Jewish Journal

Re-engage the Calm

By Michelle Azar

November 11, 2013 | 3:17 pm

From mistakes come greatness, or so I have heard it said. Well, I’m not sure my slip of the tongue led to greatness, but certainly a good giggle. And then food for thought…

My... read on

  • I AM, therefore I am worthy

    By Michelle Azar

    October 4, 2013 | 2:36 pm

    I read this in a class taught by Wendy Haines of Illumine Education this past week. I was fascinated by the concept. It seems simple enough, yet, the messages behind it are plentiful. I wondered how many of us truly believe that- that simply by virtue of being alive we are... read on

  • Our Own Little Huts

    By Michelle Azar

    September 18, 2013 | 1:14 pm

    Round this time of year, we see many little huts cropping up around town. Small and fragile little spots, often decorated by the loving hands of children and their parents, house families and guests for many a meal or daring sleepover for the next 8 days or so.

    I’ve been thinking... read on

  • the embrace of IT all

    By Michelle Azar

    August 30, 2013 | 10:37 am

    I sat at my little red meditation center last night and gently surveyed its surface. I moved an earthen pot from one side to another, and by doing so I noticed something. Many of the items on this little shelf were gifts from my mother. This took me by surprise, and NOT because she... read on
  • Cheat Sheet

    By Michelle Azar

    August 19, 2013 | 10:38 am

    I love chanting Torah. I try to do it often, and BK (before kids) I think I did it nearly every weekend. I did study it formally for a short while, and soon it became the kind of thing that I could just look at fast and do pretty darn well. Less so now. Maybe I am getting older,... read on
  • Coming Back to Breath

    By Michelle Azar

    August 2, 2013 | 6:00 pm

    Some days, it’s all hard. The thing you thought you had taken care of that time still does not work. The thing you wanted, try as you might, feels still so out of reach, and the things that ARE available to you feel not interesting at all.  Your brain starts then to listen in on... read on

  • Knocking

    By Michelle Azar

    June 27, 2013 | 1:22 pm

    We were about half way through class Tuesday night, when I heard a light knock at the door of our studio. To be clear, our studio also serves as a meeting room, sometimes a storage room, and weekly as a house of worship to the Orthodox congregation who rents space at Temple... read on

  • Daddies

    By Michelle Azar

    June 17, 2013 | 10:52 am

    I sent my big girl to the mall with her daddy today. I wanted to buy him new pants but there were two problems with my idea. He rarely likes what I buy him, and I hate shopping so all I wind up doing is having to return things, and who’s got the time for that?? I figured if he went... read on

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