Meditations

At Central Synagogue

Widening Our Perspective

Nicole Auerbach  |  May 26, 2020

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Mantra: Mah Rabu
Source: Psalm 104

Resilience through Chocolate

Deborah Prinz  |  May 22, 2020

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Mantra: shokolad
Source: On the Chocolate Trail

The Shema and Revelation

Mark Hurvitz  |  May 21, 2020

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Mantra A: Yuh H’ Wuh H’ יהוה = [Tetragrammaton]
Mantra B: ha-l’lu הַלְלוּ = praise
Source: Deuteronomy 6:4, Psalm 150:6, R. Mendel of Rymanov

May You Be happy

Cathy Trentalancia  |  May 20, 2020

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Mantra: Groundedness and Loving-Kindness
Source: Rumi poem, Metta Meditation, Sharon Salzberg: Metta Meditation, and Grounding Meditation with Jack Kornfield

Challahs in the Ark

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  May 19, 2020

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Mantra: Lechem=Bread
Source: Challas in the Ark, Forward.com Article

Living and Counting in the Wilderness

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  May 18, 2020

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Mantra: Bamidbar=Wilderness

Receiving our 6th Sense of Holiness

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  May 15, 2020

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Mantra: Yeteirah=Additional

The Prayer Draws Us up to God

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  May 14, 2020

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Mantra: Tefilah=Prayer, Think, Entreat, Judge
Source: “The primary purpose of prayer is not to make requests. The primary purpose is to praise, to sing, to chant. Because the essence of prayer is a song, and man cannot live without a song. Prayer may not save us. But prayer may make us worthy of being saved.” ― Abraham Joshua Heschel, Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity Also: Praying is a Form of Thinking from Communings of the Spirit: The Journals of Mordecai M. Kaplan, 1913-1934

We are All in the Same Boat

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  May 13, 2020

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Mantra: Sefina=Boat
Source: Leviticus Rabbah 4:6

Rabbi Shimon in the Cave

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  May 12, 2020

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Mantra: Me’ara=Cave
Source: BT Shabbat 33b

Lighting the Light for Lag B’Omer

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  May 11, 2020

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Mantra: Medurah=Bonfire

Mother’s Day

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  May 8, 2020

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Mantra: Rechem=Womb
Source: History of Mother’s Day

Learning to Control the Remote

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  May 7, 2020

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Mantra: Kevutzati=Collective, Gathering

Butterfly Meditation for Quarantine

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  May 6, 2020

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Mantra: Parpar=Butterfly
Source: Butterfly Meditation inspiration

Remembering Rabbi Aaron Panken

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  May 5, 2020

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Mantra: Kapayim=Blessing Hands
Source: Allegory of the Spoons

May the Fourth be With You

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  May 4, 2020

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Mantra: Emunah=Trust
Source: Pew Report on Faith


May Day Meditation on a Flower

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  May 1, 2020

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Mantra: Shoshana=Rose
Source: Song of Songs 2:2. “Like a Rose Among the Thorns”

Isaac Meditated in the Field

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  April 30, 2020

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Mantra: Lasuach=Meditate
Source: Genesis 24:63

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  April 29, 2020

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Mantra: V’ahavta=You Shall Love
Source: Deepak Chopra Heart Meditation

Crossing Over the River

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  April 28, 2020

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Mantra: Ivrim=Boundary Crossers
Source: William Stafford poem: “Time for Serenity, Anyone?”

Yom Hazikaron/Yom Ha’atzmaut

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  April 27, 2020

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Mantra: Hakrava=Sacrifice
Source: S.Y. Agnon: “The Tale of the Goat.” 

Pick a Pekl, Trade your Burden

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  April 24, 2020

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Mantra:  Pekl=Bundle
Source:  “The Pekl Story” by Helen Mintz found in “Chosen Tales” Edited by Peninnah Schram

Mind/Body Connection

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  April 23, 2020

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Mantra:  Nekavim=Holes
Source:  Dr. Sian Beilock book: How the Body Knows its Mind
And Rabbi Nachman: “If you don’t feel happy, pretend to be.  Even if you are downright depressed, put on a smile.  Act happy.  Genuine joy will follow.”

Leprosy and Quarantine

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  April 22, 2020

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Mantra:  Ra’ah=To See
Source:  Messiah sitting among the lepers: Sanhedrin 98a

Save a Life and you Save the World

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  April 21, 2020

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Mantra:  Aideem=Witnesses
Source:  Diaries of Etty Hillesum
“One who saves a life, it is considered as if he saved the world entire.” - Talmud Sanhedrin 37a.

Man’s Search for Meaning in Suffering

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  April 20, 2020

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Mantra:  Savlanut=Patience
Source:  Victor Frankl: Man’s Search for Meaning

Being Tested in the Cottage of Candles

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  April 17, 2020

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Mantra:  Nasah=Tested
Source:  Howard Schwartz story

Giving Benefit of the Doubt

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  April 16, 2020

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Mantra: Omer=Sheaf
Source:  The Cookie Thief

God’s Inbox

Nicole Auerbach  |  April 14, 2020

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Mantra: Olam HaZeh
Source: Shehechiyanu

Living in Abundance

Nicole Auerbach  |  April 13, 2020

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Mantra: Revaya = Abundant, Overflowing
Source: Psalm 23, Chant: Kosi Revaya (Shefa Gold), by Rabbi Jennie Chabon

Leaving the Narrow Places for Expansiveness

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  April 8, 2020

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Mantra: Merchav=Wide Open Space
Source: Min HaMetzar, Psalm 118

Standing Meditation, Feeling Rooted

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  April 7, 2020

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Mantra: Tekuma=Resiliency

“To You, Silence is Praise”

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  April 6, 2020

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Mantra: Dumiyah=Silence
Source: Psalm 65, Beth Waltemath article

Meditation will be Sufficient

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  April 3, 2020

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Mantra: Dayenu=It will be enough
Source: Story of the Baal Shem Tov—founder of Hasidism

“This too is for the Good” Gam Zeh L’Tovah

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  April 2, 2020

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Mantra: L’Tovah=For Good
Source: Story of Rabbi Nahum Ish Gamzu (Talmud Taanit 21a)

Pleasant vs Unpleasant | Good vs Bad | Just BE PRESENT

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  April 1, 2020

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Mantra: Hineni=I am Here
Source: Pleasant vs. Unpleasant

Lovingkindness Meditation

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  March 31, 2020

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Mantra: Chesed=Lovingkindness
Source: May you Feel Safe.  May you Feel Happy.  May you Feel Peace.

Breath of Life

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  March 30, 2020

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Mantra: Neshama=Breath/Soul
Source: Elohai Neshama Shenatat Bi—The soul You’ve given me is Pure

Opening to Joy

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  March 27, 2020

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Mantra: Simcha=Joy
Source: Those who sow in tears, will reap in joy. Psalm 126

Managing Grief

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  March 26, 2020

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Mantra: Vayidom=He was Silent
Source: https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief

Learning to Watch

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  March 25, 2020

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Mantra: Lu Yehi=Let it Be
Source: Moses and the Burning Bush (Exodus 3:1-5)

God’s Cosmic “Mute All” Button

Gregory Maher  |  March 24, 2020

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Mantra: D’mama=Silence/Stillness
Source: Midrash that at the giving of Torah, the whole world went silent. (Exodus Rabbah, Yitro 29.9)

“This Too Shall Pass”  Gam Zeh Ya’avor

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  March 23, 2020

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Mantra: Ya’avor=Pass
Source: https://www.centralsynagogue.org/worship/sermons/detail/this-too-shall-pass-rosh-hashanah

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