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  • 5 Reasons Why You Need to Pee In the Forest Once in a While

    By Arielle Adelman

    August 13, 2014 | 9:23 am

    When I was a little girl I would beg my mom to let me be “nature girl”.  By definition, nature girl means: a person with xx chromosomes who uses the great outdoors or a sandbox to (daintily) pee.  In my adult life when I recall this memory, I’ve had a hard time understanding my...

  • Meditation 102

    By Arielle Adelman

    April 25, 2013 | 3:35 pm

    This is part two of my thoughts and recommendations on meditating. The post, “Meditating 101″ is basic insight into why and how you can meditate.

    For those of you who are ready for a little more:

    Take 5 minutes in the morning to sit on the floor (maybe play some soothing...

  • Meditation 101

    By Arielle Adelman

    April 25, 2013 | 10:10 am

    Meditation is one of those things that until you do it, it’s really hard to understand why you should even start doing it. There are so many ways to meditate that it seems there is a method for everyone. True meditation is a peaceful, thoughtful state of awareness where the mind is...

  • Mindful Eating

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    December 5, 2012 | 7:00 am

    As part of services last Saturday, we had what was billed as a creative eating meditation. “In our all too-busy world,” the congregation weekly email explained, “the practice of mindful eating helps us bring our full attention to the process of eating – to all the tastes, smells,...

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  • A meditation on the Bulgaria and Colorado tragedies

    July 20, 2012 | 10:56 am

    Dear friends and colleagues,

    The month of Av has come upon us in a manner true to historical form. Mishenikhnas Av, m’ma’atin b’simha… When the month of Av begins, we are told, we are instructed to diminish our joy. Sadly, a week of violence and tragedy all over the world...

  • Finding balance at the intersection of yoga and Judaism

    April 4, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    Yoga means “union” or “union with the divine.” It doesn’t mean “contortionism,” “hippie commune” or “Lululemon.”

    “Judaism” means “monotheistic religion [of the Jews]” or “belief characterized by one transcendent God.” It doesn’t mean “bagels and...

  • Meditations on a Goat

    By Rob Eshman

    October 20, 2009 | 6:45 pm

    I’ve never been a sit-still meditator.  I tried it once when I was 23 and living in San Francisco and trying things.  One week I read Ram Dass and that weekend I decided, as generations of my ancestors did before me, to try Buddhism.  I signed up for a meditation weekend at Tassajara...

  • ‘Prayer isn’t boring—you are’

    September 3, 2008 | 9:48 pm

    Jews often complain that prayer is boring. Young people resist going to synagogue -- and older people drift away from prayer altogether -- because they find it to be a chore.

    In response to these oft-repeated criticisms, Rabbi Harold Schulweis once offered from the pulpit an...

  • Meditating spies

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    June 19, 2008 | 2:31 pm

    Ah, so much chaos, so little time.

    In this parsha we deal with the message of the spies; insecurity leading to depression and fear; rebellion and anger by the people, Moses and God; and several severe punishments, including the major one of wandering in the desert for an...

  • Meditation—not just for your average JewBu anymore

    By Merissa Nathan Gerson

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The model for the day was dying for the sake of rebirth. Think meditation, think spiritual awakening, think psychoanalysis.

    It is the hard work of introspection that is the antithesis of mainstream modern American culture. We are a nation of pleasure-mongers, and cheap thrills from...

  • Music lovers get presents for composer Reich’s birthday

    By George Robinson

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sometime in the 1970s, composer Steve Reich found himself looking for spiritual sustenance.
     
    "Like many people in the '60s," he says, "I got involved in Hatha Yoga and Northern Buddhist meditation and Southern Buddhist meditation. It did a lot of good for a high-metabolism New...
  • Celebrate Rosh Hashanah in India? No Problem

    By Robin Esrock

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Young Israelis are among the world's most prolific travelers, gravitating to hot spots like Bolivia, Thailand and India, where the shekel stretches far. Having experienced Pesach in Argentina, surrounded by more than 400 mostly Israeli backpackers, I was curious to see where I might...

  • Lingerie and Meditation

    By Ellie Kahn

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "I always say it is lingerie and meditation that have kept me young," says Michael Attie, a 62-year-old author, spiritual seeker and former owner of Playmates of Hollywood -- the world's largest lingerie store.

    Once known as "The Lingerie Monk," Attie managed to combine his passion...

  • How We Worship

    By Amy Klein

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Los Angeles Jews. AnJewlinos, if you will.

    Who are they?

    A diverse group if ever there was one -- as multifaceted as the city itself. About 660,000 Jews call the greater Los Angeles home -- and that does not include the many more families who are touched by Judaism through...

  • Meditate on Shabbat in the Old City

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Minutes from the Western Wall, brilliant bougainvillea grace the courtyard of an Old City apartment encased in Jerusalem's signature stone. This is where participants in Sarah Yehudit Schneider's women-only meditation retreats symbolically leave the rest of the week behind to...

  • Miriam Meditations

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When you first move to Los Angeles from New York, it's hard to immediately jump into the dating scene. In Manhattan, you get used to falling in love almost every other block -- so easy is it to bump into yet another adorable woman outside say, the 92nd Street Y, Zabar's, Makor, the...

  • Severe Financial Crisis Hits Metivta

    By Julie G Fax

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Metivta, A Center for Contemplative Judaism, went into emergency survival mode late last month after the board discovered the organization was out of funds.

    "The board is looking intensely at our budget and trying to pare down costs to the absolute minimum to give us a chance to...

  • Feast and Help Yourself

    By Dennis Gura

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Finding Each Other in Judaism: Meditations on the Rites of Passage From Birth to Immortality" by Harold M. Schulweis. (UAHC Press, $12.95)

    "Finding Each Other in Judaism" distills decades of those quiet, private moments when a curious, wounded or concerned congregant asks the...

  • Exercising the Mind

    By Ani Dumas

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As we enter the new millennium, fitness professionals are becoming more aware of the movement toward spiritual forms of exercise. Programs like Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, and body work are common in fitness clubs and community centers. To keep up with today's stressful...

  • Nighttime Devotion

    By Dennis Gura

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Entering the Temple of Dreams: Jewish Prayers, Movements and Meditations for the End of the Day" by Tamar Frankiel and Judy Greenfeld. (Jewish Lights Publishing, $16.95)

    Jews have a long history of publishing various types of devotional literature. Historically, just as men and...

  • Putting the Joy in Judaism

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    A few years ago, two of my colleagues took their families on vacation to Mammoth Lake. While there, the families spent Shabbat with one another, eating their meals together, singing zmirot (Shabbat songs) and enjoying each other's company.

    After lunch, the two rabbis, dressed in their...

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