hashem’s Love, where we can dance and frolic, laugh and play, where even two seconds feel like a full day, for there is Eternity in the palm of our hand. So turn on some techno, find a Na Nach van; let go of the clutter and set your mind free; experience Joy today for tomorrow might not be. It might sound crazy, but give it a chance — whatever life throws at you, for the love of Gd, DANCE!!!

Bridges

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There are many truths,
but none of them is Truth,
so the only answer is Love.
We must summon compassion
when we least think we can
and offer it to those
who think that we won’t.
For then bridges are built,
one person to another,
that will carry us all to Heaven.

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praying shabbat brings more shalom to us all, jen

my little ukulele experiment

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Yes, that’s a ukulele. 

And, yes, I’m learning to play Jewish songs on it to lead family services and Tot Shabbats.  

And, yes, I’m having more fun than should be possible for someone who tried (very, very unsuccessfully!!) over a number of years to learn to play guitar.  

And, yes, I may fail miserably with this little ukulele experiment, but I’m going to have LOTS of fun trying!!!   

You see, over a decade ago, my Rabbi encouraged me to let go of my need to be perfect and to instead embrace the idea that only through trial-and-error would I begin to test the limits of my potential to “become” as an image of Gd.  It took me way too many years to begin living that philosophy, and now that I am, I can’t wait to see what I find to challenge me next!!    

The immense JOY to be found in every day of this Journey — living as a spirit having human experiences, rather than a human having occasional spiritual experiences — never ceases to amaze me . . . jen 

Perspective . . . 

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Three “views” of one moment:

1.

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3.


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None of them is right or wrong.  All of them contain Truth and offer an opportunity to see holiness unfolding.  It’s just a matter of perspective and focus. 

The same is no less true when we interact with other people.  They are not “standing” where we stand, and their “focus” may not be where ours is.  It doesn’t make their “snapshot” of a moment wrong.  Only different.  

This week, may we be cognizant of our perspectives, and may we have more patience for the perspectives of others.

  shavua tov, jen 

Street signs and Life

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Did you ever arrive at one of those places in life where you were certain your path was to the right, but other “signs” in your life kept telling you that turning right wasn’t currently an option?   

I’ve been in that place before, figuratively (and literally when I took the picture above on Tuesday evening).   Being in that place is frustrating because it leaves us uncertain which way to go!!

Tuesday night when the light turned green, I drove forward.  And, it seems to me, that’s also the only choice we have when we are in that place figuratively — we have to keep moving forward:  learning, growing, being compassionate, fostering peace where there is discord, and building order from life’s chaos.  

But not tonight, for tonight is Shabbat.   And although the world might want us to live as if “the light” is always green and we should always be going . . . we were commanded to stop, to breathe, to BE . . . to appreciate what we have already accomplished, the blessings we have been given, and the people we have in our daily lives who provide us love and support.  

Praying Shabbat brings us all more shalom, jen 

I can…because You are

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I can . . . because You are
You are everywhere and everything.
I close my eyes, You.
I open my eyes, You.
From One, the many.
In each, the One.
The Journey that started with one has expanded.
I can’t repair all that is broken in this shattered world, but…
I can live with open hands and open heart;
I can be kind to those I encounter;
I can hold my tongue and my urge to judge.
I can act in the likeness of You
everywhere I go and through everything this life throws at me because
You are everywhere and everything.
 
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Dear Friends–
In all honesty, I don’t always (everywhere and through everything) act in the likeness of Gd, whose merciful nature I wish to imitate. Some days I struggle to be compassionate and to withhold judgment — I remain human and I do have many flaws!!
  Nevertheless, I also know that I’ll never reach higher than the goals that I set for myself, so I set my goals high.  And that poem was written in a moment of hope, expressing my faith that I can become a better likeness of Gd than I am today.  

praying Shabbat brings more peace, and holiness, into each of our lives, jen