Meditations for ADAR

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Yakriv Mikem / Sacrifice “Of You”

Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: when one of you offers a sacrifice to the Lord, the sacrifice must be taken from the cattle, sheep or goats” (Lev. 1:2).

Or so the verse would read if it were constructed according to the normal rules of grammar. However, in Hebrew the word order of the sentence is strange and unexpected. We would expect to read: adam mikem ki yakriv, “when one of you offers a sacrifice”. Instead what it says is adam ki yakriv mikem, “when one offers a sacrifice of you”. The essence of sacrifice, said R. Shneor Zalman, is that we offer ourselves. We bring to G-d our faculties, our energies, our thoughts and emotions. The physical form of sacrifice -an animal offered on the altar – is only an external manifestation of an inner act. The real sacrifice is mikem, “of you”. We give G-d something of ourselves. ~ Rabbi Sacks, Self and Sacrifice

Meditations for ADAR

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Meditations for KISLEV

B’Ohrchah Nireh Ohr
In Your Light we see Light

It’s like a light going through a prism and being broken out into different colors. If it’s coming through a holiday, a mitzvah, or lighting candles, it’s the same light bouncing into the world and being refracted through a different means. We pick it up and experience it in different ways. But it’s really all the same light.*

Meditations for KISLEV

* Simon Apisdorf, Get A Glow, 12-19-2016 (speaking of the light of G-d)

Meditations for CHESHVAN

CHASHA / HUSH
To Be Silent

The strength of faith is in silence, in words that hibernate and wait. Uttered faith must come out as surplus of silence, as the fruit of lived faith, of enduring intimacy.*

Meditations for Cheshvan

* Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays

Meditations for ELUL

RAV HESED V’EMET
ABUNDANT IN LOVINGKINDNESS AND TRUTH

Adonai is compassionate and gracious, endlessly patient, loving, and true, showing mercy to thousands, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin, and granting pardon.*

Meditations for ELUL

* Taken from Yom Kippur liturgy based on Exodus 34:6.

Meditations for TAMMUZ

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GRATITUDE AND PRAISE

Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make. Jeremiah 18:3-4

TAMMUZ MEDITATIONS

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Meditations For SIVAN

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HUMILITY AND MAJESTY

For thus said He who high aloft forever dwells, whose name is holy:
I dwell on high, in holiness, yet with the contrite and the humble of spirit – reviving the spirits of the humble, reviving the hearts of the contrite. (Isaiah 57:15)

Sivan Meditations

* Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/McGill, Nicknamed the “Hand of God,” it is a cloud of material ejected from a star that exploded.