Jewish Journal


By Michelle Azar

October 31, 2012 | 4:07 pm

I had always heard it takes 21 days to change a habit. Too short, I realize now. Too easy to revert to the previous ways. I have been on a repair program now for a good 7 weeks ( and... read on


    By Michelle Azar

    October 28, 2012 | 10:25 am

    As my brain searches for its wakeup today, the morning prayers rumble within me like shooting stars. I hear one in my head and try to catch it only to find another one ready to burst into view. I am simultaneously energized and contented by these flashes around me, flashes of... read on

  • tweeting my dad

    By Michelle Azar

    October 19, 2012 | 10:53 am

    My dad called me the other morning.

    “Meeshelle….” He was trying out his Saturday morning leisure voice, but I knew better. Born in Iraq and raised in Israel, my father has a thick and specific Middle Eastern accent. We, his American fans, compete vigorously over who can imitate... read on

  • The sh’ma portal

    By Michelle Azar

    October 18, 2012 | 12:22 am

    As I lay on my mat for savasana the other day (Wanna know what SAVASANA is? Come to class..), the Sh’ma escaped me. Truly, that is how it felt. I have often said these words after practice in lieu of or in addition to the closing Sanskrit chant.  However, this time I said them not... read on

  • Joy Time

    By Michelle Azar

    October 9, 2012 | 1:12 pm

    The thing is, I don’t want to leave my sukkah. I know, it’s time to move inside, to stop shaking greenery all around, and just let lemons turn back into, well, lemons. But  we only got the darn hut up in full regalia a couple of days ago, AND it's southern California, of course I... read on

  • Insight LA

    By Michelle Azar

    October 5, 2012 | 3:39 pm

    There is a wonderful little spot in Santa Monica called INSIGHT LA. They hold workshops and retreats, as well as a weekly meditation night on Thursday's. By donation only .
    The lovely Diana, newly invested as a teacher there, speaks from her teeny body about the difficulty with,... read on

  • Practicing

    By Michelle Azar

    September 28, 2012 | 3:42 pm

    Patanjali, who compiled the Yoga Sutras, an important collection of aphorisms on Yoga practice, said,


    I just realized he doesn’t say  WHAT all will come. I assumed it was all “good things” or “all ability to do more back-bends and longer... read on

  • Me and the maintenance guy

    By Michelle Azar

    September 20, 2012 | 5:13 pm

    I found myself at Rosh Hashanah services sitting on the floor in my favorite red Audrey Hepburn dress next to Alejandro, one of our temple’s great maintenance guys.

    The road to that secretive spot was this.

    The Rabbi with whom I live got home appropriately late the night... read on

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