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Va’etkhanan

Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Va'etkhanan

Va’etkhanan: Paying Attention

I’m just back from a silent mindfulness and insight (vipassana) meditation retreat, so it’s no surprise that the following line from this week’s reading (Va’etkhanan) jumped out at me. After all, it sounds a lot like the meditation instructions I’d just received and diligently practiced. Watch your self so that you don’t forget the things […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Va'etkhanan

Va’etkhanan: Upon your Heart

This week’s Torah portion includes the Sh’ma, one of Judaism’s most important prayers. The Sh’ma is found in Judaism’s daily, Sabbath and holiday liturgy, and is recited before sleep and with one’s dying breath. It was the first prayer that I learned as a child, though my understanding of it has changed over time. The siddur/prayer book that […]

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