Thank you to all of you who have responded to our last post. We would be happy to get more suggestions for how we can act responsibly in the world, and share them with our community. One suggestion was for us to support KeepOlim.
KeepOlim (RA 580613610) is a registered non-profit organization, authorized by the Israeli Corporations Authority and the Ministry of Justice. The purpose of KeepOlim is to empower, inspire, and support all Olim (new immigrants and returning citizens of Israel) from all over the world through post-Aliyah programs and services. We foster a strong sense of community and advocate for Olim to successfully integrate into Israeli society during life after Aliyah.
We personally have witnessed the importance of this organization in helping those without other resources, and endorse this suggestion.
Here are some pieces from the past about Sukkot.
Sukkat Shalom 5777
Rain Dance (Hoshana Raba) 5778
The Secret Garden 5779
Shake and Wake 5780
Life Cycle 5781
May we all find ourselves sheltered by a true Sukkat Shalom!
Upcoming Tal Orot Programs for Shmittah Year 5782
The goal of our Tal Orot series this Shmittah year is to take our meditation practice to a transformative level and integrate it deeply and effectively into our daily lives. In our sessions we will devote more time to rigorous meditation with detailed guidance, and our learning will delve deeply into the exploration of consciousness in kabbalistic, hasidic and Jewish philosophical sources, to provide insight for our meditation practice.
Our Fall series is devoted to the practice of Devekut, constant awareness of God that comes to permeate all our actions, speech and thoughts at every moment. The challenge of Devekut is that God cannot be an object of thought – so how do you maintain steady awareness in a way that does not involve objectifying thought? We will practice Jewish meditation methods that open up different modes of consciousness that give us access to a real, enduring relationship with God. To sign up, please fill out this Google form.
The theme of our Spring series is Kavanah, focused mental intent. The ability to direct attention effectively in prayer, in learning and in meditation is a key element of Jewish spiritual development. The kabbalistic tradition has developed a number of meditation methods, some readily accessible and some quite rigorous, designed to strengthen and refine Kavanah. We will study several of these methods and incorporate them into our daily practice, adding a skill set that can be valuable in many aspects of our lives. To sign up for this series, please fill out this Google form.