Meditations

At Central Synagogue

Tisha B’Av

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  July 30, 2020

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Mantra: Churban=Destruction

What is Real vs. Virtual?

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  July 28, 2020

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Mantra: Masach=Veil/Screen
Source: Don’t Hide Your Face From Me (Debbie Friedman, based on Psalm 27)

Wonder Walk Through the Redwoods

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  July 24, 2020

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Mantra: Feleh=Wonders
Source: Rabbi Heschel:  “Never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom or power or fame. I asked for wonder, and he gave it to me.” “Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.”

The Tree Falling in the Forest

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  July 23, 2020

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Mantra: Ilan=Tree
Source: “If a Tree Falls in a Forest…”

Finding the Treasure Within

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  July 22, 2020

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Mantra: Otzar=treasure
Source: Rabbi Nachman story: The Treasure

Breathing our Fear to Exhilaration

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  July 21, 2020

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Mantra: Neshama=Breath
Source: Gay Hendricks: “The Big Leap — Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take your life to the next level”

Taking Courage from John Lewis z’l and Steve Susman z’l

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  July 20, 2020

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Mantra: Ometz Lev=Courage
Source: Step Into Your Courage Meditation

The Art and Science of Love

Nancy Flam  |  July 17, 2020

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Song: Olam Hesed Yibaneh, by Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Poem: “Love Does That,” by Meister Eckhart

Sitting in God’s House

Nancy Flam  |  July 16, 2020

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Song: Ashrei, by Rabbi Shefa Gold
Poem: “Ashrei Yoshvei Veytecha,” by Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg

Surrender

Nancy Flam  |  July 15, 2020

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Song: B’yado, (from Adon Olam)
Poem: “Adon Olam,” by Solomon ibn Gabirol

Rest (and Relax, Where Possible)

Nancy Flam  |  July 14, 2020

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Song: Va’ani Matzati, by Penina Adelman
Poem: “The Peace of Wild Things,” by Wendell Berry

Refuge Under the Wings of Shechinah

Nancy Flam  |  July 13, 2020

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Song: Va’ani Matzati, by Penina Adelman
Poem: Psalm 46, translated and interpreted by Norman Fischer

Willingness

Nancy Flam  |  July 10, 2020

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Song: Open to Me, by Rabbi Aryeh Hirschfield
Poem: “A Great Pilgrimage,” by Kabir

Sweetheart: Speaking to Ourselves Kindly

Nancy Flam  |  July 9, 2020

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Song: Ani Yesheyna V’libi Er, composer unknown
Poem: “God Says Yes to Me,” Kaylin Haught

I Was Asleep, but My Heart Was Awake

Nancy Flam  |  July 8, 2020

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Song: Ani Yesheyna V’libi Er, composer unknown
Poem: “Listening,” by William Stafford

Letting God Love Us

Nancy Flam  |  July 7, 2020

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Song: S’molo, by Rabbi Shefa Gold
Poem: “How Did the Rose,” by Hafiz

Resting in The Divine Embrace

Nancy Flam  |  July 6, 2020

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Song: S’molo, by Rabbi Shefa Gold
Poem: “Because Even the Word Obstacle is an Obstacle,” by Alison Luterman

Preparing for Rest

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  July 2, 2020

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Mantra: Shavat=Rest
Source: Pablo Neruda poem

Finding Insight

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  July 1, 2020

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Mantra: Laila=Night
Source: Mysteries of the Angel Lailah, Midrash Tanhuma Pekudei 3

Cessation from Suffering

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  June 30, 2020

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Mantra: ULAI=Perhaps
Source: Zen Shorts, The Farmer Story

On Suffering

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  June 29, 2020

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Mantra: Sabal=Suffer/Bear Load
Source: Article from The Atlantic

Korach’s Rebellion: All Lives are Holy

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  June 26, 2020

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Mantra: Sheevyon=Equality

Speak in Psalms

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  June 25, 2020

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Mantra: Tehillim=Psalms
Source: Rabbi Cohen-Anisfeld Meditation on Psalm 8, Encounter with Psalms Project

The Magic Seed

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  June 24, 2020

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Mantra: Zerah=Seed
Source: Solomon and the Ant: And other Jewish Folk Tales By Peninah Schram

PRIDE and Radical Acceptance

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  June 23, 2020

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Mantra: B’tzelem Elohim=Divine Image
Source: Poem: Bedecked by Victoria Redel

Everything Changes

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  June 22, 2020

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Mantra: Shinui=Change
Source: Meditation for Times of Transition and Change, To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue

JUNETEENTH

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  June 19, 2020

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Mantra: Tikva=Hope
Source: National Conference on Religion and Race

Have a Little Faith

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  June 18, 2020

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Mantra: Hashra’ah=Intuition
Source: Scientific American article

Be Surprised

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  June 17, 2020

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Mantra: Haf’ta’ah=Surprise
Source: Abraham Joshua Heschel: “I would say about individuals, A Individual dies when they cease to to be surprised. I am surprised every morning when I see the sunshine again. When I see an act of evil I don’t accommodate. I don’t accommodate myself to the violence that goes on everywhere. I am still so surprised! That is why I am against it. We must learn to be surprised.”

No One is Anonymous

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  June 16, 2020

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Mantra: Lamedvavnik=36 Righteous Ones
Source: Article from The Washington Post

Being Antiracist

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  June 15, 2020

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Mantra: Kadima=Forward!
Source: How to be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

The Masks We Wear

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  June 12, 2020

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Mantra: Masecha=Mask/Veil

Name it to Tame it

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  June 11, 2020

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Mantra: Devarim=Words
Source:  Ella Frances Sanders, Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World

Drop in the Ocean

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  June 10, 2020

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Mantra: Yama=Seaward
Source: “You are not just a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in one drop.” –Rumi

Graduation Day

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  June 9, 2020

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Mantra: Ezra=Help

I Can’t Breathe

Angela W. Buchdahl  |  June 8, 2020

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Mantra: Tza’ar=Suffer

The Invisible String

Cindy Grebow  |  June 5, 2020

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Mantra: L’dor Vador
Source: The Invisible String by Patrice Karst and Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback.  Song:  L’dor Vador by Josh Nelson

Ner Tamid – Inner Light

Julia Cadrain  |  June 4, 2020

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Mantra: Ner tamid
Source: Come Whoever you Are (text by Rumi, music by Noah Aronson);  The Guest House (Rumi); Modah Ani (text from liturgy, music from Rabbi Shefa Gold)

Self Acceptance

Julia Cadrain  |  June 3, 2020

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Mantra: Toda / Hineini (thank you / here I am)
Source: Shma (liturgy); Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melech HaOlam, she’asani btzelem Elohim (morning prayer); Leviticus Chapter 19 vs. 18; You Do Not Have to Be Good (Mary Oliver); Be Patient (Rilke); Modah Ani (text from liturgy, music from Rabbi Shefa Gold)

Yes to Life

Jules Spotts  |  June 2, 2020

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Mantra: Kein L’Chaim
Source: Genesis, The Creation Story, and Personal Psychology

Inner Peace Through Breath and Nature

Heidi Vernejoul  |  June 1, 2020

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Mantra: Selah
Source: Diary of a Teenage Naturalist by Dara McAnulty, Dara McAnulty on Discovering the Natural World During Lockdown, Waterstones.com, The Peace of Wild Things, poem written and recited by Wendell Berry, The On Being Project

Counting Our Days (Counting Meditation)

Nicole Auerbach  |  May 28, 2020

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Mantra: HaYom Hazeh
Source: Psalm 118; Rabbi Karyn Kedar, “Omer, A Counting”

Counting Time Together

Alan Schechter  |  May 27, 2020

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Mantra: Modeh ani lif ah-necha

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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