Shut up, sit down: Reflections on a Jewish meditation retreat in Israel
Brian Blum, Haaretz: A weekend of meditation based on Hasidic mindfulness practices that were almost wiped out in the Holocaust proved to be unexpectedly transformational.
My wife and I recently went on a silent Jewish meditation retreat. There wasn’t much to say. The end.
Just kidding. There is in fact very much to say about the retreat, which was organized by Or HaLev – the Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation, established by Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels at Kibbutz Hanaton in the northern Jezreel Valley.
As described in its mission statement, Or HaLev seeks to “teach concrete Jewish techniques for deepening our lives and to …