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Avinu Malkeinu – Yossi Azulay

Avinu Malkeinu – Yossi Azulay Avinu Malkeinu is a beautiful and moving prayer recited during the High Holy days (Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur) and certain fast days throughout the Biblical Cycle. It reminds us of the searing reality that G-d is

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Rachem – Yossi Azulay

Lidia Kozenitzky, Splitting of the Red Sea* Rachem Yossi Azulay ~ Cindy The ancient Hebrew pictograph for rachem (רחם) draws a beautiful picture.  With the resh (ר) we see the head of a person, the chet (ח) a fence (illustrating

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The Liminal Space of the Mezuzah

Jewish people have this custom of affixing a small box to our doorframes and entrance gates. It usually is a slim, oblong container that can be made from various materials such as plastic, wood, ceramics or metal, including pure silver or gold. I

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The Liminal Space of SEA AND SAND

I grew up near the sea. Though far from it now, my mind sometimes wanders to the sandy beaches and the rockpools of my younger days. The ocean offers a rich retreat when you can take it, whether physically or on

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The Liminal Space of BLESSING

The threshold between living in a state of blessedness and one of curse is the place of awareness and choice. When we become caught up in the rushed tempo of modern life, it becomes extremely difficult to take the time to pause,

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The Liminal Spaces of Life

When we arrive at the limen, or threshold,  for example of a new year, we need to pause a while and catch our breath before we step out of this liminal space and fully embark on the path of the new year, ripe

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Intro: What is a Liminal Space?

Welcome to the Liminal Place – A Place That Is Not Business As Usual What is a liminal space? The dictionary defines a limen as a threshold. A liminal space, therefore, is a circumstance within a space of time that is situated at the

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The Itsy Bitsy Spider – Akavish Katan

To accompany Keren’s latest mp3 teaching – Learn From The Creatures? – we wanted to share a a Music to Your Ears post to continue encouraging you with your vocalizing of Hebrew. The Itsy Bitsy Spider is a well known nursery rhyme

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Niggun of the Birds – Shlomo Katz

  There are gates in heaven that cannot be opened except by melody and song.* Some have defined a Niggun (nee-GOON) – or plural niggunim (nee-goo-NEEM) – as a wordless song, yet “…if a niggun is not sung, it is

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B’yado – In His Hand

Lullabies are very special songs. They stay with us throughout our lives and bring back to us warmth, good feelings, our childhood homes, and our parent’s voice. Elie Wiesel wrote a beautiful essay, called “Echoes of Yesterday,” for the Yeshiva University

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