Jewish Meditation

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Introduction to Jewish Meditation

Meditation has ancient roots in Jewish tradition and was practiced by the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, prophets and judges, sages and mystics throughout the ages, from Abraham down to our own day (See Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan’s book: Meditation and the Bible). There are numerous forms of Jewish meditation, some similar to other types practiced in the […]

Hashem Echad Animation

Concieved and built by David KomerExplanation by Rabbi Trugman Albert Einstein revealed that the four basic forces in the physical universe – electromagnetism, gravity, the strong nuclear force and the weak nuclear force – are all unified in essence. He spent the rest of his life trying to establish the proper formula that would reflect […]

Living in Divine Space

The six times the word “place” appears in the episode of Jacob’s dream of a ladder reaching heaven with angels ascending and descending corresponds to the six directions of a cube, the archetypal form of all space. Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh in his book, Living in Divine Space, explains how the six directions of a cube […]

Meditation and One’s Inner Song

Another important way to learn to hear one’s inner song and the music inherent in the soul is through meditation. By quieting the mind and obstructing outer distractions and inner static we begin to hear music on multi levels: in our biological rhythm of the beating of the heart and the pulsating blood through our […]

Meditation and Nature

“And Isaac went out to converse in the fields towards evening time…” (Genesis 24:63). This verse serves as one of the many references to meditation in Jewish tradition. From the patriarchs to the prophets, from the kings to the sages, from the Kabbalists to Chassidic Rebbes, meditation has played an important part in the spiritual […]

Light, Intellect, and Meditation

Throughout Jewish thought light is associated with human intellect, soul, and consciousness of the Divine. The ability to think abstractly, philosophically, and in a complex manner differentiates man from other life forms. The last two centuries especially have seen an explosion of human achievement in the fields of science, technology, communications, medicine, transport, and the […]

Ten Meditations for the Shema

Hear O Israel, God our God, God is One שְׁמָע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְ-הֹוָה אֶ-לֹהֵינוּ יְ-הֹוָה אֶחָד The basis of all Jewish thought rests on the foundation of the belief in the absolute Oneness and unity of God. This all-encompassing unity is reflected in the Shema, as well as in many other verses from the Torah. For […]

Chanukah Meditations

Infinite Light and Finite Light A basic question is asked about the menorah, the seven branched candelabrum in the Tabernacle in the desert and later in the Temple in Jerusalem, as well as the eight lights of Chanukah: does the light symbolize the finite or infinite? The answer is both. Above all else, the Tabernacle […]

Meditation and Music

One of the most powerful yet easiest forms of meditation is to combine it with music. Most people have actually experienced this informally when feeling “at one with the music,” or when a particular song captures or expresses one’s emotional or mental state so perfectly that one experiences a rush of spiritual light, inspiration and […]

Prayer and Meditation  

   The sages refer to prayer as, “the service of the heart” (Ta’anit 2a; based on Deuteronomy 11:13). Thus we see that both meditation and prayer are essentially connected to the heart, and therefore, to each other. Yet, just like we saw how meditation is really the unity of mind and heart, similarly, prayer has […]

The Meditation Cave of the Ba’al Shem Tov

Years of searching for the cave where Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer Ba’al Shem Tov prayed and learned finally meet with success. The Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer, known as the Ba’al Shem Tov or Besht, was an 18th century spiritual leader and the founder of the Hasidic movement, which places greater emphasis on mystical thought and […]