By Fivel Yedidya Glasser, with contributions from Rabbi Chanan Morrison
The Parsha of Vayeishev is dedicated by Dr Shlomo Shinnar in memory of my mother, Miryam Bat Yakov Eliezer (Shinnar), z”l.
The Sefer of Bereishis is dedicated in memory of Jacob Cohen by Marilyn and Herbert Smilowitz and family.
Suggested Action Items:
- Set aside 20 minutes, at least once a week, to engage in hitbodedut. Choose a space without distractions, preferably outside, but a quiet and comfortable room inside is also fine. Shut off the cell-phone, music, computer and any other potential distractions, except for an alarm to tell you when your 20 minutes have passed so you don’t spend the time looking at your watch. Start talking to G-d about whatever is on your mind! It does not matter what the subject is, the important thing here is the talking, the connection.
- Often, awareness can be gained through small details and changes. Set aside one day a week in which you will engage the world with more awareness. Try a different thing each week: Leave the car and try walking, don’t throw anything out, only buy recycled products or products in recycled packaging and that are recyclable, pick up trash or litter that you pass by, don’t use any disposables, cut your shower down by five minutes, eat organic, bring a travel-mug with you to your favorite coffee shop, carpool.
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Rabbi Chanan Morrison is the author of Gold from the Land of Israel – A New Light on the Weekly Torah Portion from the Writings of Rabbi Abraham Isaac haKohen Kook (Urim Publications, Jerusalem). He studied for several years at Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav, the Jerusalem yeshiva founded by Rabbi Kook in 1924, and was ordained after completing rabbinical studies in the Ohr Torah Stone and Midrash Sephardi rabbinical seminaries. Rabbi Morrison currently lives with his family in Mitzpe Yericho, an Israeli community in the Judean Desert. Rabbi Morrison’s weekly emails reach thousands of readers from all over the world. He is frequently featured on the Torah section of the Arutz Sheva website and his work can be read on his personal website.