Be Still and Get Going: A Jewish Meditation Practice for Real Life

By Alan Lew

- Written in a hot, obtainable, and intimate variety, BE nonetheless AND GET GOING will contact those who find themselves looking for an genuine non secular perform that speaks to them of their personal cultural language.- Lew's first e-book, "One God Clapping (Jewish lighting fixtures Publishing, 2/01), used to be a "San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and winner of the PEN Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence. "Publishers Weekly hailed him as "a perceptive philosopher" for his "refreshing and infrequently startling standpoint" in his final publication, "This Is genuine and also you Are thoroughly Unprepared (Little, Brown and corporate, 2003).- Lew is among the so much sought-after rabbis at the lecture circuit. He has had nationwide media publicity for his dynamic fusion of jap perception and biblical studies, having been the topic of news on ABC information, the "McNeil Lehrer information Hour, and numerous NPR programs.- some time past 5 years there were nationwide meetings on Jewish meditation in San Francisco, la, and Miami the place Lew has been a featured speaker.

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The partitions come down and abruptly we will be able to see, all of sudden we realize the character of our estrangement from God, and this reputation is the start of our reconciliation with God. We spoke past of ways the Torah painstakingly engraves a dead ringer for the Tabernacle and its sacred constitution in our psyches. It has happened to me in recent times that the Jewish calendar yr does a similar factor with one other photograph, a dead ringer for the autumn of the Temple, a twin of its partitions falling down, its destruction and our exile. The calendar yr engraves this photo in our psyches via a sequence of public fasts. at the 15th of Tevet, which falls in overdue November and December, we quickly in reminiscence of the start of the siege of Jerusalem. at the 17th of Tammuz, a midsummer month, we quick in reminiscence of the breach of the city’s partitions towards the top of this siege. precisely 3 weeks later, at the 9th of Av (Tisha B’Av), we detect a tremendous fast—the longest and such a lot tough quick of the year—to keep in mind the autumn of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple. Then seven weeks later, at the day after Rosh Hashanah, we realize the short of Gedalyah. Gedalyah was once the Jewish governor who presided over Israel after it have been conquered via the Babylonians. He used to be assassinated by way of Jewish zealots—disgruntled Jewish monarchists—and after his demise, the Jews have been wiped clean out of the land of Israel and shipped off to a Babylonian exile. So the short of Gedalyah marks the start of the Jewish Diaspora—the exile. This sequence of fasts tells bodies and our souls the tale of the encroachment of vacancy, the tale of impermanence. there has been a very good Temple, an exceptional country with its capital in Jerusalem, yet even such doubtless unshakable associations as those easily slipped away into the mists of heritage. yet as we pointed out past, even whereas it stood, the good Temple was once a constitution headquartered round vacancy. The Holy of Holies, the Sacred heart that every one the flowery structural beauty of the Temple in basic terms served to target, used to be basically a vacated house. It used to be outlined that method. The Holy of Holies was once the distance not anyone may input other than the excessive priest, or even he may perhaps merely input for a number of moments on Yom Kippur. If a person else entered this position, or if the excessive priest entered on the other day, the charged vacancy on the Sacred middle, the robust nothingness there, may weigh down him and he might die. On Tisha B’Av, it truly is as though this vacancy breaks free from its bounds and swallows every little thing up. The Temple burns. The vacancy as soon as constrained to the heart of the Temple now characterizes it thoroughly. The Temple is an vacancy. This photograph touches us deeply. we're constantly below siege. And it truly is exactly the vacancy on the heart of our lives that holds us below siege. fearful of this vacancy, seeing it as utter negation, we protect opposed to it with all our may possibly. We fight mightily to build an identification, however the partitions hold falling down, after which the town eventually collapses, and the identification we now have been laboring so desperately to shore up collapses besides it.

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