Rabbi Mitch's Weekly Teachings

August 28, 2015

Special Guest Teaching
by Cantor Asa Fradkin

 

We sit in a quiet room and move. Move our breath, our heads, our posture, making tiny adjustments only noticeable in the presence of silence. In the presence of silence, many things appear that are inaudible in the din of everyday life.

Things appear in our minds; doubts, worries, expectations. We are aware of ourselves in an acute manner so that breathing itself becomes an exercise, a practice.

Then there’s a hum or a plucked string and voices are singing, mouths murmur familiar words. Hineh Ma Tov; Ma Tovu; Hashiveinu; Oseh Shalom.

But this isn’t a service. It’s a circle of prayer, longing and awareness. Hyper awareness of these sacred words. Maybe the melodies we sing aid our mindfulness, because they are not the routine ones we know.

We must think about the words we utter because this isn’t a typical prayer experience/exercise it’s mindfulness through song and silence. Contemplation happens in moments of silence and moments of exuberant song, all focused on the deeper message of familiar prayers.

That’s what it’s been like at Jewish Meditation for the past 6 months and it’s been quite a rewarding journey thus far.

The music has been enhanced by our teen chamber singers’ beautiful voices during our summer sessions and it’s brought our experience to a much deeper place.

I encourage you to join the wonderful community that has begun to form around these classes. It’s been a blessing to be a part of this new prayer experience at Temple Sholom.  

Next session: This Tuesday, September 1, 7:15 pm in the Tunick Chapel.

Shabbat Shalom,
Cantor Asa

 

 

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