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Emor, 11 Iyar 5777

May 7, 2017

"Mochin de gadlut" in Hebrew is literally translated as "mind of bigness" and refers to expanded consciousness. During this month, as we heal our thoughts, it is important for us to expand our consciousness. How many of us are walking around on auto-pilot? Do we realize how much we do on auto-pilot? Do we realize how much of life we miss out on in auto-pilot mode? Kabbalah teaches that the Shechinah (Divine Presence) is in the present, not in the past or the future. We miss so much of what is going on, especially our connection to the Light of the Creator when our minds are elsewhere. Take a moment as you read this, to notice your peripheral vision. Keep your eyes on these words and simply see what is going on this moment around you. You may at first have difficulty doing this exercise, but it's a good one to help expand your consciousness. The next level of making the mind bigger is to notice the sounds in the room as you are reading this and noticing what is going on around you. Now notice how the chair feels beneath you or the sensations in your body at this moment. This is yet another level. The more we practice this, the more alert we will become and the more expanded our conciousness will be. Becoming aware is a necessary part of healing our thoughts and a necessary part of realizing that the Shechinah is always present.

Shavua tov,


Counting of The Omer - Everyday Until Shavuot (weekend days times vary) - 9:00 PM EDT
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Parashat Emor
Torah Portion:
Vayikra (Leviticus) 21:1-24:23

Haftarah:
Yechezkel (Ezekiel) 44:15-31

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